Our Team

Hydrotherapy Brisbane has been providing outstanding physiotherapy services to the Brisbane community for over twenty years. Founded and directed by Julie Harrison and Judy Larsen, we have previously operated out of facilities at the Wesley Hospital, St Andrews Hospital and Sinnamon Park.

Julie and Judy are also providers of hydrotherapy, aquatic physiotherapy, water exercise and therapeutic aquatic training across Australia and internationally. They are the largest providers of aquatic based therapy training in Australia, and have also trained physiotherapists in New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brazil and England.

Our professional, friendly staff will always give you the best possible treatment and work with you to find the best aquatic option or land and aquatic combination to meet your needs. Our practitioners use a range of Aquatic Physiotherapyfunctional exercise and hands-on therapy, to get you back to optimum health as quickly as possible.

Our physiotherapy team is rounded out by Gretchen Bryan, Clare Martinac, Brenton Keates, Ruth Steele and Patrice Todhunter, whose expertise, experience and superior level of care make them an essential part of our practice.

There are plenty of other friendly faces who form part of our quirky crew, and who would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services.

We are:

    • Committed to providing exceptional service to all members of our client community
    • Positive and pro-active
    • Friendly, funny and prone to bouts of raucous laughter
    • Constantly on the look-out for new togs!
    • Loving our great new facilities
    • Honoured to help and serve

The crew:

Julie Harrison, BPhty (Hons) Cert Hydro (La Trobe) MAPA.
  Julie has extensive experience as a private practitioner in traditional land practices and in incorporating aquatic physiotherapy/ hydrotherapy into clinical practice. She provides undergraduate aquatic physiotherapy content to University of Queensland and James Cook University students.

Hydrotherapy Consulting and Training, a company she co-directs with Judy Larsen, is the largest provider of undergraduate and postgraduate aquatic physiotherapy training in Australia. They also provide training for physiotherapy and allied health assistants, special school and disability teachers, swimming teachers, carers and community workers.

Her physiotherapy practice was involved in research design and providing treatment for patients in an article on ‘Improving Strength After Total Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery’ published in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in May 2009.

Her experience includes coordinating the hydrotherapy program at the Queensland Spastic Welfare League and designing and implementing the Austswim Disabled Extension Course in Queensland. She has consulted widely on pool design, including on pools located at Sinnamon Village (Brisbane), Royal Childrens Hospital (Melbourne), Westmead Hospital (Sydney), Austin Hospital (Melbourne), Palm Beach Currumbin (Gold Coast), Flinders Medical Centre (Adelaide) and Boonah Shire (Queensland).

She has been an active member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) in Queensland including positions on Branch Council, convenor of the Queensland Aquatic Physiotherapy Group, treasurer of the State Aquatic group, convenor of the National Aquatic Physiotherapy Group, and inaugural aquatic representative to the APA’s National Advisory Council.

She was the Hydrotherapy Co-ordinator at The Wesley Hospital Brisbane form 1989-2007.

Judy Larsen, BPhty MAPA
Judy is a physiotherapist who works in private practice in Brisbane, incorporating aquatic physiotherapy into the treatment modalities offered.  Judy has had experience working in hospitals (public and private), special schools and community practice. She has also worked for the Arthritis Foundation and Osteoporosis Queensland. She lectures publicly in health education and has been involved in lecturing to GPs, pharmacists, fitness instructors, exercise physiologists, teachers and community workers. She has lectured to physiotherapy students from the University of Queensland and Griffith University in osteoporosis and rheumatology, and has also provided aquatic physiotherapy training for Griffith University and James Cook University students.

Hydrotherapy Consulting and Training, a company she co-directs with Julie Harrison, is the largest provider of undergraduate and postgraduate aquatic physiotherapy training in Australia. They also provide training for physiotherapy and allied health assistants, special school and disability teachers, swimming teachers, carers and community workers.

Her physiotherapy practice was involved in research design and providing treatment for patients in an article on ‘Improving Strength After Total Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery’ published in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in May 2009.

Judy has consulted widely on pool design, including on facilities at the Royal Childrens Hospital (Melbourne), Austin Hospital (Melbourne), Palm Beach Currumbin (Gold Coast) and Boonah Shire (Queensland).

Judy has written a chapter on osteoporosis in a physiotherapy undergraduate text book and has other co-authored other publications in the area of osteoporosis.

As an active member of the APA in Queensland her roles have included convening the inaugural Rheumatology and Hydrotherapy Special Group, convenor of the Queensland Aquatic Physiotherapy Group, editor of the Aquatic Group Newsletter (State then National), and aquatic representative to the APA’s National Advisory Council.

Judy was the Director of Hydrotherapy at St Andrew’s Hospital Brisbane from 1994-2004.

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