Jennifer Kellett established Hawker Place Physiotherapy in 1991 and is the principle practitioner of the family run practice. Jennie has served the local communities of Belconnen and North Canberra with commitment and pride for over 26 years. She is a strong advocate for maintaining fitness, health and well being across all age groups and has a keen professional interest in combining Pilates with weight training for treating postmenopausal women at risk of osteoporosis.
Apart from my family, including a mischievous eight year old grandchild, Jack, my adorable Ragdoll, Kafka, and Brindabella – a cheeky maltese, shitzu, pomeranian cross (born on the same day as Jack) I have developed a great interest in running. I love doing the local Parkrun wherever I am – most often the Ginninderra one in Canberra or Hastings every five weeks when visiting my Mum on the Mornington Peninsula. I have also started competing in 10km and half marathon events and to my surprise my times are improving all the time.
My biggest sporting achievement was in 1995 when I competed (unremarkably) as a member of ‘Team Australia’ in the World Triathlon Championships. In the extreme heat and humidity of Cancun on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico I was lucky to finish the event – (many of the ‘pros’ did not). It was however, a wonderful experience. At this time I really didn’t enjoy running and it was my worst event in a triathlon. It seems a little strange that it is now something I enjoy so much – I am running faster at 61 than I did back then – I think this should be encouraging for all those becoming more active as they get older.
Apart from running 3-4 days a week I walk everyday – Bella must be the fittest little dog in Hawker – she walks or runs more than 5km everyday. She dances in circles on her hind legs when she sees me in my running shoes.
I absolutely love Pilates – both participating and teaching. I believe it is the regular Pilates exercise I do that has given me such a strong base for my running. I also do some regular weight training to keep in shape and ward off osteoporosis. I have mild osteopeinia in both hips so this has really motivated me to learn as much as possible about this silent disease. Management of osteopeinia/osteoporosis is an area that I hope to get much more involved in.
My other interests include travelling when I can, gardening and enjoying time with my husband John and many good friends. I wish I had more time for non work related reading – this may happen in the next year or so as I cut back my hours.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Qld).
Bachelor of Human Movement Studies (Qld),
APPI Certified Clinical Pilates Instructor,
Level 4 DMA Pilates Instructor,
Level 3 Sports physiotherapist,
Advanced TMJ Management,
Essentials of Breathing Educator,
Clinical Educator Canberra University (Physiotherapy).
Jennifer keeps informed of current issues and research by hosting and/or attending;
- weekly orthopaedic meetings
- quarterly lectures Orthopaedic Group (Canberra Chapter) Professional Development Evening Series (Jennie is the Convenor for this series)
- weekly in house in-service, often with invited guest lecturers
- annual lectures and seminars
- The APA National Conference, held every two years
- The annual Sport Physicians Symposium
- The annual Sports Medicine Australia Conference
- The World Physiotherapy Congress which now occurs every two years (was initially every four)
October Basic Plaster and Synthetic Casting Course University of Canberra – Course presenter – Patricia Evans APAM
Visited the Bone Clinic Coorparoo Brisbane – The Bone Clinic is the first of its kind in Australia; it is a clinic focused entirely on helping those who are at risk of or suffer from poor bone health including osteoporosis.
‘Introduction to the Integrated Systems Model for lumbopelvic & groin pain with a focus on sport related injuries’ Diane Lee
APA Symposium with keynote speaker Professor Robin Daly (Chair in Exercise and Ageing within the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition) Deakin University in Melbourne. 1. Practical prescription for the prevention of osteoporosis and fractures and 2. Effective exercise and nutritional strategies to prevent and manage sarcopenia and falls
2015 – 2016
Level 2 Essentials of Breathing Retraining Course and Level 3 Advanced Breathing Educator Retraining with Tess Graham (Specialist Breathing Educator) – on going monthly mentoring sessions via SKYPE with Tess
Clinical Pilates Level 4 Dance Medicine Australia (with Craig Phillips Course Lecturer & Director of DMA Clinical Pilates )
TMJ, Cervical Spine and Introduction to Cranial Techniques – Physiotherapy Coaching Academy (Francine St George and Penny Elliot)
Private 1:1(with Francine St George) Real Time Ultrasound Training, Pre and Post Natal Exercise (with Penny Elliot) – Physiotherapy Coaching Academy (Sydney)
Four day Lumbo Pelvic & Hip Differential Diagnosis & Effective Treatment (Melbourne) with Trish Wiseby-Roth
Understanding Tendinopathies of the Hip and Pelvis – Dr Alison Grimaldi (On line course)
August Dynamic Stabilisation of the Hip and Pelvis (including real time ultrasound component) – Dr Alison Grimaldi St Vincent Hospital Melbourne
May World Physiotherapy Congress (WCPT) Singapore
Brukner & Khan’s Clinical Medicine Series – Hip Related Pain
Completed full ‘Equipment Clinical Pilates Training and Certification’ through the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI)
August Online video course with Brent Anderson Polestar Pilates ‘Lumbo-Pelvic Pain’
The Physical Management of Temporomandibular Disorders Basic Course (Mark Latimer)
Level 4 Dance Medicine Australia Clinical Pilates
2013 – 2014
Levels Completed all Levels 1- 4 ‘Matwork Training and Certification’ through Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI)
October Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport – Cairns
World Physiotherapy Congress (WCPT) Amsterdam the Netherlands
Graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in professional Writing from University of Canberra.
1991 – 2001
Jennifer completed many postgraduate physiotherapy courses including levels 1, 2 and 3 in Dance Medicine Australia (DMA) Clinical Pilates and Core Stabilisation and Levels 1, 2 and 3 Sports Physiotherapy, Level 1-3 Scientific Back and Abdominal Training with Paul Chek and various spinal and peripheral joint courses (too many to list).
Graduated with Bachelor of Human Movement Studies, Qld Uni, with a major in exercise physiology
Graduated with Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPhty) at University of Queensland.
Bachelor of Human Movement Studies, University of Queensland (final subject completed at Canberra University Sports Science Department in 1991).
Registered Nurse Accident and Emergency Department RBH with extensive experience in triage, acute medical and surgical units, minor operations and resuscitation.
Internal Hospital Theatre Course at RBH
Completed General Nursing Certificate at Royal Brisbane Hospital (RBH)
Additional Positions Held
1995 – 2010
Provider for ACTAS
1995 – 1997
Appointed to the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) of twelve for the ACT Academy of Sport by the then Minister of Sport and Recreation, Bill Stefaniak. Re-appointed for the periods 1997 – 1999 and 1999 – 2001. Resigned in 2002 due to work and family commitments.
June 1996 – August 1996
Appointed by the Department of Fitness and Recreation to a three month working party of nine. The role of this committee was to re-evaluate the fitness industry in Canberra with a view to providing technical advice for the development of the fitness education curriculum at the Canberra Institute of Technology.
2013 – Current
Clinical Educator Physiotherapy Department University of Canberra.
Clinical Educator Physiotherapy Department University of Canberra.
1994 – 2002
Lecturer to the Masters in Sports Science (post graduate medical students), Canberra University (lectures conducted at the AIS). This position involved six hours of lectures in October each year in the areas of cryokinetics, cryotherapy and exercise prescription in the rehabilitation of injuries.