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Nicole Ascott

Physiotherapy, Staffon January 13th, 2021Comments Off on Nicole Ascott

Nicole has specialised in exercise rehabilitation in the health & fitness industry for over a decade. She graduated in Physiotherapy from the University of Notre Dame in 2018 and has a background in Exercise & Sport science and post graduate study in Clinical Exercise Physiology.

Nicole has experience working across a range of disciplines including aged care rehabilitation, disability & neurological rehabilitation, sports injury prevention & management, and strength & conditioning.

She is focused on understanding her client’s needs; providing them with the appropriate tools to feel empowered and in control of their health, with an aim to enrich their quality of life and independence.

Privacy Policy

Articles and Adviceon April 11th, 2020Comments Off on Privacy Policy

Attadale Physiotherapy Centre Pty Ltd

Our commitment to your privacy

We are committed to handling personal information about you, including health information about you, in accordance with the requirements of the Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988.

In this Policy, we explain:

  • what kind of information we collect and hold about you
  • how and why we collect it
  • what we do with that information and who we share it with (and when)
  • your right to seek access to, and if required correction of, the records we hold about you
  • your right to make a privacy complaint, to us and others
  • whether we are likely to disclose information about you to overseas recipients.

What kind of personal information do we collect about you?

We collect and hold the following kind of information about you:

  • your name, address, date of birth, email and contact details
  • information about your family or relatives
  • information about other health professionals involved in your care
  • any government identifiers such as Medicare number, DVA number. However,
    we do not use these for the purposes of identifying you in our practice
  • other health information about you such as: a record of your symptoms, your relevant medical history, the diagnosis made and the treatment we give you:
    • specialist reports
    • test results
    • your appointment and billing details
    • your prescriptions
    • your healthcare identifier
    • your help fund details
    • other information about you collected for the purposes of providing care to you.

How do we collect and hold your personal information?

We will generally collect personal information about you in these ways:

  • directly from you when you give us your details (e.g. face-to-face, over the phone,
    via registration form or an online form)
  • from a person responsible for you
  • from a third party where we are permitted by law to do that (e.g. other health care professionals involved in your care, from your health insurer, from the My Health Record system etc.).

Why do we collect and use information about you?

We primarily collect and use personal information about you to provide our physiotherapy services to you and to communicate with you and others involved in your care in relation to those services.

We also sometimes use that information for other purposes, including:

  • to help us manage our accounts and administrative services, including billing, arrangements with health funds, pursuing unpaid accounts, management of our IT systems and
  • to conduct accreditation, quality assurance or internal audits.

When and why might we share information about you with others?

We may disclose information about you to others outside of our practice as permitted or required
under law. This will include situations where we disclose information about you in order:

  • to comply with our legal obligations (e.g. mandatory reporting under legislation,
    responding to a court order or subpoena)
  • to consult with other health professionals involved in your healthcare
  • to get test results from diagnostic and pathology services
  • to claim on insurance
  • to communicate with your health fund, with government and other regulatory
    bodies such as Medicare
  • to help us manage our accounts and administrative services (e.g. billing or debt recovery, arrangements with health funds, pursuing unpaid accounts etc.)
  • if you have My Health Record, to upload and to download personal information about you from it
  • to lessen or prevent a serious threat to a patient’s life, health or safety or a serious threat to public health or safety
  • to help in locating a missing person
  • to establish, exercise or defend an equitable claim through the My Health Record
  • to prepare the defence of anticipated or existing legal proceedings
  • to discharge notification obligations to liability insurers.

Your right to seek access to and to seek correction of the information we hold about you

You have the right to seek access to and correction of the personal information we hold about you. We may charge a small fee for giving access.

We will normally respond to your request within 30 days. To make the request, it is preferred you do this in writing or by email (see ‘how to contact us).

If you think that the information, we hold about you is not correct, let us know in writing. We will take reasonable steps to correct your personal information where the information is not accurate or up to date. From time to time, we may also ask you to verify that the information we hold about you is correct and current. And please notify us if, and when, your contact details change (see ‘how to contact us’).

Security: how we hold your personal information

We take reasonable steps to protect the information we hold about you. These are designed to
prevent unauthorised access, modification or disclosure and to prevent misuse and loss.
This includes:

  • holding information in a lockable cabinet
  • holding information on an encrypted database
  • holding information in secure cloud storage
  • getting staff to sign confidentiality documents
  • providing staff with training or induction etc. about confidentiality and (in particular)
    security issues
  • access to information restricted on a ‘need to know’ basis and
  • strong password protections when accessing the information on a computer.

Your right to receive treatment from us anonymously
(or by using a pseudonym)

Where it is lawful and practicable for us to do so, you can be treated anonymously or through use
of a pseudonym (a name other than yours).

Disclosing information about you overseas

We do not propose to disclose information about you to anyone overseas. If we want to transfer
your personal information overseas, we will first seek your consent, unless we are required by
law to do the transfer.

If you have a privacy-related concern about us

If you have concerns about the way we’ve handled your privacy, let us know. You should do that in writing. We will then try to respond to you within 30 days.

If you are not satisfied with our response, you can refer your complaint to the Office of the
Australian Information Commission, whose contact details are:

Phone: 1300 363 992

Email: [email protected]

Post:    GPO Box 5218 Sydney New South Wales 2001


Updating this policy

We will update this policy from time to time, to reflect any changes in our information-handling practices or the law or both.

Updates to the policy as they occur will be posted on our website –

How to contact us

To contact us about any privacy related issues, please contact your treating Physiotherapist


Robert Heron – [email protected]au or leave a message with our reception (9317 4777) for Robert to call you.

GLA:D™ Australia

Articles and Advice, Physiotherapyon November 25th, 2018Comments Off on GLA:D™ Australia

Hip or Knee Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common lifestyle disease in individuals 65 years of age and older but can also affect individuals as young as 30 years.

Current national & international clinical guidelines recommend patients’ education, exercise and weight loss as first line treatment for osteoarthritis.

In Australia, treatment usually focuses on surgery but the GLA:D™ Australia program offers a better and safer alternative.

Can I Participate in GLA:D™
GLA:D™ Australia is a program for all individuals who experience any hip and/or knee osteoarthritis symptoms, regardless of severity.
You may participate in the GLA:D™ Australia program if you have a hip or knee joint problem that resulted in visiting a health care provider.

When you may not be able to participate in the GLA:D™
• You have other reasons for your hip and/or knee pain, including; tumour, inflammatory joint disease, result of hip fracture, soft tissue or connective tissue problems.
• You have other symptoms that are more pronounced than the osteoarthritis problems (for example chronic generalized pain or fibromyalgia).

GLA:D™ Australia Training Consists of
• A first appointment explaining the program and collecting data on your current functional ability
• Two education sessions which teach you about OA, how the GLA:D™ Australia exercises improve joint stability, and how to retain this improved joint stability outside of the program
• Group neuromuscular training sessions twice a week for six weeks to improve muscle control of the joint which leads to reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life

Background of GLA:D™
Research from the GLA:D® program in Denmark found symptom progression reduces by 32%. Other outcomes include less pain, reduced use of joint related pain medication, and less people on sick leave. GLA:D® participants also reported high levels of satisfaction with the program and increased levels of physical activity 12 months after starting the program.

This program is unique in that the education and exercises provided can be applied to everyday activities. By strengthening and correcting daily movement patterns, participants will train their bodies to move properly, prevent symptom progression and reduce pain.

Find Out More About GLA:D™

Podcast by Dr Norman Swan – “Everything you ever wanted to know about osteoarthritis”

SBS Insight Interactive: Joint Operation

Channel 7 story – “Try exercise before considering surgery for knee pain”

Or contact us:
Attadale Physiotherapy Centre
520 Canning Hwy
Attadale WA 6156
9317 4777
[email protected]

Keith Bower

Physiotherapy, Staffon November 23rd, 2018Comments Off on Keith Bower

Keith graduated as a physiotherapist in 1971 & completed the post graduate diploma in manipulative therapy in 1975.

He taught on the undergraduate & postgraduate programmes at Curtin 1973 – 80s.

He has been in private practice from 1976 – present and adds further diagnostic & treatment expertise to the Attadale Physiotherapy team to help settle your physical problem.

He is also passionate about taking control of one’s health with appropriate exercise, nutrition and diet.

Nordic Walking

Articles and Advice, Physiotherapyon December 9th, 2013Comments Off on Nordic Walking

What is Nordic Walking?

Nordic walking is a low impact walking exercise which results in a high fitness, total body workout.

Nordic walking originated as a form of cross training for elite cross-country skiers that has now been adopted world wide, for people of all ages and fitness levels, and across a variety of terrains.

The poles are specifically designed and used as a resistance tool to engage the upper body. This combined with the correct Nordic Walking technique results in a low impact total body exercise.

What are the benefits of Nordic Walking?

Research has demonstrated that Nordic Walking has greater fitness and health benefits than regular walking, trekking or jogging.

Benefits include:

  • Activates 90% of the body’s muscles
  • Burns up to 46% more calories than regular walking
  • Increases aerobic effect by up to 25% compared to regular walking
  • Decreases load and strain on the lower body
  • Tones upper arms, shoulders and back muscles
  • Improves lateral mobility of the spine
  • Develops core stability and strength
  • Promotes an upright posture

Who can participate in Nordic Walking?

Nordic walking is a suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. It is an exercise that can be enjoyed individually or as a group, and on any form of terrain from beaches, parks, trails, grass and footpaths.

Nordic Walking can benefit a wide array of people and assist in the management of acute and chronic conditions. These include:

  • Cross training sports professionals
  • Chronic disease management – diabetes, arthritis, neuromuscular and cardio related diseases
  • Injury rehabilitation and post operative recovery
  • Total body fitness
  • Sustainable weight loss

Where can we learn the technique of Nordic Walking?

Attadale Physiotherapy runs both group and individual Nordic Walking classes.  Contact us on 93174777 to book in or to find out more.

For further information see the Nordic Academy website –

Muscles and Ageing

Articles and Advice, Physiotherapyon October 3rd, 2013Comments Off on Muscles and Ageing

What happens to our muscles as we age?

Do they become smaller? Weaker? Is this part of the natural process of aging that cannot be changed, or is it because we stop using them?

A recent study titled “Chronic Exercise Preserves Lean Muscle Mass in Masters Athletes“ investigated whether the muscle loss commonly associated with aging is as a result of the physiological changes of the muscles themselves, or as a result of muscle disuse (atrophy) due to a sedentary lifestyle.

To determine this, the study used MRI imaging to compare body composition and lean muscle mass across a number of different people of various ages and activity levels.

Here is what they found…

40-year-old triathlete

74-year-old sedentary male

74-year-old triathlete

The images truly reflect the benefit that exercise has on our muscles.

The conclusion drawn here is that with simple lifestyle choices based around exercise and nutrition we CAN preserve muscle mass and strength as we age.

Rather than accept frailty as a inevitable factor of the ageing process, participation in lifelong physical activities to maintain our muscle strength is the key  – a true example of use it or lose it.

Physiotherapy and Musculoskeletal Health

Articles and Advice, Physiotherapyon September 2nd, 2013Comments Off on Physiotherapy and Musculoskeletal Health

Silent epidemic costs Australia $55.1 billion

27 August 2013

New research has shown that arthritis and other musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions cost the country $55.1 billion and affect more Australians than any other National Health Priority Area including heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

The alarming research is available in A Problem Worth Solving, the new report by Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria (A&OV), based on analysis by Deloitte Access Economics.

The report found that 6.1 million people, more than a quarter of the population, live with MSK conditions. 58 per cent of those affected by these conditions are aged between 25 and 64, peak income earning years. The cost of lost productivity in Australia was $7.4 billion.

‘Chronic musculoskeletal pain is Australia’s silent epidemic,’ Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) President Marcus Dripps said. ‘Musculoskeletal health is often overlooked on the public health agenda because people are not dying directly from these conditions, but the impact is pervasive.  Musculoskeletal conditions are the most common cause of severe long term pain and physical disability, and as this report shows, this is costing us billions.’

The report highlighted three crucial areas of intervention:
• Direct health costs
• Productivity costs
• Linkages with pain, disability and other chronic diseases (such as cardiovascular, diabetes and mental health problems).

‘Physiotherapists are well placed to tackle these key areas,’ Mr Dripps said. ‘Physiotherapy can reduce overall direct health costs; as long as patients have access to physiotherapy services including physiotherapist led group exercise as a preventative measure.’

Physiotherapy can also play a key role in reducing productivity costs. Physiotherapists can help people in pain return to work by creating a pain management plan and assessing what the worker can do within their physical limitations.‘The reality is that people with these conditions often suffer shocking and persistent pain which impacts their ability to work and socialise, their mental health, and often leads to abuse of pain killers.’ A&OV CEO Linda Martin said. ‘If the conditions are not identified and treated, they can become substantially more disabling over time. From a productivity perspective, it’s vital that employers work with employees to find ways to adapt their roles to retain skills and experience. It can often be as simple as providing a little more flexibility.’ she added

‘Physiotherapists are also well positioned to manage those with pain, disability, and many other chronic diseases mentioned in the report such a cardiovascular disease and diabetes,’ Mr Dripps added. ‘Physical activity and general exercise is listed as key management for these conditions and physiotherapists are best-educated and specifically-trained to provide this. Physiotherapists can work one-on-one patients or provide support to community groups through classes for general exercise, hydrotherapy, cardiorespiratory rehabilitation and diabetes exercise.’

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