Dr Susannah Ward qualified as a rehabilitation physician in 2018 with the Basmajian Award for best fellowship clinical exam performance. She has over 10 years of experience working in hospitals across NSW including Prince of Wales Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, Hornsby Hospital, Wyong Hospital, Lismore Hospital, Belmont Hospital, Port Macquarie Private Hospital, Wauchope and John Hunter Hospital. She has diverse clinical experience including general medical and surgical care, palliative care, geriatrics and rehabilitation. She has rehabilitation experience working in brain injury, spinal cord injury, chronic pain, geriatrics, palliative care, orthopaedic rehabilitation, stroke, amputation and general rehabilitation.
Dr Ward currently works in private practice with clinics at Atune Health Centre Cardiff and The Wellness Place Blacksmiths. She also offers telehealth appointments and home visits. She sees people with GP referral for a comprehensive holistic rehabilitation consultation looking to optimise their wellbeing and function.
Dr Ward has a special interest in holistic health and lifestyle, behavioural and psychological rehabilitation. She is passionate about helping people to live optimally despite living with impairment or disability. She likes to incorporate evidence-based wellness tools like mindfulness, healthy eating, exercise and social/lifestyle prescription into her goal-directed and patient-centred care. She promotes the key message that living with illness or injury need not be a barrier to feeling well or living life to the full. Dr Ward’s therapeutic emphasis is to support a client to self-compassionately accept themselves and aquire self-mastery skills to maximise their functional ability and quality of life. She aims to help empower clients to independently self-care and optimally manage their circumstance using wellness tools and adopting a healthy lifestyle.
Dr Ward has a special interest in acquired brain injury and an expert understanding of the behavioural, psychological and social challenges faced by people following brain injury. She provides specialist opinion for patients with traumatic brain injury for Lifetime Care and Support NSW and the National Injury Insurance Scheme Queensland. She is accredited for Functional Independence Measure assessments.
Dr Ward undertakes medico-legal assessments of persons injured in accidents for personal injury lawyers requiring an independent and expert opinion and comprehensive report. Her reviews are thorough, timely and easy to read.