Hans Giebeler   BHSc (Physio), PGDip (Sports Physio)

Clinic Manager / Educator

Hans graduated as a physiotherapist from The University of Queensland and later with a postgraduate diploma in Sports Physiotherapy from Curtin University (WA). Hans is an Australian Physiotherapy Association titled Sports Physiotherapist and has a keen interest in assisting cyclists and triathletes recover, rehabilitate and maximise performance. He has spent the majority of his 32 year career in independent private practice, providing care for clients and athletes of all ages (non-sporting and sporting).

Hans has taught Physiotherapy programs since 2002 and full-time for the past 7 years. His clinical research interests include understanding the intrinsic contributing factors to non-contact knee derangement injury. He also has an interest in pedagogy (teaching method) of clinical reasoning and critical decision making in physiotherapy.

Roma Forbes   BHSc (Physio), PGDip (Musculo), MHSc (1st Hons, Physio)

APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Clinical Educator

Prior to commencing at The University of Queensland, Roma worked for several years as a Clinical Educator and physiotherapist in one of New Zealand's leading sports medicine clinics, where she worked with national sports teams and athletes as well as contributing to research and teaching. In addition to her role as Clinical Educator, Roma works part-time as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist and assists local running and triathlon teams. Roma has special interests in all sports injuries, lower back and neck pain and also post-surgical rehabilitation. 

Damien Nolan   BHSc (Physio), MPhty (Musculoskeletal)

APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Clinical Educator


Upon graduation in 2008, Damien worked in private practice and at a large acute hospital in Ireland where he worked in out-patient musculoskeletal, orthopedics, women’s health and neurology. He moved to Brisbane in 2012 to complete a Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at UQ. And commenced work at the Physiotherapy Clinic in 2013. Damien’s special interests include rehabilitation of shoulder disorders, persistent spinal pain and injury prevention. In addition to his clinical experience, he has published research in recent years into low-dye taping and rehabilitation post total knee replacement.

Julie Macdonald   BPhty (Hons), MA

Clinical Educator


Julie has been a clinical physiotherapist for almost 30 years specialising in paediatric physiotherapy in hospitals and private practice. At UQ, Julie is a Clinical Educator in the Developmental Paediatric Clinic and an associate lecturer, focusing on early child development. Julie is also involved in the management of children with movement disorders and is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AusACPDM) ( 2004-2012), a multidisciplinary organisation committed to advancing knowledge in the field of cerebral palsy and developmental medicine in childhood.

Karen Groves   BPhty, PG DipPhty (Sports), PG Dip Dance & Movt, (IECD) & MPhty (Sports)

APA Sports Physiotherapist

Clinical Educator


Karen is an APA Sports Physiotherapist and Clinical Educator at the Musculoskeletal and Sports Injury Clinic. She has worked in orthopedics and sports physiotherapy in public and private clinics and spent a number of years working with sporting teams at local and state level. Karen also works in the Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Screening Clinic at the Mater Adult Hospital and in private practice.  Her clinical area of interest includes lower limb injuries and aquatic physiotherapy.

Katrina Williams   BPhty, MAppSc, GCertHEd, FACP

Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist

Clinical Educator


As Clinical Educator within the Neurological, Ageing and Balance Clinic, Katrina supervises physiotherapy students in translating theoretical knowledge and skill development into clinical practice. Clinic clients receive management based on evidence-based practice and latest research and benefit from Katrina’s 20 years of clinical experience.

Sonia Hoppe   BPhty, GCertHEd

Clinical Educator


Sonia brings more than 20 years clinical experience working with clients with neurological and chronic conditions and disorders associated with ageing, to her role as Clinical Educator in the Neurological, Ageing and Balance Clinic. She has worked as a team member in acute hospital, rehabilitation, private and community settings. Sonia has particular interest and expertise in the management of clients who have suffered stroke and traumatic brain injury. She is passionate about working with students and helping them to become increasingly independent in providing excellent care for clients and has significant experience in both pre-clinical and clinical education of physiotherapy students. Sonia enjoys helping clients in the stage of neurological rehabilitation where they reintegrate into society and/or work and learn to have a new but still significant and fulfilling place in the community.

Steve West-Newman   BPhty (Hons), MPhty (Musculoskeletal) 

APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Clinical Educator 

Steve graduated from UQ in 1992 and since has worked in both private practice and hospital settings, covering most areas of physiotherapy. Steve spent most of his time working in the musculoskeletal area and has spent numerous years clinically supervising students.

Prior to 2014, Steve had spent nine years in Cambodia, developing the physiotherapy profession there. He took leave from this work in 2010 to complete a Masters in Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal) at UQ. He has developed a broad interest in sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy and in particular how to incorporate research findings into clinical practice.