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Paul Tinley, PhD

Associate Professor Paul Tinley PhD has 30+ year’s experience in Podiatry education within two countries. He is a leader of the podiatry profession, he is a board member of the Podiatry Board of Australia and was a founding member of the Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (ANZPAC) and contributor to the national podiatry competencies.


He has a demonstrated track record in quality teaching in both undergraduate and post-graduate courses and research.  His areas of interest include: Biomechanics of the lower limb; Orthotic therapy and its effects on the lower limb biomechanics; Plantar Pressure measurement; The effects of Diabetes on the lower limb with particular reference to vascular supply and blood marker changes.

Associate Professor Tinley has large networks around Australia, New Zealand and the UK which gives him a universal perspective on current and future needs of podiatry. He has successfully supervised many honours, Masters and PhD students. Is currently program leader for Podiatry, School of Community Health, Charles Sturt University, Albury.



Barry Matthews, director at inform podiatry

Barry has been a registered Podiatrist for 25 years and is a Director of Inform Podiatry in Brisbane.

He has an expanding interest in the practical application of clinical ethics, health law and ethical decision making related to the clinical practice of Podiatry, having lectured in this area at the Queensland University of Technology for 6 years.

Barry is a former Queensland and Australian Podiatry Association President and was awarded the Peter Quinn Award in 2004 and made a Life member of the Australian Podiatry Association Qld Inc in 2008 for services to the podiatry profession.



David Nicholls, associate professor

David Nicholls is an Associate Professor in physiotherapist, lecturer and researcher at AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand.

He completed his Master of Arts in Research Methodology in Birmingham, UK in 1992 and a PhD title 'Body politics: A Foucauldian discourse analysis of physiotherapy practice' at the University of South Australia in 2008.


David emigrated to New Zealand with his family in May 2000 to take up a senior lecturer position at AUT where he is now an Associate Professor and Associate Head in the School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies.

He has published 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, 13 book chapters and has presented and lectured in Canada, USA, England, Norway, Australia and New Zealand and is the founder and chair of the Critical Physiotherapy Network ( which has more than 230 members in 28 countries around the world.

David is currently writing a book titled 'The End of Physiotherapy' to be published in 2016.



Dr. Matthew Carroll - PhD, Head of Podiatry, AUT

As Head of Podiatry Matthew is responsible for the academic and operational management of the discipline and tasked with advancing the discipline at a local, national and international level.


As a Director of the Australasian New Zealand Podiatric Accreditation Council (ANZPAC) and ANZPAC University Accreditation Committee member Matthew oversees accreditation functions of all Podiatry Programs in Australia and New Zealand. His PhD investigated the structure of the Achilles tendon using ultrasound and examined gait using three dimensional gait analysis in people with chronic gout. Matthew also undertakes roles in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision.  



RACHEL BRIDGEMAN, business owner

Rachel Bridgeman is the owner of Simply Dental in Wellington. This Dental practice is serious about taking the best care of their patients and has invested in training and developing themselves to be the best.


Simply Dental have a GOLD accreditation with Investors in People, who are the standard for people management. The standard defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results. Investors in People organisations are more profitable, sustainable and optimistic about the future.


Rachel will talk about how she incorporates these values into her practice on a daily basis. 



SUSAN REID (Te Rarawa), healthy literacy nz

From 1992 to 2015 Susan was the Consulting Manager at Workbase, a not for profit charitable trust. Susan has provided advice on health literacy to the Ministry of Health and has completed a number of projects for the Ministry including co-leading the development of the Guide to Health Literacy Reviews. Susan has worked with Government agencies, District Health Boards, NGOs, and PHOs on diverse projects including research about gout, professional development and resources about Live Kidney Donation.


Following the closure of Workbase at the end of 2015 Susan and her colleague Carla White established Health Literacy NZ.


Health Literacy NZ has developed a health literacy website to raise awareness of health literacy within the health sector and the wider community, and showcase the different health literacy research and projects that have taken place in New Zealand. 



ALLY SHADBOLT - n3 Association Sales Manager

Ally manages the head office relationship of a wide range of associations throughout New Zealand.
Her focus is to make sure association members are maximising their membership benefits and see on-going value of being a part of their association.



Ben Lamb, Board Chair, health & sport central

Ben is one of the clinical directors and head of podiatry at Health & Sport Central (HSC) in Christchurch. His primary focus is around biomechanics, sports injury and orthotic therapy.


Ben is the director of Footmed Orthotics, a commercial orthotics laboratory that manufactures orthotics for podiatrists. He is trained as a podiatric surgeon, affiliated through the Ohio College of Podiatric Surgery.


An area of great interest to Ben is working as the national clinical director of Fit Feet for the Special Olympics. 



Dr. David (Rawiri) Jansen, Medical Director of the Hauora Maori Coalition

David is Ngāti Raukawa and was formerly a resource teacher of Māori studies and language in the Hawkes Bay before he completed his training as a medical practitioner at Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland.


David’s main focus is running clinical teaching, Te Reo and Tikanga Māori programmes for Māori health professionals throughout the country. He is also Chairman of Te Ataarangi Educational Trust. David has also published a phrase book of Māori medical terms which was released in February 2006 as a resource for the Māori health sector.

He is currently a General Practitioner in Central Auckland, and Lecturer at the University of Auckland School of Medicine and Health Sciences. David is also Chairperson of Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa, the Maori Medical Practitioners Association of Aotearoa and a member of Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.
David is currently the Medical Director of the Hauora Maori Coalition and also works as a General Practitioner in Auckland.



Keith rome, Professor at AUT

Keith Rome is currently Professor of Podiatry at AUT University. His research focuses on chronic foot disorders affecting pain, impairment and disability in rheumatic conditions and diabetes and incorporates studies of balance, fall risk factors, effects of rheumatic disease on gait and foot function, and the effects of chronic foot disorders and footwear.



Georgia Wakefield, Executive director of allied Health aotearoa NZ

Georgia is a New Zealand registered dietitian and endorsed prescriber, having completed a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics with First Class Honours and Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition at Massey University.


Georgia gained clinical experience working as a Surgical and Intensive Care Unit Dietitian at Northland DHB. Following this, Georgia moved into a management role for Dietitians NZ, the professional association of registered dietitians and associated nutrition professionals. Georgia now works as the Executive Director of Allied Health Aotearoa New Zealand (AHANZ) and in a clinical capacity, as a private practice dietitian based in Wellington.


In these roles Georgia has gained significant insight into the value of allied health professionals in the health sector and the strength that can be gained from collaboration within the allied health workforce.



caron orelowitz

Caron studied podiatry in Johannesburg, graduating in 1994. She has two postgraduate certificates from the University of South Australia and has completed several paediatric courses. Caron is currently doing a postgraduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise
Medicine through Otago University.


As a solo practitioner in private practice, Caron runs a number of clinics in Auckland and holds PHO diabetes high-risk foot contracts. Caron has a keen interest in paediatrics and sports podiatry. 



penny barrett

Careerforce te toi pūkenga, is about attaining skill and knowledge and we uphold the belief that every person sits at the centre of their own potential.


Penny Barrett is passionate about developing a valued, recognised, competent and qualified workforce. She has been working in the business development team at Careerforce for over two years and has a particular interest in ensuring that all employees in health, disability, aged care, social, home and community services and cleaning sectors have access to qualifications that both recognise and enhance their skills. Furthermore, she knows that a competent and qualified workforce contributes to great business productivity and quality work practices.


Penny has been involved in helping to develop the Careerforce REAL training delivery approach, which improves the trainee’s experience by recognising and respecting their existing skills and competencies.



kim eland

Kim moved to NZ in 1995, having trained and practised for some years as a Registered Nurse, then qualifying and working as a Registered Midwife in the UK. After 4 years working within the NZ health system (NICU, SCBU, renal dialysis, General Practice), she took on a clinical advisory role in ACC’s Medical Misadventure Unit and went on to manage the national team, working with the Department of Labour towards the legislative change to Treatment Injury in 2005.


Kim then piloted ACC’s first programme of provider (GP) audits and found herself following a clinical audit career path for the next few years, before joining the Health Procurement Team in another newly developed role, centred around provider monitoring and performance management. Kim’s current role (Clinical Lead Allied Health) incorporates a number of aspects from those previous roles, but has a stronger strategic focus on working with the sector, raising the profile of allied health and exploring the benefits that can come from a more integrated approach to injury management.  


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