Michael Ledger

Myrtleford Times - - News -

How long have you lived in Myrtle­ford?

My wife and I have been in Myrtle­ford for ap­prox­i­mately one year. We ini­tially stayed in Ovens while seek­ing a house and moved into Myrtle­ford it­self a few months af­ter. What is your job? My prin­ci­pal role is as a phys­io­ther­a­pist with Ovens Val­ley Physio and Pi­lates. As part of this role I have the op­por­tu­nity to work with mem­bers of the Myrtle­ford Foot­ball Net­ball Club.

What brought you to this role?

I have worked in both pub­lic and pri­vate roles over a num­ber of years. When mov­ing to the area I made con­tact with the own­ers of the clinic and it was im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent the team at OVPP val­ued gen­uine com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and de­liv­ery of ex­pert care. These shared val­ues made the role a great fit.

What do you en­joy most about it?

The sim­ple an­swer is the pa­tients, I have the op­por­tu­nity to work with a hugely var­ied pa­tient group from ath­letes look­ing to im­prove per­for­mance to se­niors look­ing to im­prove mo­bil­ity or man­age pain and each is re­ward­ing in their own way.

Tell me about your in­volve­ment with the Myrtle­ford Foot­ball Net­ball Club?

Ovens Val­ley Physio and Pi­lates had an ex­ist­ing re­la­tion­ship with MFNC to pro­vide in­jury as­sess­ment and ad­vice to play­ers of both net­ball and foot­ball. I have been lucky enough to un­der­take post­grad­u­ate study in both sports phys­io­ther­apy and strength and con­di­tion­ing and get to utilise these skills with these pa­tients. What do you love about liv­ing in Myrtle­ford?

We ini­tially moved to Myrtle­ford for its prox­im­ity to great hik­ing, bik­ing, ski­ing, winer­ies and the less fre­netic pace of life. Since be­ing here we have been re­ally im­pressed by the strong sense of com­mu­nity and in­clu­sion. What is a sig­nif­i­cant cur­rent is­sue that Myrtle­ford faces?

It is clear that Myrtle­ford as a re­gion has had a his­tory of eco­nomic ups and downs. The con­tin­ued eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the town and the de­vel­op­ment of new in­dus­tries ap­pears to be an on­go­ing process. With will I be­lieve we will see Myrtle­ford thrive. What’s the most sig­nif­i­cant world is­sue to you?

That’s a big ques­tion, in broad terms I would say in­equal­ity in all its forms, be that eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal, ac­cess to health or gen­der in­equal­ity.

If you could get any­one in the world to come visit Myrtle­ford who would it be and what would you show them?

My wife is Cana­dian and I would love to bring over her fam­ily and show them the amaz­ing nat­u­ral beauty of the area, and that ski­ing does ex­ist in Aus­tralia and it’s not all beaches.

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