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Australia Day 2021 Honours Awardee – Member Order of Australia (AM)

Ph.D. (Medicine, Monash Uni.), B. App Sci. (Physiotherapy, Melb.), Postgrad Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy(Melb.), Dip. Acup. (Colombo)

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

Peter practises as a Doctor of Medical Anatomy and a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2007). As one of the leading specialists, Peter provides second opinions on conditions involving the back, neck and referred  nerve pain, headache, migraines, TMJ, tinnitus and hyperacusis. Peter is an Associate Clinical Professor at The University of Melbourne and a Visiting Lecturer at La Trobe University. He also was an Adjunct Senior lecturer at Monash University, Clayton.

Peter has also been a consulting physiotherapist for a number of years for state and national sporting teams including cricket (Victoria and Sri Lanka), hockey (World Cup), basketball (Australian men and women’s), football (Melbourne Football Club) and Olympic (winter and summer) and Commonwealth games sports.

Peter has published papers on the spine and referred pain in Australia, the UK, and the USA. His research includes the relationship of the neck and jaw in their contribution to headaches. Peter also investigated sports people and patients following open heart surgery with spinal and referred shoulder-arm nerve pain, and post-mortem work.

Peter is a co-editor and author of the textbook, Headache, Orofacial Pain and Bruxism; Multidisciplinary Approach to Diagnosis and Management. He has also contributed to the sports medicine book Sports Physiotherapy, and author of Healing of the Hurting and Helping the Wounded.

Peter is an examiner of specialist candidates, and provides medico-legal opinions to AHPRA and leading law firms. Peter has been running the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Dry Needling programme since 2004. In 2020 he won a tender with co-presenter, Jane Rooney and wrote a new Dry Needling manual, and a new programme for Australian Physiotherapists to practice dry needling.

Outside the clinic Peter enjoys his time with his wife and four children, voluntary work at the Jesuran Wellness Centre in Melbourne and overseas, and mentors colleagues.