Richard Abrugiato – “master” Physiotherapist



Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist


Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Master of Clinical Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal)

Professional Memberships

Australian Physiotherapy Association

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association


Richard started working across different centres for Lifecare after graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2014 and is now full-time at Lifecare Willetton. He has a particular interest in assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal and sporting injuries. Richard aims to not only treat the initial injury but strives for self-maintenance and preventative strategies. He has a keen interest in neck, shoulder, and low back pain as well as chronic/persistent pain disorders.

He is also a keen soccer player having played across his schooling and university years, and was formerly the club physiotherapist for Palmyra Rugby Union Premier League team.

Richard has completed his Masters in Clinical Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal) to further enhance his assessment and treatment. He was involved in a research project which was published in 2018.

External Courses

Acupunture, Muscles, & Pain

Jon Ford: STOPS for Low Back Pain

Shoulder Level 1

Personal Interests

Soccer, AFL, Travel, Gym, Fremantle Football Club & Manchester United FC


Caneiro, J., O’Sullivan, P., Lipp, O., Mitchinson, L., Oeveraas, N., Bhalvani, P., Abrugiato, R., Thorkildsen, S., & Smith, A (2018). Evaluation of implicit associations between back posture and safety of bending and lifting in people without pain. Scandinavian Journal of Pain, 0(0), pp. -. Retrieved 13 Jul. 2018, from doi:10.1515/sjpain-2018-0056