Physiotherapy provides services to individuals and populations to develop, maintain, restore and optimise health and function throughout the lifespan. This includes providing services to people compromised by ageing, injury, disease or environmental factors.
Physiotherapy identifies and maximises quality of life and movement potential by using the principles of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation and rehabilitation. This includes physical, psychological, emotional, and social well being.
Physiotherapists are registered health practitioners who are educated to practise autonomously by applying scientific knowledge and clinical reasoning to assess, diagnose and manage human function.
The practice of physiotherapy is not confined to clinical practice, and encompasses all roles that a physiotherapist may assume such as patient/client care, health management, research, policy making, educating and consulting, wherever there may be an issue of public health and safety.

Inpatient services 

The Physiotherapy team work with inpatients and are referred for physiotherapy by the nursing or medical staff.  These patients will be assessed and treated on the hospital ward.

Outpatient services

The Physiotherapy team work with patients who are able to attend hospital for treatment.  A referral from your GP or other health professional may be  required to access these services. Where the injury is the result of an accident, self referral is accepted.

Community Physiotherapists

The Physiotherapy team visit the clients in their own homes and provide equipment, exercise  and treatment as required across the district.
For more information on physiotherapy visit NZ society of Physiotherapists or The Physiotherapy Board of NZ

Cancer (Oncology) and Haematology Service

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board's Cancer (Oncology) outpatient service has clinics at both Tauranga and Whakatāne Hospitals.  The Service also provides a Haematology Service 

Oncology is the medical term for cancer treatment.  Haematology is the medicine speciality for disorders of the blood, and these disorders are not necessarily cancerous.

Services available in the Bay of Plenty

The Bay of Plenty team consists of specialist doctors in Oncology and Haematology, Registered Nurses experienced in Chemotherapy and Haematology treatments, with support from social workers for help with transport, financial and social issues;  Waipuna Hospice for palliative care;  the Cancer Society for information and support; district nurses for at home or other in-the-community care; radiology and laboratory services.

The services provided at the two hospitals are chemotherapy treatment, other intravenous medical treatments, and outpatient clinics for the medical Oncologist, Haematologist and a radiation Oncologist.

  • The Tauranga Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 4.00pm.
    Contact phone 07 579 8153.
  • The Whakatāne Centre is open Tuesday to Thursday from 8.00am to 3.00pm. 
    Contact phone 07 306 0859.


Other Links:

The New Zealand Cancer Society
Ministry of Health
Starship Hospital


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Last updated: February 22, 2016