Waikato District Health Board and Bupa NZ have announced the appointment of Dr John Parsons to the role of Bupa NZ Research Fellow (Allied Health) at Waikato DHB.
The Fellow is a three year appointment based within the DHB’s Older Persons & Rehabilitation services. Dr Parsons will be responsible for initiating leading edge research programmes that support the advancement of care delivery for both Bupa Care Services NZ (Bupa) and the Waikato DHB services for older people and rehabilitation.
This position will strengthen the collaboration between Bupa NZ and Waikato DHB in developing ‘state of the art’ services for adults who need assessment, treatment and rehabilitation, helping them in the right place, at the right time and with the right people.
Dr Parsons is a physiotherapist and an experienced researcher who has been at the cutting edge of academic, professional and clinical excellence relating to rehabilitation for a number of years.
He has been the Clinical Lead (Rehabilitation) within the Institute of Healthy Ageing (IHA) since 2011 and a senior lecturer at the School of Nursing, the University of Auckland since 2009. In addition he has been Director of Post Graduate Studies within the School of Nursing since 2012. Before starting his PhD in 2006 he was Allied Health Team Leader at Waitamata DHB.
His work at the University of Auckland has focused on developing a broader theoretical focus in gerontology and rehabilitation. He has active research links with UK, US, Canada, Japan, Korea and India and is committed to the translation of research into clinical practice.
A particular area of his research and clinical expertise relates to person-centred goal facilitation as a core component of effective rehabilitation for older people and those with complex conditions in the community and within inpatient care. Dr Parsons is committed to supporting research in rehabilitation and allied health within Waikato DHB and Bupa NZ and in facilitating post graduate study and other educational opportunities for clinicians.
He will start in his new role on 28 November 2016, but will maintain his commitments to the University of Auckland part time.