Speakers

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Rebecca Ayers

Rebecca completed her specialist training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in New Zealand in 2009. She then spent a further three and a half years in post-fellowship training in the United Kingdom. During this time, Rebecca worked at Great Ormond Hospital for Sick Children, The Royal Free and The Wellington Hospitals in London. Rebecca then moved to Sussex, to gain further expertise at The Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead. A significant proportion of her work overseas consisted of hand surgery. Rebecca also completed The British Society for Surgery of the Hand post-graduate diploma in Hand Surgery in 2013.

Rebecca lives in Dunedin with her three young daughters.

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Professor David Baxter

David is a Professor at the University of Otago, where he previously led the School of Physiotherapy as Dean (2005-2015). He currently serves as Co-Director for New Zealand’s National Science Challenge for Ageing Well.

His research interests and expertise encompass musculoskeletal pain, including low back pain; physical activity and health; men’s health; as well as complementary and alternative medicine.

David has authored or co-authored over 290 peer-reviewed research papers in peer-reviewed journals, contributed to various textbooks including DeLisa’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and presented multiple platform or poster presentations, and educational workshops at national and international meetings.

He is Editor in Chief of Physical Therapy Reviews, and a member of the Editorial Boards of several other international peer-reviewed journals.

David has been recognised for research achievements as a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (UK); the Chaffer Medal from the Otago Postgraduate Medical Society; and the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery Horace Furumoto Distinguished Contributor Award for research. He is Visiting Professor at Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, and Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (China).

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Beth Beauchamp

Beth Beauchamp was trained in the United States and holds a Medical Massage Therapy degree. She has been working with Myofascial Release Therapy for 19 years and training since 2008. Beth is also a BodyTalk Practitioner and Health Coach. She loves to share her knowledge and passion about fascia and myofascial release therapy.

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Professor Jill Cook

Jill Cook is a Professor in musculoskeletal health in the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre at La Trobe University in Melbourne Australia. Jill’s research areas include sports medicine and tendon injury. After completing her PhD in 2000, she has investigated tendon pathology, treatment options and risk factors for tendon injury. Jill currently supplements her research by conducting a specialist tendon practice and by lecturing both in Australia and overseas.

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Dr Jennifer Dunn

Jennifer is a Research Fellow based in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch. She works within a small team of researchers in the ReClaiM (Rehabilitation and Clinical Outcomes in Musculoskeletal Conditions) team. One of her primary research interests include rehabilitation and outcomes following surgical reconstruction of the tetraplegic upper limb. She has completed her PhD and has a number of publications in this area. As well as her academic role, Jennifer works clinically as a physiotherapist providing direct clinical services for people in the community who have sustained a spinal cord injury, and as the Upper Limb Surgery Co-ordinator at the Burwood Spinal Unit.

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John Matheson

An Otago University Medical School graduate, John Matheson completed a research MSc. degree at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship in 1979. After finishing Orthopaedic Fellowship surgical training, from 1983 he worked as a consultant Orthopaedic surgeon at Dunedin and Mercy hospitals and Senior clinical lecturer at Otago University Medical School. Having retired from clinical practice in 2020 he continues to teach senior medical students and post graduate surgical trainees.
John has been a General Orthopaedic surgeon with particular interest in hand conditions, knee and sports surgery as well as hip and knee arthroplasty.
He has been President of the NZ Knee society, Chairman of the NZ Orthopaedic Association Continuing Education Committee, Examiner for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Surgeons and President of the NZ Orthopaedic Association.
His research interests include elbow, patellar and Achilles tendinopathies, knee replacement, metabolic effects of lower limb arthroplasty and medical ethics.

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Margie Olds

Margie Olds specialises in the management of shoulder injuries and is well regarded nationally and internationally for her clinical and research work in the area of shoulder rehabilitation. Her passion for shoulder rehabilitations has extended to her having designed and developed a specific shoulder brace for use in sport and she is the Founder of ‘Flawless Motion’. Margie’s PhD investigated shoulder instability after a first-time shoulder dislocation. She is the founder and owner of the Auckland Shoulder Clinic and passionate about sharing her expertise with other therapists. Margie has been awarded Physiotherapy Specialist status from the NZ Physio Board, one of only a few in New Zealand, and the only one in Auckland.

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Witana Petley

He Uri nā Ngāti Porou me Ngāi Te Rangi. No Putaruru Ahau. Ko Witana Petley toku ingoa!

Tēnā Koutou Katoa,

I have been privileged to be able to wear many pōtae whilst working as a Physiotherapist within the Southern DHBs Dunedin Hospital. One of which was creating and facilitating a space for discussions about cultural safety with hospital staff that led to the creation of the Cultural Humility Hui Series. These series were based around the concept of Cultural Humility and involved case studies, education presentations and guest speakers. Its intention was to help us build on our foundation of cultural competence and reflect on what we could do, individually and collectively, to improve our engagement with Māori in our workplaces. This work has allowed me to also support Māori Physiotherapists Nationally as a Kaitiaki of Tae Ora Tinana and be involved in incentives to improve Māori health throughout the SDHB.

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Emil Schmidt

Emil Schmidt has been working as the wound care specialist for the SDHB for the last fifteen years. He is running nurse led clinics in the city and rural hospital throughout the Otago region. He loves teaching either at the bedside, clinics or more formal settings. He was the lead investigator for several national and international research projects in wound care. He has published several articles in nursing and medical journals and presented at national and international conferences. Emil is a longstanding committee member of the NZWCS where he held the treasurer portfolio from 2008 – 2013, President of the Society for 2 terms 2013 – 2017 and is now National Committee members for the Otago region and joint convenor of the NZWCS 10th National Conference to be held in September 21 in Hamilton

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Associate Professor Steve Tumilty

Associate Professor Tumilty is one of the few clinician scientists in Physiotherapy Worldwide and one of only ten Registered Physiotherapy Specialists in New Zealand. The majority of his clinical experience has been in the outpatient musculoskeletal practice setting in UK, Germany and New Zealand. He also has experience in professional sports and Occupational Health Physiotherapy. In 2002 he came to work at the School of Physiotherapy, Otago University and he has developed and now coordinates the specialist Masters degree for Sports and Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy for which he provides teaching and clinical expertise. He is the author or co-author on 116 research outputs in the field of Physiotherapy and musculoskeletal conditions and presents both nationally and internationally. Associate Professor Tumilty’s research interests are in Tendinopathy, modulation of the Hypothalamus-Pituitary Axis using manual interventions, the influence of the autonomic nervous system on musculoskeletal pain and healing, and photobiomodulation.

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Associate Professor Stephanie Woodley

Stephanie is an associate professor at the University of Otago, based in the Department of Anatomy. Coming from a physiotherapy background, Stephanie has taught clinical anatomy to physiotherapy and science students for 15 years and also mentors postgraduate research students. Her research focuses on the musculoskeletal system, with a particular interest in the hip and pelvic regions, imaging and clinical assessment. Stephanie utilises a range of anatomical techniques and imaging procedures with the aim of advancing knowledge of human structure and function and applying evidence-based anatomy to clinical practice.