Rik Dawson

Rik Dawson

Post Doctoral Researcher, University of Sydney, Vice President, Australian Physiotherapy Association (Aus)

Rik Dawson

Rik Dawson is an experienced aged care physiotherapist. Formerly the managing director of Agewell Physiotherapy, a practice that employed physiotherapists and occupational therapists to provide care for the elderly across Australia, Rik sold his practice in 2020. Rik is the Vice President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health at the University of Sydney.

Rik’s research focuses on the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, acceptability and implementation of physiotherapy, exercise and telehealth to reduce falls, improve mobility and enhance quality of life for older people in hospitals, aged care and in the community.

Rik has represented the APA at the Royal Commission in Aged Care Quality and Safety, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to assist in the development of the quality standards and the Department of Health’s Aged Care Funding Reform Working Party.

Rik is also a qualified Yoga instructor, which enables him to promote well-being among older adults.