The Friendlies Physiotherapy Service is made up of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapist and a Podiatrist. Find out more about them and their interests.
Matt graduated from Sydney University in 1998 and completed several years in a large teaching hospital in Sydney, working in areas including orthopaedics, neurology, outpatient care, cardiac and pulmonary rehab and hydrotherapy.
He received further training in Muscle Energy Techniques (MET), Dry Needling, Swimming, running and cycling biomechanical analysis training and plaster and synthetic casting.
Matt has extensive experience working as a physiotherapist including:
- Facilitating the introduction of extended scope physiotherapy in an emergency department to ease the load on doctors
- Working in a busy sports injury clinic in Sydney which dealt with a range of musculoskeletal injuries and participation in ankle research
- Working in a variety of sports roles, including rugby and netball, with preventative taping and injury management
- Two years working in both public and private hospitals throughout the UK.
Matt has worked at The Friendlies for more than 11 years. In that time he has developed the Physiotherapy and Allied Health service as well as assisted with the CQU Australia physiotherapy program and developed strong professional relationships with all the orthopedic surgeons, general physicians and other Allied Health providers.
He enjoys all types of patient conditions but gains the most satisfaction from enabling people to return to their desired level of performance, whether that is walking or competition.
Areas of Interest: Matt has a keen interest in running and riding injuries and has completed several course assessments of bike and running biomechanics as well as swimming biomechanics.
Areas of Speciality: Dry needling, casting (plaster and synthetic), injury screening for running and swimming, muscle energy techniques for thoracic, lumbar and pelvic areas, joint replacement rehabilitation.
Matt loves running and touch football.
Sara has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and worked for Queensland Health for two years before joining The Friendlies over 10 years ago.
During her career, Sara has also travelled as a physio with the Queensland Junior Soccer Girls team to the national titles.
Sara enjoys working with all types of patients, but further training and increasing patient needs has seen her develop extra skills in
- Dry Needling
- Women’s Health
- Pre and Post Natal
- Pelvic floor
- Bladder training
- Workstation/worksite assessment
- Sports Injuries
Outside of work, Sara was heavily involved in soccer before having children and used to referee internationally. Now she loves all sports and fishing.
Jordan has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and a Diploma of Sports Development.
He is a Bundaberg local, having completed all his schooling and university education here.
Jordan says his passion is to work with patients to improve their quality of life, whether that is by decreasing pain, improving function or returning to sports activities.
Jordan’s areas of interest include:
- Acute sports injuries
- Shoulder rehabilitation
- Anterior knee pain
- Balance and falls prevention
- Dry needling/acupuncture
- Acute back and neck pain
- Chronic pain management
Jared graduated from University of Newcastle in 2009 and completed several years working in a private practice in the hunter valley working in areas including home modifications, equipment prescription and paediatrics.
He received further training in seating assessments and equipment prescription, sensory integration therapies, home modifications and hand therapies
Jared has extensive experience working as an Occupational therapist including:
- Management of occupational therapy department within the aged care sector including provision of therapies and manual handling education.
- Senior position with the NHS based in London for two years in a community rapid response supported discharge role.
- Management of Occupational rehabilitation team focusing on the rehabilitation of injured mine workers including the creation of an dynamic exercise program for injury prevention.
- Lead occupational therapist for seating and equipment prescription in Newcastle in the private sector.
- Senior role within a large private company in Newcastle dealing predominantly with complex NDIS clients.
Areas of Interest: Jared has a keen interest in hand therapy and how hand injuries impact on individuals day to day life.
Areas of Speciality: Equipment prescription, home modifications, hand therapy, paediatrics,
Jared loves surfing, playing basketball and AFL and spending time with his family.
Rachael has a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland. Rachael started part time at The Friendlies in early 2015, while also working at the AEIOU Foundation for Children with Autism. She is now working full time at the Friendlies and has completed training courses for stroke rehabilitation, complex home modifications and paediatrics.
Rachael loves working with her patients to improve their quality of life by prescribing equipment, improving their function and helping them return to meaningful activities.
Her areas of special interest are:
- Home assessment and modification
- Equipment prescription
- Stroke rehabilitation
When not at work, Rachael loves to play hockey and hang out with her dogs.
Claire immigrated to Australia in 2008 from England after graduating from Southampton University. She has experience working in both the public and private sector as a Podiatrist.
She currently holds full registration with the Queensland Podiatry Association and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She is a full member of Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) and Diabetes Queensland.
A general Podiatrist, Claire’s main interests are in chronic disease management and the high risk foot and has experience working in remote and far North Queensland in areas of chronic and acute wound management, Charcot foot, the ‘ulcerated high risk’ foot, the ‘at risk’ foot and preventative diabetic foot related complications.
Claire also enjoys and practices in the areas of nail surgery and management of sports injuries.
She is also able to provide footwear advice, prescribe custom made orthotics and offers LASER to assist in managing musculoskeletal injuries and is trained in dry needling.