Ann Buchan trained in Melbourne, then followed many years of Australian and overseas training and experience in neurological and neuromuscular issues. She has been a tutor, educator and mentor for physiotherapy students and graduates.
In 2004, she qualified as the first titled Neurophysiotherapist in Australia, with involvement in a wide range of state-wide community and educational activities, including workshops, clinical research, media production and palliative care.
Ann feels strongly that people with neuromuscular and neurological conditions not only need to get the best out of their disability, but the best possible learning and caring environment is needed for that to occur.
She has always had a special interest in long term disabilities – especially post-polio issues – and works in private practice at Unley Physiotherapy and at Aldgate Seniors on falls prevention. She helped set up the first Polio Clinic in South Australia and assisted with editing polio information handbooks.
Ann believes that physical, emotional, social, mental and spiritual aspects must all be considered in treatment and a balance is needed between the art and science of Physiotherapy.
Ann was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours 2019 “For service to medicine as a neurological physiotherapist”.