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International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife: Jane Neilsen

Jane Neilsen is our 2020 Brisbane Waters Private Hospital - Clinical Person of the Year. Learn more about why Jane decided to become a Physiotherapist and what she enjoys most about Brisbane Waters Private.

Throughout the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife we will be profiling our Brisbane Waters Private Hospital team.

Your name

Jane Nielsen

Your role


How many years have you been a Physiotherapist?

13 years

What first got you involved in Physiotherapy?

While completing an exercise science degree in New Zealand, I realised I had a passion for acute injury management and rehabilitation, and decided Physiotherapy was the field for this. So I moved to Australia to study a Post Graduate degree in Physiotherapy in Queensland. Throughout my career I have developed a passion for rehabilitation – specifically, orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation. I especially enjoy working with patients with complex injuries to achieve their goals that so dramatically improve their independence, relieve pain and improve quality of life.

Which of our 5 Values best describes you and why?

Positive Energy: As a Physiotherapist we are required to get people up and moving after significant injury or surgery. Having Positive Energy can encourage patients to believe in the best for themselves and motivate them to move even through pain and discomfort at times.

What do you enjoy most about working at Brisbane Waters Private?

It sounds cliché but it’s the people. Working in Rehabilitation allows you to work in and be a part of a dynamic Allied Health team where you support and learn from each other, along with being a part of the broader rehab team incorporating the support and enthusiasm from the Nursing staff, Doctors and non-clinical team members.

I feel really blessed to have the team around me that I do, with their breadth of experience and insight. Everyone is patient-focused and enthusiastic about the Rehabilitation experience and journey for their patients.


Running, going to the beach.

Learn more about joining the Brisbane Waters Private Hospital team.