As part of Habit Group, Southern Rehab leads the way in interdisciplinary rehabilitation (or rehab). That means our team of skilled clinicians all work together to help you get on with your life.
We have locations across the South Island and this network and affiliated partners means we can offer the same level of service, expertise and personalised programmes to clients across the entire South Island.
Our main branches are located in Christchurch, Dunedin, Balclutha, Ashburton, Timaru, Cromwell and Nelson, and our network of affiliated partners are found throughout the South Island. We hold major contracts with ACC and the Ministry of Health.
We employ over 100 highly qualified clinical experts and skilled administrators who are passionate about helping you get back to life.
How we do it
At Southern Rehab we will put together a complete plan that gives you the best chance of moving forward. This might include:
- Pain management – learning how to stop pain from stopping you.
- Vocational rehabilitation – helping you to return to work and independence, in a timely, safe and sustainable way.
- Training for independence – helping you learn new skills so you can make the most of every day.
- Psychological services – working with how you think and feel about your condition, so you can take control.
- Concussion clinics – assessing how concussion has affected you and what will help you recover.
- Neuropsychological assessment – uncovering how a brain injury has affected your ability to think.
What you can expect
We treat you as an individual, and work with you to make the most of every day.
Southern Rehab clinicians and administrators work as a team to help you move towards where you want to be.
The medical part of the team assesses your health and any underlying condition, reviews medication, and advises your GP and other specialists about what they think could be helpful.
Our occupational therapists and physiotherapists help you to improve function in the different areas of your life. Our psychologists teach you how to cope more effectively with life issues, and how to improve your performance. Southern Rehab vocational consultants work with you to help return to a job that is suitable.
From time to time, Southern Rehab also hosts physiotherapy and occupational therapy students, so they can learn how rehabilitation is successfully delivered in an interdisciplinary setting.
Leadership and Support Services Teams
As part of Habit Group, we have a diverse leadership team who are dedicated to leading the business and supporting a strong culture, ensuring our clients receive the full benefit of our integrated rehabilitation and health services. Our leadership team have broad experience from their professional backgrounds, and together with senior management across Habit Group, use their combined skills and knowledge to enable the organisation’s strategic goals and vision to come to fruition.
Mark ShirleyExecutive - Clinical Innovation, Physiotherapist
Mark completed his training at Otago University, School of Physiotherapy in 2000, and has worked in neuromuscular rehabilitation since this time. He has a clinical interest that focusses on recovery from spinal cord and brain injury. He completed his Masters of Rehabilitation in 2012 at AUT. As part of the Habit Group leadership team, Mark is Executive - Clinical Innovation, Physiotherapist and is responsible for the overall success of Southern Rehab; Habit Group's South Island services.
Kurt ThomasPhysiotherapist, Regional Manager Otago
Kurt graduated from Otago University in 2003 and has been working in Occupational Health Physiotherapy in NZ and Australia since. He completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Ergonomics via Massey University. He coordinates return-to-work programmes, pre-employment screens, and injury prevention and ergonomics consulting in workplaces.
Jane HansfordRegional Manager Canterbury
Since graduation in 1998 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Jane has worked in NZ and the UK. Her focus has been in Neuro Rehab in hospital, community and residential services. Jane has held leadership roles while also spending three years working at NZ’s largest DHB developing and implementing case management systems. Jane leads the Canterbury team for Habit Group.
Janine KilmartinContracts Manager
Janine trained and worked as a Radiographer before shifting her focus. At ACC Janine managed the Vocational Rehab Contract across all suppliers in New Zealand. She has a wealth of experience in health procurement and relationship and contract management and utilises this for her Contracts Manager role. Janine is also Service Lead for the Stay at Work service.
Becky WilsonService Lead for Training for Independence and Clinical Lead MAP
Becky is a physiotherapist and works full time in the community. Her main caseload is neuro-rehabilitation, where she works with children and adults to assist them to meet the goals that they set. Becky also delivers rehabilitation to clients in residential facilities in Dunedin. Becky graduated in the 2004 with a degree in Physiotherapy and has been working with our team since 2014.
Erin DavisService Lead Seating and Wheelchair Assessment Services
Erin is an Occupational Therapist and leads our seating and wheelchair team. She uses a problem-solving approach to get the best outcome for the individuals she works with. Erin graduated from the Otago Polytechnic school of Occupational Therapy in 1998 and joined our team in 2007 following three and a half years working at the Spinal Unit at Burwood Hospital.
Josie ToppAdministration Team Leader
Josie joined Southern Rehab in May 2015. With nearly 15 years’ administration experience, Josie leads the Admin team in Canterbury and always does her utmost to get the job done.
Dr John MacVicarFounding Director
John qualified with his medical degree from the University of Glasgow in 1977, and later gained further qualifications in obstetrics, musculoskeletal medicine, and pain medicine. He has worked as a hospital doctor, GP, and – since 2000 – as a musculoskeletal pain specialist. John is the Founding Director of Southern Rehab. He works clinically as a member of the pain management team and concussion service. John has authored numerous papers on his area of expertise.
Helen MacdonaldService Lead for Physiotherapy
Helen joined the practice in 1997, became a business partner in 2007, and in August 2014 became sole Director. Helen managed Southern Rehab in Nelson until 2018 and is now the Service Lead for Physiotherapy across the South Island for Habit Group. Helen loves being part of a dynamic team of medical professionals. Helen completed a Masters degree through Otago University and has attained the acclaimed McKenzie Institute International Diploma. Encouraging a philosophy of ‘exercise for life’, Helen walks, cycles, and mountain bikes in the stunning Nelson environs.
Mark OttleyService Lead for Pain and Psychological Services
Mark Ottley is a senior clinical psychologist and the Service Lead for Pain and Psychological Services. He is a member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists and the New Zealand Pain Society. He works with general adult mental health issues and specialises in chronic pain, disability, compassion, values, and complex personality assessment.
Susan JacksonService Lead for Housing Seating and Needs Assessments
Susan is an Occupational Therapist and works in the community, providing assessment and rehabilitation of individuals post-injury. She completes housing, seating, and needs assessments. Susan works closely with the physiotherapists and clients, organising safe and sustainable return-to-work programmes.
Gareth Sven CorderService Lead Social Rehab & Occupational Therapist
Gareth completed his Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Otago Polytechnic in 2013 and has worked in mental health, vocational rehabilitation, social rehabilitation and within the District Health Board (DHB). He is Regional Clinical Lead for Social Rehabilitation with a special interest in Housing Modifications. A soon-to-be father, Gareth is passionate about making a difference in lives that need it most.
Bridget CoxFinance Administrator
Bridget joined Southern Rehab in 2017 and works in our Finance team bringing 25 years’ experience from across various industries. She has a high attention to detail and has an eye for improving and implementing processes.
Laurence GayFinance Administrator
Laurence is originally from France and settled in NZ 15 years ago. She has worked in Germany, Australia, the UK and NZ in various positions from export administration to project administration and has organically grown into finance roles over the last 10 years.
Sarah RitchieRegional Manager, Occupational Therapist
Since graduating as an occupational therapist in 2000, Sarah has worked in a variety of public and private organisations in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK, specialising in injury management. Her passion now is quality management. Sarah develops and implements programmes to ensure excellence in rehabilitation services across Habit Group.
Cathy BurtExecutive Assistant
Cathy is the Executive Assistant to the Support Services team. She has over 30 years’ experience working in administration roles for companies in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.
Vanessa DuffyFinancial Administrator
Vanessa has been an office administrator for 19 years, with the last four being in the health rehabilitation industry. Vanessa studied office technology, accounting, business communication, and computing at CPIT. She has worked in the UK and Australia as well as Christchurch.
Wendy ChamberlainFinance Administrator
Wendy joined Southern Rehab in March 2015 initially as the Referrals Administrator. Wendy's primary role now is with the Finance team.
Caitlin is one of our administrators. She is a vital member of the team and assists with ensuring quality delivery of our vocational services as part of Habit Group.
Marian Quartey-AbuSRL Administrator
Marian has a BA in Sociology and an MBA in Marketing from Bangor University (North Wales UK). Moving to NZ in 2011, she brings experience from working in diverse fields in NZ and an eye for detail in Quality Assurance. She ensures quality delivery of the Psychological and Concussion Contracts as part of Habit Group.
Caren ThyneSRL Administrator
Caren joined the Admin team at Southern Rehab in May 2019 bringing over 20yrs administration experience in the Health Industry. Caren provides high-quality administration services to support the Social Rehab and Pain Management teams.