BUSINESS IN PRACTICE
Rise Health Group’s approach to exercise rehabilitation is
impressive to say the least. Based in Rowville, Melbourne,
Stuart Canavan’s practice, established in 2000, boasts an
extensive multidisciplinary team comprising physiotherapists,
exercise physiologists, exercise scientists, dieticians, podiatrists,
myotherapists and a sports medicine physician.
‘I view exercise as the future of our profession and the future
of medicine in many respects. We are going to have to be
collaborative in our approach, moving forward with other evidence-
based professions, particularly with the exercise science community
and the exercise physiology community,’ Stuart says. ‘At Rise,
we’ve tried to take a very strong strategic step into that exercise
space to make exercise a key feature of what we’re about.’
As well as catering to the general public, over the past six years,
Rise Health Group has practised in partnership with the Rowville
Sports Academy, at Rowville Secondary College, to provide
complete physiotherapy and exercise science services to about 700
student athletes. The fitness, training and high-performance facility
is located a short drive from the practice headquarters.
‘This has allowed us to significantly develop the scope of our
exercise services. We now have a physical space that allows us
to deliver a complete spectrum of exercise services; everything
from exercise associated with injury management all the way to
high-performance programs for elite athletes,’ Stuart says. ‘It’s
quite a significant point of difference for us…we have considerable
experience in the area of long-term junior athlete development
and advanced rehabilitation protocols, particularly in the ACL
space where we are incorporating high-performance testing and
programming into rehabilitation design.’
The practice’s holistic approach to patient care stems from
Stuart’s professional experience abroad about 20 years ago—
aged 23, he was tasked with establishing a practice in Kentucky,
United States. During this time, Stuart witnessed his American
counterparts’ heavy emphasis on a multidisciplinary approach to
‘Exercise is medicine’ is an ethos few practices embrace more than Rise Health Group.
, APAM, about a business incorporating a multitude of exercise professionals under one roof.
‘At that time, Australia was very much focused on manual therapy,
and US-based clinicians were forging ahead with respect to
functional exercise and advanced exercise programs,’ he says.
‘It gave us insight into where our profession was going.’
Once back in Australia, Stuart established a community-
focused physiotherapy practice to provide a patient-centred,
multidisciplinary and strong exercise-focused offering to his clients.
Students exercise at Rowville’s high-performance facility.