Player Medical Information


If a player is injured during training or a game, anARU Insurance Claim Formwill need to be completed. The Director of Rugby will provide you with your registration number and certify the document as a club official.

It is the player's responsibility to obtain all required information (including a a doctor's and physiotherapist’s report) and send the claim form to the nominated address.

Visit our Player Insurance  page for more information.


The Club makes a significant investment in medical services each year and is proud of its record for providing excellent medical and physiotherapy services to its players. The health of all players playing for the Club is a priority.

Note - The Club will not cover injuries unrelated to rugby.


  1. It is the player’s responsibility that any injuries are reported to their coach or manager immediately.

  2. The player must have had their injury assessed by Monday evening so the coaches will have injury updates for team selection by Tuesday lunchtime.

  3. The physiotherapist and doctor will communicate with the coaches regarding players' injuries and fitness for matches and training. 

  4. It is the player's responsibility to always speak directly with the coach/manager regarding  any  injury  as well.

  5. If a player has not had their injury assessed it is assumed that they will be able to train as usual on Tuesday night.

  6. It is expected that if a player seeks treatment outside the Sports Clinic that they consult the medical staff first so that they may acquire updates from the treating professional.


Our consultant doctor works out of the medical room at Warners Bay (See details on right). Players must book an appointment in advance and you must bring your Medicare Card. All medical consultations are bulk billed for UoN Rugby players.

Clinic hours are:

• Monday morning

• Tuesday and Thursday afternoon sessions.   

Any player with a serious and/or ongoing condition or overuse injury should speak with Dr Ross Cairns. This allows thorough assessment of your injury, documentation of your problem, as well as the opportunity to organise referrals or investigations as needed during working hours.


If players require specific preparation or treatment prior to training this will be organised by the club physiotherapist and take place at NU Moves Physiotherapy (See details on right).


Nicole Manvell, the club physiotherapist will be present at all games and will be available for assessment and game preparation at the venue an hour before kick-off for each team.

Any player concerned about his ability to play on match days should contact medical staff and their coach prior to match day so that a substitute may be organised. Players who are unwell on match day should contact their coach and medical staff as early as possible on the day.

If instructed to leave the field due to injury by medical staff it is expected that the player should comply.

Following each game all injuries – no matter how minor – must be reported to Nicole Manvell before leaving the ground. This will ensure that all injuries are assessed, documented and managed appropriately. All players who sustain an injury on match day will be booked an appointment in the Monday night injury clinic at NU Moves Physiotherapy (see details right).

Medical Provider Details

UoN Rugby adopts the Australian Rugby Union’s Medical Policy. UoN Rugby have created direct access to medical services for its players as follows:

Sports And Exercise Medicine Physician Details:  

Club Sports Doctor:
Dr Ross Cairns, Fellow ACSEP
Newcastle Sports Medicine
Level 1,
Suite 11, 472 The Esplanade
Warners Bay NSW 2282

Contact details:
Clinic phone:  (02) 4910 0805
Clinic fax:  (02) 4910 0848

Clinic Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 - 6:00pm

Service Provision:
Medical assessment of acute sporting injuries, including referral for imaging, and referral to sports trained surgeons as required.


Club Physiotherapist:

Nicole Manvell APA Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

NU Moves Physiotherapy The Forum Sports and Aquatic Centre The University of Newcastle

Contact Details:

Clinic phone: 02 4921 6879 Clinic fax: 02 4921 7371 Mob: 0432227640 Email:

Monday Night Injury Clinic:

5:15pm – 6pm (Free to all players throughout the season)

Players will be booked into the clinic if they sustain an injury on match day

Players will receive a plan for the management of their injury. This plan will be communicated to the coaching staff.

Clinic Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am - 6pm


University Health Service
Student Services Centre
The University of Newcastle 

Contact Details:
Clinic phone:  (02) 4921 6000 (All students will be bulk billed)

Clinic Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 – 5:00pm

Service Provision:
Medical assessment of general health concerns


GP access

Contact Details: 1300 130 147
Maitland Hospital - 175 Chisholm Road, East Maitland - 02 4933 8400
John Hunter Hospital - Lookout Road, New Lambton Heights – 02 4921 3000
Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital - Edith Street, Waratah – 02 4921 1211
Belmont Hospital - 16 Croudace Bay Road Belmont – 02 4923 2000
Westlakes Community Health Centre - 6 James Street Toronto – 02 4935 8100


John Hunter Hospital (Lookout Road, New Lambton)
Newcastle Mater Hospital (Edith Road, Waratah)
Belmont Hospital (Croudace Bay Road, Belmont)
Maitland Hospital (High Street, Maitland).
Lake Macquarie Private Hospital (3 Sydney Street Gateshead)

Note: At Lake Macquarie Private Hospital wait times may be shorter and there will be a $200 fee for the service.