Jac Cousin and Kathy Conroy have been operating the Canberra Physiotherapy Centre since 1986. They have a knowledge and connection with the Canberra community that is born not only of the understanding of different lifestyles but also through building relationships with Canberra’s foremost doctors. For more than two decades, they’ve worked with general practitioners, medical specialists and other health care professionals to deliver holistic treatment.
Both Kathy and Jac are committed to continuing education and place great value in their staff having special interests and expertise in different areas of physiotherapy. The practice works closely with Calvary John James Hospital and the Canberra Orthopeadic Group to deliver expert care for both inpatients and outpatients. All the professional staff are members of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
After completing his Bachelor of Science (Anatomy) at Sydney’s University of New South Wales in 1975, followed by a Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy at Cumberland College, Jac worked in a hospital and private practice in Sydney for ten years. Awarded a Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy in 1981, Jac enjoyed being a part-time lecturer and clinical tutor at Cumberland College before moving to Canberra in 1986.
Together with Kathy Conroy, Jac established the Canberra Physiotherapy Centre in Deakin where they created a friendly, supportive environment in which the health of each patient was a top priority. Over the next few years, Jac was recognised for his professional expertise, appointed to the National Academic Standards Committee of the Manipulative Physiotherapy Association of Australia and the ACT Physiotherapists Board (1988-1992).
His focus has always been on the management of spinal pain and, for the past 15 years, on the management of persistent or chronic pain conditions. After completing a Graduate Diploma of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) at the University of Sydney in 1998, Jac established the Canberra Injury Management Centre with Kathy Conroy and Dr Garth Eaton in 1999.
In 2007, Jac was awarded a Fellowship of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, having undergone rigorous training and examination that entitles him to be recognised as a clinical specialist in musculoskeletal physiotherapy (the only one in Canberra). When he’s not immersed in physiotherapy, he indulges in his passion for cars, wine tasting and rugby, even taking to the field as a referee in winter. Over a period of 25 years, he was able to combine his love of football with his skills as a health provider by acting as physiotherapist to various rugby, soccer, rugby league and AFL teams in Sydney and Canberra.
After completing her Diploma in Physiotherapy at Cumberland College in Sydney in 1977, Kathy started work as a physiotherapist at Woden Valley Hospital in Canberra. Awarded a Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy in 1981, Kathy initially established a private practice in Canberra before moving to Sydney. She returned to Canberra in 1986 and set up a new practice with Jac Cousin.
Between 1987 and 1995, Kathy held various official positions in the Australian Physiotherapy Association and, in 1993, on the ACT Registration Board.
Committed to continuing her education, Kathy completed a Graduate Diploma of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) at the University of Sydney in 1999. She then established the Canberra Injury Management Centre with Jac Cousin and Dr Garth Eaton, a holistic centre offering a multi-disciplinary team that approaches injury and pain management from a range of physical and psychological perspectives. Today, Kathy treats patients at both the Civic and Deakin centres, enjoying the marked improvement physiotherapy can make to people’s lives.
Kathy’s life outside physiotherapy revolves around her close family, but she also enjoys dining out with friends or going to the theatre and she has a love of travel.
Chris has always had a fascination with the mechanics of the human body and he especially enjoys the challenge of identifying diverse musculoskeletal conditions. Chris believes this is due to his own hours spent receiving physiotherapy treatment following the numerous injuries he had playing representative junior rugby union. Chris began working at Canberra Physiotherapy Centre in various administrative roles while still at Canberra Grammar School. After finishing high school, Chris studied Medical Science at the University of Sydney, before beginning his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Newcastle University.
Having reluctantly retired his mouth guard, Chris currently keeps busy as a rugby referee during winter and playing touch football in summer.
Adam completed a Bachelor of Human Movement Science majoring in exercise science at Southern Cross University, Lismore in 2006. Throughout these studies he also attained both certificates III and IV in fitness training, and has worked in gyms as a personal trainer assisting clients with injury prevention, returning to exercise and improving performance.
Adam continued to pursue his interest for exercise science and rehabilitation at the University of Canberra where he completed the Masters of Physiotherapy. He has experienced many different clinical settings across Canberra involving orthopaedic, musculoskeletal, cardiothoracic and neurological rehabilitation.
As a keen sports person, Adam has particular interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and helping individuals return to their desired sports or exercise routines.
Being a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Adam keeps up to date with current treatment techniques and issues regarding physiotherapy.
Andrew grew up outside Bungendore and attended high school in Canberra before studying a Bachelor of Science at the University of Canberra which he completed in 2010. Andrew worked at the Canberra Injury Management Centre, a multidisciplinary pain management centre in 2011 before completing his Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Canberra in 2013. Andrew has long given up on his rugby aspirations but still has a keen interest in all sports, exercise and well-being.