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Caitlin Dunsford


Cailtin Dunsford is a Sydney-based physiotherapist at Liverpool Hospital. She also works at a recently opened private practice, The Hills Physiotherapy, alongside a group of specialised health coaches and personal trainers to target health promotion and performance. 

Tell us how you came to be in the role you are today…

Being raised in a very sporty family, I spent many a school afternoon sitting in a physio room, whether for myself or for one of my siblings. I realised that this profession combined my interests in health and the human body and my love for working closely with people!

It’s the perfect job for someone like me who loves sport and fitness, human movement, health promotion and has a burning desire to help others. I love the diversity of my job, and am a strong believer of multidisciplinary practice when it comes to health. Consistently liaising with multiple health professionals allows me to ensure the best patient outcome and most holistic care.

What would be your best advice to someone starting out on the same career path as you?

A lot of people doing the same thing doesn’t necessarily make them right. Spend your first years learning as much as you can from as many different people as you can. Make your own evaluations and find what makes YOU passionate.

How do you relax when you’re not busy answering questions at I Quit Sugar?

Food and family – they make my world go around!

What’s the hardest thing about your job?

Helping people who don’t want to help themselves.

In five words, tell us the most important qualities for someone in your particular role…

Patience, an open mind, diligence, empathy and being personable.

What do you enjoy most about working in your field?

Where do I start? Working closely with patients, motivating and empowering them to reach their goals and then maintain this independently is by far the most rewarding part of my job. Whether it be watching a two-year-old with global developmental delay walk for the first time or helping an amputee to stand with a new prosthesis – each patient is different and the diversity in my job keeps me excited and motivated every day. 

What’s next on your horizon?

A mobile physiotherapy service in the Hills district of Sydney, targeting health promotion, prevention and rehab in schools, homes and workplaces. I want to change the way people think about private practice physiotherapy. I would love to see therapy shift from the reactive medicine model to a more preventative model. 

If you weren’t a Physiotherapist, you would have been a…

Paediatrician. I couldn’t imagine a life not working in the health industry!

Why are you such a firm believer in the I Quit Sugar philosophy?

I love I Quit Sugar because it offers people information and evidence, encourages them to try this way of living, and then gives them the chance to make a decision for themselves!

I am such a firm believer in the philosophy because I’ve read the evidence, tried it out, and have never felt better. What’s there not to love about sleeping perfectly seven nights a week, feeling energised at 3pm, being able to push your body to new performance goals and glowing from the inside out?

The IQS Team are coming for dinner. What are you cooking for us?

I am absolutely addicted to the Cheeseburger Dim Sims from Simplicious, so we would start with dim sims and a glass of red! We’d follow this entrée with a load of in-season veggies – maybe a fresh green bean, pea, mint and feta bowl with toasted nuts and seeds or a pile of roasted root veggies tossed with my special chilli lime extra virgin olive oil.

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