Our Allied Health

Patricia (Tricia) Maggs
B.App Sc (Phty) Grad Dip in Phty (Neurology)

Our Physiotherapist

Patricia Maggs (Tricia) completed her Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy at Lincoln Institute in Melbourne. She then worked in Melbourne, England and in Germany before returning to Australia and working in the fields of Gerontology and Neurology and completing her Post Graduate Diploma in Neurology (Physiotherapy) at Melbourne University. For the last nine years Tricia has worked as the Aged Care Physiotherapy team leader at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Park Campus managing the physiotherapy service to 94 Geriatric Evaluation and Management beds as well as Community Therapy Services to the Aged Care population. During her time at Royal Park, Tricia has developed, co-ordinated and presented at an annual multi-disciplinary dementia seminar day for which she was nominated for an excellence award. She has published in the Australian Physiotherapy Journal on balance and mobility outcomes for stroke, presented at the Australian Physiotherapy Association on Physiotherapists Knowledge about Dementia and had a poster at the Australian and New Zealand Sarcopenia and Frailty Research Conference on the importance of ambulation and the feasibility and efficacy of progressive resistance exercise training.

Tricia

At Age Right Physiotherapy, Tricia provides specialised rooms- based therapy as well as mobile and telehealth physiotherapy services to older adults. She sees her role as a Gerontological Physiotherapist is to improve people’s lives through exercise following acute and acute on chronic injuries and for chronic disease management.  She can also provide guidance to healthy aging clients to maximise their ongoing independence and well-being.  In her first session with the client, she completes a thorough physical assessment based on the client’s history.  During this assessment she will assess the client’s functional capacity to move around the bed, transfer, walk, ascend and descend steps.  She will identify specific signs such as strength, range of movement, balance, speed and exercise tolerance that she can use to remeasure progress. She will also use objective measures such as the Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB).  In a follow-up review she will use the information gained from this assessment to create an individualised exercise program. She will discuss with the client (and their carer if appropriate) how much support they would like to complete these exercises at home or in the Age Right rooms and devise with them an ongoing management plan.  

 

The client can have as much or as little support to achieve their physical goals as they would like at Age Right.  Following the client’s assessment and exercise program development, Tricia can provide them with a program and any necessary equipment to do the exercises independently.  The client can choose whether to work independently or with ongoing support 1:1 or in the rooms in a small group or in a combination of these possibilities.  Exercise can change your life – but you have to do it! At Age Right we want to help make it possible.   

Dr Margaret Pozzebon

Dr Margaret Pozzebon

Our Speech Pathologist

Dr Margaret Pozzebon is a Speech Pathologist who has specialised in working with older adults experiencing difficulties with their speech, cognitive-communications and/or swallowing abilities due to brain-related conditions such as dementia, stroke, and other illnesses. She has worked in Melbourne metropolitan hospitals on inpatient wards, rehabilitation units, community-outreach programs, and in private residential aged care settings. Margaret also works at Royal Melbourne Hospital in the specialist dementia diagnostic (CDAMS) clinic and on aged care wards.

She has completed her PhD in 2019, and her research focused on investigating the spousal experience of supporting their partner living with an atypical form of language-led dementia called Primary Progressive Aphasia. This work has resulted in several publications.

Her interests include cooking, baking, reading, and enjoys travelling to France for culinary tours.

Margaret is available for consultations on-site at Malvern, home visits, and in residential aged care facilities.

Gigi Lai

Our DIETITIAN

Gigi completed her Bachelor of Nutrition Science, followed by a Master of Dietetics degree at Monash University. She works at different clinics across Melbourne as a private practice dietitian. Gigi’s warm, caring, and patient personality allows her to become a competent dietitian working in the community. According to patients’ medical needs, Gigi will listen and understand their eating habits and pattern, tailor-made individual and package dietetics counselling sessions for our customers to help them regain health and enjoy a fruitful life. Gigi always creates plans together with her clients to make sure they are satisfied and confident in making lifestyle changes and can include their favourite food in a healthy, balanced eating plan, as she believes that creating a sustainable strategy is more realistic than giving out perfect meal plans. Throughout her career, Gigi has developed her interest in working with older adults. She believes every person deserves to enjoy their favourite food, regardless of their health conditions. Gigi ensures her clients leave their appointment with confidence, feeling positive and empowered to achieve their health goals. Gigi has the professional knowledge and experience to assess the nutritional needs and recommend appropriate nutrition treatment for referred patients. Gigi will evaluate and monitor dietetic intervention to help ensure a positive effect on patients’ nutritional status, aid the recovery process, control symptoms, and improve well-being.
 
Gigi enjoys cooking and baking; she spends lots of time developing new healthy recipes. She also loves to go hiking, volunteer, and eat out with friends on her days off.
 
Gigi is available for consultations on-site, home visits, and residential aged care facilities.

She offers nutritional advice on a range of health conditions including:
– General healthy eating, Malnutrition, 
Sarcopenia, Anaemia, Bone health and osteoporosis, Weight management, High blood pressure, High cholesterol and high triglyceride, Stroke, Gout, Fatty liver, Diarrhoea and constipation, Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Chronic liver diseases Kidney diseases, Cancer plus Preoperative and postoperative care.

 

 

Gigi Lai - Dietitian