Mr Nathan Rickard

Mornington, VIC


Nathan is a Physiotherapist of more than 20 years’ experience. Starting off in the public sector, he moved through management roles with large public health teams, and then into private practice where he has developed and grown three Physiotherapy clinics, managing multiple teams of Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists. While still staying active as a treating Physiotherapist, Nathan has been involved in GP Education Podcasts through the service PodMD, delivering education as solo presenter as well as co-presenter with orthopaedic surgeons, and has also performed the role of host.

Nathan has managed a wide range of clients, including many who have travelled the path of personal injury through the TAC and Workcover systems. He has extensive experience in writing medicolegal reports, and has also overseen the writing of reports across his clinical teams. He believes strongly in accurate, fair and objective assessments of those who have suffered injury, and is accomplished in Functional Assessments and Evidence-Based Management Plan construction.

Schemes and Accreditations

  • Comcare Guide to the Assessment of Degree of Permanent Impairment
  • Criminal Law
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Life Insurance – TPD and Income Protection
  • Medical Negligence
  • Public and Professional Liability
  • Victoria Transport Accidents Commission
  • WorkSafe Victoria Independent Impairment Assessor
  • WorkSafe Victoria Independent Medical Assessor

Video Tutorials

Physiotherapy Assessments: A plaintiff lawyer’s secret weapon in maximising claim payouts

Physiotherapy assessments are often used to increase the strength of a workers compensation or motor vehicle accident claim. In this video, Physiotherapist Mr Nathan Rickard discusses how physiotherapy assessments can be used by a plaintiff lawyer to maximise claim payouts, the kinds of injuries in which physiotherapy assessments can be particularly valuable, and the equipment physiotherapists use to deliver objective, evidence-based medical opinion on the injury’s impact on capacity, prognosis and economic/non-economic loss.

Using evidence-based medicine to objectively determine capacity.

Physiotherapists have an important role to play in identifying pain, disability, capacity and long-term prognosis for those injured at work or in a motor vehicle accident. Physiotherapist Mr Nathan Rickard discusses the standardised equipment Physiotherapists use to deliver objective, evidence-based opinions that stand up to the scrutiny of the courts.

The use of Physiotherapy assessments in motor vehicle & workers compensation claims

Physiotherapists have an important role to play in determining pain, disability and capacity for those injured in a workplace or motor vehicle accident. Mr Nathan Rickard discusses the typical injuries assessed by physiotherapists, how physiotherapists can help case managers by identifying the reasons injured individuals may not be getting better, their role in recommending the most appropriate rehabilitation approaches and in identifying the impact of psychosocial aspects on the individual’s recovery. He discusses the true cause of pain and disability- pathophysiology is not the answer-and the objective tools physiotherapists use to objectively form opinions about pain, disability, capacity and prognosis.

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