Dr Mathew Smith

BPhysio, MClinPhysio, APAM, FACP 

Mathew Smith is a Specialist  Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist dedicated to providing exceptional musculoskeletal care to patients in the Mid North Coast region. Based in Forster, Mathew is the only Specialist Physiotherapist between Newcastle and the Gold Coast.

He leverages his diverse clinical experience and advanced training to offer unique and effective solutions for a wide range of conditions including; musculoskeletal pain, nerve pain, concussion, headaches and dizziness. He has worked in many clinical settings across Australia, including a specialist sports and knee clinic. 

As a Specialist Physiotherapist, Mathew can provide advanced assessment of complex problems. He is passionate about helping patients understand their condition and strives to find practical hands-on solutions to optimise recovery.

Mathew is an experienced teacher and mentor. He facilitates registrars on the Australian College of Physiotherapy specialisation training program and has been a clinical educator for masters students at the University of Queensland. Mathew participates in research with the University of Melbourne evaluating the effectiveness of telehealth for knee osteoarthritis. He sits on two national committees related to physiotherapy education pathways.

Originally from Port Macquarie, Mathew brings a deep understanding of the local community and a passion for an active lifestyle. He grew up as a competitive swimmer, surf lifesaver and Australian footballer. After years of diverse experience working overseas and around Australia, he has moved to Forster to enjoy the country-coastal lifestyle with his family. 

Mathew is a member of Cape Hawke Surf Lifesaving Club and swims regularly with the Forster Turtles Winter Swimming Club. 

Contact Mathew today to schedule an appointment and experience the difference expert musculoskeletal care can make.

Bachelor of Physiotherapy, University of Newcastle

Master of Manipulative Physiotherapy, Curtin University 

Musculoskeletal Specialisation Training, Australian College of Physiotherapists


Professional Memberships and Appointments

Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia, Committee Member

Australian Physiotherapy Association, Member

Australian College of Physiotherapists, Facilitator

International Association for the Study of Pain, Member

University of Queensland, Clinical Educator

University of Melbourne, Research Clinician