Melissa McConaghy, FACP
Master of Health Science University of Sydney
Grad Cert of Public Health University of Queensland
Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists, Neurological Specialist
Melissa is a specialist neurological clinician, educator, author and health entrepreneur. She established Mobile Rehab Innovations in 2006 as an entirely mobile rehab service and Advance Rehab Centre in 2009 after recognising the need for a purpose-built neurological rehab centre providing expert rehabilitation for people with complex therapy needs in Sydney. She is also founder of PD Warrior®, a program for people with Parkinson’s that is taught and licensed internationally and INSIGHT, an online conference that is part of the global education calendar for people with Parkinson’s.
Melissa sits on the Clinical Advisory Board for Polio Australia and is a current Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Branch Councillor. She is past chair of the APA NSW neurology chapter and past national representative.
Melissa has worked in a variety of neurological rehabilitation settings both here and overseas for 20 years and has taught on a range of topics including Intensity in Stroke, Neuroplasticity in Parkinson’s, Parkinson’s and other movement disorders, Introduction to Polio, hydrotherapy for neurological populations and contributed to the production of the APA Level 1 Neurological Rehab course.
Melissa is author of the Amazon best-selling book “The New Parkinson’s Treatment: Exercise is Medicine”. She was awarded Australian physiotherapist of the year in 2019 and received the Australian Physiotherapy Association NSW Branch Council award for Contribution to the Profession in 2019.