GREAT MESSAGE: Amputee-awareness night organiser Jamie Warner and guest speaker Blake Cochrane, a dual gold medallist at the London Paralympics.
GREAT MESSAGE: Amputee-awareness night organiser Jamie Warner and guest speaker Blake Cochrane, a dual gold medallist at the London Paralympics. Brett Wortman

Live life to the fullest theme comes through

BEING an amputee hasn't always been easy for Jamie Warner, but it hasn't stopped him breaking down barriers by encouraging those in the same boat to share their inspirational stories.

As part of National Amputee Awareness Week, the Eden Rehabilitation Centre physiotherapy assistant organised a special gathering last night at Novotel Twin Waters Resort, where gold medal-winning Paralympian Blake Cochrane took to the stage.

Mr Warner was thrilled the swimmer agreed to take part in a Q&A, which was part of a networking session with other local guest speakers "living life to the fullest".

"It's putting amputees, their families and carers in touch with industry professionals to voice concerns and find a solution to any problems they have been having," he said.

Mr Warner said the Queensland Amputee Limb Service would continue its annual information nights next year in Brisbane.

"There is a really good support base on the Sunshine Coast and we just have to make people aware of it," he said.

Mr Warner said as a physiotherapy assistant at Eden Rehabilitation Centre in Cooroy, he often spoke with young amputees who were finding the process of rehabilitation challenging.

"Being an amputee myself, I have confronted the barriers most amputees come across," he said. "I give them as much information as I know at the time, purely because I know it will make their life that much easier."

Mr Warner said he planned to hold the event annually.

About 40 people, a mix of amputees and health professionals, attended this year.

National Amputee Awareness Week runs from October 4-11.


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