The Physiotherapy Board is pleased to welcome two new Board members to the team – physiotherapist Kelly Brodie and lay member Rosemary (Rose) Wilson.
Kelly has worked as a physiotherapist for 15 years and is in private practice in a Christchurch-based multidisciplinary practice. Rose is a solicitor and partner in an Invercargill law firm and has a strong focus on family law and mediation.
Kelly came to physiotherapy via a love of sport and of working with people. “I saw physiotherapy as bringing both of those things together and it does, but like many physio students I quickly learned there’s so much more to the profession.”
And it was the depth of experience in the profession that brought Kelly to apply for the Board. “I’m on maternity leave at the moment and it’s given me a chance to reevaluate what I can contribute”
“The pandemic only made that change feel more important. I want to help shape the profession I’m passionate about”
“I think that some of the challenges we’re facing in the profession are retaining the physios we train, building diversity, and looking at a broader wellness approach. I’m really grateful for the opportunity being on the Board offers.”
Rose has a family connection to the profession – both her mother and her sister were physiotherapists. “My mother practised for many years as a respiratory physiotherapist, and my sister recently retired from practice, so I feel like this is a role that fits.
“I think that I bring experience in governance, and in mediation I have spent a lot of my career helping resolve disputes, interpreting legislation, and applying rules of natural justice”
“Being a layperson allows an outside perspective on the profession, and legal background is always useful to have because you’re basically interpreting legislation.”
For the last four years Rose has been studying Te Reo Māori and Tikanga alongside her legal work and is looking forward to her role on the Board, “I’m always excited by a new challenge.”