The Health Collab is a resource for you, and in essence, a way of introduction for me. It is my very small way of ‘being the change I want to see in the world’. The Health Collab is the piecing together of my accumulated knowledge in health and wellness along with fragments of wisdom from authors, songwriters, biologists, physicists, naturalists, and nature.
The ‘change I want to see’ is simple. My mission is to educate, inform and inspire as many people as possible to take control of and optimise their health.
Often we are too close to our own cultural experience to be able to see the wood for the trees. Taking inspiration from people from diverse fields, cultures, ethnicities, ages, lifestyles is the way to best way to guide individuals and the community at large toward the larger goal of optimal health.
This is the age of collaboration.
Welcome to The Health Collab.
Tom Barton – Physiotherapist
I am a physiotherapist, yoga teacher, wellness advocate and educator. I am equal parts nerd, jock and hippie. In becoming a yoga teacher I did not turn vegetarian, nor did I cease having the occasional beer with my mates. I love the outdoors especially when that involves the ocean. Surfing is undoubtedly my number one pastime.
I am passionate about what I know but realise that ‘knowing’ something is a fluid concept. I enjoy asking and being asked great questions. I love understanding and integrating different paradigms and am happy to be proven wrong (just not all the time!).
I reject radicalism in all forms. I believe clinging to one dogma is ultimately short-sighted and that collaboration encourages innovation. I realise that people are doing the best they can with the information they have at hand. There has been more than enough of the ‘how to’; we need to understand more of the WHY.
I have a great life – I have good health, a great partner, friends, and family; I have travelled the world, and I have learnt from teachers amazing, as they are diverse.
I believe that when you know how your body works, it will work better for you.
This is my effort to give back.
James Thompson – Physiotherapist
My consultations prioritise identifying not only the problem but also the underlying causes, before outlining a clear path to optimised health. As an adolescent athlete, I was a frequent user of physiotherapy services and I saw first-hand what physiotherapy could do for injury management and athletic performance.
Following my undergraduate degree and sports medicine diploma in New Zealand, I spent time working in many different professional areas in New Zealand, England and now Australia. I believe this varied experience has shaped my philosophy of an individual’s health being a team effort.
Now, as a provider of physiotherapy services to Athletics Australia and Queensland Academy of Sport Athletics, my speciality is running injury prevention, rehabilitation and performance.
I work best with anyone who is serious about helping themselves to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
Liam Maclachlan – Physiotherapist
Physiotherapy has strongly influenced who I am and is more than a profession to me. Being a student and a clinician has introduced me to boundary-pushing mentors who demand critical thinking, global leaders who shape practice and has taken me round the world.
I studied an undergraduate degree in Scotland, a postgraduate diploma in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in New Zealand and have recently enrolled as a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland, focussing my doctorate studies on knee pain.
My passion for physiotherapy comes from the inspirational people I encounter daily. After 7 years of clinical experience, I still find my job an honour and a privilege.
Being a bit of a geek, I pride myself on the professional knowledge base I have attained; a knowledge base that ensures successful health partnership between physiotherapist and client. So whether you struggle with pain on a daily basis, want help with niggling injuries or are an athlete that wants to enhance your performance, I want to help!
The Health Collab is a proud supporter of Water.org
Without a secure and safe water supply nothing much else matters – we believe the best way to create lasting change for those in need is to help provide this essential resource.
Every year we donate 1% of profits to this great organisation. Water.org is an international nonprofit organization that has positively transformed millions of lives around the world by providing access to safe water and sanitation. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org pioneers innovative, sustainable solutions to the global water crisis, giving women hope, children health and communities a future.