Tania Althorpe Specialist Sports Physiotherapist at West Coast Physiotherapy Centre

About Tania

Specialist Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist FACP (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2016) BSc (Physiotherapy), MSports (Curtin) APAM

Tania Althorpe is a Specialist Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist, placed in the top 0.5% of Physiotherapists in Australia. Tania combines her extensive clinical experience and the best available research evidence to provide a practical approach to Sports Physiotherapy. She is passionate about keeping her clients engaged in all levels and type of activity, for physical and mental wellbeing and performance.

Her professional roles include

Physiotherapist at Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) working with Olympic, National level and emerging athletes. She is the Head WAIS Physiotherapist for Hockey and is engaged as a member of their high performance team to develop hockey athletes to the National level. In this role, Tania works closely with coaches, strength and conditioning coaches and as part of a multidisciplinary team for elite athlete management.

Physiotherapist for Athletics Australia and WAIS Athletics. Tania works with ParaAthletes, able body and emerging athletes. She is travelling to the World Athletics Championships 2022 in Oregon, USA as part of the Australian team. She is passionate about helping develop injury resilience in athletes of all levels as they grow from a junior to adult athlete – elite or recreational.

Senior Lecturer at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia on the Clinical Master of Physiotherapy, educating Physiotherapists to become titled Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists. Key lectures that Tania delivers include shoulder pain and instability, elbow, hip and groin, knee pain, muscle injuries, foot and ankle and the adolescent athlete.

Lectures nationally and internationally to Physiotherapists providing professional development and clinical expertise. Tania teaches 2-3 days courses on shoulder assessment, management and return to sport within Australia and internationally in China and Reunion Island

Treats a wide range of presentations and clients from junior to senior elite and active people.

  • Adolescent and developing athletes
  • Shoulder pain and instability
  • Knee pain and instability
  • Recovery from bone stress injuries
  • High-level rehabilitation to sport and activity
Brett Althorpe Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at West Coast Physiotherapy Centre

About Brett

Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2019) BSc (Physiotherapy), MManipTh (Curtin) APAM

Brett is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, which is the highest level of clinical expertise attainable in the physiotherapy profession.

Brett’s clinical roles include

Specialist in difficult and persistent spinal conditions using information for assessment and treatment based on the latest research and over 26 years of clinical experience. His expertise in providing a combined active approach and manual therapy, individualised for each of his clients, results in positive outcomes for those who have struggled to improve their quality of life with many other treatment approaches. Brett works closely with Perth’s top Neurosurgeons for post operative spinal rehabilitation and return to activity.

Second opinions to assist in those cases that are proving difficult to treat. If you are suffering from ongoing issues that are not responding to your current treatment, he can offer assistance to your current Physiotherapist with written reports following a thorough assessment of the presenting complaint.

Overuse injuries for both the recreational athlete and adolescent athletes. It can be difficult for parents to know how to deal with the load requirements placed upon young kids and the appropriate management is essential for their ongoing participation in sport. Brett has worked with international and national level athletes and was the WA State School Boys football team physiotherapist for 10 years. He continues to work with a large group of developing athletes of all levels to manage through the growing phase of their physical development.

Senior Lecturer at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia on the Clinical Master of Physiotherapy, educating Physiotherapists to become titled Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists.

Specialist Physiotherapy level treatment of

  • Low back pain
  • Headaches
  • Concussion
  • Dizzyness
  • Hip and knee pain

Brett is a strong advocate for and previously completed five years of the Ride for Youth charity, supporting youth mental health. He has also completed an Iron Man, Half Iron Man, Avon Descents and several adventure multi-sport events in addition to many years of football at WAFL and amateur levels.

Simon Melling Physiotherapist at West Coast Physiotherapy Centre

About Simon

BSc. Hons. Physiotherapy

From Ireland, Simon graduated from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in 2013 (BSc. Hons. Physiotherapy). He initially worked in Ireland and the UK in many Acute Hospital Physiotherapy rotations, Emergency Departments and Inflammatory Spinal Clinics.

Simon decided to move to Australia in 2016 to further develop his Physiotherapeutic knowledge and career, working in private practice with Musculoskeletal and Sports related conditions. He has worked closely with Community Soccer teams, State Hockey and Cricket teams.

Simon utilises exercise (strength and conditioning principles) as an integral part of his physiotherapy practice as well as targeted manual therapy when it is required. Simon believes it is essential to guide a client to a better understanding of their injury or condition, promoting self confidence in their own management.

Simon moved to Perth, WA in 2022 where he is currently undertaking a Masters of Clinical Physiotherapy (Sports) at Curtin University.