Kari "Car-i' Righton

Splash Physiotherapist ®

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Kari is passionate about the participation of children in sport and life. She values the role Physiotherapy plays in promoting participation and enjoys seeing the incredible benefits for the children, their families and the community.


A keen participant in her own community through local schools, Scouting, tennis and sailing. Kari volunteers for Scouts Victoria, assisting with children’s outdoor adventurous activities. She also volunteers for Little Athletics and the local school parent engagement program.


Since graduating from Melbourne University Kari has over 20 years experience working as a Physiotherapist in Rehabilitation and Community Physiotherapy across all age groups. She has extensive experience working in community home visits and aquatic settings.


Kari has completed a range of paediatric courses, the latest being a level 2 Australian Physiotherapy Association Paediatric course, and is dedicated to ongoing professional development.


She is excited to be a Splash Physiotherapist, to facilitate the achievement of children’s goals and family aspirations for their children.

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne, 1997

  • APA Paediatric Physiotherapy Level 2, 2022

  • APA Aquatic Physiotherapy Level 1

  • Emerging skills in paediatric physiotherapy -  Monash University 2021

  • Ongoing professional development in paediatrics, aquatics and disability

  • Quality Supervision - La Trobe University

  • Member Australian Physiotherapy Association 

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We help babies, children and young people learn everyday functional activities

to participate in life at home, school, and in the community.

We see children are part of a family

  • Families know their children best

  • Children do best in their own environments

  • We find strategies that fit in with your everyday life

  • We form respectful, cooperative partnerships with families

  • We value Melbourne's diverse community

We are professional, playful and up to date

  • We are professional, friendly, fun, and love the work we do

  • Coordinating with your health and education services helps everyone work towards their goals

  • We are committed to life long learning. We are highly skilled and up to date. 

  • We are constantly improving

We teach the way kids learn

  • Children learn through play

  • Every achievement is celebrated

  • We apply the science behind neuroplasticity in practical strategies to optimise learning

  • We use a strengths based approach

  • The earlier the better and it's never too late! We work with babies through to young people

  • We observe carefully, adjust moment to moment, to: meet your individual learning needs; find the 'just right challenge'; optimise your chance to learn

We celebrate small steps towards participation goals

  • Participation is key

  • We start with your participation goal. Then we drill down to small details in body structure and function to help you learn functional skills

  • We support all areas of development

  • We advocate to address social, environmental, policy and institutional barriers to participation

  • Swim safer skills and behaviours are part of every aquatic physiotherapy session

  • Being active is good for everyone