Kylie Bradford is a research physiotherapist in the Orthopaedics Department at Queensland Children’s Hospital, where she sees first-hand the impact of Children’s Hospital Foundation funding.
Growing up the youngest of three children in Central Queensland, she spent a lot of her childhood playing sport, balanced with a strong education and desire for knowledge.
With a penchant for science, Kylie had planned to study medicine to be an obstetrician. However, she changed tack right before high school graduation and enrolled in a physiotherapy degree.
With far-reaching experience in Australia and right across the pond, Kylie has been lucky enough to work in seven different countries where she was exposed to a variety of clinical conditions and challenges.
“In 2015, I began work as the Physiotherapy Clinical Leader in Orthopaedics at Queensland Children’s Hospital, where I first met Dr David Bade. I was incredibly impressed by his commitment to teamwork, clinical excellence, and family-centred care,” Kylie said.
It was her work within this team, and her subsequent contributions within the research arm of the orthopaedic team alongside Dr Chris Carty, that inspired Kylie to leave a Gift in her Will for Children’s Hospital Foundation.
“I have always had a provision in my Will for a charity but have changed it this year to be toward the Children’s Hospital Foundation. I have been inspired by the activities of Dr Bade and Dr Carty and have seen first-hand how much of a difference research funding makes. I would encourage others to consider bequeathing something to the Foundation, especially those who work in the paediatric healthcare sector,” she said.
“Most staff I know work extraordinarily hard in whatever role they do, and this is a fantastic way to ensure that passion remains after you’re gone.”
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