Allied Health

Allied Health refers to a group of qualified health professionals other than doctors and nurses who work directly with clients and closely with other health specialists.

Allied health adds value to patient care in both physical and mental health, through their specialist knowledge and competencies.

Waikato DHB employs more than 20 dietitians, 80 occupational therapists, 70 physiotherapists, 50 psychologists, 90 social workers and 30 therapy assistants.  Although they work within a range of health service teams in hospital and community settings, they report professionally to a group manager Allied Health for Waikato District Health Board.


The core allied health professions include:

Scopes of practice involve client assessment followed by planned intervention and client review in accordance with the specific competencies of each practitioner group.

Key personnel

Barb Garbutt
Director Older Persons Rehabilitation and Allied Health 

Lindsay Pooley
Manager Allied Health

Lesley Thornley
Professional Leader Allied Health


Allied health staff are located in hospital settings and in community-based services throughout the Waikato DHB district.

Please refer to your appointment letter or to the specific service for location and contact information.

Referral information

Please refer to the specific service for referral information.