Bridget’s current career path was inspired by her auntie, who was a nurse.
Her visits to the hospital, where her auntie worked, left a significant impression and as a result this would have a big impact on Bridget’s future career.
“Seeing the amazing difference that health professionals make in people’s lives daily, I decided to be a medical doctor,” she says.
Before studying at Flinders’ College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bridget undertook training at the University of Ghana.
While studying there, she decided that a change from medical science to physiotherapy would better suit her desire to work closely with patients through a person-centered approach.
“I changed from the medical doctor pathway into physiotherapy when I saw the patient-centredness of physiotherapy,” she says.
“Compared to medical doctors, they spend a lot more time with the patients.”
Studying physiotherapy may have added an extra year to her time at university, but it also helped her achieve her goal of bringing hope to patients.
“A doctor saves the life of a patient, but a physiotherapist saves a patient’s quality of life,” she says.
Bridget opened her first practice at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, a tertiary institution located in Kumasi, Southern Ghana.
She later moved to Ghana’s capital, Accra, to continue her practice at a local district hospital.