Prof. awarded IFOMPT Life Membership

04 Dec, 2020
Professor Duncan Reid

Professor Duncan Reid from the School of Clinical Sciences has been awarded Life Membership by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists Incorporated (IFOMPT), in recognition of his outstanding contribution.

A subgroup of World Physiotherapy, IFOMPT represents groups of Manipulative Physical Therapists around the world who have completed stringent post-registration specialisation programs in the field of neuro-musculoskeletal disorders.

IFOMPT Executive Committee Member and Associate Professor Richard Ellis from the School of Clinical Sciences shared the significance of the award in the IFOMPT member news:

During my career, I have reflected often about how New Zealand physiotherapists 'punch well above their weight' on an international stage. This level of mana is both historic and also present. A perfect demonstration of this prominence is seen with the recent awarding of Life Membership to the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) of Professor Duncan Reid.

IFOMPT is the oldest subgroup of World Physiotherapy (formerly WCPT), representing musculoskeletal physiotherapists and manual therapists globally.

Duncan has made an outstanding contribution to IFOMPT over many years. Prior to becoming an IFOMPT Executive Committee member, Duncan was the New Zealand Member Organisation (MO) delegate for IFOMPT, representing The New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association (NZMPA). He served on the IFOMPT Executive Committee for 12 years, from 2004 to 2016. During this time, he served as Vice-President from 2012 to 2016.

Since standing down from the Executive Committee, Duncan has maintained numerous roles within the wider IFOMPT organisation, including Chair of the Advisory Group for Registered Interest Group Development and the Editor or Manual Therapy Reviews. He continues to be a significant leader and mentor to the many Registered Interest Groups striving for IFOMPT MO status, most notably in the Asia-Pacific region.

This award sees Duncan as one of only two individuals that hold Life Memberships with IFOMPT. NZMPA and PNZ (with Stanley Paris the other, since 2000). It is clear that Duncan's significant contribution to physiotherapy generally, both within New Zealand and on an international stage, is significant. I consider Duncan a friend, colleague and mentor. I was very proud to be present at the recent IFOMPT General Meeting 2020 where this award was bestowed. I'm sure all PNZ members will join with me to congratulate Duncan on this very special award.

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