Andy has been practicing physiotherapy consistently for 32 years in New Zealand Australia and the US. Most recently as Clinical Leader of a 4 member multidisciplinary team in the Orthopaedic/Neurosurgical Physiotherapy Screening Clinic at Mackay Base Hospital.
Here he was working closely with the Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery departments to triage and conservatively case manage appropriate patients – promoting timely management, preventing unnecessary waits on inappropriate waiting lists, improving conversion rates to and outcomes after surgery.
He has seen how well this model of care works and one of his goals is to provide a similar service in Queenstown. He is liasing with community and national programs and Southern District Health Board to try and secure funding for the Queenstown Southern Lakes community to provide support for those suffering from chronic musculoskeletal and pain conditions and provide community based education and activity programs.
Continually educating himself, Andy has undertaken:
- a Post Graduate Diploma in Kinesiology
- Papers in exercise physiology, biomechanics and motor learning through the faculty of Physical Education at Otago University, NZ.
- Post Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy as the first half of a Masters of Health Science at Auckland Institute of Technology, NZ.
- A Certificate in Biomedical Ethics at Portland State University, USA.
- He is a credentialed McKenzie therapist through the McKenzie Institute, NZ
- Certificate in Radiology for Physiotherapists, at University of Melbourne.
- Certificate in health change methodology through health change Australia assessing and helping clients to engage in the process of change behaviour to ensure they are informed motivated and confident to self manage their personal health care
He travelled internationally as the Team Physiotherapist with the New Zealand Swimming Team and the New Zealand World Student Games Teams from 1987 till 1991.