Melbourne Paediatric Specialists


Ms Julianne Pegler

Physiotherapist - Expertise in Orthopaedic & Neurological Paediatric Physiotherapy
Julianne Pegler, Specialist Paediatric Orthopaedic Physiotherapist

Ms. Julianne Pegler

Post Grad Certificate Paediatic Orthopaedic Physiotherapy,
Post Grad Certificate Public Health, APAM

Senior Physiotherapist

Clinical Interests

Julianne Pegler is a physiotherapist with experience in Paediatric Physiotherapy, Orthopaedics, Neurological Conditions, and Neurodevelopment Disabilities. She treats babies, children (age 0-18) and young adults. Julianne works in the Deformational Plagiocephaly Assessment Clinic and Orthopaedics Outpatients Clinic in the Physiotherapy Department at The Royal Children’s Hospital.

Background and Experience

Julianne completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (2000) and Post Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Orthopaedic Physiotherapy (2014) at The University of Melbourne and the Royal Children’s Hospital. Julianne has worked for over 10 years at the Royal Children’s Hospital, as part of the Physiotherapy Department’s medical and surgical teams, treating babies and children with Orthopaedic, Neurological and acute Respiratory conditions. Julianne has also worked as a locum physiotherapist in the Orthopaedic Assessment Clinic and in the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service in 2014 and 2015. Julianne has worked privately as a Paediatric Physiotherapist since April 2013.

Prior to working at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Julianne worked in Early Childhood Intervention Services and special developmental and mainstream school settings, supporting children with physical disabilities so they can fully access the kindergarten, childcare and school curriculum.

Julianne has lectured on the management of Paediatric Orthopaedic and Neurological conditions to undergraduate Physiotherapy students at the University of Melbourne. She has worked in collaboration with SIDS and KIDS, The Royal Children’s Hospital and the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) to develop guidelines including a brochure titled ‘How to protect the headshape of your baby”. Julianne has recently worked in collaboration with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute to write a review article on Plagiocephaly for the Raising Children Network (January 2015).

As a mother of 3, and having grown up with a sister with a disability, Julianne understands the challenges families with medical conditions face. Julianne is passionate about helping children and their families achieve the best possible outcome.

Practice Philosophies

Julianne takes a family centered approach. She provides assessment, education regarding paediatric conditions, goal setting with children and their families and treatment with a friendly, caring and respectful manner. She assesses and treats young babies and children with concerns regarding delayed gross motor skills, low muscle tone, head shape, positional talipes, torticollis, brachial plexus injury, in-toeing gait, toe walking, flat feet and other foot problems, ankle problems, knee conditions, hip problems, posture problems (computer, heavy back pack), pain, spinal problems, orthopaedic surgery, sports injuries, neurological conditions, and de-conditioning after acute illness.

Julianne has a play based approach to facilitating movement and strength development in children. She provides positioning and activities for play, home exercise programs, pilates and aquatic physiotherapy. She provides tailored programs that support children and their families to work towards their goals and increased their independence and confidence in managing their child’s condition.

Presentations →

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association
    The Management of Plagiocephaly and Torticollis and an Update on Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood: July 2012:
    in collaboration with Jill Green, Sids and Kids
  • Royal Children’s Hospital Physiotherapy Department Professional Development presentations to staff:
    – Plagiocephaly and Torticollis Management, May 2012 in collaboration with the Educational Resource Centre and the Orthotics Department
    – Gait Analysis, November 2012
    – The acute management of Guillian Barre Syndrome in Children, March 2013
    – Slipped Upper Femoral Epiphyses, May 2013.

Public Hospital Affiliations

  • The Royal Children’s Hospital