Work in India ‘challenging and difficult’

Kensington resident and occupational therapist Amy Rushton wearing a traditional Indian sari [NAME OK]
Kensington resident and occupational therapist Amy Rushton wearing a traditional Indian sari [NAME OK]

Three years after graduation, Miss Rushton spent two weeks earlier this year in India working as an occupational therapist.

‘It was really challenging and difficult,’ she said.

‘I was shocked with some of the views these countries have of disability and the way people with disabilities are treated.’

Ms Rushton travelled to India with a team of 47 health professionals with Perth based organisation Equal Health, an organisation that provides free health care to developing countries.

The team cared for more than 7,000 people in need of dental, medical, optical and allied health care.

‘I really enjoyed the experience,’ Miss Rushton added.

As an occupational therapist, Ms Rushton educated carers in an orphanage that looks after young girls with disabilities about correct positioning and sitting positions in order to prevent further deformities.

‘The visit put my whole life into perspective,’ she said.

‘We are so lucky in Australia; everyone has the opportunity to live their life equally.’