Tim and Mary Bagshaw from Maleny Physiotherapy have reached a milestone this month. Dale Jacobsen caught up with the busy couple during a rare brief opportunity when they were both free to talk. Even then, Tim was munching on a salad roll so he could be ready for his next appointment….
by Dale Jacobsen
Family, business and community are intertwined for Tim and Mary Bagshaw, two of Maleny’s favourite physiotherapists. It has taken years, twenty to be exact, to build the standing they hold in Maleny.
“I was living in Goondiwindi when I bought the practice,” said Tim. “Stephanie McLennan was selling Maleny Physiotherapy, and I decided Maleny would be an ideal place to live.”
He began in a small building, not more than a garage, behind Maple House then, in 2000, Mary left her position at Royal Brisbane Hospital to marry Tim and join him in the practice.
When their first son, David, was born in 2002, Mary’s parents moved to Maleny. When George came along in 2005, Tim’s parents followed. Running a successful business for 20 years is quite an achievement, let alone one that involves a husband and wife team. I asked Mary how she coped as a young mother of two boys.
“We owe so much to our extended family,” said Mary, “they were really supportive. Always prepared to help out with the boys. We could not have done it without them”.
This support enabled Tim and Mary to achieve their ideal of being able to not only run their practice, but also to give to the community they loved.
A lot of their community involvement stems from the boys’ activities. Tim took on the post of president while they attended kindergarten.
“When the boys were old enough to play sport, we joined an AFL club in Kawana and I coached the team for ten years.,” he said.
As a youngster in South Australia, Tim had played AFL. “We moved to Queensland when I was ten, and I went on to play hockey and rugby, but I have always really liked the AFL program.”
Mary and Tim also provide physiotherapy support for the Bushrangers Rugby Union Club at Witta, and Mary was president of the Maleny Gym for six years where Maleny Physiotherapy holds weekly classes for members of Blackall Range Care Group and, every day for the past 20 years, Tim has spent time at the Maleny Hospital.
Tim’s other passion is the Apex Club. “I joined when I first came to Maleny after being asked by a friend that I went to University with. I started at Maleny Physio on March 2, 1998 and went to my first Apex meeting that night!”
He remained in Apex for 18 years until he turned 45 and was no longer eligible to be a member.
“A highlight for me was organising the Apex Qld State Convention in 2007. We had 300 delegates for three days in Maleny and had a great time. Kevin Borich and his band played on the Friday night and apparently, they could hear him at Witta!
“Mary and the boys have both been part of the Maleny Apex family, and we have made some great friends through the club.” He is now a Life Member.
Mary continued: “He has been deeply involved for all the time he has lived here. Everything from being MC for the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremonies — for which he has to undergo training every year; they are very formal affairs — to cooking prawn kebabs at the street carnival.
“And then there’s cooking breakfast at the showgrounds on Australia Day, organising the bar for the Maleny Show, the list is endless.”
Other organisations also value this man. The Rotary Foundation named him a Paul Harris Fellow “in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world”.
Tim and Mary each have their specialty areas: Tim focuses on back pain, sporting injuries, orthopaedics and injury prevention; Mary, with a Master of Physiotherapy Studies in Cardiorespiratory, enjoys treating general areas of physiotherapy including orthopaedic conditions, lymphoedema, and general physiotherapy.
Over the years the practice has expanded to include a musculoskeletal physiotherapist, vestibular rehabilitation physiotherapist and podiatrists.
For the past 12 years, Tim has also worked tirelessly towards the realisation of a community hydrotherapy pool in Maleny.
As a committee member, he has been through times of frustration when the goalposts kept moving, but he is reasonably optimistic that the pool will become a reality “within the foreseeable future” when the community pool is relocated to the Precinct.
I left Tim and Mary to get on with their busy lives, a little in awe of the energy and drive this couple maintain, and the very real difference they are making to the people of Maleny.