Richard Abrugiato

APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist | Practice Principal


Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Master of Clinical Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal)


Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)
Member of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (MACP)
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association


Richard started working across different centres for Lifecare after graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2014 and is now the Practice Principal at Lifecare Willetton. He has a particular interest in assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal and sporting injuries. Richard aims to not only treat the initial injury but strives for self-maintenance and preventative strategies. He has a keen interest in vestibular, neck, shoulder, and low back pain as well as chronic/persistent pain disorders.

He is also a keen soccer player having played across his schooling and university years, and was formerly the club physiotherapist for Palmyra Rugby Union Premier League team.

Richard has completed his Masters in Clinical Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal) in 2018 with a high distinction to further enhance his assessment and treatment. He was involved in a research project which was published in 2018. As of 2019, he has tutored post-graduate physiotherapy students through Curtin University.

External Courses

Acupuncture, Muscles, & Pain
Shoulder Level 1
Andrew Wallis: Sporting Hip & Groin
Jon Ford: STOPS for Low Back Pain
Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation (Dizziness and vertigo)

Personal Interests

Soccer, AFL, Travel, Gym, Fremantle Football Club & Manchester United FC


Caneiro JP, O’Sullivan P, Lipp OV, Mitchinson L, Oeveraas N, Bhalvani P, Abrugiato R, Thorkildsen S, Smith A. Evaluation of implicit associations between back posture and safety of bending and lifting in people without pain. Scand J Pain. 2018 Oct 25;18(4):719-728. doi: 10.1515/sjpain-2018-0056. PMID: 29982241.


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