Rehabilitation Medicine
Society of
Australia and New Zealand

RMSANZ is the professional body for rehabilitation physicians and trainees in Australia & New Zealand and offers a stimulating, supportive and collegial environment of professional development, continuing education, policy review and encouragement of teaching and research.

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Congratulations to Prof Steven Faux, awarded AM for service to Rehabilitation Medicine and to medical research

For Professor Steven Faux, Rehabilitation Medicine has been his passion for many years and working with people living with disabilities has certainly seemed to be much more of a joy than a job. Professor Faux seeks to advance the field of rehabilitation medicine through innovative research, state-of-the-art service delivery and multidisciplinary collaboration.
This year, his decades of remarkable contributions to Rehabilitation Medicine and medical research have been recognised as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
In a recent interview, Professor Faux says, “This honour is much more for rehabilitation medicine and the dedicated work of rehabilitation teams that care for people living with disabilities. It’s important recognition and acknowledgement for a part of medicine and hospital care that is often overlooked and for me personally it draws attention to working with the most inspired and inspiring people you will ever meet – those among us that live with disabilities.”
Heartfelt congratulations to Professor Faux and we look forward to seeing the continued positive impact of his innovative research and compassionate care.
Professor Steven Faux is the President of RMSANZ and the scientific lead for this year’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Sydney, held in conjunction with the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM.

International Day of People with Disability

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations observed day held on 3 December each year.

Message from Prof Steven Faux, President, RMSANZ

A disability action plan for an hospital. How does it work?

For more information on the Day and it's origins please click here


The 2023 annual general meeting of Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand Ltd (RMSANZ) (the AGM) was held on 22 November 2023.

Annual Report 2023

VALE: Dr  John Yeo OA – First Director of the Spinal Unit Royal North Shore Hospital and Royal Rehab’s Moorong Centre

Dr Sue Rutowski has written an exceptional obituary to Dr John Yeo a compassionate surgeon and rehabilitation physician who dedicated his life to improving the lives of those with spinal cord injury in NSW and Australia.
Sue was one of his first Registrars and later took on the role of director of the spinal unit. Her heartfelt obituary is an important read and harks back to a time when only a handful of doctors cared about the lives of those living with spinal cord injury.
Thank you Sue for putting words to John’s extraordinary legacy.

John D Yeo AO obituary

Report published: Inquiry into long COVID and repeated COVID infections

In April 2023  RMSANZ together with individual rehabilitation physicians were recognised for their submission on the role of rehabilitation in the treatment of long COVID to Dr Mike Freedlander MP who was the chair of the parliamentary committee on Long Covid. Our submission was noted many times in the report and assisted in the recommendation of early multidisciplinary rehabilitation as a treatment to be commenced as soon as the diagnosis of long COVID is considered. Linked below is a section of the report, the full report can be found here.

The board would like to thanks those rehabilitation physicians that made submission both as part of the RMSANZ submission or on their own or representing their department in their institution’s report.
Particular thanks goes to Prof Maria Crotty, AROC, Dr Gardiner, and  Dr Tuan-Anh Nguyen for their substantial contribution in advancing the importance of rehabilitation for long COVID.
Their work has driven another success in advocacy for Rehabilitation Medicine in Australia and New Zealand.

Partial Long COVID report

Position Statement on the Role of Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians in the management of COVID-19 patients

New Position Statement produced by a working group put together by the board of Directors.

Please click here to view the Position Statement

RMSANZ submission to Parliamentary enquiry into Long COVID

WHO publication of the integrations of rehab and acute care for COVID

RMSANZ wins concessions to protect the clinical independence of all doctors

Following the negotiations with buying group Honeysuckle Health ((HH) – a joint venture between Cigna, a USA health insurer, and nib, an Australian private health insurer) and nib health funds to secure stronger protection for clinical autonomy and patient care.

Please see below to read a letter from RMSANZ President Dr Zoe Adey-Wakeling explaining the process.

Letter from Dr Adey-Wakeling

Link to full determination on Australian Competition Tribunal website

Join the RMSANZ

We look forward to welcoming you as a new member of RMSANZ to participate in a stimulating, supportive and collegial society that is dedicated to promote the growth and welfare of Rehabilitation Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians in Australia and New Zealand.  The membership fee for AFRM Fellows is $462, $121 for AFRM Trainees and $220 for Associate Memberships. (Retired Fellows join for free)





The Society and its members regularly hold events throughout Australia and New Zealand. Some of the listed events may only be open to members of the RMSANZ, whilst others may be open to all interested parties. Please contact us with information about your event so that we can add it to our calendar.






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Membership Renewals are due on 1 July