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Our team

Our team

Dr Andrew Hirschhorn, Clinical Director, Physiotherapy Bachelor of Applied Science – Physiotherapy (Honours), PhD; Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association

Andrew has 20 years’ experience as a physiotherapist, including more than 15 years in senior clinical and management roles in private and public hospitals. Andrew undertook his PhD at Griffith University, where he investigated physiotherapy and exercise prescription following coronary artery bypass graft surgery. His postdoctoral translational research fellowship with the National Health and Medical Research Council explored strategies to improve the uptake of healthcare services by men with prostate cancer. Andrew has a special interest in perioperative physiotherapy, including the prehabilitation and education of patients requiring major orthopaedic, spinal, cardiothoracic and general surgery.

Chris Wynne, Lead Physiotherapist, Outpatient Services Bachelor of Applied Science – Exercise and Sports Science, Master of Physiotherapy, Graduate Certificate of Sports Physiotherapy

Chris has 10 years’ postgraduate experience as a physiotherapist, predominantly in the private outpatient sector. For the past four years, Chris has been the head physiotherapist for the GWS Giants (AFL) Academy Program, and he is currently completing his Master of Sports Physiotherapy through La Trobe University.

Chris enjoys working collaboratively with orthopaedic specialists, sports physicians and general practitioners to care for patients with a broad range of orthopaedic, musculoskeletal, sports conditions and injuries. He has a special interest in helping people return to activity following orthopaedic surgery, the physiotherapy management of concussion and the management of acute and chronic spinal and lower limb conditions. In addition to his clinical work, Chris also teaches musculoskeletal physiotherapy to students of Macquarie’s Doctor of Physiotherapy program.

Peta Jordan, Senior Physiotherapist, Acute Medical and Surgical Services Bachelor of Health Sciences – Physiotherapy

Peta undertook her physiotherapy training in New Zealand at Auckland University of Technology and has since worked in inpatient and outpatient settings across public and private healthcare sectors. Peta’s key clinical interests include cardiorespiratory and intensive care physiotherapy. She has been a senior physiotherapist within Macquarie University Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit since 2015. Peta has undertaken voluntary work as a physiotherapist for Transplant Australia and for Open Heart International, with whom she travelled to Tanzania in 2017 as part of a cardiothoracic surgical outreach team. Peta has a passion for physiotherapy education, and in addition to her clinical work, she is now also a tutor for Macquarie’s Doctor of Physiotherapy program.

Dr Victoria Ko, Senior Physiotherapist, Bone and Joint Clinical Program Bachelor of Applied Science – Physiotherapy (Honours), PhD; Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association

Dr Victoria Ko, Senior Physiotherapist, Bone and Joint Clinical Program
Bachelor of Applied Science – Physiotherapy (Honours), PhD; Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association

Vicki has more than 15 years’ clinical experience in the fields of musculoskeletal physiotherapy and orthopaedic rehabilitation. She has worked across the private and public healthcare sectors, and in inpatient and outpatient settings. Vicki’s special interest in orthopaedic rehabilitation guided her PhD research at the University of New South Wales, which examined different models and programs of physiotherapy care for patients with lower limb arthroplasty.

Chloe Luscombe, Senior Physiotherapist, Neurosciences Clinical Program Bachelor of Applied Science – Physiotherapy

Chloe has 10 years’ clinical experience in Australia and the United Kingdom. She has focused on neurophysiotherapy for the past five years, working across specialist brain tumour and acute neurorehabilitation units. Chloe is passionate about the perioperative and postoperative assessment of patients requiring neurosurgical intervention. She has a special interest in emerging rehabilitative technologies and in respiratory management for people with neurological diseases.

Hannah Rutherford, Senior Physiotherapist, Acute Medical and Surgical Services Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Hannah undertook her physiotherapy training at New Zealand’s University of Otago and chose to make Sydney her home in 2013. Hannah has worked in intensive and acute care settings in private and public hospitals, and has contributed extensively to the clinical supervision of physiotherapy students. She has received a Gold Award for Recognition in Clinical Supervision from the University of Sydney. Hannah has a special interest in healthcare innovation and is currently completing her Master of Health Management through the University of New South Wales.

Rehan Ahangangoda, Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Rehan graduated as a physiotherapist from the Australian Catholic University in 2016. During his studies Rehan undertook clinical placements across several hospitals, including elective placements in gender health, palliative care and physiotherapy in the emergency department. He has also worked with Medics Australia to provide first-aid services for various community-based sporting events. Rehan has a special interest in neuroplasticity of the brain and the role of physiotherapy in the rehabilitation of neurologically impaired patients.

Alexander Bloomfield, Bachelor of Physiotherapy Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association

Alex undertook his physiotherapy degree at the Australian Catholic University. Before joining MQ Health Physiotherapy he practiced in rural (Wagga Wagga) and metropolitan (Hornsby/Ku-Ring-Gai) hospitals within the New South Wales public health system. Alex has also gained sports physiotherapy experience, most recently with Macquarie University’s Australian Rules Football Club. Alex has a special interest in sports physiotherapy, the physiotherapy management of patients following orthopaedic surgery and limb amputation.

Bridget Dean, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Human Movement, Doctor of Physiotherapy; Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association

Bridget completed Macquarie’s Doctor of Physiotherapy program and has since worked within inpatient and outpatient physiotherapy services at Macquarie University Hospital and clinic. Bridget’s clinical interests include musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy. She has provided physiotherapy services to travelling state representative teams for hockey and OzTag. Bridget has also worked extensively with patients of Macquarie University Hospital’s osseointegration program, a key area of clinical interest. Bridget has a passion for clinical education and research; her DPT research was presented at the Australian Physiotherapy Association conference (2016) and at the World Congress for Physical Therapy in Singapore (2015).

Brooke Falchi, Bachelor of Science, Doctor of Physiotherapy

Brooke obtained her Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Honours) degree from Kent State University in the United States, while her postgraduate study was undertaken through Macquarie University’s own Doctor of Physiotherapy program (where Brooke remains on the Board of Advisers). A high-level athlete herself, Brooke has a passion for helping people stay as active as they can and achieve their physical activity goals.

Dr Joel Fuller, Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), PhD; Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association

Since graduating with honours as a physiotherapist from the University of South Australia, Joel has worked in hospital, sporting, teaching and academic settings. Joel also received his PhD from the University of South Australia for his research in the field of running footwear, performance and injury risk. In 2015, Joel was awarded a prestigious Fulbright postgraduate scholarship to study with leading biomechanics researchers at the University of Massachusetts in the United States. Joel is also a lecturer in Macquarie’s Doctor of Physiotherapy program.

Ingrid Li, Bachelor of Applied Science – Physiotherapy (Honours)

Ingrid joined MQ Health Physiotherapy from Westmead Hospital, where she undertook her initial postgraduate physiotherapy employment. She graduated with honours from the University of Sydney’s physiotherapy program and has experience across a broad range of clinical areas, including cardiothoracic and general surgery, orthopaedics and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, and rehabilitation.

Sally Raymond, Bachelor of Applied Science – Physiotherapy

Sally obtained her physiotherapy degree from the University of Sydney in 2011 and has been working at Macquarie University Hospital since early 2014. Sally has undertaken further study in the field of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy; she has a particular interest in the care of patients undergoing general, head and neck, reconstructive and colorectal surgery; patients receiving treatment for cancer; and patients with heart and lung conditions. She is a passionate and enthusiastic physiotherapist who always aims to provide high-quality patient-centred care.

Joanne Smith, Bachelor of Applied Science – Physiotherapy

Joanne has many years’ clinical experience as a physiotherapist, primarily in the field of neurosciences. She has extensive experience in the acute care of patients following cerebrovascular, intracranial and spinal surgery. More recently, Joanne has developed a keen interest in the management of patients with Parkinson’s and other progressive neurological diseases; she has completed formal training in the PD (Parkinson’s Disease) Warrior program and conducts regular outpatient exercise classes for patients with movement disorders.

Fiona Tisdall Blake, Bachelor of Applied Science – Physiotherapy; Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Member of the Australasian Lymphology Association

Since her graduation as a physiotherapist from La Trobe University, Fiona has worked in a broad range of clinical settings, including within private practice, occupational health and hospital settings in Australia and the United Kingdom. Fiona has extensive experience in neurological and orthopaedic rehabilitation and has a particular interest in the rehabilitation of patients after spinal surgery. Fiona is also a qualified lymphoedema therapist and an active member of the Australasian Lymphology Association.