Health Professional Network

Posted on June 17, 2013 by

The BGS Swimming Program has developed talented swimmers and coaches through strong partnerships. These partnerships consist of a team of experienced health professionals, who are experts in their field. We are guided by their knowledge and expertise to develop graduated athletic development programs, prepare accurate athlete profiling, management of performance and injury prevention/rehabilitation.


Dr Richard Brown
Sports Physician
Co-Medical Director Qsportsmedicine
Ground Floor, 135 Wickham Tce.
Spring Hill, Brisbane Qld 4000

Contact: 1300 077 767 or 07 3831 1908

richardbrownRichard is a Sports Physician specialising in sports, musculoskeletal and exercise medicine.

He graduated from medicine at the University of NSW in 1996 and following further study became a fully qualified GP in 2001. In 2005 he completed his fellowship with the Australasian College of Sports Physicians.

Richard is trained in the management of all sporting injuries with a personal interest in the football codes (Soccer, AFL, Union and League), basketball, swimming and track and field. He has completed research in Aprotinin for the management of tendon injuries.

He currently consults to the Australian Wallabies, Queensland Firebirds and QAS Track and Field.


Tom Barton
Physiotherapist and BGS Yoga Instructor
The Health Collab
Bardon End of Latrobe Terrace
Paddington QLD 4064

Contact: Tom Barton
0417 603 753


Tom is a UQ graduate with over a decade of experience as a Physiotherapist.  He has worked as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in private clinics and with sporting teams here in Australia and is a internationally accredited yoga teacher, teacher trainer and Holistic Lifestyle coach.

He established The Health Collab in 2015 to provide a clinic that integrates sports physiotherapy, yoga and health education.  At the clinic Tom provides physiotherapy for more athletes in the Australian Olympic Swim team than any other practice in the country.  Many of our best swimmers also practice yoga on a weekly basis with Tom.


Tom frequently consults for Swimming Australia and Swimming Queensland through Talent ID camps and coaches conferences.


This year Tom will lead the Queensland therapy team at Olympic trials, travel with the Olympic Team to the USA in the lead up to the games, then travel Hawaii for the Junior Pan Pacific games.



Sally Garrard
Sports Dietitian & Exercise Physiologist
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Sally is the consultant dietitian to the Queensland Academy of Sport (track & field, rowing, & hockey squads) and also the Australian Sports Commission’s National Officiating Program – a program designed to support the most ‘up & coming’ sporting officials and referees in Australia’s national sports. Other consultant work ranges from sweat & hydration testing with the Socceroo’s in the lead-up to their World Cup games, to optimising the nutrition practices of a QLD junior development dirt-bike camp.

Sally’s interest in sports nutrition began when she was competing nationally as a lightweight rower; as ‘weight-category’ athletes will testify, meticulous attention to food is necessary to achieve a goal weight. As a result, Sally has first-hand experience & empathy for the challenges that face her athletes & weight management clients.

Rowing was replaced with a love of triathlons (an easy transition given the high volume of cross-training required for rowing), and this has been her favoured sport ever since. She now competes in Olympic distance triathlons & half-marathons and will occasionally throw in a half-ironman for good measure.

Her dietetic career began in research, completing an honours thesis on ‘Caffeine use in elite athletes’ in 2005. Following this, she tied her dietetics & exercise science degrees together with the Sports Nutrition Course at the Australian Institute of Sport, and then began consulting to various sporting & personal training groups around Brisbane, as well as working for some years at a weight management clinic.

Following this, she spent a year traveling overseas, which sparked an interest in eating for longevity & health. Her personal food interests lay in sustainable & vegetarian eating styles, and a food philosophy that can be summarised as: “the less processed it is, the better it is for you”.