Joanne ‘Jo’ Tubb was a beautiful, vibrant young woman who loved life and exuded a special sparkle. She adored her family and friends and had the ability to make each feel as though they were the centre of her world. This sparkle was not only apparent with her dearly loved family and friends, it was clearly evident in her work as a paediatric physiotherapist.
Jo established the paediatric physiotherapy service at the Angliss Hospital, Ferntree Gully, Victoria. She developed a team of paediatric therapists who had a profound impact on hundreds of children with developmental delays, neo-natal feeding difficulties, hip dysplasia and spina bifida. Jo’s excellence in paediatric physiotherapy gained her peer recognition and leadership roles. This allowed her to mentor junior staff and culminated in a senior clinician role at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.
In 2002, Jo was diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma Peritoneii (a rare abdominal cancer). She courageously fought with great dignity and determination for six years, but unfortunately lost her battle in 2008, aged 31 years. Jo’s passion and commitment to her profession was emphasised by her focus to overcome obstacles and return to part-time work in 2007. This enabled her to sustain her sense of identity and purpose.
Jo had the ability to see a need, be proactive and initiate development in the area of paediatric physiotherapy.
Jo is without a doubt our inspiration.