Kate Waterworth

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Physiotherapy Clinical Programme Leader, Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 5326

Email: kate.waterworth@aut.ac.nz

Postal Address:
Department of Physiotherapy, A-10
School of Clinical Sciences
Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences
AUT University, Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142, New Zealand


Master of Arts (Childhood and Youth Studies), University of Otago
Postgraduate Diploma in Child Advocacy, University of Otago
Bachelor of Physiotherapy, University of Otago

Memberships and Affiliations:

PHD Student (Rethinking autonomy for disabled children in Aotearoa/ NZ: A poststructural approach), AUT University: Supervisors A/P Dave Nicholls (AUT), P Lisette Burrows (Otago), Dr Michael Gaffney (Otago)
Affiliated to AUT Centre for Person Centred Research https://cpcr.aut.ac.nz/
Member Critical Physiotherapy Network https://criticalphysio.net/
Full Registration with Physiotherapy Board of NZ and Current Annual Practicing Certificate


Kate has worked as a physiotherapist for children in the community for a number of years in West Auckland and Rotorua. She has a particular interest in issues relating to social justice,  inclusion,  human rights and social policy. At AUT has supported physiotherapy students in the Akoranga Integrated Health clinic as they learn, develop and reflect on their practice of physiotherapy. She has lectured on papers including Therapeutic Touch in Physiotherapy Practice, Rehabilitation and Participation and Practice of Physiotherapy I, II and III. In her current role she oversees all clinical placement experiences for undergraduate physiotherapy students. Kate is involved in research using qualitative and post-qualitative methodologies on themes connected to rethinking rehabilitation and disability.


Anderson, P., & Waterworth, K. (2010). Children and their Wellbeing: The right to health in New Zealand.  Supporting Paper for ACYA 2010 report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Auckland: ACYA Incorporated.
Attucci, C., Gupta, P., Sharma, G., & Waterworth, K. (2009). Fostering Synergy between Health and ICDS for Advancing Child Survival and Development. Delhi: UNICEF.


“How Physio is for Me!” Children who experience disability talk about their civil participation rights in physiotherapy.  (MA thesis supervised by Dr Nicola Taylor and Dr Michael Gaffney). Presentations to:
-           Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine 5th Biennial Conference, March 2010.
-          New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference, March 2011
-          National Telepaeds Network via Starship Hospital, July 2011