Rebecca Washbourn

Physiotherapist – Occupational Health
On the Go Physio
Canterbury Region


I have been involved in how people move for over 30 years, both as a physio working in rehabilitation, and training therapists and staff with safe movements. It is an indictment on healthcare that patients and staff have a high rate of injuries with patients handling and we can do so much better!

I am passionate and enthusiastic to help all levels of healthcare workers complete their work in safe, competent and confident movements using equipment and resources appropriately.

A focus on treating people with dignity and respect is key. I enjoy challenging staff to consider their own role in safe handling; teach body mechanics as experiential learning, and to translate good self-care alongside clinical decisions into safe techniques for patients and staff alike.

I have 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.

I have been involved in nationwide roll out of manual handling policies and implementation of training programmes. I teach and support both ‘on the floor’ staff, therapists and upskill your own staff to be champions and move your journey forward.

If you are motivated to influence safe practice for your staff and patients, then get in touch.

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

Postal address

PO box 33004
Linwood Village
Christchurch 8011

Street address

On the Go Physio
47 Whiteleigh Ave
Christchurch 8024