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Donna Deans

Donna Deans


  • Mater Private Hospital Brisbane
  • Mater Centre for Neurosciences

Areas of Clinical Practice:

  • Critical Care
  • Cardiorespiratory Inpatients
  • Medical and Surgical Inpatients
  • General Inpatients

Donna Deans graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland and has more than 30 years of physiotherapy experience in both the public and private hospital sectors. With extensive expertise in Critical Care and Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy, Donna leads Active Rehab’s Critical Care Team.

Her professional interests and clinical expertise have been in the areas of respiratory, cardiac and women’s health physiotherapy. She has extensive experience, in a senior capacity, in critical care, including intensive care, cardiac surgery, and cardiology, as well as in the management of surgical patients.

Donna is a member of the Cardiorespiratory and the Continence and Women’s Health Special Interest Groups within the Australian Physiotherapy Association, having previously been a committee member of both groups.

Clinically Donna’s passion is working as part of the multidisciplinary critical care team in intensive care units. Prior to joining Active Rehabilitation Physiotherapy, she worked at Royal Brisbane Hospital and the Wesley Hospital.  At Wesley she held the position of Team Leader, Physiotherapy Critical Care/Surgical for six years.

Donna also has extensive experience in Clinical Education, and previously as a Clinical Education Coordinator, and mentors graduate physiotherapists and students.

With her husband and three adult sons, Donna shares a family interest in rugby union and enjoys travelling and creative pursuits such as cooking, sewing, and interior design.


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