John roberts

B. App. Sc. (Physio)
PGD (Manips Physio)
PhD candidate


Not being able to decide on a career choice at school, John eventually settled on Physiotherapy because a mate was doing it! While his mate never ended up enrolling in the course, John forged on with a Physiotherapy degree and has never looked back.

John is fascinated with the human body and how the brain interacts with the rest of the body to create movement and sometimes pain. His passion for knowledge has seen him continue on a journey of lifelong learning. John is currently undertaking a PhD investigating persistent pain following total knee replacement. He hopes his research will be applicable to all patients suffering pain.

John graduated from the University of Sydney with a Degree in Physiotherapy in 1986 after which he spent 4 years at Concord Hospital (Sydney), and then in a private practice in Castle Hill. He completed his musculo-skeletal post-graduate qualification in 1990 and as such is a Titled Musculo-Skeletal Physiotherapist. The title of “Musculo-skeletal Physio” is a reflection of the higher level of clinical skills associated with the assessment, diagnosis and management of musculo-skeletal injuries. John also has a certificate in Acupuncture.

In July 1991 John moved to Bathurst with his family and opened Bathurst Physiotherapy and Sports Injuries Centre.

John has a wealth of experience in musculo-skeletal and sports physiotherapy. Amongst many sporting team appointments, he has been the physiotherapist for the NSW Waratahs; Australian Barbarians Rugby team and the NSW Country Cockatoos Rugby team. John has also provided physiotherapy to Olympic athletes and Tour de France cyclists.

John is passionate about physiotherapy education. He has been a clinical educator for 25 years. He was a lecturer and coordinator of the musculoskeletal physiotherapy subject for the physiotherapy programme at Charles Sturt University for five years. He continues to lecture on the physiotherapy programme on a casual basis. He is also an adjunct lecturer for the University of Sydney as well as the University of Western Sydney.

Because of his knowledge and experience, in 2007 John was appointed as an Independent Physiotherapy Consultant by WorkCover NSW, one of only 18 physiotherapists throughout NSW hold this title.

John has an ongoing interest in;

  • Persistent pain states including spinal pain
  • Running injuries
  • Cycling injuries and bike fitting
  • Tendinopathies