Andrea and Anna's Story

04 Feb 2019

Two clinicians with one common goal. 

Senior Cystic Fibrosis Dietitian, Andrea Kench and Senior Respiratory Physiotherapist, Anna Middleton, are two clinicians who work within the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Clinic at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. The work they do with children diagnosed with CF is vitally important as it quite literally keeps them alive.

 Anna Middleton has been working at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for 15 years and sees an average of 35 patients a week. The physiotherapy treatment she provides to patients helps remove mucus from the lungs, which prevents infection and lung damage. The regular exercise and airway clearance treatments performed by patients are some of the most important factors for long term outcomes. Seeing the look on a child’s face when they have been working hard on their airway clearance and their lung function has improved is a highlight of Anna’s job.

 Andrea Kench started as a new graduate at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and has been part of the CF team for nine years. Each week, she sees an average of 25 patients and works with them to maintain good growth which amongst many things can help maintain lung function and improve long term outcomes. Andrea stresses the importance of enjoying food while meeting calorie intake requirements. The CF diet is typically high fat/energy dense with extra salt, however people with CF still need balanced diets with foods from all food groups. Andrea tries to encourage healthy, heart friendly fat additions to meals where possible. Seeing the sickest and most undernourished babies with CF grow into thriving toddlers who love food are some of the most memorable moments Andrea has had while working in the CF team.

 Anna and Andrea both describe the kids they work with as the best part of their jobs, and that is the reason they are participating in the 2019 65K 4 65 Roses Walkathon. They will join others to walk and raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis clinic at The Children's Hospital at Westmead and Cystic Fibrosis Community Care in the hope to find a future cure.

 The highlight of the Walkathon for them is seeing CF patients and their families. While Anna plans to do one lap with the families, Andrea prefers to hang around at the start/finish line, ready to help out on the BBQ.

 You can make a difference in the lives of those diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis by signing up to the 65k 4 65 Roses walkathon. Registrations are open now!