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Graeme Backen


  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)
  • APA Sports Physiotherapist
  • APA & SPA Member
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation   

The Person:

Graeme is Canberra born and bred.  Back in the day, Graeme spent many years running around a rugby field playing in the number 15 jersey.  Nowadays, you would catch him on the sidelines waiting to run on to patch up the injured players.  Graeme is a very family orientated man, spending weekends with his family and friends, or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

The Therapist:

Graeme completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) at The University of Sydney and went on to become an Australian Physiotherapy Association Sports Physiotherapist.  He started his career in a high profile practice in Sydney, working for the world renowned Professor Leo Pinczewski, where he developed his passion and expertise of knee injuries.

Graeme has been with us here at The Sports Medicine Centre since the eighties.  In these years, Graeme has developed an extensive and impressive resume, including providing physio to the Australian national women’s basketball team, The Opals, the (then) CA Brumbies and the Canberra Raiders.

Graeme has extensive experience dealing in musculoskeletal problems, with special expertise in handling knee injuries and post surgical rehabilitation.  Graeme is the master of taping and strapping, having lectured the Advance Taping course for Sports Medicine Australia for a number of years.  Graeme strives to educate his patients regarding preventative care of their injuries, especially relating to everyday activities as well as their sporting activities.



Cameron McInnes


  • Bachelor applied science, physiotherapy. (Sydney Uni)
  • APA and SPA member
  • APA level 1 and 2
  • APA acupuncture course
  • other courses include McKenzie spinal, Craig Allingham shoulder

The Person:

Cameron is a lover of sports with a history of participation in Grade level league and union in Sydney. The focus these days is on the golf course, with a regular run or bike ride. Cameron enjoys music, food and wine, and spending time with his wife and three teenage daughters.

The Therapist:

Cameron completed his Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) at Sydney University in 1991.

After initially working in Lismore and the UK he returned to Sydney, working in private practice including a high profile sports practice in Parramatta.

In 2000 Cameron established his own practice in the Blue Mountains where he worked for 16 years before moving to the Canberra region for family reasons.

In addition to spending many years in general practice, Cameron has a long history working with elite sporting teams and individuals, including the Sydney Olympics and Paralympics, IAAF Diamond League finals Crystal Palace, Parramatta Eels NRL, Parramatta Power NSL, Australian men's European handball team, Australian u/21 women's softball, NSW women's soccer, and Wentworthville and Kellyville Jim Beam cup.

Cameron has extensive experience in the treatment of a broad range of injuries, including sporting, general musculoskeletal and spinal, and management of post-surgical rehabilitation.

His approach is hands on with a holistic focus on patient care, incorporating his skills in manual therapy, acupuncture, taping and exercise prescription. Cameron encourages active involvement and participation in an individual’s injury management.



Ben Curtis


  •     Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) - Charles Sturt University 2012
  •     APA Sports Level 2 Certificate
  •     APA Sports Level 1 Certificate
  •     Chronic Shin Pain Course
  •     Lower Limb Tendinopathy Management - Peter         Malliaras
  •     Lower Limb Tendinopathy Symposium - Jill Cook       & Craig Purdam
  •     SMA Dynamic Foot Control Course
  •     Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

The Person:

Ben is a sports-lover with an easy-going attitude to life.  Outside of the clinic, you will find Ben cycling around Canberra and on the single track at Mt Stromlo.  He also enjoys cooking, with a particular passion for baking bread which has won prizes in bread shows in the Canberra region. 

The Therapist:

Ben graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and was awarded First Class Honours for his dissertation exploring neural mobility and hamstring flexibility.  He has been working with the team at The Sports Medicine Centre since graduating and has recently returned to university to study a Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy. 

Ben currently works as the team physiotherapist for the Canberra Darters netball team and the Canberra Olympic Women’s Premier League squads. He has also previously worked with the Search2Retain cycling team at National Road Series races.

Ben enjoys treating all musculoskeletal injuries but has a particular interest in knee and tendon injuries, and post-operative rehabilitation.  He has a hands-on approach to treatment and enjoys assisting patients to return to sport and work, providing tailored exercise programs to optimise rehabilitation and minimise the risk of re-injury. 


Samantha Coates


  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) RMIT University 2011
  • Doctor of Physiotherapy Macquarie University 2015
  • Level 1 Sports Trainers
  • Level 2 First Aid
  • APA Member

The Person:

Samantha is an all around sports loving person, having played many sports including but not limited to netball, touch football, volleyball, beach volleyball, tennis, soccer and athletics. Obviously she enjoys being active, cooking and vegging out in front of the TV (who doesn’t!). Being new to Canberra she is enjoying the small town feeling, exploring the local markets and hiking throughout the mountains.

 The Therapist:

Samantha has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement from RMIT University and went on to study her Doctor of Physiotherapy at Macquarie University where she graduated in 2015. She has previously worked as a gymnastics coach for six years, a sports trainer for local NSW and Victorian AFL clubs and the Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL club. Samantha has also worked as a sports trainer for the French Touch Football team at the 2015 World Touch Football Championships and at the 2015 NSW State Championships.

 Samantha has spent many years training and competing at various levels for Athletics (sprinting) where she developed a passion for musculoskeletal injuries and biomechanics in particular to the lower limb. This led to her completing her dissertation in foot strike patterns at different running speeds in the general running population.

 Her wide range of sporting background has given her a strong grounding with exercise prescription for rehabilitation. In addition to hands on treatment Samantha will encourage her patients to undertake specific exercise programs to assist with recovery for return to work or sport and for injury prevention.


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