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HAND THERAPY

We have Whangarei's only specialised Hand Therapy Clinic providing treatment for hand and wrist injuries. We provide customised splinting and braces as required. Currently ACC Hand Therapy Treatment is funded under a separate Hand Therapy Contract. There is no client surcharge for ACC Hand treatments.

(A charge will apply for materials required that are outside the Hand Therapy Contract.)


Jane Sweeney (Senior Hand Therapist)
Reg. Hand Therapist, MNZAHT

Jane is our senior hand therapist and also works as Senior Therapist at Whangarei Hospital. Jane provides comprehensive assessments and treatment of all hand therapy conditions and custom makes any splinting required. Currently ACC Hand therapy treatments are fully funded under a separate hand therapy contract. Some material charges may apply.

Julie Taylor Senior Manipulative Therapist, Reg. Hand Therapist, MNZSP, BHSc Physio, PGDip Musculo and MHPrac with distinction.

Julie has recently completed her Clinical Masters majoring in Hand and Upper Limb therapy. Julie is also one of our senior therapists with 16 years’ experience. She graduated as top student in 2010 for her post graduate Diploma in musculoskeletal therapy. Julie, an exceptional therapist has passed her 2013 studies with distinction. Julie will provide you with expert management of your condition.

Rachel Atkinson
Dip Physio, Registered Hand Therapist (HTNZ)

Rachel grew up in Whangarei and returned to work at Whangarei hospital for a brief time after graduating with a diploma of Physiotherapy from ATI in 1987. Rachel spent her early career in DHB-based orthopaedics both in New Zealand and England. Rachel’s Hand Therapy specialisation commenced at Middlemore hospital in 1992, and she was one of the first NZ Hand Therapists to gain registration in 2001. She has worked in a voluntary role as secretary and newsletter editor for Hand Therapy New Zealand.

Rachel is passionate about hand therapy with a keen interest in acute care. She particularly enjoys the art and problem solving required for custom splint making, having spent 2 years in an educator role running splinting workshops.

Rachel set up her successful hand therapy private practice, Moving Hands in Drury in 2005. She sold this in 2018 for a change of lifestyle, moving back to her home town now her family has grown up.

Outside of work Rachel enjoys pilates, tramping, travel and walking her dog.

It is the policy of Whangarei Physiotherapy Services to at all times observe the Health and Information and Privacy Code and to observe client rights, see display at reception for more information. Clients may at any time have a chaperone and/or interpreter present if you so desire. For suggestions and complaints about our service please see our complaints procedure on display in reception.