Hydrotherapy (Aquatic Physiotherapy)

Hydrotherapy (Aquatic Physiotherapy)

StGiles offer Hydrotherapy services in both the North and South of the state.

Our teams love working in the pool where the healing properties of warm water and the gentle nature of manipulation and therapy are beneficial in development mobility, motor skills, walking, standing, improving balance and muscle condition to improve strength and control. 

Hydrotherapy in the therapy pool can improve the flexibility of joints and muscles to maintain range of movement for rheumatoid arthritis, post surgery rehabilitation, or in managing muscle spasticity in children with cerebral palsy. It’s great for cardiovascular fitness, water safety, sensory processing and even social interaction providing security and calming psychological benefits.

Find out more about how Hydrotherapy can help achieve the ability within.

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All-Ages Hydrotherapy Services: HOBART

Our hydrotherapy in Hobart is offered from ultra-modern facilities at King George V, Glenorchy.

The service operates Monday – Friday during business hours.Now that we have a new contemporary facility we are hoping to extend our hours to include before and after work sessions. Stay tuned!

We provide Aquatic Physiotherapy for children and adults whose health condition may be assisted by a hydrotherapy program.

We deliver this service through our:

  • Paediatric Rehabilitation Program at St Giles’ Children’s Therapy Service,
  • Adult Rehabilitation Program for patients requiring rehabilitation post-surgery or acute condition post discharge,
  • Chronic Disease Management Plans,
  • Groups,
  • Clients choosing to pay for themselves.

Our Aquatic Physiotherapists are highly trained in the provision of therapy in an aquatic environment. Our pool is unique as it is heated to 35 degrees, and is accessible for anyone who requires support to enter and exit the water.

Participation is by referral only. Referrals may be part of our NDIS Plan, through your GP or Physiotherapist.

Referrals can be sent via fax to 6238 1818.


Our Team Members and their skills

  • Ben Turnbull (Hydrotherapy Coordinator and head Aquatic Physiotherapist)
  • Clare Turnbull (Aquatic Physio)
  • Bec Oliver (Paediatric Phydio)
  • Mim Firth (Paediatric PT)
  • Karen Graham (Paediatric PT)
  • Liz McNamara (Therapy Assistant)
  • Tom Peppiatt (Therapy Assistant)


St Giles provide hydrotherapy as part of the Tasmanian Health system.

We also offer fee for service ‘Wellness Groups’, fee for service Physio consultation and programming, and license the pool for other organisations to utilise its benefits; Arthritis Tasmania, Hopes Inc and the Splash group.

We are hoping to expand our hours, allowing us to deliver more groups, and possibly the nationally accredited Joint Movement program for people with Osteoporosis and Arthritis.

We are exploring programs with the Migrant Resource Centre for migrants recovering from trauma, and hope to extend our services to more children with hydrotherapy as part of their NDIS plans.

The team is always striving to provide new and innovative opportunities, but we are open to suggestions and collaborations with others who understand the benefits of exercise in warm water.

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