Rebecca Washbourn

Physiotherapist – Occupational Health
On the Go Physio
Canterbury Region


Rebecca has a background in rehabilitation services, managing patients, teams and organisations in New Zealand and the Pacific.  She is passionate about implementing strategies and processes that support staff and clinicians to make safe and clinically appropriate decisions related to patient handling.
On the Go Physio has a philosophy of considering a systems-based approach to staff and patient safety, recognising that policies, environment, equipment and training are all vital aspects of safe practice for staff and patients alike. 
Facilities that are motivated to influence safe practice for staff and patients benefit from processes that support clinical reasoning and risk assessment as a basis for safe patient handling.  
Rebecca has experience with facilities of different sizes and approaches to enable them to develop processes and education packages that meet their individual needs.  She has worked with tertiary institutions, community healthcare workers, DHB inpatient and surgical staff, independent and nationwide aged care facilities.
Rebecca is skilled at challenging staff to consider their own role in safe handling; teaching body mechanics as experiential learning, translating good self-care alongside clinical decisions into safe techniques for patients and staff alike.
Education packages are aligned with Careerforce unit standards, and assessment of participants can be arranged through On the Go Physio on request.  

HASANZ Registered
  • Physiotherapy New Zealand - (Occupational Health Physiotherapy Group)
  • MHANZ - manual handling association (NZ) committee member
    PNZ - Physiotherapy New Zealand - Canterbury Branch Chairperson
    Occupational Health Special Interest Group member
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Otago)
    Post-Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation (Otago)
    Masters of Health Science (Otago)
My Skills and Experience

Postal address

PO box 33004
Linwood Village
Christchurch 8011

Street address

On the Go Physio
115 England Street
Christchurch 8011