Robert is a life-long devotee of bodybuilding. He was a member of the Victoria Police Wrestling Team and gained a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. He was Physical Training and Unarmed Combat Instructor for the ACT Police, and a founding member of the Special Patrol (a.k.a. Hoodlum Squad). He played representative Rugby Union football in civilian life, and in the combined British Commonwealth Naval Dempster Cup completion.
A former Police Prosecutor with the RPNGC in Rabaul, on leaving the police service Robert commenced a double degree in Law and Economics at Queensland University in Australia. Choosing to pursue a different career path, he enrolled with Palmer College in the United States, graduating with a degree of Doctor of Chiropractic in 1978. He served on the faculty of two universities in California and practised in California and Arizona. Now in his fifth decade in practice, he continues to run a successful clinic in Australia.
His additional academic pursuits include extra-curricular studies in Nutrition (University of Upper Iowa), Health and Counselling Psychology (Santa Clara University); Human Development (The Fielding Institute, Santa Barbara), and a one-year full-time residency in Bone and Joint Radiology (conjointly at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, and Los Angeles County Hospital). He recently completed a Diploma in Body Language (Centre of Excellence, England), and is currently enrolled to undertake three additional Diplomas: Epigenetics (2021), Neuroplasticity (2022), and Reflexology (2023).