Philippa graduated with a Diploma of Physiotherapy in 1976 and for the next 10 years gained a wide range of clinical experience in hospitals and in private practices in New Zealand and overseas. In 1986 she established her Wellington-based occupational health consultancy, focusing on the assessment and management of work-related musculoskeletal conditions, hazard identification, and safe work practices.
Philippa completed a Diploma of Occupational Health Practice (University of Otago) in 1990, a Diploma of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (McKenzie Institute) in 1994, and a Post-graduate Diploma of Ergonomics (Massey University) in 2006. She is a foundation member of the New Zealand Ergonomics Society, a member of Physiotherapy New Zealand, a member of Physiotherapy New Zealand’s Occupational Health Physiotherapy Group, and a member of the New Zealand Pain Society. She has regularly presented papers at a number of conferences and seminars, and has been a member of various government health & safety committees.
When not at work, Philippa enjoys a number of outdoor activities. These include tramping, tennis, skiing, running, cycling, and swimming.
Philippa is a council member on the Girls’ Friendly Society, a charitable trust that provides scholarships for young women in need, predominantly for tertiary study.