GUARDIAN EXERCISE REHABILITATION

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Industry leaders in therapeutic exercise programmes for people afflicted with injury or illness under a compensable-injury policy: Workers’ Compensation, Life Insurance and Compulsory Third Party schemes.

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OUR STORY

Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation was established in 2000 by Exercise Physiologist, John McDonald, with the vision to make exercise physiology services easily accessible to as many clients as possible through the use of a mobile service provision model. 

 

Over the years the company has evolved to become an industry leader in clinically-guided, best-practice exercise interventions for people afflicted with injury or illness under a compensable-injury policy, principally across Workers’ Compensation, Life Insurance/ Income Protection and Compulsory Third Party (CTP) schemes.

 

With an ever increasing national footprint, we currently employ over 65 Accredited Exercise Physiologists across Australia and are a team of vibrant professionals with the utmost standard of care delivered to all of our clients. Our team endeavour to make a difference to people’s lives by empowering them through high-quality rehabilitative exercise programmes.

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Our Difference

 

Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation provide community-based exercise rehabilitation to ensure convenience during programming, and client autonomy into the long-term. Our goal is to ensure durability with outcomes and self-efficacy for clients. Our programmes are oriented towards education and empowerment, as much as exercise-specifics.

We care for our clients and aspire to provide the highest possible standard of Exercise Physiology services.

Conveniently Mobile

Community-based ensuring independence and convenience in programming, and durability and maximised self-efficacy in the long-term.

Clinical Experience and Expertise

Industry leaders in clinically-guided, best-practice exercise interventions across a broad spectrum of injuries and illnesses.

Great Communicators

We work collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure true synergy working towards a common goal for our clients.

Outcome Focussed

Committed and passionate to facilitate the earliest safe, appropriate and sustainable return to work ensuring a cost-effective service.

Personalised and Personable

We work closely with our clients to provide a highly-tailored service that encapsulates humanistic principles and behaviours.

Have you been injured in a work-related accident?

 

Our Exercise Physiologists consult clients across a broad spectrum of injuries and illnesses with significant experience and expertise in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries, mental illnesses, cancers and cardiometabolic disorders. We want to listen, to understand your situation, to hear your concerns, and to work together to achieve your rehabilitation goals.

We want to make a difference to your life by empowering you through a high-quality exercise programme – and to provide you increased control over your healthcare. To make things as easy as possible, we will see you at a location and time convenient to your schedule.

 

 

Are you an Insurer looking for a quality Exercise Provider?

 

With over 20 years’ experience in the field of compensable injury and illness, our Exercise Physiologists are equipped to provide highly-specialised exercise programmes for the most simple cases, through to the most complex. Our regular, poignant reporting and clear, timely communication results in cost-effective programmes focused on achievable and sustainable outcomes.

 

 

Are you an Occupational Rehabilitation Provider looking for a reliable Exercise Physiology partner?

 

Our Exercise Physiologists have synergised with Occupational Rehabilitation Providers for 20 years, tailoring rehabilitative exercise programmes to meet – and often exceed – pre-injury functional role requirements, supporting a smoother and more sustainable return to work. Our proactive, value-adding communications and detailed reporting support Consultants with real-time information on progress and functional status to inform wider rehabilitation planning.

 

 

Are you an Employer looking to assist your injured workers?

 

Our Exercise Physiologists can provide targeted, strategic and best-practice rehabilitative exercise programmes to maximise your workers’ recovery and, in turn, support the earliest safe, appropriate and sustainable return to work. We blend holistic biopsychosocial rehabilitation principles with an understanding and appreciation for recover at work processes. Timely reports and communications provide regular, transparent updates to assist you in planning and progressing optimal re-engagement in work duties.

 

 

Are you a Medical Practitioner?

 

 

Our Exercise Physiologists consult clients across a broad spectrum of injuries and illnesses with significant experience and expertise in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries, mental illnesses, cancers and cardiometabolic disorders. Through a distinct focus on meaningful activity, we support optimised function and healthy re-engagement in work and everyday activities. All programming is evidence-based, with a strong focus on education and empowerment. Regular updates to you ensure clear and consistent communication pf progress.

 

 

Therapeutic exercise programmes

for compensable injuries and illnesses

The fundamental aim of our programmes is to achieve empowerment through exercise. We look to support optimised function and facilitate healthy re-engagement in work, as well as everyday and recreational pursuits via bespoke exercise programming and by setting collaborative goals based on meaningful activities. We blend holistic biopsychosocial rehabilitation principles with an understanding and appreciation for recover at work processes. We see the big picture, and understand that rehabilitation should support restored capacities for all aspects of life.

Workers' Compensation

Our programmes aim to support the earliest safe, appropriate and sustainable return-to-work whilst also educating on self-guided exercise – promoting self-efficacy as well as durability with outcomes. With an understanding of the workplace and job-demands, our rehabilitative exercise programmes are tailored and function-specific; however, also support wholebeing health and work towards self-identified, meaningful goals

Worksite Assessments

This is an assessment completed in the workplace – most commonly with the worker and employer present – to assess the duties and physical demands of the worker’s usual role, in order to assist with planning the rehabilitation goal and subsequent graduated Return to Work Program. This assessment is also useful in examining a worker who is on alternative or restricted duties, and it may also include review and recommendations regarding the work environment. A report will then be provided with assessment findings and recommendations. The Worksite Assessment may be completed as part of a Rehabilitation Program, or as a one-off service for a compensable claim

CTP Insurance

The most accepted frameworks for treating injuries post motor vehicle accident indicate that there are three first-line treatments with high-level supporting evidence – reassure and stay active, return to usual activities and rehabilitative via physical activity. Our programmes are thus built on these overarching principles and look to restore our clients to pre-accident capacities and beyond, promoting high-level function and optimizing quality-of-life through simple, but effective exercise-based programming

Life Insurance

Using clinical guidance and expertise, we provide Income Protection policy holders who have had the misfortune of suffering illness or injury with exercise-based, meaningful-activity-specific work-conditioning programmes. In an unassuming manner – driven entirely by personal goals in conjunction with the all-encompassing rehabilitation strategy, our programmes support a return to health first and foremost – and, by result, a return to healthy work

Musculoskeletal Injury

According to the latest research and evidence the vast majority of acute, sub-acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries alike should be rehabilitated with a consistently clear core focus of structured, graded exercise, coupled with education and guidance. Targeted exercise aims to improve movement-tolerance, range, endurance, strength and ultimately restore functionality and improve symptoms. Our programmes embrace the transition from patho-anotomical injury-management, with a true application of the biopsychosocial approach and a rehabilitation plan built around uncomplicated physical activity

Mental Health/ Illness

The therapeutic benefit of exercise for mental illness is rehabilitative, reparative and preventative; it has long been known and is robustly documented in research and practice. Exercise has far-reaching capacity to improve depressive symptoms, mood, alertness, concentration and sleep patterns. Exercise can also contribute to overall enhanced quality-of-life through facilitating social interaction and providing meaningful use of time, purposeful activity and empowerment. Exercise is also the foundational mechanism to address secondary physical health issues and concerns which are of concerningly increased prevalence alongside mental illness. Our programmes act to synergise and complement traditional mental health interventions – such as psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy

Job Analyses

Job Analyses may also be referred to as a Job Dictionary, Duties Manual or Duties Register. This involves an assessment in the workplace and ensuing report to document the duties and physical and/or psychological and cognitive demands of a role, in order to provide employers with resources to assist them in return to work planning for injured employees. It can be tailored, depending on the needs of the organisation

Injuries and Illnesses we consult

Cardiometabolic disorders

Physical inactivity is a known and strong risk factor for increased: weight gain, cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose levels, all of which significantly heighten the risk of onset of a number of cardiometabolic diseases – including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. A very strong body-of-evidence shows that implementing manageable physical activity routines can reduce the onset, development and/ or progress of cardiometabolic disease, through eliciting a myriad of physiological benefits. Our programmes are oriented towards education and empowerment, as much as exercise-specifics; thus, ensuring that self-management of long-term health is achievable

Exercise for Cancer

Exercise is proven to provide many benefits before, during and following cancer treatment. Latest research shows strongly that people with cancer who engage in structured exercise experience fewer and less severe treatment-related side effects and report improved quality-of-life. Industry recommendations are that exercise should be embedded as standard practice in cancer care, to specifically facilitate improved physical function, attenuated fatigue, alleviated psychological distress, promoted wellbeing and minimised development of secondary health conditions. Our programmees aim to provide support and education to safely meet exercise guidelines in an individualised way that will provide positive impact for wholebeing health

Worksite Assessments

This is an assessment completed in the workplace – most commonly with the worker and employer present – to assess the duties and physical demands of the worker’s usual role, in order to assist with planning the rehabilitation goal and subsequent graduated Return to Work Program. This assessment is also useful in examining a worker who is on alternative or restricted duties, and it may also include review and recommendations regarding the work environment. A report will then be provided with assessment findings and recommendations. The Worksite Assessment may be completed as part of a Rehabilitation Program, or as a one-off service for a compensable claim

When to refer?

It’s recommended that you refer to an Accredited Exercise Physiologist if you encounter any of the following: 

01 When symptom onset is insidious in nature and/ or recovery has plateaued.

03 When deconditioning manifests and restored function is required for work and life.

05 • When meaningful physical activity is not already a clear and central foundation of the rehabilitation plan.

07 • When outcome-orientation and progressive goals are not clearly defined – or not being achieved.

02 • When mental health, energy levels and/ or general wellness are impacted.

04 When fear-avoidant behaviours and/ or withdrawal from usual activity become apparent.

06 • When clear and purposeful empowerment to self-guide rehabilitation is necessitated.

Our Team

We are a team of vibrant professionals with the utmost standard of care delivered to all our clients. Our Accredited Exercise Physiologists are driven towards continual personal and professional development, facilitated through a highly supportive structure and a uniquely positive culture.

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Our Leadership

John McDonald

John McDonald

Managing Director

Exercise Physiologist

John Mellors

John Mellors

General Manager

Exercise Physiologist
Josette Patterson

Josette Patterson

Regional Manager - WA, NT, SA

Exercise Physiologist
Damien Amsuss

Damien Amsuss

Operations Manager - On Leave

Exercise Physiologist

OUR TEAM

Area Managers

Rong-Yeei Ngoh

Rong-Yeei Ngoh

Area Manager - Sydney

Exercise Physiologist

Chandell Fretwell

Chandell Fretwell

Area Manager - WA

Exercise Physiologist

Jack Woods

Jack Woods

Area Manager- Newcastle

Exercise Physiologist

Riley Bartholomew

Riley Bartholomew

Area Manager - Canberra

Exercise Physiologist

Adam Harris

Adam Harris

Area Manager - Adelaide

Exercise Physiologist

Tom Patterson

Tom Patterson

Area Manager - Sydney

Exercise Physiologist

Rachel Fox

Rachel Fox

Area Manager - Darwin

Exercise Physiologist

Matt Worland

Matt Worland

Area Manager - Brisbane

Exercise Physiologist

Hailey Buchhorn

Hailey Buchhorn

Area Manager -Melbourne

Exercise Physiologist

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Our Results

(Based on all responses to GER End-Programme/ NPS survey results for the period July – Dec 19)

  • Clients said they would highly recommend our services to friends and colleagues 85% 85%
  • Clients rating the service provided during their Exercise Programme as Excellent 92% 92%
  • Clients thought that our services helped in bettering their abilities to complete normal daily routine and activities outside of work 97% 97%
  • Clients were Extremely or Very Confident they have acquired the tools to continue with an Exercise Programme independently in the long-term 89% 89%

contact us

Phone

Tel. 1800 001 066 

Fax

Fax.1800 001 077

Email

admin@guardianexercise.com.au 

Perth Office

PO Box 203 MOSMAN PARK WA 6912

Sydney Office

PO Box 4012 KINGSWAY WEST NSW 2208

Canberra Office

PO Box 5036 BRADDON ACT 2612

Newcastle Office

PO Box 46 NEWCASTLE NSW 230

Melbourne Office

PO Box 324 NIDDRIE VIC 3042

Brisbane Office

PO Box 33 FORTITUDE VALLEY QLD 4006

Adelaide Office

PO Box 203 PROSPECT SA 5082

Darwin Office

PO Box 1005 PALMERSTON NT 0831

Bunbury Office

PO Box 357  BUSSELTON WA 6280