The origins of LifeCare began in two separate organisations. The LifeCare name came from a highly successful network of practices in Perth that began in 1985. Around the same time Sports Medicine Centres of Victoria developed a number of large multi-disciplinary sports medicine practices based on successful practices at Prahran and Ashwood. In 2000 LifeCare and Sports Medicine Centres of Victoria merged to become the largest network of physiotherapy and allied health private practices in Australia.
After listing on the Australian Stock Exchange LifeCare merged with Foundation Healthcare to form IPN. During these years of corporate management valuable lessons were learnt about strategic planning and the principles of relationship marketing/business development. However, fundamentally private practice is about managing relationships with our clients and practitioners and in 2006 Health Networks Australia (HNA) in conjunction with LifeCare management bought back the LifeCare side of the business from IPN.
Now operating as one, HNA and LifeCare have 244 allied health professionals and 37 practices across Australia. Critically LifeCare is partly owned and totally operated by a management team who know how to run allied health private practices.
We are currently growing in a number of areas including: multi-disciplinary sports medicine, health and well being programs, evidence-based practice clinical and research programs - particularly for compensable injuries, and pain management services. Based on our journey so far, LifeCare's future looks bright!
Michael is an APA Sports Physiotherapist and Fellow of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation. He is a foundation partner and principle manager of Australia's largest Sports Medicine group, Sports Medicine Centres of Victoria. Michael has been an executive for LifeCare and subsequently IPN. His role in this listed public company has been Deputy Chief Operations Officer.
In these roles, Michael has managed both allied health and medical practices/practitioners across Australia. This has included critical involvement in practice acquisitions and in providing resolutions to an array of strategic and day to day operational issues. His interests lie in business development and effective practice management in private practice and he continues in fulfilling these roles within today as the General Manager of LifeCare Victoria.
Dr Jon Ford (PhD, M Physio, B App Sc Physio, Cred MDT) commenced working at Prahran Sports Medicine Centre in 1988. In the early 90s he also began lecturing at The University of Melbourne and began the process of developing evidence-based clinical programs with a focus on clinical reasoning and a biopsychosocial approach. A sub-division of the business developed and since this time Spinal Management Clinics of Victoria has become one of the leading providers of physiotherapy and multi-disciplinary Functional Restoration programs in Australia.
Jon continues his academic work as the head of The University of Melbourne, Low Back Pain Research Team at The School of Physiotherapy. He is also a partner and clinician in the LifeCare/Spinal Management network where he has an ongoing role in clinical and commercial education, mentoring, performance management and business development.
B.App Sc (Phty), Grad Dip Manip Physio. State Manager LifeCare WA
has been working with LifeCare since 1990 after graduating from Curtin University (formerly WAIT) School of Physiotherapy, where he is an Adjunct Senior Teaching Fellow, and an advisor to the School advisory Board and Board of Study. Cameron is also Vice President of the Curtin School of Physiotherapy Alumni.
Since commencing with LifeCare Cameron has held a great many positions with LifeCare including National Operations Manager, Marketing Manager and State Allied Health Director, and has worked as a treating practitioner at 8 different LifeCare centres.
Cameron is an active member of the Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine community, having been on the State committee of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), the Musculo-Skeletal Physiotherapy Australia (MPA), and Sports Medicine Australia (SMA). He is also a member of the SMA Finance committee, and Physiotherapy Clinical Placements Committee.
He has been Physiotherapist for the Swan Districts Football club as well as a number of State and International Athletes. He played some 12 years of A grade Amateur football being captain for 3, and is a life Member of the West Coast Amateur Football Club.
Cameron is married with 3 growing children and coaches his son's junior football team.