WHY HYPERMOBILITY CONNECT?
Having practised as an occupational therapist with a special interest in working with people with hypermobility, I was given unique insight into the challenges faced by people of all ages, stages & locations in Australia. Whilst I cherished my time practising as an OT, there came a point where I had to step back and see the bigger picture.
As one person, I was only able to help a finite number of people on their journey with hypermobility, and realised that this wasn’t enough for me – or for you. The idea of Hypermobility Connect has been brewing for years and has now been a couple of years in the making. It’s a true work of the heart, because as a fellow bendy-body who wasn’t formally diagnosed until I was 23, I remember so vividly the journey that was… and I look forward with hope at the continuing journey ahead.
WHAT’S THE AIM?
The aim of hypermobility connect is four fold: to increase recognition of hypermobility; to educate the community & health professionals about the realities of hypermobility; to help people with hypermobility and the people around them accept their condition; and to eventually, connect people with hypermobility to relevant resources and health professionals.
This fourth aim is a long-term goal. It is not going to happen over night and will require some serious training of health professionals over the coming years to ensure that we connect people to the right health professional. This will be no simple feat, but one that I truly believe in making happen.
Together, as Hypermobility Connect – professionals & community members alike – we can raise awareness of hypermobility, it’s causes, it’s features, and importantly, the real impact that it can have on someone’s life. Keep your eyes peeled for opportunities to get involved in this awareness raising.
Hypermobility Connect is a hopeful place. It is about looking forward to a better world, a better system, a better way of life. I like to think of it as the “home of hopefulness for hypermobiles” (because lets be honest, I love alliteration).
Welcome home to Hypermobility Connect.