Stuart Canavan - Physiotherapist 

Stuart has been practicing for 24 years in both Australia and the USA. He has extensive experience and clinical knowledge in advanced pain sciences, which include the assessment and management of complex musculoskeletal cases such as shoulder pain, headache, chronic pain, viscero-somatic pain presentations and complex regional pain syndromes.  Over his career Stuart has assisted many of Australia’s top medical specialists, colleagues and students in the treatment and management of complex musculoskeletal cases.

By combining pain sciences knowledge with advanced exercise prescription, Stuart is a sought after practitioner for patients requiring rehabilitation from spinal pain, post-operative recovery, reoccurring pain and injury, athletic injury management and prevention, and performance programming, particularly in the adolescent and endurance athlete population.

Aside from his private practice work, Stuart has also assisted both the University of Kentucky and Medical University of South Carolina with the education of physical therapy students for 6 years. His role in university settings included the development of curriculum, lecturing and tutorial delivery in the musculoskeletal programs.

Upon returning to Australia approximately 17 years ago, Leesa, Stuart's wife and physiotherapist, together started, developed and managed a large multidisciplinary allied health clinic in Rowville, Victoria (Rise Health Group) that included an 8-year involvement in the development and management of over 20 clinicians and a high-performance athletic development academy which now hosts over 770 high school aged student athletes. Aside from a performance development focus, the instigation of best practice, long term athletic development programs has seen him achieve a significant reduction in lower limb injury rates. In the last 2 years in a cohort of over 770 male and female adolescent athletes in a variety sports we have seen no ACL injuries. This compares with 4 ACL injuries in the first year of our involvement with a cohort of a little under 300 athletes.


Stuart's academic background includes –

·       Bachelor of Physiotherapy (1994) La Trobe University

·       Post Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy (2011) La Trobe University

·       Certificate in Spinal Manual Therapy (2011)

·       Approaching completion of Master of High Performance Sport – ACU


Stuart's Masters has seen study in the areas of:

·       Athlete testing

·       Strength & conditioning in high performance sport

·       Leadership & culture

·       Data analysis & interpretation

·       Technology in Sport

·       Performance nutrition for athletes

·       Fatigue, recovery & adaptation

·       Team Dynamics

·       Athletic Development


Stuart's Masters and physiotherapy knowledge has been combined to assist many athletes, recreational to elite, including 3 years as the Head Physiotherapist for the ‘Pats Veg Cycling Team’ (Drapac Pro Cycling development team) as well role of Wellbeing Director for Drapac Pro Cycling in 2016.

Stuart believes strongly in the philosophy of patient empowerment through education to allow patients to move towards actively contributing to optimising their health in a complete manner, particularly with the evidence based approaches of exercise, nutrition and wellbeing.

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