Harlan Swan

Initial Training

I completed the four year Bachelors degree in Physiotherapy at The University Of Otago in New Zealand in 2002.

Post graduate training

Early work experience

Following my graduation I returned home to the North island of New Zealand and began working at Whakatane hospital, the main yet reasonably small hospital in my home town. There I worked half of the day in the outpatients’ physiotherapy department dealing with musculoskeletal injuries and post surgical patients. The other half of my day I spent on the hospital wards. It was a fantastic first job opportunity as I was able to gain wide a variety of experience and consolidate the information from my studies in short period of time. Ward work included general medical, surgical, intensive care, maternity, paediatrics and separate and specialised neurological rehabilitation ward.

UK work experience

In 2005, I moved to England to work and travel for two years.  There I worked as a short term locum physiotherapist for a further two years, gaining experience primarily in community based rehabilitation for patients who had recently returned home from hospital. During this time I also spent an invaluable four months at Beaumont Collage doing work as Paediatric Neurological physiotherapist.

Further work experience

When I returned to New Zealand, I branched out into the fields of occupational health completing workplace assessments and rehabilitation for clients who had suffered serious injuries and required significant amounts of time off work as a result. Much of the rehabilitation was carried out in either gyms, pools or at the clients home depending on the situation.

Why Vienna

While back in New Zealand I met my wife and in 2009 we moved to her home town of Vienna. I gained my Austrian registration to work as a Physiotherapist in 2010 and began working as a self-employed therapist.  Here, I have also been involved with the Vienna International School Rugby Team as well as the Vienna Touch Rugby Club where I have been coaching, playing and serving as the club physiotherapist. I was a the vice-chairman of the ACC Touch Rugby club and was also very proud to be able to represent Austria in Touch Rugby at both the European championships in England in 2010 and World Cup in Scotland in 2011 where I was also the acting team physiotherapist. I am also still a frequent mountain biker and snowboarder and in February of 2012 I returned to New Zealand to attend the annual Sports Physiotherapy New Zealand symposium which was a very valuable experience for me.

Curriculum vitae


Name:                                                    K. Harlan Swan

Languages:                                           English,


Family Status:                                        Married


1994-1998:                          (Bursary) Auckland Grammar School     Auckland, New Zealand


1999-2002:                           Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPhty, 4 year degree) Otago University, New Zealand.

30.06.2010:                          Registration of study equivalency of my BPhty in Austria


  • Clinical Pilates and Core Stabilisation - Level 1 & 2, Dance Medicine Australia

  • Fascial Distortion Model (FDM)

  • Sciatica and Vertebral Disk Treatment - McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy

  • Mulligan’s Concepts - Manual Therapy of the neck, back, upper and lower limbs

  • Manual Handling und "Manutention" Principles for Trainers

  • Stress Management Principles

  • Pain management

  • Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE), certified - Occupational Health Assessment

  • Level 1 Touch Coach, Federation of International Touch Rugby.


07/2010 -                                           Physiotherapist for the Austrian National Touch Rugby Team

Physiotherapist for the Austrian National Team in preparation for and during the European (2010) and World Championships (2011).

01/2007 – 04/2009                         Leeder Health Management Consultants (New Zealand)

LHMC is a organization of work safety in New Zealand that focuses on accident and injury rehabilitation, as well as advice on safety and health.

  • Ergonomic workstation assessments

  • Training of safe working techniques

  • Pain Management

  • Gym, Home and Pool based physical rehabilitation

04/2006 – 11/2006                          Redbridge Intermediate Care (East London - England)

Community based rehabilitation for patients immediately discharged from hospital.

  • Orthopaedic rehabilitation

  • Neurological rehabilitation

  • Geriatrics

  • Respiratory physiotherapy

9/2005 – 12/2005                            Beaumont College (Lancaster - England)

Beaumont College is a boarding school for young individuals with serious disabilities.

  • Neurological rehabilitation

  • Pool therapy

  • Breathing physiotherapie

  • Wheelchair therapy

06/2005 – 09/2005                          Claypond Hospital (West London - England)

  • Neurological rehabilitation

  • Orthopaedic rehabilitation

  • Geriatrics

04/2005 - 05/2005                           Kings Collage Hospital (London - England)

  • Breathing physiotherapy

  • Geriatrics

  • Orthopaedic rehabilitation

06/2003 – 03/2005                          Whakatane Hospital (New Zealand)

  • Outpatients clinic (acute and chronic injuries)

  • Neurological Rehabilitation

  • Community based falls prevention

  • Intensive care physiotherapy

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Rehabilitation following hip and knee joint replacements

  • Pool therapy

  • Paediatric and Maternity physiotherapy


11/2009 - 07/2010                           Vienna International School

Rugby coach , Vienna International School (VIS).

07/2009 - 07/2010                           Austrian Cricket Club  (Wien)

Trainer of ball-skills, Touch Rugby Rules and fitness based games for about 30 children.


Sport                                    Snowboarding, Touch Rugby, Mountain biking, Rugby, Wakeboarding.

Other                                    Painting, Travel, Fishing, Deer hunting, Photography.