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Steve Hawkins

APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist
Olympic Park Campus


Steve Hawkins works with a diverse range of athletes but has a special interest in court sports (netball, tennis, basketball).

Steve was the Head Physiotherapist for the Australian Commonwealth Games Team at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

He has held the position of Head Physiotherapist for the Australian Netball Diamonds and worked with Netball Australia overseeing the load management and injury prevention programmes for the Diamonds as well as travelling with the team around the world. Since finishing with the Diamonds after their gold medal performance at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, he has resumed his role as Physiotherapist for the Melbourne Vixens, a position he had held previously from 2007.

Steve has extensive experience with knee injuries and ankle injuries, having lectured on the Physiotherapy Masters programme through the University of Melbourne for many years on the topic and been involved with major research projects at the University also.

Steve has been practicing since 1991 and in the Sports Medicine field since 1993. He has been a titled Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist since 2001.

Aside from netball, he has worked with many other sports including basketball, football, swimming, tennis, hockey and athletics, as well as lawn bowls and wrestling.

He is a keen golfer in his spare time, and enjoys working with golfers to aid in the areas of injury prevention, and management.


Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), La Trobe University

Career Highlights / Affiliations / Associations

  • Head Physiotherapist – Australian Commonwealth Games Team, Gold Coast (2018)
  • Head Physiotherapist – Australian Commonwealth Youth Games team, Samoa (2015)
  • Team Physiotherapist – Melbourne Vixens (2007-2013 / Present)
  • Australian Netball Diamonds – Glasgow Commonwealth Games, 2014 (2010-2014)
  • Victorian Institute of Sport Physiotherapist (2002-Present)
  • Head Physiotherapist – Australian Youth Olympic Games Team, Singapore (2010)
  • Team Physiotherapist – Melbourne Kestrels (2002-2007)
  • Physiotherapist – Australian 21/under Netball Team (2003-2010)

Research / Publications

Efficacy of physiotherapy treatment for patello-femoral pain syndrome. A randomised double blind placebo controlled trial, University of Melbourne, 2000

Professional Conference Presentations

  • Invited guest lecturer, Masters of Sports physiotherapy, University of Melbourne, 2009- 2015
  • Sports Physiotherapy Australia Knee Symposium

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