I was elected President of Physiotherapy New Zealand in September 2016. Previously I was the Chair of the Older Adult Special Interest Group. I am also an active member of the Neurology Special Interest Group which I first joined in 1994.
My first job was as a physiotherapist on the Assessment, Treatment & Rehabilitation of the Older Adult wards at Waitakere Hospital. It was there that I was bitten by the rehabilitation bug seeing the lifelong changes that physiotherapy creates with the people we work with and their family/whanau. It was also in West Auckland that I became aware of the diversity of New Zealand and the opportunities and challenges that this creates for health professionals.
I currently work at AUT University as a senior researcher and lecturer focusing on older adults, falls and neurological physiotherapy. I have presented both nationally and internationally.
Eilzabeth was elected through vote onto National Executive at the AGM 23 May 2014.