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Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation was established in 1999 with the primary goal to implement early intervention management and active treatment, with the aim to improve recovery outcomes for an injured person. Guardian is a leader in specialised exercise rehabilitation programmes, within personal injuries schemes such as Workers’ Compensation, Motor Vehicle Accident schemes and Life Insurance.

Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation is a mobile service that only employs Accredited Exercise Physiologists. Through the quality work and proven results, Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation has grown nationally and currently incorporates offices in Perth, Bunbury, Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane and Darwin. Our focus is on personalised service, expert advice and adopting a collaborative approach. 

The Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation team of passionate exercise physiologists is the recipient of the most prestigious national industry award for 2018: ESSA Practice of the Year, which recognises practices that provide exceptional services and programs to their clients and innovative services across the spectrum of the health, exercise and sporting sectors. 

Benefits of referring to Guardian for:


  • Our programmes are based on the latest evidence based practice
  • Upon engaging our service, we will coordinate all approvals and associated paperwork to ensure the GP can focus on patient care
  • We work closely with Neurosurgeons and Orthopaedic Surgeons to ensure your patients receive the best care available in a prompt manner to assist with functional restoration
  • We offer attendance at case conferences to assist with return to work planning
  • We empower our patients to self-manage their injury and lifestyle
  • We are workers compensation and motor vehicle accident specialists, so we are able to answer any legislation queries
  • We empower the GP to ensure they adopt a proactive approach and they understand the health benefits of work
  • We are specialists in the physical rehabilitation of neuro-musculoskeletal and neuro-muscular injuries within the compensable schemes
  • Specificity and area expertise - no universal or consultative approach, real time, clinically-guided progressive rehabilitative exercise


  • We adopt a collaborative approach to the injured worker’s rehabilitation to maximise early return to work and minimise risk of re-injury
  • We promote the health benefits of work to all injured workers
  • We motivate and educate the patient on how to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle
  • We make time to visit the workplace to understand the physical tasks required for the job demands to ensure our exercise prescription is work task specific


  • Our programmes facilitate the earliest safe and sustainable return to work to reduce claims cost
  • We educate the person on how to self-manage their injury to reduce the length of time we are involved with the claimant
  • Our programmes reduce the risk of re-injury
  • We are a cost effective service that is outcome focused

Guardian’s mission has, and continues to be, empowering people through quality exercise programmes. Empowerment comes through educating our patients about their injury, providing advice about how to manage their pain, teaching the skills to self-manage an individualised work task specific exercise programme and guiding them through the recovery process to restore their quality of life. The people at Guardian will always strive to be industry leaders in exercise prescription, and this lends itself to provision of quality exercise programmes.

We abide by the five principles outlined in the Clinical Framework for the Delivery of Health Services which are:

  1. Measure and demonstrate the effectiveness of treatment
  2. Adopt a biopsychosocial approach
  3. Empower the injured person to manage their injury
  4. Implement goals focused on optimising function, participation and return to work
  5. Base treatment on best available research evidence

Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation is a signatory to the Australian Consensus Statement of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) on the Health Benefits of Good Work.

When to refer to Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation: 

  1. When the patient's recovery and rehabilitation is static
  2. When the patient is 3-4 weeks post date of injury for a neuro-musculoskeletal injury
  3. When the patient is de-conditioned and requires functional restoration to return to work
  4. When the patient has decreased range of movement or unusual movement patterns
  5. When the patient has fear avoidance to be active
  6. When the patient requires to increase their lifting tolerances in a safe and sustainable manner to return to work
  7. When the patient requires increased muscular endurance to cope with a full work day

Types of injuries we treat:


  • Soft tissue damage
  • Muscle strain/tear
  • Ligament/tendon sprain/strain/tear
  • Whiplash


  • Muscle atrophy
  • Incorporating all joint surgeries e.g. shoulder-rotator cuff, knee, back, neck, ankle
  • Mechanical pain, posture related symptoms


  • Radiculopathy
  • Sciatica
  • Impingement
  • Referred numbness/pins and needles/muscle/joint weakness
  • Strength inhibition


  • Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery
  • Arthroscopy
  • Joint reconstructions e.g. shoulder/knee/ankle
  • Spinal Surgery e.g. laminectomy/discectomy/fusion


  • Pain Management
  • Stress Claim
  • Weight Loss (when impacting on injury/recovery)
  • Psychological

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