The Learn.Physio Story
We provide health professionals all over the world with high quality, evidence based learning experiences from wherever they are, whenever they choose.
Learn.Physio was established by well-known physiotherapists Mick Hughes and Randall Cooper with the intention of supporting and assisting health professionals to perform at their highest level. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Learn.Physio provides premium education to physiotherapists and other health professionals all over the globe.
The team at Learn.Physio have worked with an array of leading physiotherapists from Australia, England and the United States. These notable professionals have contributed to Learn.Physio's Masterclasses, Insights Interviews and Mick's weekly blog.
Our Masterclasses will help you to improve your knowledge and critical thinking which can immediately be applied at the clinic. Learn at your own pace with our flexible 'on the go' format and allow our experts to help you take your knowledge to the next level. The modules are enjoyable and the quizzes will keep you challenged as you complete each Masterclass.
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Meet our Co-founders
Co-founder, Curator & Presenter @learn.physio
Sports Physiotherapist & Expert in Sports Skincare Adjunct Senior Lecturer @latrobeuni
CEO & Founder @premax.co
Randall is an internationally recognised sports physiotherapist. As a sports physiotherapist Randall has worked with some of the world’s most notable sporting organisations including the Australian Winter Olympic Team and Hawthorn Football Club and has played pivotal roles with numerous Olympic champions and professional athletes.
Randall is a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists, Adjunct Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, co-Author of the world’s most read sports medicine textbook Clinical Sports Medicine, and regularly delivers keynote presentations at sports medical conferences around the world.
Co-founder, Curator & Presenter @learn.physio
Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) titled
Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist
Consultant @North Queensland Physiotherapy Centre
Mick Hughes is the co-founder of Learn.Physio and an APA titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist. He consults at the Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre, and has a strong clinical interest in ACL injury prevention and rehabilitation, seeing approximately 20-30 ACL injured patients a week.
With his passion of improving outcomes in ACL injured patients, he helped develop the Melbourne ACL Rehabilitation Guide with Learn.Physio co-founder, and APA titled Specialist Sports Physiotherapist, Randall Cooper. Outside of his clinical role and sharing online education, Mick spends his time with his wife and young family, and his Border Collie.
Meet our guest Masterclass hosts!
Non-Operative ACL Masterclass
Adam is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Research Fellow, Head of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Knee Injury Group and Senior Research Fellow within the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre. His research focuses on the outcomes of ACL injuries, in particular the prevention and management of early knee osteoarthritis in young adults following ACL injury and reconstruction.
The High Performance Hip Masterclass & The Athletic Ankle Masterclass
Dr Sue Mayes has been the Principal Physiotherapist of The Australian Ballet since 1997 and is the Director of Artistic Health. Sue also consults for professional sports teams in Australia and overseas. Sue was appointed Adjunct Research Fellow at La Trobe University following completion of her PhD in 2017 and received a Distinguished Alumni Award from La Trobe University in 2018.
Non-Operative ACL & The Late Stage ACLR Rehab: The Court Based Athlete Masterclasses
Brooke is a physiotherapist, graduating from La Trobe University in 2011. Brooke has worked in hospital, private practice and sports settings, and is currently completing her PhD at the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre. In 2020 she completed her PhD under the supervision of Professor Kay Crossley, investigating the impact of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) on the lives of young adults (early osteoarthritis, symptoms and quality of life), and how potentially modifiable factors are associated with changes over time.
The Adolescent Knee Masterclass
Ivan graduated from The University of Queensland Medical School in 1994 and completed his orthopaedic fellowship training in 2003. While working at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ivan developed a particular interest in limb deformity and lengthening surgery using external fixation and hip reconstruction for conditions such as Perthes’ disease, developmental dysplasia of the hip, and slipped upper femoral epiphysis.
His other special interests include all aspects of pediatric orthopedics, adult hip and knee surgery including joint preservation, replacement surgery, and sports injuries.
The Athletic Ankle Masterclass
Ebonie is a National Medical Research Centre post doctoral research fellow at La Trobe University Sport and Exercise Medicine Centre. She completed her Phd in neuroscience and tendon pain, Masters Sports Phys, Ba. Phys (hons) and Ba. App Sci. Her research has been awarded Victorian Fresh Scientist of the year 2015, ASICS SMA Best New Investigator 2004, 2013 & 2014 in Clinical Sports Medicine, best clinical science Pain Adelaide 2013, BJSM young investigator Best Clinical Paper 2014 and the Professor Mollie Holman medal for the best thesis of the faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Monash University 2015 and the ECR best paper 2015.
The High Performance Hip Masterclass
Joanne Kemp is a Research Fellow at Latrobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, and is a titled APA Sports Physiotherapist of 20+ years’ experience. She is also an adjunct Research Fellow at the Australian Collaboration for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention, Faculty of Health, Federation University Australia. She completed her PhD at University of Queensland in early 2014. Her thesis was titled ‘Factors associated with outcomes following hip arthroscopy’.
Joanne has presented extensively on the management of hip pain and hip pathology in Australia and internationally.
Ryan brings a mix of experience and academia, having co-authoring some of the most impactful hamstring literature and worked within professional sport.
Having completed his PhD in hamstring injuries Ryan has done a lot in advancing our understanding of the anatomy and rehabilitation behind hamstring injuries. Today, we're excited to share Ryan's valuable experience and knowledge in hamstring rehabilitation and injury prevention.
Co-author of what's considered the bible of sports medicine, Brukner & Khan Clinical Sports Medicine Injuries we're excited to have Peter onboard.
Having served two terms as president of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians and worked in numerous professional sporting codes such as Liverpool FC (English Premier League), Melbourne and Collingwood (AFL), Peter brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in managing and assessing hamstrings.
The Adolescent Knee Masterclass
Loretta is a specialist sports physiotherapist with a sub-speciality in adolescents in sport (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2007).
In addition to a Bachelor in Physiotherapy (UQ1993) and a post-graduate diploma in sports physiotherapy (Curtin 1997), I have a doctorate in clinical physiotherapy (U of M 2011).
Her doctorate focused on adolescents in sport and advanced practice physiotherapy and her research investigated knee cap pain in active adolescent females.
Prevent to Perform Masterclass
Matt is a physiotherapist, applied researcher and sport scientist from NSW who has been working in clinical practice for 17 years.
Matt completed his PhD in injury prevention in 2020, in addition to having a Masters of Physiotherapy and a degree in Exercise Science & Rehabilitation. He has presented at conferences internationally and domestically and has published numerous articles in the area of injury prevention, implementation science and risk reduction.
Most recently, Matt has taken on a role at Football Australia (FA) to design and implement the new national Player Availability Model and the FA Perform+ and Fundamentals+ program. Matt also works with the Australia national teams, including the recent Socceroos World Cup qualifiers and Olyroos 2020 Tokyo campaign, as a team physiotherapist.
Prevent to Perform Masterclass
Stella has completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy in the Netherlands in 2015 and has since been working as a Physiotherapist and Pilates instructor at Figtree Physio. In addition to Stella’s excellent knowledge, her keen passion for football has led to representing the region in football with the Illawarra Stingrays Football Club, resulting in a wealth of experience in managing sporting injuries and preventing future injury.
Since 2016, Stella has been working as the physiotherapist for the youth squads at the Wollongong Wolves FC in addition to game day assistance with the first team. Stella’s role expanded in 2017 to become the data analyst for the Wollongong Wolves, involving game analysis of the first team games, providing invaluable information and feedback to the coaching department.
Acute ACL Injury: Treatment Options & Early-Mid Stage ACLR Rehab Masterclasses
Jane is one of Australia's most recognised and respected knee specialists and enjoys the academic challenge of complex knee conditions. She is an expert in the treatment and management of all types of knee injuries, including knee ligament reconstructions, patellofemoral pain and instability, and screening for injury prevention and performance enhancement. Jane has also developed an evidence based clinical Return to Sport Screening Test post ACL reconstruction
Jane is an Honorary Lecturer at Melbourne University in the Undergraduate and Post graduate Physiotherapy Programs and a guest lecturer at La Trobe University Post Graduate Masters in Physiotherapy.
Acute ACL Injury: Treatment Options Masterclass
Nigel is a Knee and Orthopaedic Surgeon originally from New Zealand who has settled in Melbourne. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Auckland University in 1996, and then graduated a degree in medicine from the University of Otago in 2000.
He obtained his Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2010 and became a Fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association in 2014.
He specialises in all areas of Knee Surgery with particular interests in knee reconstruction, knee replacement and complex revision knee replacement.
ACL Surgery & Early Post-Op Rehab
Julian Feller is an internationally recognised Melbourne orthopaedic surgeon whose main area of interest is knee surgery. His expertise covers the whole range of knee conditions from sports injuries to knee replacement. His particular interests are anterior cruciate ligament injuries and patellar instability, as well as knee replacement and osteotomies
Julian has a long involvement in clinical research and is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at La Trobe University and Associate Editor of the Orthopaedic journal of Sports Medicine.
Late Stage ACLR Rehab: The Court Based
Steve is an APA titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist having completed both his undergraduate physiotherapy (2009) and Masters of Sports Physiotherapy (2017) studies at Latrobe University. He has worked with elite and recreational athletes in both Australia and UK.
He is currently lead Physiotherapist for Melbourne United Basketball in the NBL. He has previously worked with The Western Bulldogs Football Club and elite athletes from Rugby League, soccer and endurance sports.
Late Stage ACLR Rehab: The Winter Based Athlete Masterclass
Janina currently works as the strength and conditioning coach for the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA). Based in NSW, she spends most of her time working at the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) in both Sydney and Jindabyne locations. In this role she works with various winter sport athletes including both skiers and snowboarders. Previously, she has worked at both the AIS and NSWIS as a strength and conditioning coach. Janina comes from a strong coaching background having also coached gymnastics and athletics.
Running Injuries: PFJ Pain Masterclass
Dr Natalie Collins is an APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist, and Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland. Her research focuses on preventing persistence and progression of patellofemoral pain conditions across the lifespan, including patellofemoral pain in adolescents and young adults, and patellofemoral osteoarthritis in older adults. Natalie has almost 20 years’ clinical physiotherapy experience, and has worked in a variety of settings including Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre, the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and with elite and amateur sporting teams.
Running Injuries: Calf Injury Masterclass
Brady is a physiotherapist at the Essendon Football Club, and is completing his PhD at La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre.
He has published works in calf and hamstring muscle strain injuries, and has presented research at national and international sports medicine conferences.
Shoulder Instability Masterclass
Tania graduated from La Trobe University with honours in 1997 and with a PhD in 2002.
Tania lectures and conducts research in the Department of Physiotherapy at La Trobe University. She regularly conducts lectures and practical sessions for the Australian Physiotherapy Association on shoulder, knee and hamstring injuries and is a member of the Shoulder and Elbow Physiotherapists of Australasia. She is a regular speaker at National and International Sports Medicine conferences.
Shoulder Instability Masterclass
Sarah Warby is a shoulder physiotherapist with the Melbourne Shoulder Group.
Sarah’s PhD investigated the effect of two different rehabilitation programs for patients with multidirectional instability of the shoulder (MDI). This research is a world first and found that a scapular specific and overhead rehabilitation program ( The Watson MDI Program) was significantly better than the standard rehabilitation for MDI in the literature. This research won the ASICS sports medal at the 2016 Sports Medicine Australia conference.
Running Injuries: The Foot Masterclass
Dr Daniel Bonanno is the podiatrist for the Carlton Football Club and a Senior Lecturer in Podiatry. He is the Graduate Research Coordinator for Podiatry and Prosthetics & Orthotics in the School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport at La Trobe University.
Daniel completed his PhD in 2019, where he investigated the use of foot orthoses for the prevention of injury in military recruits. He was awarded the Nancy Millis Medal for completing a PhD thesis of exceptionally high quality. Daniel is an Associate Editor of the free-access Journal of Foot and Ankle Research and the Victorian Director for Sports and Exercise Podiatry Australia.
Running Injuries: The Hamstring
Dr Jo Brown is world renowned APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist with over two decades of experience in high performance sport. Dr Jo has worked with more than 16 sports at an international and elite level and has attended 3 Olympics and 2 Commonwealth Games, multiple world championships and grand slams.
But it was in 2018 when Dr Jo became part of the Jamaican Commonwealth Games team she found a place she could truly make a difference. She has since been the Head Track and Field Physiotherapist at the 2019 World Championships and has been working closely with the Jamaican Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation in their preparation for 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
Jo Gibson & Adam Culvenor: Shoulder OA Masterclass
Jo is an Upper Limb Rehabilitation Specialist working at Rehab4Performance in Liverpool in the UK.
Jo has worked as a Shoulder Specialist since 1995 and lectures nationally and Internationally about assessment and rehabilitation of the shoulder complex. She has co-developed Masters modules with Liverpool University for the diagnosis and treatment of upper limb pathology in her role as an Associate Lecturer and has co-authored national guidelines for the management of different shoulder pathologies. She has presented original research at many National and International conferences, published in peer-reviewed journals and written several book chapters.
Ewa Roos & Adam Culvenor: Knee OA Masterclass
Professor Musculoskeletal Function and Physiotherapy; co-lead Center for Muscle and Joint Health, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, Odense, Denmark.
Professor Roos’ expertise is in prevention and treatment of joint injury and osteoarthritis with a focus on exercise therapy and surgical interventions. She has brought science into action internationally through the Good Life with Osteoarthritis in Denmark (GLA:D®) project and as developer of several patient-reported outcome measures, including the KOOS.
Lumbar Spine BSI Masterclass
Keren is a clinical physiotherapist who has worked for 20 years in high performance sport. She's a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapy, specialising in Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy.
She has previously worked at the Australian Institute of Sport, Gymnastics Australia, Cycling Australia and Paralympics Australia which provided great opportunities to build leadership skills within the Australian Sport System. She supported the Australian team at 2 Olympic Games, 3 Paralympic Games and 3 Commonwealth Games and led Physical Therapies at the 2018 Invictus Games.
BSI Masterclass Series
Dr Liam West Sports & Exercise Medicine Masters Degree before coming to Melbourne to practice as a Sports & Exercise Medicine Registrar. He subsequently finished his registrar training in 2022 and is now a Fellow of the Australasian College of Sport & Exercise Physicians.
He has provided medical services at international events including Commonwealth Games and Invictus Games. He is currently the Head Doctor for the Hawthorn Football Club (AFL) and is a member of the match day medical team for the Melbourne Rebels.
Liam is a Senior Associate Editor for the BJSM, sits on the AFL Doctors Association Executive Committee, and in 2017 was elected the President of the Victorian Council of Sports Medicine Australia.
Persistent Low Back Pain Masterclass
Jan Hartvigsen is an internationally leading researcher and research leader in musculoskeletal health.
He was deputy-chair of the landmark Lancet Low Back Pain Series that was published in The Lancet in 2018.
He has authored more than 260 international peer-reviewed publications and published papers in The Lancet and British Medical Journal. He has authored or co-authored 15 book chapters and reports.
In 2017 he was awarded the “Researcher of the Year” award by the American Chiropractic Association and the “David Chapmann-Smith Honorary Award” by the World Federation of Chiropractic. In 2018 he was awarded the European Chiropractors’ Union Honorary Award.