Prue Galley

BPhty(Hons), MEd, Adv Dip Choreology (Clinical)
At St Margaret’s 1949-1961

Prue Galley attended St Margaret’s from kindergarten. Her family had been connected with the school from the early 1900s. In 1961, she was School Captain and the Old Girls Prize winner.

Prue graduated with Honours in Physiotherapy from The University of Queensland (UQ) in 1965 then worked as a clinician in Australia and the UK. She later completed a Master’s Degree in Education and an Advanced Diploma in Choreology (Clinical). She was a Lecturer at UQ for many years.

Prue’s vision and advocacy in the 1970’s led to the adoption of patient self-referral to physiotherapists. This practice had not been previously allowed. Australia led the world with this change and since then first contact practice for physiotherapy has been adopted in many countries. 

The World Confederation for Physical Therapy awarded Prue with its International Service Award (Practice) in 2011. She is an Honoured Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (London). She is a Dame in the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller.

Prue values her years at St Margaret’s for encouraging independent thinking, compassion, leadership and teamwork.

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