Our Team

Matthew Fels 

Matthew Fels 

Director Hospitals and Connected Care

Specialist Area of Focus

  • Orthopaedics 

Additional Areas of Interest

  • General Hospital Inpatients 
  • Orthopaedic Pre- and Post-Operative Rehabilitation  


  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (First Class Honours), University of Queensland   
  • Associate Lecturer – University of Queensland 

Additional Qualifications

  • University of Melbourne – Peak program, 2020 
  • Queensland Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Network: Annual conference, 2014 – 2019 
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association: Level 1 sports course,  2018 
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association – Momentum Conference (e-poster presentation), 2017   
  • School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Queensland – Introductory interprofessional workshop for clinical educators and workshop for physiotherapy clinical educators, 2011 


  • Mater Private Hospital, Brisbane  
  • Mater Centre for Neurosciences  
  • Mater Private Hospital, Springfield  
  • Brisbane Private Hospital 

Matthew’s ability to offer clear, calm and practical instruction and advice is invaluable for our patients and our team. He is Active’s Hospitals Manager, mentoring our teams of physiotherapists across our multiple hospital locations in Brisbane and Springfield. He also works as part of Active’s Clinical Education team supporting final year physiotherapy students from UQ. 

Matt has many years of clinical practice, with a special focus on pre- and post-operative orthopaedic rehabilitation. His colleagues describe him as supportive, hard-working and conscientious, which illustrates his high standard of client-centred and collaborative care. Matt contributes to our physiotherapy profession through his leadership in the Queensland Orthopaedic Group.  

Matthew has worked in a variety of private and public healthcare settings, in Australia and the UK, as a senior physiotherapist in orthopaedics, intensive care, geriatrics and cardiorespiratory rehabilitation. He has also worked with the Active Rehabilitation Research Foundation, in partnership with the University of Qld, to provide student clinical placements in Timor Leste, supporting sustainable and long-term outcomes for patients and communities. 

Matthew loves to spend as much time as he can with his young family, tinkering around his home and garden and, having once played AFL with the Brisbane Lions, continues to support the club and the Australian Football League. 

Matthew’s favourite quote is:  

Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R Tolkien 

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association membership, since 2015 
  • Queensland Orthopaedic Group Vice Chair, since 2018