I qualified in New Zealand as a physiotherapist in 1990 and since then have worked in various physiotherapy positions both in NZ and overseas, including private practice and hospitals.
I own a private practice in Queenstown and have just completed my MPhil (research masters) in physiotherapy for the pelvic floor and intend to continue my research with a PhD over the next few years.
I am at a stage in life and my career where I can use my experience to give back to the profession.
I have been the Secretary and Physiotherapy New Zealand representative for the Continence and Women’s Health Special Interest Group since 2009. During that time, I have actively represented our special interest group to the wider physiotherapy community, organised courses and conferences, assisted in teaching, brought our special interest group into the computer and cloud age and generally got ‘things done’.
This year I have been selected to join the Academic Committee for PNZ.
- Facilitate continued professional education and career pathways for physiotherapists
- Work on retaining experienced physiotherapists in both the profession and in New Zealand
- Grow the ‘physiotherapy pie’ in New Zealand
- Develop stronger ties with other medical professionals and stakeholders
- Encouragement of physiotherapy professionals into policy making roles in NZ health care – private and government
- Improve the public profile and perception of physiotherapy in New Zealand
Melissa was elected in at the 2015 AGM