Welcome to another episode of The Words Matter Podcast.
Today I’m speaking with Professor David Nicholls. David is a Professor in the School of Clinical Sciences at AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand. He is a physiotherapist, lecturer, researcher and writer, with a passion for critical thinking in and around the physical therapies.
David is the founder of the Critical Physiotherapy Network, an organisation that promotes the use of cultural studies, education, history, philosophy, sociology, and a range of other disciplines in the study of the profession’s past, present and future.
His research work focuses on the critical history of physiotherapy and considers how physiotherapy might need to adapt to the changing economy of health care in the 21st century.
He has published more than 35 peer-reviewed articles and 17 book chapters, many as first author. He is also very active on social media, writing more than 650 blogposts for criticalphysio.net in the last five years.
In 2017 he published the book ‘The End of Physiotherapy’ which is a critical history of physiotherapy, and is working on follow-up book called ‘Physiotherapy Othererwise’. He’s also just co-edited a book called ‘Mobilizing Knowledge in Physiotherapy: Critical Reflections on Foundations and Practices’.
His work on the professionalisation and socialisation of physiotherapy and crucially questioning where it’s come from and where It may be going (if going anywhere at all) resonates with my thinking about osteopathy and the social and historical circumstances which shaped its development and maintains its current practice.
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So this was a complete delight taking to David. His analysis of physiotherapy is forensic, yet the entire time he never once forgets the patient, and the front and centre role they deserve to play in both healthcare practice and purpose.
As you’ll notice when listening we wander (wade) thorough a range of related topics for over 90 minutes, and if wasn’t for the 11 hour time difference - with him needing to commence his day, and me needing to end it, we would have gone on.
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