Richard graduated as a Physiotherapist at the University of South Australia in 1990 and completed a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management [OHSM] at the University of Adelaide in July 2011, This included ‘Advanced Ergonomics’ and a research project involving implementation of a ‘Participative Ergonomics Program’ at an Adelaide public hospital. Richard qualified as a Specialist Occupational Health Physiotherapist and fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (ACP) in 2011.
Richard has had extensive Physiotherapy experience in both private and hospital settings, here and in the UK and has particular interest in work injury prevention and occupational rehabilitation over the past 20 years. Richard has also held several ‘on-site Physiotherapist’ positions, providing injury treatment, injury management, rehabilitation and injury prevention services with several employers in a range of industries including healthcare, underground mining, car manufacturing, packaging and defence. He has also supervised a team of Physiotherapists providing ‘on-site’ physiotherapy services for a number of employers. In early 2006, Richard had key involvement in the collaborative development and implementation of a successful in-house early intervention injury management program at GM Holden, which resulted in a 25% decrease in days lost due to work injuries.
As owner and director of Aim Physiotherapy and Work Health Solutions, Richard currently provides general Physiotherapy, sports injury and occupational health services to local communities is 3 suburban Adelaide locations [Toorak Gardens, Hillcrest and Windsor Gardens], in addition to a range of injury management and injury prevention consulting services across South Australia.
In February 2013, Richard was announced winner of the Safety Institute of Australia’s national OHS Education Award [Post-graduate category]. Richard was also awarded “best free paper presentation” in the occupational health stream at the 2011 APA National conference [Brisbane Convention Centre] for the presentation of his research findings.
Training and Education contributions
Richard was an invited presenter at the University of South Australia’s [UniSA] post graduate course in ‘Work Injury Management’ in February 2013. He was engaged by UniSA as an External Thesis examiner in 2012 and by the University of Adelaide as an assignment marker and tutor for the Ergonomics course in the 2012 post-graduate OHSM program.
Richard has provided injury prevention training programs to industry over many years, including ergonomics, work health and safety management, manual task risk assessment and management and manual handling training programs. He been an accredited trainer for Jobfit Systems International Pty Ltd since 2011, providing training in ‘Job & Task Analysis’, ‘Worker Functional Assessment’ and ‘Job matching’ to Physiotherapists and Occupational therapists in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland & Wellington
Since 2012, Richard has served as an elected member of the Council for the ACP, which runs the specialist training program for Physiotherapists in Australia. He was Co-Chair of the organising committee for the APA’s ‘Business and Leadership Symposium held in Adelaide in July 2012. He is the chair of the Occupational Health Physiotherapy Australia (OHPA) group’s ‘scientific program organising committee’ for the APA’s biannual conference, to be held in Melbourne in September 2013.
As an engaged member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), Richard has served as the Chair of the APA’s National Occupational Health Group since 2009 and a National Advisory Council representative from 2006 to 2012. He is also a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA). Richard has contributed to a number of important APA projects including the development of Occupational Rehabilitation Position Statement and WorkCover SA’s Guidelines on Functional Capacity Assessments. He was the lead author in the APA’s Position Statement and background paper on ‘The Ageing Australian Work Force and Physiotherapy’. In 2012, Richard was co-chair of the APA’s business and leadership symposium held in Adelaide. In 2013, Richard was the chair of the APA’s scientific conference organising committee.