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About Us

Founding Directors

Kim Robinson and Toby Hall are the founders and the directors of Manual Concepts. This organization was established to develop and provide a level of excellence in manual therapy education to physiotherapists. Through their expertise in this area Kim and Toby have been awarded the positions of Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists (Fellowship being awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2007), as well as positions as Adjunct Associate Professor and Senior Teaching Fellows at Curtin University of Technology.

Kim Robinson

BSc, Grad Dip Manip Ther (Distinctions). Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2009), Adjunct Senior Teaching Fellow (Curtin University), Accredited Mulligan Concept Teacher. Director Manual Concepts, Booragoon, Western Australia.

Kim Robinson has developed a reputation as a leading figure in manual therapy education. He was formerly a lecturer and clinical teacher on the Postgraduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy programme at Curtin University of Technology for many years before establishing Manual Concepts. He now conducts a variety of lectures and clinical programmes around the world. Kim is an active member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists Association of Australia. Kim is an internationally accredited teacher of the Mulligan Concept. His research interests and publications include manual diagnosis, cervicogenic headache, neck pain and the application of the Mulligan Concept. Please follow the link for a list of his publications and conference presentations.
Kim has taught manual therapy in over 35 countries. These courses are well received by physiotherapists who have a wide range of backgrounds and manual therapy experience.

Toby Hall

PhD, MSc, Post Grad Dip Manip Ther. Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2007), Adjunct Associate Professor (Curtin University), Accredited Mulligan Concept Teacher. Director Manual Concepts, Booragoon, Western Australia.

Toby Hall gained his undergraduate qualification in physiotherapy in the UK in 1985. He travelled to Perth to complete the postgraduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy at Curtin University in 1990. He then went on to complete a Master of Science by thesis in 1996 and a PhD in 2010. He has taught on Curtin University’s Manual Therapy programs, including the Master in Manipulative Therapy for many years and has lectured extensively within Australia and many overseas countries. He is extensively involved in research at Curtin University and many other centers. He also has many teaching commitments. Toby has presented at many conferences, and is the author of 3 textbooks published by Elsevier. The first titled “Mobilisation with movement: The art and the science, the other 2  are titled The Mulligan Concept of Manual Therapy: Textbook of techniques (in 1st & 2nd Edn). He has also published a range of book chapters as well as more than 130 articles related to research in the area of neural tissue dysfunction, cervicogenic headache and the Mulligan Concept. Please follow the link for a list of his publications. Toby is on the advisory board of the journal Musculoskeletal Science & Practice and Associate Editor for the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. Toby has taught manual therapy in over 35 countries. These courses are well received by physiotherapists who have a wide range of backgrounds and manual therapy experience

Faculty Staff

Vaidas Stalioraitis 

MSc (Curtin University), Graduate Entry Master of Physiotherapy (Curtin University), Master of Clinical Manipulative Physiotherapy (Curtin University), Accredited Mulligan Concept Teacher, Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2016), Faculty staff member Manual Concepts, Western Australia.

Vaidas has teaching experience at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. He has postgraduate manual therapy teaching experience both nationally and internationally. He is also an experienced musculoskeletal clinician and has been working with many elite sports people such as gymnasts and dancers. Vaidas has been working with Manual Concepts for 10 years providing teaching and practical supervision on the Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, Certificate in Advanced Sports Rehabilitation, and Certificate in Spinal Manual Therapy programs. He is an internationally accredited Mulligan Concept Teacher, through an exhaustive examination process. Vaidas is also a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists since 2016 and is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. He continues to work in private clinical practice and his special interest is in managing people with spinal pain conditions.

Sam Abbaszadeh 

MSc, Master of Clinical Manipulative Physiotherapy (Curtin University), Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2017), and Faculty staff member Manual Concepts, Western Australia.
Sam has teaching experience both at an undergraduate and post-graduate level. His teaching contribution has expanded to include a number of tertiary education institutes in Perth including Notre Dame University, Curtin University, as well as the Musculoskeletal Special Interest Group of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Sam has been teaching internationally for several years. Sam was awarded Fellowship of the Australian College of Physiotherapists and is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist.

Recently Sam has been involved with a number of different research projects and enjoys being in the forefront of current evidence based practice. Sam’s affiliation with Manual Concepts began in 2008. He has been assisting in Manual Concepts programs for a number of years.

Grant Mackay 

Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) Honours (The University of Sydney), Master of Clinical Physiotherapy (Manipulative Therapy) (Curtin University), Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Accredited Mulligan Concept Teacher, faculty staff member Manual Concepts, Western Australia.

Grant has experience in teaching postgraduate manual therapy courses both in Australia and overseas. He is an experienced musculoskeletal clinician and continues to work in clinical practice.  He is passionate about best practice management of musculoskeletal pain disorders, particularly in the application of manual therapy in a modern biopsychosocial context.  Through an intensive examination process Grant became an accredited Mulligan Concept Teacher and has been teaching Mulligan Concept courses for Manual Concepts since 2019.  Grant has also conducted research into the Mulligan approach for managing patellofemoral pain which is published in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. He is also an author of a systematic review of mobilisation with movement for shoulder disorders.