Since 2009, Advance Rehab Centre has become a training and development site for students, clinicians and associated health professionals. Our evening lecture program, courses and clinical programs have helped to advance the role of allied health in community clinical practice.

Monthly Evening Lectures

Each month we host an Evening Lecture presented by an expert clinician, Consultant or academic in the neurological and complex disability space. These evening lectures are well attended and normally fill the room with over 60 health professionals or patients.

The value of cardiorespiratory training in stroke recovery. Are we doing enough?

Date: April 6th 2021

Time: 6.00pm

Where: Virtual

Cost: FREE

Speaker: Marlou Tacugue – Accredited Exercise Physiologist


– Addressing cardiorespiratory fitness early in stroke recovery and awareness of what Exercise Physiologists can bring to clients.
– How to maximise functional performance and outcomes with aerobic exercise?
– The benefits beyond “functional change”, lifestyle modification and support on long-term care and management for life after stroke.

Marlou completed his Bachelor of Exercise Physiology at the University of New South Wales in 2013. He previously worked in a neurological facility for over 3 years specialising with a range of neurological conditions particularly in spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis and stroke and led the development of the national strength and conditioning service program across all facility sites in Australia. He has a strong passion for neurological rehabilitation and is determined to push the boundaries with our clients to maximise their recovery and quality of life.

Marlou joined Advance Rehab Centre in 2017 to continue to build on his clinical knowledge and skills from a more experienced multidisciplinary team. In 2018, Marlou joined the Leadership Team and is responsible for managing services across the exercise physiology team. He values the importance of building strong relationships with his colleagues and working together to ensure our clients are provided with the best rehab outcomes and experiences.

Since joining ARC, Marlou has played a key role in revamping all exercise physiology group programs including Neuro Balance, Strength Clinic and Neuro Fit. Marlou has also been involved with setting up our community clients returning back to their local gyms or experiencing a gym for the first time which led to the development of the “At Your Gym” program.


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How Losing Passions Empowered Others

Date: April 27th 2021

Time: 6.00pm

Where: Virtual

Cost: FREE

Speakers: James Gribble, Founder of Empower Golf Australia


Places available for our April webinar brought to us by our own ARC client James Gribble, founder of Empower Golf.

This webinar is for people with a spinal cord injury, their support networks and health professionals working in spinal and neuro-rehabilitation. James will be talking about his recovery journey and
* Why Recreation is as important as Rehabilitation
* Why it’s a great time to be a quadriplegic
* We all need perspective sometimes!

James Gribble, founder of Empower Golf, is an Australian who is passionate about golf, travel and people. James worked in investment banking in London for 10 years after completing an economics degree from of the University of Sydney. In late 2008 James broke his neck, becoming quadriplegic. For four years he focused on an intensive rehabilitation program, proving many doctors wrong with his significant recovery. He is now able to walk short distances on crutches and crucially, can swing a golf club.

Before his injury, James had a low single digit handicap and played golf around the world. After a long struggle he is now one of the only quadriplegic golfers in the world.

James has experienced firsthand the very positive impact that golf and recreation can have on any individual, be they fully able-bodied or less able-bodied. The psychological, physical and social benefits associated with golf inspired James to establish Empower Golf. Its mission is to make golf accessible to Australians of all abilities.

James has a strong focus on improving the lives of disabled individuals, working closely with the Royal Rehabilitation Hospital in Sydney. He is also an ambassador for Sargood on Collaroy (a new spinal injury resort) on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, New South Wales. James combines his passions for golf and helping those with disabilities with the skills of a corporate background to change people’s lives.

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Conferences and Workshops

Our team of expert clinicians regularly present at National and International Conferences, Seminars and workshops presented here in Australia by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, ESSA, OT NSW, Parkinson’s NSW, Stroke Recovery Association NSW, Polio Australia, and many others including the British Geriatric Society, ACPIN UK and more.

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University Affiliations

We have a standing relationship with both Macquarie University and Australian Catholic University to supervise their students on clinical placement and support them in their honors projects. We take this role seriously and have a dedicated clinical educator to ensure the competencies of future Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists.

Expos and Patient Education Seminars

Our team regularly host booths and stalls at Disability and Neurologically specific expos, seminars and support group meetings. Our aim is to connect with individuals, family members and health professionals to learn about the services and emerging trends in this area as well as to assist directly in educating people of the benefits of expert rehabilitation.

Patient stories, education videos and blog

We like to celebrate the success of the people who receive our services by nominating them for our Gold Star Awards  Every month we dive deep into a clinical education topic and present within the team each week on an aspect of this topic. This is then recapped in videos for people living with or associated with this topic area. If you have a particular topic you want us to present on, let us know!