Eastern Suburbs Physiotherapy was established in 1984 to service the inner eastern suburbs of Melbourne, including Nunawading, Forest Hill, Mitcham, Vermont, Blackburn, Ringwood and Doncaster. It has grown steadily over the last 34 years based on its reputation for excellent results in a caring and professional environment. We hope to assist you back to health or, just as importantly, help prevent you from losing good health. We are more than just a physiotherapy clinic (see our Services page). We are easy to find and access, located near Nunawading station and just off Springvale Road, Nunawading – see map for details.

As the saying goes “there is no substitute for experience”. At ESP, Cliff, Chris and Anne have decades of  of clinical experience each in the private and public sectors of health. That is a vast amount of clinical expertise at your disposal – there is not much we haven’t seen and treated in the physiotherapy area. We regularly work with:

  • Back and neck pain

  • Headaches

  • Work related injuries

  • Sports injuries

  • Motor vehicle accidents

  • Vertigo, dizziness and balance issues

  • Neurological disorders

  • Musicians injuries

  • Posture Issues


 Chris Woodman

Chris Woodman

 cliff woodward

cliff woodward

 anne woodward

anne woodward

Chris Woodman

B.Ed.(Phys.Ed.),B.App.Sci,(Physio). APAM ,Principal

Chris graduated from Sydney University in 1990 and worked initially at the Goulburn Valley Hospital before moving to work at the Geelong Sports Medicine Centre.

In 1992 he took up the position of Physiotherapy Director at McKinnon Sports Injuries Centre before joining Eastern Suburbs Physiotherapy in 1995.

Prior to studying physiotherapy, Chris worked as a Physical Education teacher in State Secondary Schools. He is an active sportsman, participating in a wide range of pursuits including cycling, triathlons, basketball and tennis. He has had a life time involvement with Australian Rules Football, including five years as a senior player with the Melbourne Football Club, and is still actively involved with junior football. Chris has been team physiotherapist with the Melbourne Reds in the Australian Baseball League, Box Hill Football Club in the VFL, the Victorian Country Under 18 team and Caulfield Grammar First 18

Chris is interested in the treatment and management of musculo-skeletal injuries. He is a member of the Sport Group and Occupational Health Group of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. He has consulted to three major international companies providing on-site physiotherapy treatment and injury management.

A particular interest of Chris’s is the treatment of headaches that are caused from neck related joint and muscle problems. Headaches and even severe migraines, frequently respond to correcting dysfunction in the upper neck.

Chris is a preferred provider to several health funds, including HCF and BUPA. Members of these insurers receive a higher treatment rebate from these funds when they consult with Chris.

Cliff Woodward

MCSP, APAM, MAKA, Principal

Cliff trained at the Sheffield City Polytechnic, UK,  gaining membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in 1978. After arriving in Australia in 1979, he worked at St Vincent’s Hospital and the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, before going into private practice and establishing Eastern Suburbs Physiotherapy in 1984.

Cliff has worked with one of Australia’s leading plastic surgeons in the pre and post-operative treatment of hand-surgery patients including microsurgical work. Cliff’s other main interest areas are back/neck problems, postural problems and the treatment and prevention of injuries in musicians. He has had articles published in the Journal of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and Physiotherapy Today and he has lectured on post graduate and under graduate courses to physiotherapists, occupational therapists and musicians.

Cliff has a strong interest and involvement in holistic, complementary medicine. His studies in this area include Yoga, Rolfing, Meditation and Kinesiology. In September 2000 he qualified as a Kinesiology Practitioner and is a Member of the Australian Kinesiology Association. He is founder of the Way of Peace Meditation Group [a non-profit organization]. He is married to Anne and they have three children and two grandchildren.

Anne Woodward

Dip Physio, MCSP, APAM  

Anne’s main area of practice is Neurological physiotherapy where she has worked in both acute and rehabilitation settings, in the public and private sectors. She has a particular interest in vestibular and balance disorders and has completed diverse Vestibular Training Courses. as part of her ongoing professional development as well providing in-service education to clinicians within Eastern Health over many years.

She has a wealth of expertise and experience as a Senior Clinician from her time in the Acute Stroke Unit and Neurology Ward at Box Hill Hospital plus years of providing clinical supervision to junior clinicians, and undergraduate physiotherapy students from La Trobe University. She now works exclusively at Eastern Suburbs Physiotherapy she also manages patients with neck pain and headache especially in relation to vestibular problems.

Anne is a member of the Neurology and Gerontology Special Interest Groups of the APA and is a professional member of the Vestibular Disorders Association.