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At Atkins Health, we set our standards high, working only with the most experienced and professional accredited practitioners, delivering the best physiotherapy Gold Coast has to offer, that’s our claim. Our practitioners focus heavily on developing meaningful relationships with our clients, developing and delivering physio treatment plans that specifically address each individual’s needs, and specialising in all sports physio injuries.

Why Choose Atkins Health for Physio Runaway Bay, Varsity Lakes & Canungra

From diagnosis of acute conditions, rehabilitation from surgery, medical conditions and injuries, including all sports physio injuries, through to ongoing management of longer-term chronic conditions, you can trust the physiotherapy Gold Coast team at Atkins Health. Our unique six-weekly client review program schedule ensures that we adapt to your evolving needs and expectations, to ensure that you achieve your objectives. On average based on these frequent reviews, over 90% of our clients reach or indeed exceed their health goals. We also offer exercise physiology services, remedial massage and Pilates classes, providing you with a thorough approach to your health care.

With the flexibility of our physio Runaway Bay clinic centrally located within the feature-rich Gold Coast Performance Centre, our modern facilities in Varsity Lakes and Canungra, or with home visits available across the Gold Coast and hinterland, learn how we can help with your specific needs: Call us today on (07) 3177 7779 or request an appointment.

If you are a new-to-Atkins Health client, you must first book an initial assessment so that we can make a diagnosis and determine the best treatment plan for you.



What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is the study of the human body, its movement and its functions. It is an Allied Health profession that often deals with acute phases of injuries, medical conditions, disabilities or dysfunctions. Treatment usually consists of tests and assessments, hands-on therapy and physiotherapy exercises for rehabilitation or correction.

There are many different types of physio which are generally known as specialties. Physiotherapists who have undertaken additional training may specialise in geriatric, neurological, respiratory, paediatric and all sports physiotherapy.

Physiotherapy applies the knowledge and experience of the practitioner with best practices studied and presented in research journals to treat the patient and their condition.

For diagnosis, the practitioner will often apply a set of “special tests” comprising of physiotherapy exercises designed to assess and compare the patient against a set date, indicating to the practitioner how the body and its systems are performing. These special tests are consistently tried and tested in research to increase or deny their validity to provide practitioners with reliable data and conclusions on the presentation of their patients.


When to Have Physiotherapy

There are four stages to an injury cycle and a physio works across all of these. The earlier a patient seeks intervention, the better the rate of recovery and overall outcome.

For this reason, a physio should be the first port of call if you are experiencing a new form of pain, swelling, redness or loss of function in a body part. This may be the result of a sports injury or generic lifestyle factors. A physiotherapist can then assess the source of discomfort and provide a diagnosis of the underlying cause or condition.

Other reasons it may be time to visit our physio Runaway Bay team can include:

  • Waking up with a stiff back or neck
  • Recently undergone surgery
  • Poor flexibility
  • Poor sleep
  • Headaches
  • Poor posture
  • Recurring pain during specific movements
  • Poor mobility
  • Injury prevention


How Physiotherapy can Help to Reduce Pain and Discomfort

For hands on physiotherapy treatment, our practitioner will apply manual therapy in the form of release techniques or manipulations to help the body “reset” and return to less aggravated state. This allows for improved freedom and quality of movement. A physiotherapist will often then prescribe a set of physiotherapy exercises to help re-educate the body to achieve improved movement patterns and others to reinforce all of the above through strengthening weak muscles and stretching tight muscles.

How physiotherapy helps patients individually is often dictated by the patients themselves, where they are at in their rehabilitation journey and the condition they present with. In broad terms, our practitioners will help diagnose and educate you as to the problem at hand, help to reduce pain or discomfort, return your body to as natural a state as possible, and then help you to prevent further issues from occurring.


How to See a Physiotherapist

To see a physiotherapist the first step is usually a doctor (General Practitioner), who would then make a referral. This can help in aiding the diagnosis, planning and delivery of treatment, however physiotherapists are able to assess and diagnose a problem and they can see patients without a referral. To be able to claim a Medicare benefit (if eligible) a doctor’s referral is required.

Private health insurance can sometimes help cover the cost of physiotherapy. We recommend checking with your private health insurer before booking a consultation.


Is Physiotherapy Covered by Medicare?

Yes, therapy is covered under the Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDMP). General Practitioners (GPs), along with all other recognised allied health providers, can refer a patient for treatment for a total of five subsidised visits per calendar year, across all allied health disciplines.

Holders of a Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) Gold or White Card can undertake physiotherapy sessions without charge.

Learn more about funding.


NDIS Physiotherapy Gold Coast

With the introduction of the National Disability Index Scheme (NDIS) in Queensland back in 2016, Gold Coast physio is now offered under the Core Supports and Capacity Building Supports budgets. Here at Atkins Health, we offer NDIS physiotherapy Gold Coast services at our Runaway Bay clinic, in addition to home visits from Tweed Heads/Coolangatta to Beenleigh.

More information can be found on the applicable budgets on the NDIS website.

Learn about pain management diagnosis and treatment in this short video from physiotherapist Brock.

Ready to Start Your Journey to Improved Quality of Life?

Seeing an Atkins Health physiotherapist is a straightforward process involving the following steps:

The process usually starts here

1. Referral

Getting a referral from a GP or an allied health practitioner is usually the starting point and is necessary in order to claim the Medicare benefit for physiotherapy. If you are ineligible for, or do not intend to claim Medicare benefits then physiotherapy sessions can be booked without one. In these cases refer to steps 2 and 3 following.

If you intended to claim via private health insurance, check your insurer’s requirements with them directly.

Start your physiotherapy pathway

2. Initial consultation

An initial assessment will be necessary for our physios determine areas for focus and the best approach for your health journey.

Initial assessments are 60 minutes and cost $90. Book online or call us on (07) 3177 7779 to make an appointment.

Book an Initial Assessment

Your journey to better health

3. Ongoing consultations

In subsequent consultations our physiotherapists will focus on accelerating the healing process using techniques to reduce stiffness and pain, improve movement and your quality of life.

Standard consultations are 45 minutes and cost $90. Book online or call us on (07) 3177 7779to make an appointment.

Book a Standard Consultation

Where to Find Us

Physio Runaway Bay Clinic

Physio Varsity Lakes Clinic

Physio Canungra Clinic

Meet Our Physiotherapists

Our physiotherapy team has an expensive range of experience and expertise which includes neurological and orthopaedic rehabilitation, disease management, and sports injury treatment. They will prioritise your personal needs and goals to ensure optimal health outcomes. Our physiotherapy team is also supported by Atkin Health’s experts in exercise physiology and remedial massage.


Jack Birchall

Jack has always been passionate about helping people and having worked closely with rehabilitation physicians, has found his perfect career as a physiotherapist.

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Conor Barry

Conor’s passion is providing clients with treatment and the knowledge to restore function and promote ongoing growth.

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Marc Bruneau

Marc is experienced in acute respiratory conditions, complex neurological rehabilitation, orthopaedic cases, and elite sports.

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Funding Your Healthcare

It can get complex navigating the various funding options and plans that may be available to you. We’ve tried to unpack and explain the options here.


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Physiotherapy Schedule

Following are the days and locations where you’ll find our physiotherapists







David with physiotherapist Brock and remedial massage therapist Jacqui

Atkins Health’s Ironman

Prepare to be inspired by one of our extraordinary clients, David Daffey. David is no ordinary athlete – he’s a true ironman champion, and he’s not stopping anytime soon! David’s impressive track record includes conquering his eighth ironman event at the Ironman World Championship in France in September 2023. Talk about pushing the limits! It was his third World Championship appearance, showcasing his exceptional talent and unwavering dedication.
When David faced an adductor strain, he turned to our physiotherapist for assistance whose care – which involved a mere four weeks of treatment – enabled David to make a remarkable recovery, and fearlessly tackle the Port Macquarie Ironman in late May. Additionally, David has been harnessing the power of regular massages to optimise his performance and speed up his recovery process. Our expert remedial massage therapist, Jacqui has been working with him. With a comprehensive approach to his training, there’s no doubt that David is an unstoppable force!


David Daffey

Client testimonials

Here is what some of our customers have to say….

The practitioner has been very helpful following recent surgery.


The Atkins plan by Brock has given me a lot of relief. He taught me not only an exercise plan but also mindfulness about how to lift properly and re-train my brain about dealing with levels of pain. I have seen an improvement in my lower back and knees after a recent accident. I have damage and longtime chronic pain in my neck, and this has also improved after massage. I look forward to each visit because I know each visit helps me just get a positive improvement each time.


Atkins are professional and available. They’ve proven to be very helpful for improving my family’s health.


I went to Atkins with a shoulder issue and have remained a client because of their professionalism and enthusiasm.


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