the bayswater physio team

David Moala

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Member Australia Physiotherapy Association 
  • Member Sports PhysiotherapyAssociation
  • Member Musculoskeletel Physiotherapy Association

Dave graduated from Curtin University in 1994 as top clinical student before heading down to Busselton and Dunsborough where he worked in the Community Health Centre for a 6 month period. He then worked in private practice dealing with sports injuries, spinal physiotherapy and hydrotherapy before heading back to Perth to work at Floreat and Kingsley Physiotherapy Centres.

During this time he was appointed assistant physiotherapist to the Perth Orioles Netball Team for the 1998-1999 season. He was the physiotherapist to the WA State Netball U/19 and Open teams, travelling to two national championships. Dave was also physiotherapist for the West Coast Warriors (now Falcons) Netball Team in 1997 and the triumphant premiership year of 1998. He was also associated with Inglewood Kiev Soccer Club and Wembley Football Club. 

Dave then undertook a two year working holiday in the UK, working at Barbican/BUPA Health where he worked in conjunction with a team of British Olympic Team sports doctors and elite athletes. He also spent time working in the financial sector, incorporating occupational and ergonomic physiotherapy. 

On his return to Perth Dave founded Bayswater Physiotherapy with James Rickard in 2001 where he is a Principal Physiotherapist. He has built on his clinical knowledge through regular continuing education and post graduate courses, adding to his 23 years of private practice experience.

Currently Dave is associated with several local amateur sporting clubs and has an ongoing role as part of the medical team looking after the Masterules Australian Football League Competition. Recently he was involved in assisting the State U/17 Netball Team, the  WA Australian Netball League team and State U/19 Netball Team.

Dave's professional interests include spinal and manipulative physiotherapy, sports injuries, headache management and lumbo-pelvic imbalance. 

James Rickard

  • Bachelor of Science.
  • Member Australian PhysiotherapyAssociation
  • Member Sports Physiotherapy Group
  • Member Musculoskeletel Physiotherapy Association

James graduated from Curtin University here in WA in 1994 and has since worked extensively in the public and private sectors of Perth.

After gaining invaluable experience from a year spent working in private clinics in the U.K. James joined both Kingsley and Floreat Physiotherapy in 1998 where he has continued to build on this experience.

In 1999 James was appointed physiotherapist for the Under 19's and Open State Netball Teams which travelled to interstate carnivals. James is also involved with the Wembley Football Club and Subiaco-Marist Cricket Club, adding to his physiotherapy sports injury background.   The pinnacle of his Sports involvement came when he was part of the volunteer force at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Here he was a member of the medical team looking after the Beach Volleyball athletes at Bondi Beach .

He has been a Principal Physiotherapist at Bayswater Physiotherapy since 2001.

James has continually furthered his knowledge since graduation, having completed post-graduate courses in manipulative and manual therapy, sports physiotherapy, core stability and exercise rehabilitation. His professional interests spinal and sports injury treatment, post-operative rehabilitation and management of cervicogenic headaches 

Currently James is part of the medical team looking after the Masterules Australian Football League Competition. He also was involved in the injury management of cast and crew of hit musical Georgy Girl during the 2016 Perth season, and the Michael Jackson Thriller Experience in 2015.

Christine Baverstock

Bachelor of Science (Exercise Physiology)

Masters of Physiotherapy

Level 1 DMA Clinical Pilates

Member Australian Physiotherapy Association

Christine joined Bayswater Physiotherapy in 2012 after completing her Masters in Physiotherapy at Curtin University. She previously completed her Bachelor of Health Science at UWA in 2007. During her postgraduate studies she gained invaluable experience working with local AFL and hockey clubs, which has contributed to her passion for Sports Physiotherapy.

Christine understands the importance of an individualised approach to injury management and recovery. She is dedicated to providing optimal outcomes for her clients and enjoys watching them return to activities they enjoy, whether that be performing on the sporting field or at home cooking in the kitchen. To this end, Christine has had extensive training in manual therapy techniques, massage, dry needling and Muscle Energy Techniques, which she uses in combination with individualised strengthening exercises and lifestyle advice to promote long term health benefits. She is also a strong advocate of clinical Pilates as a tool for injury prevention and management.

Christine's professional interests include clinical Pilates, sporting injuries and rehabilitation, lumbopelvic pain, cervicogenic headaches and neck pain. Outside work, Christine enjoys spending quality time with family and friends (especially if there's food involved), landscape photography and keeping fit.

Alwyn Simmonds

  • M.A. Physiotherapy, 
  • Bachelor of Science (Exercise & Health)
  • Level 1 DMA Clinical Pilates
  • Member Australia Physiotherapy Association

Al graduated from Curtin University in April 2015 with a Masters in Physiotherapy following the completion of his undergraduate degree in Exercise and Health Science previously.

Al has been involved as a sports trainer and player for the Newman Knight’s Hockey club since 2012 and enjoys coupling his physiotherapy knowledge with exercise rehab and exercise prescription. Having suffered a significant knee injury in 2012, Al understands the importance of an individualised function based approach to rehabilitation and return to sport/work protocols. Professional interests include sporting injuries, spinal issues, post-operative rehab and cervicogenic headaches.

Al is excited to be involved with the Rangers Netball Association in their State league endeavours for the 2019 season

In his spare time Al is an avid hockey player and general fitness enthusiast.

Shayne Hille

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Member of Australian Physiotherapy Association


Connie Meechin

Connie commenced working at Bayswater Physiotherapy in May 2007. Connies Administration and accounts background includes Real Estate, Legal and General Practice.

Prior to joining Bayswater Physiotherapy Connie worked for many years in a busy local GP Surgery. Connie enjoys all aspects of her role and in particular the client contact and working with the team at Bayswater Physiotherapy sharing reception duties with Janet.

Janet Woodhams

Janet joined the friendly team at Bayswater Physiotherapy in October 2013. 

She has over 30 years of admin and clerical experience and brings a wealth of practical knowledge to Bayswater Physiotherapy.

In her spare time she enjoys cooking, watching footy and travelling.

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Both headaches and migraines are a surprisingly common problem affecting people of all ages. What makes migraines in particular so difficult to treat is the numerous ‘triggers’ that may initiate the migraine. These differ greatly from person to person and even from day to day – what triggers a migraine or headache one day may have no effect the next.

Some common triggers of migraine include: stress, hormonal fluctuation, weather changes, food and food additives, odours, light, medications, physical activity, caffeine and nicotine as well as changes in sleeping habits and even hunger. Other causes for recurrent headaches can be traced to dysfunction of cervical spine (neck), the temperomandibular (jaw) joint, sinuses and even visual deficiency.

The role of a physiotherapist is to work in conjunction with your doctor in determining a possible trigger of such attacks and modifying your lifestyle to eliminate or reduce your exposure to such triggers. Many headaches and migraines respond exceptionally well to manual treatment of the joints and muscles of the neck. Physiotherapy may include joint and manipulation or mobilisation (a more gentle means of loosening the vertebral joints) deep tissue massage and various forms of heat therapy.

Perhaps more importantly your physiotherapist will give you exercises and advice to reduce any excessive strain placed on the neck during the occurs of your day – yeas, that means advice on your posture whether it be how you hold your spine while you sit, sleep, stand or work. Ideally, we want to give you the knowledge and power to control your own headaches.

It is also important to remember that although many headaches respond very well to physiotherapy on the neck and upper back. This may not be the cause of the problems. Many of the triggers mentioned above are also responsible for tightening the muscle and joints of the neck and across the back of your shoulders. Unless you find your particular trigger (or triggers) you invariably end up treating the symptoms and not the cause of the problem.

The following symptoms may indicate that your headaches are originating from your neck:

  • Pain radiating from the back to the front of your head
  • Headache brought on or worsened by neck movement or by sustained neck postures
  • Headache with dizziness or light-headedness
  • Headaches that regularly affect the one side of your head or face
  • Headaches that are eased by pressure to the base of the skull


A sprained ankle involves damage to both ligaments and nerve fibres. With any injury an inflammatory response occurs at the injury site. Swelling in the area impedes repair and healing, therefore immediate treatment of any soft tissue injury is to minimise swelling and bleeding.

ACUTE STAGE - Immediate to 48 hours


  • R – Rest. If weight bearing is painful, use crutches
  • I – Ice. Remove shoes and socks and apply ice in a moistened towel to the injury site for 15 to 20 minutes, repeating every 2 hours.
  • C – Compression. Using an elastic bandage. Compress the foot ankle and lower calf.
  • E – Elevate. Ideally it is best to raise to foot higher than the heart.
  • R – Referral. Refer the injured player on to a physiotherapist or doctor.

After the ‘Acute Stage’ treatment involves increasing the range of movement of the joint and regaining strength and co-ordination.

Progression should be gradual using non-weight bearing exercises, partial weight bearing exercises and then to gentle full weight bearing exercises. Movement should then become more functional until light training is possible.

When ligaments are torn, nerve ending which are important to the co-ordination and balance of the ankle joint are also damaged. Balancing exercises are therefore necessary in the definitive treatment.

Together all the exercises aim to increase strength, mobility and co-ordination and will help PREVENT further injury to the joint.

Remember that proprioception (co-ordination) and balance take longer to recover than strength and mobility so balancing exercises should be persisted with for several months.

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