My name is Denis Kelly and I live in Invercargill, one of the three main cities in the South Island of New Zealand. I have a private physiotherapy practice in Winton, Southland a short distance from Invercargill. I was born and raised in New Zealand. I trained in Physiotherapy in Manchester UK, graduating in 1992. After some time working in the UK I moved back to New Zealand and started in private practice in 1996. I am married to Mary and we have three children, two boys at University and one daughter in her last year at secondary school. From 2001 through to 2011 I worked on the New Zealand Private Physiotherapy Association executive committee. I was Chairman from 2008 through to 2010 I am currently on the Physiotherapy New Zealand National Executive.
The IPPTA stated focus from Québec in 2012 includes:
• Private practitioner business education
• Benchmarking for member organisations
• Sharing of information to member organisations
I would like to use my experience in private physiotherapy business management and education to further the goals of the IPPTA. I believe the high standard of the delivery of physiotherapy services begins with sound business practice. For a private practice to run efficiently and well, business owners need to have the tools to be able to deliver a good business model and ultimately the high standard of physiotherapy cover.The data collection project which is currently underway is a good example of benchmarking and sharing information for member organisations. It is clear that this is a valuable piece of work which will benefit all the member organisations of the IPPTA. My experience with Private Physiotherapy business education within New Zealand is a valuable skill for me which I believe is transferable into the international arena for our member organisations. As part of my role as Private Physiotherapy Association chairman I had a strong interest in the sharing of information amongst our members within New Zealand. I believe that this skill is also transferable to the international stage. One of my overall goals is to promote the standing of physiotherapist in the workplace and develop a pathway whereby all stakeholders are educated in and understand the huge potential of physiotherapy for national and international health care. I would like to bring to IPPTA some of these values which I consider are vital not only for individual country members but across the physiotherapy community internationally. I am excited by the progress of the database project that IPPTA has initiated and developed and I can see huge potential for expanding and developing this project.
I look forward to the opportunity of working with like-minded individuals for the benefit of physiotherapy private practices internationally.