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Oral histories

Listen to the history of physiotherapy in Aotearoa New Zealand through the personal stories of notable physiotherapists.


  • Rob McKenzie

    mckenzie profile Rob talks about his training and early private practice in Wellington in the 1950s and 60s, about discovering his 'method,'... Read more
  • Fran Elkin

    Fran Elkin and students Fran talks about her work in London and Auckland before being involved in establishing the new school in Auckland (Auckland... Read more
  • Gillan Gorick

    Gillian talks about her training in England after WWII and her move to Waikato Hospital. Read more

  • Gwyneth Jones

    Gwyneth talks about entering training in the 1940s and her experiences of the School of Physiotherapy in Dunedin, working at Hanmer Springs and Greenlane Hospital, 'going home' to England and her work in paediatric neurology and child development. Read more

  • Helen Cranwell

    Helen talks about training during WWII and some of the staff at the School of Physiotherapy in Dunedin. Read more

  • Ian Searle

    Ian talks about the effects of polio and physiotherapy training after WWII, before moving to Whakatane and specialising in manipulative physiotherapy. Read more

  • Ian Tayler

    Ian discusses entering training as an ex-serviceman. Read more

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