Mr Jim Sayer Manager 9076 3450 Email
Dr Anne Holland Associate Professor 9076 3450 Email
Dr Brenda Button Resp Stream Leader 9076 3450 Email
Dr Scott Bradley ICU Stream Leader 9076 3450 Email
Dr Carol Hodgson ICU Clinical Expert 9076 3450 Email
Ms Karyn Richardson PAN Stream Leader 9076 3450 Email
Ms Paula Harding MS Stream Leader 9076 3450 Email
Ms Jennifer Maciel MS Advanced Practice 9076 3450 Email

Description of Service

Alfred Health’s Acute Physiotherapy Service provides physiotherapy services to the patients of The Alfred and Sandringham Hospital.   Alfred Health’s Acute Physiotherapy Service is the amalgamation of The Alfred Physiotherapy Department and the Sandringham Hospital Physiotherapy Department. 

The Acute Physiotherapy Service is organised into five functional streams, namely: ICU, Musculoskeletal, Respiratory, PAN (Progressive Illness, Aged Care and Neurosciences), and Sandringham.  The first four streams are located at The Alfred site, with the fifth and latter stream is based at the Sandringham site.  

The Acute Physiotherapy Service consists of approximately 62.0 eft and 120 people.   The Acute Physiotherapy Service has a proud history of clinical and academic excellence.  It remains strongly committed to further pursuing excellence in physiotherapy.

Alfred Health’s Acute Physiotherapy Service, in partnership with CH, is a Physiotherapy Clinical School, for both La Trobe and Monash Universities.
Alfred Health’s Acute Physiotherapy Service is committed to improving the level of evidence for physiotherapy best practise, through clinical research.

The department provides physiotherapy services to The Alfred's specialty areas such as:

  • Trauma,
  • Cystic Fibrosis (24 hour/day),
  • Burns and Plastics,
  • Heart and Lung Transplants, 
  • Haemophillia 
  • Infectious Diseases and HIV 

Other services include

  • ICU,
  • Orthopaedics,
  • Emergency Department (Primary Contact),
  • General Medical,
  • General Surgical,
  • Respiratory,
  • Cancer Services,
  • Stroke,
  • Neurology,
  • Neurosurgery, and
  • Cardiothoracics.

Advanced practice musculoskeletal physiotherapy services at Alfred Health

Alfred health advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy services utilise the expertise of experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapists (min 5-7 years’ experience), with post-graduate training, to work collaboratively with the medical teams to manage uncomplicated, isolated musculoskeletal presentations. For each service there is a clinical lead physiotherapist who is responsible for education/ training, credentialing and competency of the musculoskeletal physiotherapists working in their area, the service development and evaluation of the clinics.
Advanced practice services available at Alfred Health:

  • Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in the Emergency Department: The Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre and Sandringham Hospital Emergency Department
  • Physiotherapy ED Soft Tissue Review Clinic 
  • Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Screen
  • PAR (Physio Arthroplasty Review) Clinic
  • The Osteoarthritis hip and knee service (OAHKS)
  • Neurosurgery Physiotherapy Screening Clinic
  • Neurosurgery Post-Operative Review Clinic

For further information please see: Advanced Practice Physiotherapy roles

New Graduate Program

Alfred Health’s friendly Physiotherapy Department consists of approximately 120 physiotherapists employed across the Alfred Hospital, Caulfield Hospital and Sandringham Hospital.  With new cross campus rotations there are more than 27 exciting and challenging four month rotations on offer!
The depth of expertise among our senior physiotherapy clinicians provides excellent clinical support for new graduates. Our department is committed to excellence in the provision of physiotherapy care, while maintaining a relaxed and professional team environment.  We provide a dynamic interactive workplace with each stream containing very experienced and enthusiastic senior clinicians. All campuses encourage a friendly environment and have regular cross campus social events.

Professional Development:

  • Regular in-services both stream specific and departmental
  • Study leave
  • Excellent clinical supervision
  • Opportunities for involvement in quality and research projects
  • Alfred wide learning opportunities for personal and professional development
  • ICU, Trauma and airway clearance courses run annually for staff.
  • Grade 1 in-services

Staff benefits:

  • Salary packaging (extra $s in your pocket!)
  • Staff fitness centre at all campuses
  • Bike sheds (Alfred campus)
  • Library Facilities
  • Opportunity for on-site parking

For further information please see:
Synopsis of Grade 1 rotations  and New Graduate Program doc

General Information

9076 3450 / 9076 2702

Hours Of Service
Monday to Friday
8.00am to 4.30pm

Outpatient Information
Referral Information: Referrals are only through Alfred medical, nursing or allied health staff from any unit at the hospital for inpatients and outpatients of The Alfred.