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About us

Experienced, caring and friendly

With 50+ years of combined experience in musculoskeletal, sports injuries and neurological conditions, our team is up to date with the latest scientific research, which we incorporate into our evidence-based treatments and classes. We’re passionate about what we do, we genuinely care and we work hard to create a friendly and supportive environment so that our patients can thrive.

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Why us?

At Higher Function Physio & Pilates in Canberra City, we help our patients perform better physically, reducing pain and stiffness, by giving them the science behind their exercise, specific Physio and Exercise Physiology treatment, and ongoing support and care.


Helping everybody move freely, with less pain, to do more of what they love.


Teaching you the science behind your exercise to help you understand and connect to your body. Empowering you to improve your body’s performance in a caring and supportive environment.


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1. Passion

To help people in pain physically function their best. We are compassionate, supportive, caring and motivated. We are committed to our patients and our team, the "Hifunsters". We listen and take time. We encourage exercise for all abilities and ages (>12 years old).
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2. Knowledge

We know the latest musculoskeletal medicine, sports injury, Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology research and when to apply it.
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3. Clinical skills

We are experts at diagnosing the cause of your injury, disease or illness (not just treating the symptoms). We then prescribe specific therapeutic exercises and manual therapy to treat it.
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4. Promote self-efficacy and control

To help you reach your physical performance goals, we empower you to improve your quality of life and independence.
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5. Care and commitment

We show care and commitment to ourselves, our team and our patients. We encourage a balanced, healthy, well-paced lifestyle.
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6. Integrity

We do the right thing. Always.
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7. Respect

We respect everyone.

Our Story

After working as a Physiotherapist and a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy specialist for 25 years — in addition to raising a family — Janet decided to start Higher Function Physio & Pilates in 2013 in Canberra City.

Janet built Higher Function to be a business where she would want to work as an employee. Having worked in urban, rural and private practices in Sydney, Toowoomba and Canberra, plus a military hospital and a pain clinic, Janet knew what sort of practice works best (and what doesn’t) — not just for patients but for staff too.

Because of this vision, Janet has consistently attracted and retained excellent, experienced Physios and Exercise Physiologists.

Janet Fabbri
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Janet believes that patients want:

  • To know what’s wrong and have it fixed.
  • To be listened to and understood, so we take the time to do this. We have long appointments so that we can properly assess, diagnose and treat your issue.
  • Education. We do this in individual and group therapy.
  • A supportive, caring and fun atmosphere in which to exercise.

Janet believes that staff want:

  • Time to thoroughly assess, clinically reason, diagnose, plan, treat and communicate with doctors and referrers.
  • To be recognised, appreciated and remunerated well.
  • To keep up to date with professional development.
  • To work autonomously.

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You do not need a GP referral to see us. We are Primary HealthCare Providers and we are registered with AHPRA/ Medicare. LEARN MORE →