Our Team

Donna Deans

Donna Deans

Critical Care Team Leader | Senior Physiotherapist

Specialist Area of Focus

  • Intensive Care and Coronary Care 
  • Cardiology and Vascular 
  • Respiratory 

Additional Areas of Interest

  • General Surgery Pre- and Post-Operative Rehabilitation  


  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy, The University of Queensland 

Additional Qualifications

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association – Virtual Cardiorespiratory ICU Course Update, 2020 
  • Alfred Advanced Mechanical Ventilation Conference, 2016, 2019 
  • NIDA Clinical Trials Network – Good Clinical Practice Course, 2019 



  • Mater Private Hospital, Brisbane 
  • Mater Centre for Neurosciences – ICU 

Donna’s family share a passion for rugby union. When not at work, the mum of three grown sons is probably watching a game, cooking or spending time in her garden. 

When at work, Donna expertly leads our Critical Care Team. With three decades of clinical knowledge and practical experience, she has helped thousands of people to live better lives. Over the years, Donna has developed a particular interest in cardiac, respiratory and vascular physiotherapy, and she has completed advanced training in cardiorespiratory intensive care and clinical practice. 

Donna says she derives great satisfaction from supporting Intensive Care patients to become well and independent. She also thoroughly enjoys and expertly mentors our graduate physiotherapists and university students. 

Donna’s favourite quote: 

“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” – Benjamin Franklin 

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association, since 2006 
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association Cardiorespiratory Group, since 2006 
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association Women’s, Men’s Pelvic Health Group, since 2006