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PO Box 505 Hurstville BC NSW 1481
Hurstville 2220
Tel 0412 477 526
Fax (02) 9585 2144

Return to Work

Summit Health & Fitness provides timely, quality and affordable services to achieve management goals identified by the employer and/or case managers to successfully facilitate return to work for the injured employee.


Michael Russo is an Exercise Physiologist and graduated with his Masters in Exercise & Sport Science from the University of Sydney. He is recognised as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) and registered as a service provider with Work Cover NSW. Other qualifications include a certificate III and IV in fitness obtained through the Fitness Institute of Australia.


  • Musculoskeletal Injury
  • Core Stability
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Manual Handling

Summit Health & Fitness prescribes functional exercise for the purpose of restoring an injured worker to suitable work activities. This includes specific exercise therapy related to the worker’s injury and work demands and/or specific work activities as exercise.

Services are aimed at progressively increasing an injured worker’s capacity to work and must have an end point. They are not focused on improving a worker’s general level of health and fitness.

Clients will complete assessment to gauge their functional capacity, which includes:

  • Health Screening i.e. contraindications to exercise
  • Functional Assessment
  • Complete Exercise Physiologist Management Plan

Treatment outcomes are expressed in functional terms as they relate to specific work task capacities. Examples of these are increasing tolerances for standing, walking, lifting, sitting, pushing, pulling and carrying.

Treatment primarily aims to:

  • Increase work status as identified within the injured worker’s medical certificate Address improvements in activities of daily living.


The program will be designed to utilise local health and fitness facilities and also encourage the client to complete exercises in the home environment.


Professional Indemnity and Public Liability ($20 million) is provided by CGU.


In accordance with NSW Work Cover fees


To organise an appointment or obtain further information please E-mail : mrusso@summitfitness.com.au