Our Team

Physiotherapists are experts in the management of movement disorders. In the hospital setting, physiotherapists work in a variety of areas e.g. orthopaedics, neurology, cardiorespiratory, cancer care, cardiac care, geriatrics and rehabilitation in the home. At St Vincent’s, our physiotherapists provide a range of therapies to assist patients to maintain or restore their function. The Physiotherapy Department provides clinical services across a spectrum of acute, sub-acute and outpatient services at St Vincent’s Hospital, St George’s Hospital and other community centres.

Our Services

Inpatient services

We provide Physiotherapy services to Neurological, Orthopaedic, Palliative, Medical, Surgical, Critical illness and rehabilitation populations admitted to St Vincent's Hospital Fitzroy and St George's Hospital.

Our residential care facilities are also serviced from our sub-acute team at St George's Hospital.

Community Rehabilitation Centres (CRC)

St Vincent’s Community Rehabilitation Centre provides specialised rehabilitation services to people living in the Cities of Boroondara, Darebin and Yarra.

Located at St George’s Hospital in Kew and St Vincent's Community Rehabilitation Centre in Northcote.





Expanding the evidence for the best care for patients is a priority in the St Vincent’s Hospital Physiotherapy Department and research projects are embedded within all clinical teams. The research undertaken in the Physiotherapy Department has a focus on supporting clinical projects, building on the expertise of physiotherapy staff and specialist services in the hospital and ensuring translation of evidence based practice to get the best possible health outcomes for our patients. In recent years there have been a number of studies completed in Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy practice, sub-acromial pain syndrome and rotator cuff tendinopathy, knee osteoarthritis as well as geriatric and stroke physiotherapy assessment and management. The Physiotherapy department has strong affiliations with experienced researchers, Universities and organisations both in Australia and overseas and continues to involve as many staff as possible in producing evidence that improves patient care.

The Physiotherapy department has a number of staff completing Higher Degrees by Research and is currently involved in several local and multi-centre national and international studies in intensive care, post-operative pulmonary complications, pre-operative exercise for people with lung cancer, telehealth for people with knee osteoarthritis, exercises for sub-acromial pain and rotator cuff conditions, lateropulsion and robotic technology in rehabilitation in stroke.


Cardoso, T. B., Pizzari, T., Kinsella, R., Hope, D., & Cook, J. L. (2019). Current trends in tendinopathy management. Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology.

Heywood, S., McClelland, J., Geigle, P., Rahmann, A., Villalta, E., Mentiplay, B., & Clark, R. (2019). Force during functional exercises on land and in water in older adults with and without knee osteoarthritis: Implications for rehabilitation. The Knee, 26(1), 61-72.

Harding, P., Burge, A., Walter, K., Shaw, B., Page, C., Phan, U., ... & Liew, S. (2018). Advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapists in post arthroplasty review clinics: a state wide implementation program evaluation. Physiotherapy, 104(1), 98-106.

Birnbaum, MA., Brock, K., Clark, RA., Hill, KD. (2018) Measuring lateropulsion following stroke: a feasibility study using Wii Balance Board technology. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy 46(1): 36-42. doi:10.15619/NZJP/46.1.06

Black, S., Nicholas, C., Cotton, S., & Brock, K. (2018). Determining discharge destination in geriatric evaluation and management units: Is progressive goal attainment a better early indicator of discharge destination than improvement in functional independence measure scores?. Geriatrics & gerontology international.

Shaw, B. R., Heywood, S. E., Page, C. J., Phan, U. M., Harding, P. A., Walter, K., ... & Granger, C. L. (2018). Advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy: Barriers and enablers to multisite implementation. Musculoskeletal care.

Heywood, S., Pua, Y., McClelland, J., Geigle, P., Rahmann, A., Bower, K., & Clark, R. (2018). Low-cost electromyography–Validation against a commercial system using both manual and automated activation timing thresholds. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology.

Dabare, C., Le Marshall, K., Leung, A., Page, C. J., Choong, P. F., & Lim, K. K. (2017). Differences in presentation, progression and rates of arthroplasty between hip and knee osteoarthritis: Observations from an osteoarthritis cohort studya clear role for conservative management. International journal of rheumatic diseases, 20(10), 1350-1360.

Melissa Birnbaum, Keith Hill, Rita Kinsella, Susan Black, Ross Clark, Kim Brock (2017): Comprehensive clinical sitting balance measures for individuals following stroke: a systematic review on the methodological quality.  Disability and Rehabilitation http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2016.1261947

Kinsella R, Cowan SM, Watson L and Pizzari T (2017). Comparison of isometric, isotonic concentric and isotonic eccentric exercises in the physiotherapy management of subacromial pain syndrome/rotator cuff tendinopathy: study protocol for a pilot randomised controlled trial. BMC Trials (published on-line Nov 14 2017).

Kinsella R, and Pizzari T. (2017). Electromyographic activity of the shoulder muscles during rehabilitation exercises in subjects with and without subacromial pain syndrome: a systematic review. Shoulder Elbow: 9(2):112-126. (Epub 2016 Aug 13. )

Kinsella R, Collins T, Shaw B, Sayer J, Cary B, Walby A, Cowan S (2017). Management of patients brought in by ambulance to the emergency department: role of the Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. Aust Health Rev. Publlished on-line first May 2017

Sayer J, Kinsella R, Cary B, Burge A, Kimmel L, Harding P (2017).  Advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapists are effective and safe in managing patients with acute low back pain presenting to emergency departments. Aust Health Rev.  Publlished on-line first May 2017.

Eckhardt G, Haase G, Brock K, Hummelsheim H (2016) The Interactive-Dialogue in the Bobath concept: a mixed methods study. Int J Ther Rehabil 23:233- 42.

Graven C, Brock K, Hill K, Cotton S, Joubert L (2016) First year after stroke: an integrated approach focusing on participation goals aiming to reduce depressive symptoms. Stroke 47:2820 -7.

Ilett, P., Lythgo, N., Martin, C., & Brock, K. (2016). Balance and gait in people with multiple sclerosis: a comparison with healthy controls and the immediate change after an intervention based on the Bobath concept. Physiotherapy Research International, 21(2), 91-101



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