Dr Scott and Gemma Newburn (Occupational Physician and Physiotherapist) returned to New Zealand after five years working in Australia, settling in Central Otago and immediately seeing vastly different H&S cultures.
“We saw employers struggling to navigate the systems and serious workplace injuries that were poorly managed and potentially preventable. These harsh realities shocked and inspired us to get out of the clinic and into the workplace where we could affect real change.
We took the plunge with a move to Nelson, investing in and remodelling an old medical centre building in Richmond, opening Hemisphere Health and having our second baby all in the first few months of 2017!
We love New Zealand’s hard-working culture but there are some downsides to our ‘she’ll be right’ attitude that results in some of the worst workplace health and injury statistics in the world. We have worked hard to recruit a great team of like-minded health professionals building the foundations of a fresh approach to workplace health.
We are passionate about creating a future where our children can go to work and come home safely and enjoy the benefits of working for a company who truly understands and supports workers’ health and well-being.”
Scott is an Occupational Medicine Specialist from Christchurch, and completed his medical studies at Otago University. 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 land-based industries. Scott returned to New Zealand in 2013 to complete his specialist training, graduating as a fellow of the Australasian College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in 2016 (FAFOEM).
Scott is committed to making a positive difference in our local community, influencing health improvements at company and individual levels with his expert people skills and real-world approach to medicine.
Gemma studied both Physical Education and Physiotherapy at Otago University graduating in 2006. More recently completing her Masters in Clinical Physiotherapy (Curtin University) and a Post-Grad Certificate in Vocational Rehabilitation (AUT).
Gemma is an expert in human movement, musculoskeletal dysfunction and injury rehabilitation, working with a practical approach to optimise work task efficiency, problem solving with clients and companies.
She has extensive experience in both clinical and occupational settings, return to work management, injury prevention and manual handling training. Gemma enjoys working across a variety of industries from office based computer set ups, retail, horticulture, heavy machinery and manufacturing ergonomics.
Gemma Newburn is a Registered Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ) member
Josie is a Nelson/Tasman local, hailing originally from Motueka. She holds a Diploma of Workplace Health and Safety Management and is a graduate of the NMIT Business Administration programme.
Josie is passionate about workplace health & safety and enjoys working alongside companies to solve health, wellbeing, injury and culture problems using creative solutions. She values relationship management as being paramount for success and applies her excellent interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with people from all levels and backgrounds.
Josie is NZQA certified to undertake workplace and pre employment drug screening
We are excited to announce the arrival of Sohail to our team at Hemisphere Health. Dr Asghar has extensive experience as an Occupational Medicine Specialist internationally. He studied his specialty in Ireland, recently being invited to become a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Ireland in Occupational Medicine.
Sohail has specific expertise in causation assessment, safe return to work/fitness for work guidance and an interest in managing mental health in the workplace. He is settling in to the Nelson way of life and is happy to be part of a great team.
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.
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 enjoys using her skills to maintain best practice office management processes.
Jem loves being part of the Hemisphere Health team, with our family-friendly values and community spirit.
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.