03 928 0080
8 Cambridge St, Richmond, Nelson 7020
The Hemisphere Health Team

About Us

Our Story

Hemisphere Health Ltd is a company established in 2016, based in Richmond, Nelson by Scott and Gemma Newburn (Occupational Physician and Physiotherapist). They both have extensive clinical experience in managing injuries and illnesses in relation to work, focused on returning workers to meaningful participation in work and life.






Occupational Medicine Specialist & Director

Scott Newburn

Scott is an Occupational Medicine Specialist from Christchurch, he completed his medical studies at Otago University. Since then he has worked in both New Zealand and Australia within a wide range of Hospital, Emergency department and industrial contexts. He began his occupational medicine career in West Australia in 2010 working with mining, off shore and heavy industry employers combined with acute care and return to work management for local industries. Scott returned to New Zealand in 2013 to complete his specialist training, recently graduating as a fellow of the Australasian College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Scott is committed to making a positive difference in occupational health, influencing health improvements at company and individual levels. He specialises in Occupational and medical case assessment, management, and rehabilitation.

Physiotherapist & Director

Gemma Newburn

Gemma studied both Physical Education and Physiotherapy at Otago University graduating in 2006. She has more recently completed her Masters in Clinical Physiotherapy and a Post-Grad Certificate in Rehabilitation (Vocational). Gemma is an expert in movement and functional task analysis, working with clients to actively correct postural dysfunction and train efficient body mechanics for work, sport and life. She has extensive experience in return to work management and work specific functional rehabilitation. Gemma has worked in both clinical and occupational settings to assess and train manual handling, also focusing on ergonomic improvements in the workplace and injury prevention programs. Other interests include chronic musculoskeletal pain assessment and management, as well as breathing pattern retraining.

Gemma Newburn is a Registered Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ) member

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Office Manager

Josie Cairney

Josie is a Nelson local. She is a recent graduate of the NMIT Business Administration programme and is continuing her study in Workplace Health and Safety Management. She ensures the Office at Hemisphere Health runs smoothly and maintains our culture of open and clear communication, efficient and reliable systems and maintaining a comfortable environment. She enjoys creating effective and efficient processes.

Workplace Coach/Counsellor

Carina Gwynne

Born in the United Kingdom, Carina has lived and worked in Wellington, Nelson, Melbourne, Sydney and Christchurch; earning a degree in psychology and a degree in counselling; and raising three daughters.

She has worked in government departments, training organisations, merchant banks, computer companies, and temping agencies – and she’s seen up close how disengaged and unhappy employees affect business performance and productivity.

Carina became a Workplace Coach because she could see a need to bridge that gap. By combining innovative coaching techniques with the latest research in psychology she helps people lean into their potential – leading to more engaged, motivated, innovative and higher performing employees.

Her drive is to use the power of coaching to help people do what they do, better; and as a member of the Career Development Association of New Zealand she operates under their professional standards and code of ethics.



Sue Kurokawa

Sue has come to Hemisphere Health after many years working in the pharmacy customer services sector. She moved from Christchurch in 2014 and loves the quality of life Nelson has to offer. She is studying a NZ Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) whilst working at Hemisphere Health and is enjoying being part of such a dedicated, positive and inclusive team. You may see her smiling face at the Reception desk as you arrive at our Richmond premises.



Jem Omlo

Jem, who is originally from the UK and now considers Nelson to be her home, has worked in Administration since 2006. Jem graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Commerce from the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT). In 2017 she graduated with a Diploma in Proofreading and Book Editing from the NZ Institute of Business Studies (NZIBS) which is invaluable for one of her roles as Report Proofreader. Jem loves being part of the Hemisphere Health team, with our family-friendly values and community spirit.

Hemisphere Health

Our Premises

Our building at 8 Cambridge Street was originally built in the 1950’s as a medical centre that many local residents are familiar with. More recently it has had multiple other uses, but has finally found its home with us. It has just had a complete interior refit and renovation to become a modern and elegant rehabilitation clinic, with five consulting rooms and a brand-new meeting/seminar room with full kitchenette and audio-visual facilities. These facilities are available for rent to community groups, businesses, and professionals.