Matthew Turnbull

Position: APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist


  • PhD candidate
  • Masters of Sports Physiotherapy 2014
  • Masters of Physiotherapy 2006
  • Bachelor of Human Movement (Exercise Science & Rehab) 2004
  • Level 3 Sports Physiotherapy, Level 2 Athletics Australia coach, Level 1 Strength & Conditioning

Sports physiotherapist & high performance appointments include:

  • North Melbourne Football Club 2016-2021
  • Australian Jillaroos Hockey team 2014-2016
  • Professional sport locums at Brumbies Rugby Union & Saint Kilda Football Club 2015
  • Australian Medical Team, World University Games South Korea 2015
  • Australia ‘A’ Hockey team China & Japan tours 2014
  • AIS Basketball team Italy, Serbia tours 2012 & USA tour 2013
  • AIS netball New Zealand tour 2013
  • AIS netball program physiotherapist 2012
  • Australian 21U netball team 2012

Matt has returned home to Wagga Wagga after stepping down from the position of Head of Performance at the North Melbourne Football Club in the AFL. Having spent 6 full time seasons at the club, including working in the role of Head Physiotherapist for a number of years, he brings back with him an extensive experience in sports performance, sports medicine and injury prevention in the sport of AFL. Matt previously worked as team physiotherapist for a variety of other elite team sports including the Hockey, Netball, Rugby Union and Basketball.

Matt has a keen interest in injury prevention research and professional development. In 2012 he spent a year, working full time, at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) where he completed injury prevention research. He has since completed a Masters degree in Sports Physiotherapy and currently undergoing a PhD in the area of sports performance health.

Matt is both a Physiotherapist and Exercise Physiologist with more than 18 years of clinical experience. Whilst sports and musculoskeletal injury diagnosis, treatment and prevention practice is a large part of his clinical expertise, Matt has a keen interest in general wellness and enjoys meeting and helping patients from all walks of life achieve their health, fitness and injury goals.