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Kurt Thomas

I graduated from Otago University in 2003 and worked in Dunedin in private practice. I developed an interest in Occupational Health Physiotherapy and completed a PG Diploma in Ergonomics in 2008.

From 2007 I worked in Mount Isa, Queensland, returning to Dunedin in 2008 to private practice. I also lectured in Vocational Rehabilitation at Otago Polytechnic from 2009 – 2014. I became a member of the College of Physiotherapy in 2009 as an Advanced Practitioner and have been an active member of the Occupational Health Physiotherapy SIG since 2009 and am the current chairperson.

Currently I am the Vocational Contracts Manager for RATA South in Dunedin. I undertake management, return to work programs, injury prevention education, ergonomics and pre-employment testing. I have also been involved in the development of the Physiolog application for smart devices.

My policies directions as a National Executive member would be to promote:

- The diversity and importance of physiotherapy to health professionals, funders and the public
- The use of technology in physiotherapy
- The importance of physiotherapy within multi - disciplinary teams
- The greater use of physiotherapy in Health Promotion and Injury Prevention

Kurt was elected in at the 2015 AGM

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