Setting foot in Tasmania: Petterwood Orthopaedics
Sometimes the search for balance can lead to the move of a lifetime. Josh and Emma Petterwood share their story.
When Josh and Emma Petterwood moved to Tasmania, they hit the ground running.
The last two years have been a whirlwind for the pair. “It was two [children] under two, the move, a new house, the business, a renovation. It’s been wild,” explains Emma.
It’s a lot for the entrepreneurial couple who relocated to Tasmania in 2016 but they both agree the state has all the ingredients to see them succeed through life’s more hectic moments. Housing affordability, ease of access and a strong sense of community have meant that Josh and Emma can give their new lives, family and business the kick start needed to thrive.
Josh and Emma were living in Melbourne when they started to consider new options for the future. Josh’s career as an orthopaedic surgeon was proving busier and busier, with a lot of time spent commuting between hospitals. And when Emma fell pregnant with their first child, the ambitious couple started looking for balance.
Josh grew up in Launceston and studied in Hobart, but Melbourne girl Emma well and truly identified as a lover of big cities. That’s when an opportunity came up that was too good to refuse, with a retiring orthopaedic surgeon asking Josh if he would like to take over his practice based in Calvary Hospital in Hobart.
What happened next was that whirlwind Emma first described. They had a business to establish, a brand to promote, and were just starting to build their lives with their young family.
Petterwood Orthopaedics is undoubtedly a family business. Following the birth of their second child, Emma set up a cot in the office and their eldest can often be found doing the hospital rounds with dad on the weekend.
“We’ve incorporated the boys and family into the practice and that’s actually been really important for us, it’s important for us that the patients feel as though they’re part of something as well”, says Josh.
Working together has been crucial to the businesses success, with Josh’s extensive training and Emma’s experience in marketing and brand.
“I’ve worked in business since I was 20, not necessarily from an operational sense, but you get to see how the nuts and bolts work,” says Emma.
Both Josh and Emma are entrepreneurial and driven, but Emma believes the help they have received from the hospital community has been crucial to managing a number of moving parts.
“One of the standout positive things has been the welcoming we’ve felt, that people here wanted us to be part of their community.”
“When we started I had never worked in a practice before, I had help from other surgeons and other practices from around the hospital coming to give me a hand, and to see if I had a question.”
“People are just so friendly and happy to help,” adds Josh.
While things are still busy Josh and Emma have started to look towards the future.
“We’ve committed to Hobart for the long term, we’ve got a bricks and mortar business, and our house. Not just in a work environment but socially, in the community.”
While they both loved the Melbourne lifestyle, the recent growth of Tasmania’s cultural scene and easy access to the outdoors made the decision to make the change a winning option with no regrets.
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Published : 21 August 2017