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Ricky Bell

I feel I can offer a unique connection to the pulse of our education programmes, clinical practice and research arenas.

I graduated in 1993 from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, and worked in numerous large teaching hospitals before commencing private practice in 1996. After working with many prominent sporting teams in Australia at local/state/national level, on returning home to NZ in 2008, I opened a private practice in Ahipara on the shoreline of 90 Mile Beach.

In 2011, I obtained a PGDip in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, and in 2012 graduated with a Masters in Manipulative Physiotherapy both with distinction, from the University of Otago. I recently commenced a PhD with a thesis titled ‘Huarahi Hauora’ in which we are exploring an indigenous approach to improving the health outcomes for Māori. While I’ve largely been a private practitioner, I believe I have a broad appreciation of the many facets of our profession. I still keep my hand at the coal face of clinical practice on a part-time basis, although I am now a full-time researcher.

I have supported National Executive as a Kaitiaki of Tae Ora Tinana and represented our profession presenting at numerous conferences and radio outlets around New Zealand.  I’m a strong believer in walking the talk and want to help direct with the future of our profession.

Policy directions:

  • Value adding and promoting the physiotherapy profession and brand
  • Improving our awareness of culturally sensitive practice
  • Support supervision training and mentorship of physiotherapists
  • Developing cross-profession and international relationships

Ricky was elected through vote onto National Executive at the AGM 23 May 2014. 

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