Month: February 2020

Staff Profile – Alice Ruddell

Alice was born and raised in Airlie Beach. Having grown up around the region, she is excited about practicing health care in a rural local region.

Alice completed her physiotherapy bachelors degree at JCU in Townsville before moving back to Mackay to start work at Physio Plus.

Alice enjoys the outdoors – bush walking, boating, fishing, camping, water sports and snowboarding. Alice enjoys living an active life style – spending time at the beach with her puppy Wally and baking delicious healthy treats.

Alice has completed numerous working placements in women’s health, an integrated health clinic in new Zealand and different hospitals around Queensland as part of her degree at JCU.

Since graduation, Alice has undertaken further training in Pilates, spinal pain/injuries, dry needling and sports physiotherapy.

Alice enjoys the variety of working in a rural location. She enjoys treating a range of conditions including sporting injuries, spinal pain/injuries, knees, post operative rehabilitation, hydrotherapy/gym sessions and Pilates.

Alice has a strong passionate belief that every patients injury is individual, therefore tailored education and management, best suited to the patient and their lifestyle is key to improvement and long term best management.

GLA:D Program

We’re bringing GLA:D Australia to our community!

We’re so EXCITED to announce that Physio Plus is bringing the world-leading 👉GLA:D® #hip & #knee arthritis program to our #Mackay and #Whitsunday communities! 🦵 GLA:D won the The Value-Based Health Care Prize 2019! GLA:D®, Good Life with osteoArthritis: Denmark, is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in #Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms. Research from the GLA:D® programs in Denmark shows symptom progression reduces by 32%. Other outcomes include a less pain, reduced use of joint related pain killers. Physio Plus Physios Alistair, Alex and Tom are now official GLA:D® Trainers! 👏👏 Think it might be for your patient? We’d love to hear from you and are taking referrals now! Contact us or refer by phone, walk-in, online or email found here😀👍

Staff profile – Nelson Abela

Nelson is a Mackay local, having grown up and gone to school in the region.  He graduated from James Cook University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, and has worked in a number of different settings since then, including in the Mackay Base Hospital Health Service and in the United Kingdom.
Nelson has been a part of the Physio Plus team since 2018.  Outside of work, Nelson has a strong interest in sport and travelling the world. He also enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and hanging out at the beach.  Besides his family and friends, his other main loves are the North Queensland Cowboys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Professionally, Nelson has worked extensively in acute hospital, rehabilitation, chronic pain and musculoskeletal settings, in both the public and private sectors.  Nelson treats musculoskeletal injuries, sporting injuries, chronic pain and can also help you with your post surgery rehabilitation.  He has a particularly special interest in the shoulder, lower back and knee.  No matter the goal, whether it be returning to the work place or the sporting field, Nelson can help you out.

Staff profile – Sebastiaan van den Brink


Seb, is enthusiastic physiotherapist with a strong interest in sport and musculoskeletal conditions.

Seb joined the Physio Plus Whitsunday team in December 2019 having been working as a physiotherapist for six years. He originates from the Netherlands where he did his Bachelor of Science and Physiotherapy.

Initially based in Melbourne for 5 years plying his trade in the private practice setting and sports team environment, Seb gained experience with elite swimmers, soccer players, field hockey players and triathletes.

Craving a change, Seb moved up to North Queensland where work focused on occupational and worksite risk minimisation physiotherapy in the mining sector of the Bowen basin. Following this, Seb sought a move back to the private practice setting, finding his home at Physio Plus.

Outside of work, you will find Seb in the gym or at the beach. He also likes to play squash, to cook and watching the Melbourne Storm play in the NRL. As well as being a passionate physiotherapist, Seb continues to work for the Queensland Fire and Rescue services as an Auxiliary Firefighter.

You will find Seb in our AirlieBeach/Cannonvale and Hamilton Island practices. Seb has extensive experience treating a variety of injuries in patients of all ages.