I am a registered physiotherapist and currently work as the managing director of the Motus Health group, of which my wife and I are the founding shareholders.
I started working in private practice 19 years ago as a sole trader, essentially a start-up operation and over the intervening years have learnt an inordinate amount about what it takes to run a business, how to manage risk, how to manage growth and most importantly from a retrospective learning perspective, how to manage significant downturns in our industry.
Motus Health is now one of the largest physio practices in the country with significant diversity in what, how and where our services are provided. I have an innate understanding of the issues facing small rural practices, large urban practices, low socio-economic areas, staffing challenges, succession planning, contracting models, remuneration frustrations and working in an environment that is quickly evolving.
My passion is the business of physiotherapy. Whether we enter the business aspect of our profession by design or default, a high-quality patient centric physio service model needs to be complemented with a robust, sustainable and profitable business model. Following the demise of the private practitioner’s association, the voice of private business has been somewhat lost within PNZ and given the majority of PNZ members' work in some form of private business it is crucial to have advocates at the highest levels.
I currently chair the private practitioners’ advisory group to PNZ and in recent times myself and others have been working closely with ACC on the physiotherapy contract redesign. This role, alongside other work I’m doing in the delivery of a proof of concept for the bundled delivery of ACL surgery and rehabilitation, puts me in a strong position to be an advocate for our profession.
I have strong business and financial acumen, which combined with working under a formal governance structure within our workplace has enabled me to gain first hand, relevant experience which I believe will be an asset to the PNZ executive.
My personal crusade is twofold. Firstly, to ensure physiotherapists truly value their skills, time and worth. Secondly to get our profession's remuneration up to a level befitting the central role we play.
Grant was elected in at the 2017 AGM