Physio Direct Clinic Locations

Clinic 1 and 2: Ohakune and Raetihi

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This position is based in Ohakune which offers a fantastic lifestyle for those looking for fun and adventure. Home to the North Island’s only ski fields, this region is bustling in the winter with skiing and snowboarding and comes alive in the summer with mountain biking, tramping, kayaking and fishing.

This position is mostly clinic based with all varieties of musculoskeletal injuries and some private appointments. We have a contract with the district hospital (1.5 hours away) to see people in our clinic for free, where we charge the hospital for our time, as the hospital is unable to offer this community a physiotherapist.  We also have a half day in a sawmill and adjoining pulp mill,  and also a half day in a smaller low socio-economic area called Raetihi which is 15mins from Ohakune.

For further information about Ohakune and Raetihi and the surrounding area see www.visitruapehu.com.


Clinic 3: Taumarunui


This position is based in Taumarunui, which is a town of about 5,000 people, which supports the wider farming community. This is a beautiful part of New Zealand, located in the heart of the King Country and the Forgotten World, with loads of new mountain bike tracks as part of the National Cycle Trail umbrella.

This position is clinic based with some Return to Work programs with work place assessments and gym/pool programs. We are the only treatment provider in the area, so we see a huge variety of injuries. We spend time in the gym with these patients making sure they have the strength to get back into their previous employment. There is a bit of traveling associated with this position as Taumarunui is 45mins from where the accommodation is in Ohakune, but Ohakune is the better place to live.

For further information about Taumarunui and the area see www.forgottenworldexperience.co.nz.


Clinic 4: Matamata

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This clinic is located in the Waikato region, home of the NZ dairy industry and Hobbiton!!! It is very central to the North Islands most popular beaches and worldwide acclaimed tourist attractions which allow people to live a fantastic lifestyle full of adventure.

Here we hold a contract with Fonterra which is one of the world’s largest dairy companies, where we have an onsite clinic working with their early discomfort and injury prevention program. Matamata is mainly clinic based with Return to Work Programs. This clinic also home to our full time practice manager/receptionist.

For further information about Matamata and the surrounding area see www.matamatanz.co.nz.


Clinic 5: Putaruru

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Putaruru, 20mins from Matamata, again is a very central location and close to the North Island’s most popular beaches and worldwide acclaimed tourist attractions which make it a great base. Its economy is based on farming, forestry and timber production.  The nearby Blue Springs is the current source of about 60% of NZ’s bottled water.

This position is a mix of clinical work, work site assessments and SAW programs which involve gym based strengthening programs.

For further information about Putaruru and the surrounding area see www.hamiltonwaikato.com.


Clinic 6 and 7: Rotorua and Murupara

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Rotorua is a fabulous city in the middle of the North Island and is considered New Zealand’s tourism capital. This city offers a perfect combination of world class attractions, stunning geothermal wonders and outdoor activities.  You can relax in the healing waters of a thermal spring or go fishing in one of the 14 lakes.  There are action, adventure and relaxation opportunities everywhere, so you will have plenty to see and do while you’re here.

This position is in a new GP practice with 3 GPs on site and another 6 GPs in the central city location. This position is a mix of clinical work, work site assessments and SAW programs which involve gym based strengthening programs.

This is our newest clinic and has the potential to split into 2 full time positions.

For further information about Rotorua and the surrounding area see www.rotoruanz.com.


Clinic 8 and 9: Christchurch and Oxford


Christchurch is known as the Garden City, with its shaky past 6 years, it has become the hub of architecture, design and inspiration. Easy access to the deeper South, Christchurch is a bustling city looking to the future.

For further information about Christchurch and the area see www.christchurchnz.com

 


Clinic 10: Te Aroha

Situated 50 minutes north east of Hamilton is Te Aroha. Nestled at the foot of its mountain namesake, the historic Spa Town is famous for its natural hot soda water springs, gold mining and mountain hiking and biking trails.

For further information about Te Aroha and the surrounding area see Te Aroha


Job Description:

Experience in private practice and the ability to work independently is essential for this role. Find out more about the Physio Direct vacancies on our Job Description Page.

Frequently Asked Questions about working in New Zealand:

Before you can work in New Zealand as a physiotherapist you will need to register with the New Zealand Physio Board and apply for the correct Visa. Find out more information about working as a physio in New Zealand on our FAQ Page.

How to Apply:

If you would love to work as a rotating physio in New Zealand for Physio Direct,  please send a cover letter and your C.V to Amy Dibley at amydibley@hotmail.com.

Silas Carey Physiotherapist

Silas Carey Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

Originally from rural New York State in the U.S., Silas received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from New York Medical College in 2016. Prior to his move to New Zealand, Silas worked in the orthopaedic unit of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City treating acute orthopaedic conditions before and after surgery. Silas has… Read More


Anel Jordaan – Physiotherapist

Anel Jordaan – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

Anel grew up in the United states and studied at the university of Pretoria  in South Africa where she graduated in 2013 with Bachelors in Physiotherapy.She initially worked at Dr. Yusuf Dadoo State Hospital as a community service Physiotherapist, where she was exposed to paediatrics and adult neurology conditions. In 2015 she started working in private… Read More


Sophie Harper – Physiotherapist

Sophie Harper – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

Originally from Cornwall in the UK, Sophie qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 2012 having gained her BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Cardiff. Since qualifying she has spent 5 years working within the NHS in Wales and England specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy but also gaining valuable experience on a variety of… Read More


Indu Kar – Physiotherapist

Indu Kar – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

Indu moved to New Zealand 3 years ago to join her husband and are currently living in Mt Maunganui. She completed her Master of Physiotherapy in 2012 with specialization in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Prior to moving to NZ, Indu was working in a reputed, multi-speciality hospital in India where she gained experience in treating various musculoskeletal,… Read More


Sam Jones – Physiotherapist

Sam Jones – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

Qualified as a physiotherapist in 2012 from Salford University.  Sam has travelled all her life as her father was serving the British army.  Since qualifying she has worked in rural Wales, Leicester in the UK and Wellington in New Zealand. She has worked in both private and the public sector, in a variety of posts… Read More


Hollie Price – Physiotherapist

Hollie Price – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

In 2014 Hollie graduated from Charles Sturt University, Orange with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours). She also completed a Bachelor of Science from the University of Canberra in 2010. Hollie joins the Physio Direct team in 2017 from rural NSW, Australia, where she has been working in private practice seeing a varied caseload which includes sporting… Read More


Maisie Byrne – Physiotherapist

Maisie Byrne – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

Maisie studied Physiotherapy in Brighton, England.  Alongside studying, she has travelled Europe, Australia, Asia and the Middle East. Maisie has previously worked in an acute hospital setting in Orthopaedics and Paediatrics as well as in Occupational Health as a Senior Physiotherapist. Her particular area of interest is sports injuries, working with the local Ruapehu Rugby… Read More


Jay Shaw – Physiotherapist

Jay Shaw – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

Jay received her Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Otago in Dunedin, 2010. Jay joined the Physio Direct team in 2015 from Kalgoorlie, Western Australia where she had been working as a private practice physiotherapist, gaining experience in occupational physiotherapy and helping miners get back to work quickly and safely. She has upskilled… Read More


Becki Johnson – Physiotherapist

Becki Johnson – Physiotherapist - Physio Direct NZ

Originally from Leeds in the UK, Becki graduated in 2014 from the University of Bradford. She spent over 18 months working for the NHS in Yorkshire across a variety of areas including community and acute hospital settings. She has also spent time with a specialist hand therapy department and sports physiotherapy team. She is qualified… Read More


  • Scott McCullough

    Sam treated my calf that kept cramping up a couple of months ago. I just wanted to thank her as I completed the marathon in Rotorua on the weekend in 4.08, so was really happy! I really didn't think I was going to be able to do it until she fixed it, so cheers and thanks again! Scott M.
  • Glennis Boyd

    Dear Physio Direct, Over the last months I have been receiving treatment for my Spinal fusion and new flare ups! The calibre of Physios therapists you have are outstanding! Thanks to Elaine, Michaela and a HUGE thank you to Matt for his inspiration, encouragement and knowledge! Incredibly professional people! What a line up of expertise! Sincere thanks. I would highly recommend to anyone ( and from someone who has had my share of visiting physios over the last 20-30 years , i don't say this lightly!) Warm regards to you all!
  • George Andrews, Fairy Springs Medical Centre

    After rolling my ankle, I can highly recommend Jay at Physio Direct, I have been more than satisfied with the service and my recovery has been amazing.
  • Stephen Stacey

    I broke my leg really bad when I fell off a race horse and it stood on my shin. I've got a rod the full length down my shin with pins and screws in both ends at my knee and ankle. When I went to Physio Direct I was really sore and tight, it was red and swollen and I was unable to weight bare for 3 months on crutches. They helped me with massage and acupuncture to settle the pain and inflammation and I always felt so much better after the sessions. They were professional and are helped me increase my strength and range of motion in line with my specialist recommendations, and have helped me get back to work, working with race horses.
  • Carolyn Meihana

    Anyone that’s ever had a disabling injury for the very first time in their lives would understand the fear and anxiety that comes with the injury. The surgeon, emergency staff and nurses at Rotorua Hospital were fantastic, all I had to do once they put me back together again was manage my pain relief and let my broken and dislocated ankle heal. What I didn't realize was how difficult getting back on my feet was going to be, often at night and in the solace of my own company I would express my difficulty in the tears that would follow with a sleepless night… And then I met Amy from Physio Direct, OMG, Amy and her treatment returned to me a fully healed body that I could completely trust, her healing through the exercises and rebalancing of my now healed ankle, removed the memory of the injury and completely returned me to full independence. No words could explain the gift Amy gave back to me. I pray this testimony finds its way to those that Amy and her team will be able to help just like she helped me, thank you Amy Dibley.
  • Sheryl Fraser, Taumarunui

    I have found the service at Physio Direct Taumarunui, to have been hugely beneficial to my recovery. In four short weeks my recovery has blossomed for me to be without my crutches, returning to driving and walking in my garden. Without the help of the physio reassuring me I wouldn't have come this far so quickly. I would recommend Physio Direct.