Logan local Kathryn Potter has been helping the people of Logan for over 10 years as a physiotherapist and passionate public health professional. During her time working in the hospitals with patients suffering with breathing and respiratory problems, she was driven by frustration of her patients based on the antiquated techniques and tools that were being used to help them remove secretions and improve their breathing.
Historically, these patients were provided treatments that were carried out using non purpose-built materials that made the patients feel disrespected, undignified and “like a burden on the health system.” When her patients began opening up to her about how these forms of treatment made them feel, Kathryn heard them and Therabubble™ was born.
Therabubble™ is a revolutionary device used to help facilitate oscillatory Positive Expiratory Pressure therapy, more commonly known as Bubble PEP therapy. PEP Therapy is a treatment technique that helps to open patient’s airways and helps to reverse or prevent airway collapses and dislodge sticky secretions in the lungs.
Starting as a typical kitchen table design between two innovative minds, Therabubble™ is now an international brand, partnering with major hospitals across Australia and New Zealand. Kathryn has also made inroads into multiple other international markets and are now getting ready to scale globally. Therabubble™ founder Kathryn Potter, has strong roots in the Australian Indigenous culture being a Kamilaroi woman and the company, Physiotherapy Innovations, values reflect her passion for the original Australian People.
“I started the Indigenous artwork on the containers in 2016 for NAIDOC week. This was to be able to provide them as donations. From there Clinicians were asking me to continue to provide them as they were really well received by their patients. So, we launched a permanent Indigenous artwork range in 2017.”
Kathryn Potter is a regular attendee and supporter of INNOV8 Logan, and has a passion for helping other innovators in Logan find the same success they have had. For their community work, the Indigenous Business, Physiotherapy Innovations recently won a major award for “Community Contribution” at the Logan Business Distinction Awards. Kathryn had some words of wisdom for anyone wanting to innovate in Logan:
“The advice I would give to innovators in Logan is to speak to people and be willing to be open and vulnerable to people about your ideas and to really find out if they are viable.”
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