Physio comes home to Levin
Clinic of Joanne Williams who grew up in Manakau
The opening of the new physiotherapy clinic in Levin is a homecoming for the experienced physiotherapist Joanne Williams, who grew up in Manakau.
On gaining qualification in the 1990s she initially worked locally and opened her first clinic in 1996 at a gymnasium complex in Tiro Tiro Rd.
Williams closed that clinic four years later to concentrate on her masters degree in health science, which focused on rehabilitation from injury.
On completing her masters degree, her work took her further afield and for many years she had a clinic to Tauranga and then Wellington
working with large and small business helping with prevention and recovery advice. And supporting injured clients return to work.
In more recent times she had also supported physiotherapy services with organisations like New Zealand Defence Force.
Williams had became interest in occupational health and workplace intervention when technology began to change workplace habits, resulting in an increase in injury due to poor practice.
While helping client in the clinic she realised that time spent improving movement and influencing and improving workplace practices could lessen the likelihood of injury. It provided large and small businesses the chance to look at the ergonomics of workplace systems to improve practices to acheive better health and wellbeing outcomes.
With a lot of primary industry in Levin, Williams had identified a real need for professional advice and a professional approach to the health and wellbeing in the workforce.
Williams was a past chairwoman of the Occupational Health Special Initerest Group of Physiotherapy New Zealand.