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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
  • Carol Jeffs

    Carol talks about training in Dunedin and working in rheumatology in Rotorua, working with Pat De Carteret in the 1960s, and physiotherapy in the public health system. Read more

  • Don McKenzie

    After training in North London, Don talks about to moving back to New Zealand and explains the history of physiotherapy in the 1960s and 1970s. Read more

  • Dorothy Grave

    Dorothy tells some wonderful stories about training in Dunedin and some of her experiences working in the South Island. Read more

  • Erwin Drok

    Erwin tells the story of his training in Perth Australia and his travels to Europe. Read more

  • Ethel Barnes

    Ethel talks about her training in Sydney and her experience of spinal injury treatment at Stoke Manderville. Read more

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