The most gratifying part is seeing the positive results – Dr Lissa Spencer
National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our volunteers. Lung Foundation Australia takes this opportunity to thank the hundreds of volunteers who generously donate their time, skills and support to making lung health a priority in Australia.
This week we have put together a few profiles of our hardworking volunteers so that you can get to know them too. First up is Lissa:
Dr Lissa Spencer is a senior physiotherapist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, with extensive clinical and research experience in pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation. Dr Spencer has generously volunteered her time for more than 15 years to help provide clinical input on numerous educational Lung Foundation Australia resources for health professionals, patients and their carers. She was also instrumental in the development of the Lung Foundation’s community exercise program for people with chronic lung disease – Lungs in Action.
What made you decide to become a volunteer for Lung Foundation Australia?
I was working in respiratory physiotherapy for many years and went to a meeting about LungNet. It was about 1997. From then on I could see that Lung Foundation Australia was dedicated to helping people with lung disease.
What is the most rewarding part of volunteering?
The most gratifying part is seeing the positive results of programs and resources being developed such as patient support groups, online education and resources, pulmonary rehabilitation toolkit and pulmonary rehabilitation guidelines for clinicians as well as education material for patients.
What are the challenges, if any?
Time is the biggest challenge if you work full time, but everyone at the Lung Foundation is patient with us when we don’t return calls immediately. They are a very positive group of people to work with – all very dedicated to the cause of lung disease.
Would you encourage other health professionals to volunteer?
Yes, I would encourage others to volunteer because the benefits for clinicians and patients far outweigh the time that we give.