Melbourne spinal sports medicine DR-PETER-SELVARATNAM


The Australian Physiotherapy Association congratulated Dr Peter Selvaratnam, A/C Professor on been awarded the Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his significant service to Physiotherapy, Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, professional development, and humanitarian work.

Melbourne spinal sports medicine OOA

Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia


For Significant Service to physiotherapy and to professional developement.

Specialist Physiotherapist

  • Principal Director, Melbourne Spinal and Sports Medicine Clinic and Headache Centre Victoria, since 1985.
  • Fellow, Australian College of Physiotherapists.
  • Volunteer, Healthcare Fellowship (visit to Vanuatu), 2010, 2011.
  • Founder, Backtolife, since 2006.
  • Member, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia (MPA), current.
  • Member, Australia/New Zealand Academy of Orofacial Pain (ANZAOP), current.

Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)

  • Established and instructor, Level 1 Dry Needling Programme, since 2004.
  • Examiner, Australian College of Physiotherapists, current.
  • Honorary Doctor of Medical Anatomy and Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, 2007.
  • Member, Sports Physiotherapy Australia (SPA), current.
  • Member, since 1986.

Acupuncture and Dry Needling Group (part of the APA)

  • Former Victorian Representative, 2008-current.
  • Chairperson, Victorian Branch, 2007.


  • Clinical Associate Professor, University of Melbourne, 2006-current.
  • Senior Adjunct Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Monash University, 1989-2007.
  • Visiting Lecturer, Latrobe University, current.


  • Consultant Physiotherapist, Sri Lankan Cricket Team, 1983-2001.
  • Consultant Physiotherapist,  Melbourne Football Club, Australian Football League, 1989-1998.
  • Consultant Physiotherapist, Summer and Winter Olympic teams.
  • Consultant Physiotherapist, World Cup Hockey teams, 1982.


  • Volunteer, Jesuran Wellness Centre, since 2012.
  • Co-Author, Healing of the hurting and helping the wounded, 2019.
  • Co-editor and Author, Headache, Orofacial Pain and Bruxism, Multidisciplinary Approach to Diagnosis and Management, 2009.