Our Story

Our Commitment
At Active Rehabilitation Physiotherapy we have made a serious commitment to excellence in physiotherapy.

We have an ‘Active Approach’ to patient management that sets us apart and enhances positive outcomes for our patients. This approach incorporates tailored, progressive exercise programs, designed to help each individual achieve their sporting, work and life physical performance goals. To promote this, our practices incorporate well equipped gymnasiums in our treatment areas – making us different to many physiotherapy practices.

  • Our clients perform Active exercise for rehabilitation, ongoing self-management and prevention
  • Our clients are fully informed and Actively involved in their treatment
  • We provide only an appropriate number of treatments
  • We facilitate Active patient education
  • We are customer focused and outcome orientated
  • We Actively in-service our team members to ensure best practise
  • We have a proven track record. Our practice was established in 1986 and continues to grow due to our Active approach

JohnFrom Humble Beginnings

John Fitzgerald commenced his physiotherapy career in 1983 at the Mater Public Hospital, South Brisbane. After gaining several years of experience in adults and children’s medical, surgical and orthopaedic management, he established a small solo practice in 1986 on Wickham Terrace, Brisbane. He was passionate about the philosophy of creating an active approach to physiotherapy. This was very different to the traditional and passive physiotherapy management models observed at the time. John’s philosophy resulted in early success and an outstanding reputation as a clinician and practice owner.

John’s success and dedication to the profession continued. He helped establish Brisbane’s first multi-disciplinary rehabilitation centres within the Australian Sports Medicine Clinic and Brisbane Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Clinic in 1989. During the same time, he also developed physiotherapy based Back Clinic Programs in some of Brisbane’s elite private hospitals.

An expert and enthusiastic team continued to gather around him. John established Active Rehabilitation Physiotherapy in the precinct of the Mater Hospital South Brisbane in 1993. Active Rehab settled into its current home within the Mater Medical Centre, South Brisbane in 1998, after the original practice was resumed by the Main Roads Department to make way for Brisbane’s South East Busway.

With John at the helm, the Active Rehabilitation team has grown from strength to strength – with a continued commitment to excellence in physiotherapy. In an effort to share this commitment, in 2008, Active Rehabilitation Physiotherapy developed a partnership with the University of Queensland to offer the first full-time Physiotherapy Clinical Educator position in a private practice. Our Clinical Educators provide clinical placements for final year physiotherapy students from the University of Queensland.  We coordinate these clinical placements to occur within our Brisbane practices year-round as well as providing an annual multi-disciplinary immersion in East Timor. Then, to make our services more available to the wider Brisbane community, Active opened a second practice in Annerley in 2011 in conjunction with UQ Health Care, strengthening our relationship with the University of Queensland.

Also in 2011, Mater Health Services announced their commitment to meet the growing health care needs of our community and to bring specialist health care to the people. Due to our long and vibrant partnership with the Mater Private Hospital, Active were proud to be invited to be part of this expansion, to deliver high level, multi-disciplinary health care to a broader community. Our physiotherapy services in the Mater Health Centre Hope Island commenced in early 2012 and in the Mater Health Centre Brookwater in early 2013.

In 2014, the Mater Centre for Neurosciences was established, with a strong commitment to investment in state-of-the-art technology, education and research.  From one dedicated location, the Mater Centre for Neurosciences was designed to meet the specific needs of patients and their families for specialist care for stroke, epilepsy, neurosurgery, neurology and spinal surgery.  Our Active Rehab team works together with surgeons, physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals to provide the highest level of care for in-hospital and outpatient Mater Centre for Neurosciences patients.

Our partnership with Mater Health Services was further enhanced when we were invited to coordinate allied health services within the Mater Private Hospital Springfield, which opened its doors in late 2014.  Mater Private Hospital Springfield is an innovative, unique and contemporary hospital, providing holistic healthcare to the Greater Springfield community.  The stage one development offers an 80-bed hospital, with stage two predicted to occur in the not too distant future.

With further Active Rehabilitation development anticipated, our future is exciting. We look forward to sharing it with you.

Accredited Physiotherapy Practice
Active Rehabilitation Physiotherapy has achieved accreditation from Quality in Practice (QIP) in recognition that we have met standards set by the Australian Physiotherapy Association. 

Voluntary participation in the Practice Accreditation Program means that our practice has been examined and assessed against a set of agreed standards. This commitment not only demonstrates a genuine concern for quality patient care, but also our willingness to be accountable – to the profession, to other health professionals and to the public.

Accreditation status is conferred on a practice when the principal is able to demonstrate that the standards set by the association have been met. The standards cover a range of issues including quality of care, client confidentiality, practice management and staff qualifications.

QIP Chair, Dr John Aloizos, said achieving accreditation demonstrates that the practice makes a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down.

“Accreditation is a major achievement and is a clear demonstration that Active Rehabilitation Physiotherapy is constantly striving to improve their level of service to their clients and the community. Practices seek accreditation through QIP because they want to be the best and this is another step towards excellence.” We want to communicate to our clients that their well being is our priority. QIP Accreditation assures patients we are committed to providing care which meets the APA Standards.


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