Following an invitation from Tim Webster a few months ago, WRIGHT Foundation CIC is delivering two ‘Exercise as Medicine’ courses in New Zealand (Auckland and Christchurch) in March 2019.
Tim and his wife Kris Tynan built the Bodylife Conference and magazine in the UK twenty years ago and, having moved to New Zealand (a.k.a. Godzone) in 2004, they now specialise in working with people living with long-term conditions, under the Exercise as Medicine NZ brand.
Back in the UK last year to take the WRIGHT Foundation CIC’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase IV course, Tim approached WRIGHT Foundation to gauge interest in bringing our expertise to New Zealand.
“This was the first WRIGHT Foundation course I had taken, and I have to say I was seriously impressed. Good content, expertly delivered,” he says.
“The field of exercise as medicine is beginning to open up in New Zealand and this presents exercise professionals there with a golden opportunity to step up and take their place in the healthcare continuum. In order for that to happen, we need to upskill ourselves, and that’s what this course is all about,” he adds.
New Zealand may be a small country – 4.5 million people in a land mass slightly bigger than the UK- but Kiwis tend to punch above their weight when it comes to sport, and the health and fitness industry is no exception. According to Tim, New Zealand’s exercise professionals are “right up there” in terms of their skills and knowledge.
So, what can the WRIGHT Foundation’s Principal Lecturer, Gavin Loze, expect when he arrives in New Zealand?
“Hopefully Gavin will have time to experience some of New Zealand’s signature features – great coffee, world class wine, running rugby and stunning scenery while he’s here,” says Tim, “And in between he’ll find a group of eager exercise professionals who are keen to learn.”
Lorraine Nicholson, Training Director at WRIGHT Foundation CIC, sees this as a very exiting development. “We are exporting our expertise to training exercise professionals all over the world. We very much look forward to working with Tim Webster. The course is based on our very popular and highly-recognised Level 3 Diploma in GP Exercise Referral course, and adapted for New Zealand’s legislation and regulation. It is also recognised by REPs NZ and will earn students 20 CPD points.”
The courses, titled “Exercise as Medicine” are taking place on 04-08 March 2019 in Auckland and 11-15 March 2019 in Christchurch .
For more information on this course, and the training provided by WRIGHT Foundation CIC to exercise, fitness and health professionals at Level 3 and Level 4, please contact Lorraine Nicholson on 01307 469055.