I am the owner and founding director of a private practice in Auckland and have 14 years’ experience working in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Currently I spend half my time working clinically and the other half on business management, advocacy, post graduate teaching, and PNZ Auckland branch work.
I have spent my career working in both private and public settings across New Zealand, Australia and the UK. In 2014, I completed my Master’s in Health Practice (with distinction) and have been on the Auckland branch committee for nearly 5 years. For the last 4 of those years, I have been the treasurer and one of the main organisers for our very successful annual symposium.
Recently I have been working with Procare (PHO) around the design of an initiative to improve patient outcomes in primary healthcare. A large portion of this project is to foster stronger relationships between GP’s and physiotherapists. This has involved multiple workshops and collaboration with consumers, physiotherapists, GP’s, and specialists, as well as teaching GP’s. I want physiotherapists to lead the way in improving pain and function, but also preventing disease such as obesity, diabetes, and osteoarthritis and I will continue to push this throughout my career.
Within our profession, I see a group of well educated, talented, and passionate health professionals who are often undervalued and whose skills are under utilised. If I am elected, my aim is to advocate for the profession and show other medical professionals, as well as the general public, that we do make significant changes to key health issues. I want to approach all major funders and ensure that we are getting paid what we deserve - not to only make our profession sustainable but also highly respected. I hope that when we are asked whether physiotherapy would be a good job for me we can answer this with a definite yes.
Mark was elected through vote onto National Executive at the AGM 14 September 2018.