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Rielan Newell

Rielan Newell


Specialist Area of Focus

  • Neurological Physiotherapy 
  • Functional Neurological Disorder 
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy 

Additional Areas of Interest

  • Backs and Necks 
  • Cancer Care Rehabilitation     
  • General Surgery Pre- and Post-Operative Rehabilitation 
  • Headaches 
  • Neurosurgical Pre- and Post-Operative Rehabilitation 
  • Orthopaedic Pre- and Post-Operative Rehabilitation 
  • Shoulders and Knees   
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation 


  • Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology, The University of Queensland 
  • Master of Physiotherapy, The University of Queensland 
  • Associate Lecturer – University of Queensland 

Additional Qualifications

  • Rian Dob – Functional Neurological Disorder and Psychology, 2022 
  • UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences – Introduction to Clinical Education and Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice, 2021 
  • Functional Neurological Disorder Symposium, 2021 
  • Active Rehabilitation Physiotherapy, Renee De Maria and Leia Barnes – Vestibular Physiotherapy Introduction, 2020  


  • Outpatient Clinics 
  • Mater Centre for Neurosciences 
  • Mater Private Hospital, Brisbane  

Rielan’s patients experience his dedication and his passion for physiotherapy. He highly values the impact that physiotherapists can have on people’s lives and working collaboratively with his patients to achieve their goals. Rielan has strong skills in rehabilitation thanks to his dual degrees in both exercise physiology and physiotherapy. He is particularly passionate about neurological, orthopaedic and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. He also works as part of Active’s Clinical Education team supporting final year physiotherapy students from UQ. 

A standout career moment for Rielan was working with a long-stay Intensive Care patient who had lost motor function in their feet. After working together, the motor function returned. Witnessing the relief on the patient’s face, and the delight of the patient’s partner, was something Rielan will always remember. 

Rielan is described as respectful and empathetic, and utilises hands-on techniques and exercise prescriptions to help people achieve optimal outcomes. 

When not at work, he’s probably at the beach surfing or chasing a ball around a golf course. 

Rielan’s favourite quote: 

If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” – Marissa Mayer 

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association, since 2018 
  • APA Neurological Group, since 2021 
  • APA National Neurological Group Committee Member, since 2022 
  • Member of the National Special Interest Group – Functional Neurological Disorders, since 2020