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Meet the team: QE Health Physiotherapist, Erin BarclayMedical Advisory Board appointment: Te Whatarangi Dixon New equipment: DEXA Scanner

Meet the team: QE Health Physiotherapist, Erin Barclay

Erin Barclay has more than 25 years’ experience working as a physio and carries with her a wealth of knowledge and experience to help our clients at QE Health to recover and thrive.


She is one of five dedicated physios at QE Health who help clients with a broad range of treatments. In this update, we chat to her about the amazing service people can expect to receive at QE Health.


What sets QE Health’s physio offering apart?
At QE Health we take a fully holistic and integrated approach. Because we have a range of services and experts at our fingertips, we can tailor our approach to suit the needs of each individual client. At QE, clients have access to a range of health professionals all under one roof – from psychologists, occupational therapists, dieticians, to rheumatologists, orthotist and psychologist. Our set up is incredibly unique, in fact we are the only facility of its kind in New Zealand that can offer such a comprehensive range of services to our varied client database.


What are some of the other services QE offers that people may not know about?
We are proud to offer several supplementary services that our clients can take advantage to support their physio treatments including acupuncture, Pilates, massage, hydrotherapy pools and of course, our gym which is staffed with qualified and experienced instructors all in an environment that is non-threatening, friendly, and calm.


What is your approach to physio at QE Health?
We are a multi-disciplinary team which means we all have our area of expertise to draw on. We also have several experts we consult with to get the best outcomes for our clients.


What type of clients do you treat?
We welcome everyone here at QE! From clients who have injured themselves and are seeing us privately or through ACC, to looking after clients with long term, complex conditions. We treat clients who suffer from chronic pain, rheumatology outpatients (both adults and children) and provide rehabilitation services for those who have long term disability or neurological conditions. We also offer community rehabilitation for people aged over 65 and run a ‘Recharge’ programme which is DHB funded or can be accessed privately. This is three-week programme for people suffering the effects of long-term health conditions.

Medical Advisory Board appointment: Te Whatarangi Dixon

Guillain–Barré Syndrome (GBS) is a rapidly evolving disease characterised by muscle weakness, ranging from mild to severe and occasionally leading to complete paralysis. GBS is a treatable disease, and the outcome is usually good even for those with severe weakness with about 70 percent of clients recovering full strength.


Diagnosed with the disease in 2014, and then in a very rare occurrence, again in 2019, Te Whatarangi was inspired to become a physio following his own treatment journey with GBS. Hailing from Te Teko, a small town in the eastern Bay of Plenty and growing up in Tauranga, Te Whatarangi (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Manawa, Ngāti Raukawa ki Te Kaokaoroa-o-Pātetere) has made a huge impact on those receiving treatment from him and those who look to him for inspiration following a GBS diagnosis.


“Always the optimist, my recoveries led me on a journey of self-discovery where I am now proud to call myself a physiotherapist. My journey has been challenging yet unique, and I wish to share my story with the world in the hope others feel inspired to shine their own light.”


The GBS Medical Advisory Board provides advice and support for people and their families who suffer from the disease as well as undertaking research of the autoimmune disease.


Te Whatarangi’s appointment to the Board will see his personal insights and cultural background help get more Māori involved with research into GBS.


For more information on GBS and the Advisory Board, click here.

New equipment: DEXA Scanner

We are excited to announce that we now have a brand new DEXA scanner available for your use at QE Health!

The new machine, which measures bone density and replaces our previous machine, which was owned in partnership with TRG Imaging. We are grateful to TRG for the 25-year partnership which has helped to prevent hundreds and thousands of fractures.


What does a DEXA scan tell you?
A bone density (DEXA) scan is a type of low-dose x-ray test that measures calcium content in bones. The measurement helps assess bone density, which enables clients to reduce the risk of fractures. It’s usually performed at the lumbar spine, hip, and wrist level - the three main areas of fragility fractures.

Fun fact: We can also use this machine to measure other things such as body fat percentage – book your appointment to talk to one of our clinicians to discuss your options. (this service will be available from July 21)


Who and how can I get a DEXA scan?
Anyone can have a DEXA scan – some scans are funded by the DHB or ACC (eligibility criteria applies) or you can access it privately. Since April this year, QE Health has taken over the screening of osteoporosis in the Lakes DHB area, which means you may be eligible for a funded scan if you have had a non-traumatic fracture in the past two years. Speak with your GP who can refer you directly to us for this service if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Alternatively, a hospital specialist may refer you for a DEXA scan if you have a long term condition with a predisposition to develop osteoporosis - think of it as a preventative measure. You can check out whether you may need a scan at www.knowyourbones.org.au.