Ellen O’Callaghan

Tier 4 Associate Physiotherapist
Mount Barker

ellen O'Callaghan Physiotherapist

About Ellen

Ellen is an experienced and motivated APA titled Musculoskeletal physiotherapist with diverse roles and accomplishments across public, private and university settings. Her objective is to work collaboratively with patients, students, colleagues, and the public to enhance health literacy and facilitate lifelong changes which promote whole body health.

Following a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy from University of South Australia in 2013, she completed a Master’s degree in Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy in 2019. She went on to receive both the Marie Hammond Postgraduate Award & Patricia Trott Prize for the highest academic achievement across the theoretical and clinical courses.

Her experience across a diverse range of roles has fuelled her enthusiasm for translating complex concepts into more digestible stories, resources and presentations for students, patients and colleagues.
Her passion for education led her to become a tutor at the University of South Australia in Musculoskeletal physiotherapy, pain science and therapeutic exercise prescription, in addition to developing pain education resources for an SA Health Pain Management Unit.

Her qualifications and experience have led her to working with a diverse group of people and provided her advanced skills in managing chronic pain and musculoskeletal injuries, with a particular interest in shoulder injuries.
Her ambition as a physiotherapist is to make herself redundant by empowering patients and providing them with the knowledge, resources and tools to facilitate lifelong changes in whole body health, and support them on their road to recovery or self-management.

Ellen is actively involved in the physiotherapy profession and while continuing to work in private practice, tutoring at UniSA and coordinating infographics for clinical edge, she currently sits on the South Australian Pain Group Committee for the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Ellen believes in life-long learning both professionally and personally. She enjoys taking on new challenges and opening herself up to a variety of experiences. She has been fortunate to travel extensively overseas, and in her spare time she loves weekends away in her miniature caravan, ballroom dancing, martial arts, hiking, circus skills or playing with her cat Steven.

You can follow Ellen on Twitter: @ellenoc_physio and Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/ellenoc

Areas of Interest

  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Workplace Ergonomics
  • Pilates
  • Special interest in shoulder injuries
  • Chronic pain
  • Pilates and Movement retraining
  • Manual Handing Training
  • Hydrotherapy/Aqua therapy


  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Polestar Certificate of Pilates
  • Lyn Watson Level 1 Shoulder Physiotherapy Course
  • Attended 2013 AAOMPT Conference, Cincinnati, USA.
  • Involvement in local, rural and state football teams
  • Survived a 15,000 ft skydive, New Zealand.