Kate Phillips

Kate Phillips

Director, Senior Physiotherapist

Kate started Independent Rehabilitation Services (IRS) in 1999 after a long career working in public rehabilitation. With the IRS service delivery model, she has been able to successfully combine working with clients she is passionate about (ABI and other neurological disorders) in a community setting with a multidisciplinary Allied Health team.

Kate is also passionate about research, having worked and undertaken research in rehabilitation centres in the UK & Canada as part of her Melbourne University postgraduate qualification.

Kate completed a Cochrane review into Spasticity Management which was a component of a PhD partially completed through the Neurotrauma Evidence Translation (NET) program at Monash University.

Currently, Kate is the Clinical Lead in Disability and Physiotherapy (Neurological) Consultant on the TAC Clinical Panel as well as being Director and Senior Clinical Physiotherapist at IRS.

As a strong and active advocate for maximising quality of life in the ABI population, she strongly believes that ongoing and optimal outcomes are achieved when clients are seen in their own environment, particularly in the final stages of rehabilitation.

Outside of work, Kate loves spending time with her family, walking her dog along the beach, gardening and baking.

IRS will celebrate its 23rd Anniversary in September 2022.