Derek Timmins – President
Jane Scoular – Registrar
Susan Kohut – IAAPT Representative
Michelle Hall – Education Officer
Jillian McDowell – Research Officer
MNZSP, Dip. Phys., Reg. Physio Acup., Post Grad. Cert. Sports Med., Dip. M.T., Cred. M.D.T., Cred. Mulligan Concept, MNZCP (Acupuncture), MNZCP (Manipulation), M Phty, MCTA
Jillian is a New Zealand trained physiotherapist in private practice with 30 years’ experience. She has taught acupuncture for 25 years and more recently, for 10 years as a Mulligan Concept teacher both nationally and internationally. Formerly tagged for both Manipulative Therapy and Acupuncture by the NZ College of Physiotherapy, she completed a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy in 2007. As a co-director of a private physiotherapy practice she works primarily as a full time clinician, in addition to teaching. She is the current President and Research Officer on the executive of the Physiotherapy Acupuncture Association of New Zealand, works as an auditor for the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand and a consultant for the Health and Disability Commissioner of New Zealand. Jillian is also the current International Chair of the MCTA. She has 8 journal publications and has contributed to two editions of Mulligan Concept techniques textbook, including the annotation section. Her areas of interest are adverse reactions, western acupuncture neurophysiological clinical reasoning, and treatment of the sacroiliac joint/pelvis and headaches.
McDowell JM, Johnson GD, Hale L. Measuring practitioner opinion on adverse reactions to acupuncture. Australian Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine 2011;6(2):28-35.
McDowell JM, Johnson GM, Bradnam LV. Towards a neurophysiological mechanisms-based classification of adverse reactions to acupuncture. Physical Therapy Reviews 2011;16(2):118-125.
McDowell JM, Johnson GM, Hale L. Adverse reactions to acupuncture: policy recommendations based on practitioner opinion in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy. 2013;41:94-101.
McDowell JM, Johnson GM, Hetherington BH. Mulligan Concept manual therapy: standardizing annotation. Manual Therapy. 2014;19:499-503
McDowell JM, Johnson GM. Acupuncture needling styles and associated adverse reactions to acupuncture. Medical Acupuncture. 2014; 26(5):271-278 1.
Contributor to textbook: Hing W, Hall T, Rivett, D, Vicenzino, Mulligan B. (Ed) The Mulligan Concept of manual therapy: textbook of techniques. Sydney: Elsevier; 2015
McDowell, JM, Kohut, SH, Johnson, GM. Trigger point acupuncture (dry needling) and associated fecal incontinence in multiple sclerosis: a case report. Medical Acupuncture. 2015. DOI 10.1089/acu.2015.1102
McDowell JM, Johnson GM (2016) Adverse Reactions to Acupuncture: The New Zealand Scene. Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies. Abstract iSAMS Conference paper
McDowell, J. & Sole G. (2016) Defining Professional Supportive and Evaluative Relationships: A Physiotherapy New Zealand Perspective, Wellington: Physiotherapy New Zealand
McDowell JM, Sole G. (2016) Professional Relationship Record template. Wellington: Physiotherapy New Zealand
McDowell JM, Sole G. (2016) Professional Relationship Contract. Wellington: Physiotherapy New Zealand
McDowell JM, Sole G. (2017) Peer review information and guidance. Wellington: Physiotherapy New Zealand
McDowell JM, Sole G. (2017) Peer review patient consent form. Wellington: Physiotherapy New Zealand
McDowell JM, Sole G. (2017) Peer review template. Wellington: Physiotherapy New Zealand
Contributor to textbook: Hing W, Hall T, Rivett, D, Vicenzino, Mulligan B. (Ed) The Mulligan Concept of manual therapy: textbook of techniques (2nd Ed). Sydney: Elsevier; 2018
McDowell, J.M., S.H. Kohut, and D. Betts, Safe acupuncture and dry needling during pregnancy: New Zealand physiotherapists’ opinion and practice. J Integr Med, 2019. 17(1): p. 30-37.
MHSc (First Class Hons), PG Dip (Acupuncture), Dip. Phys., Reg. Physio Acup., MPNZ, MNZCP.
Susan has been practicing physiotherapy for many years and acupuncture since 1991. She originally trained under George Lewith in Southampton, U.K. and in 2002 completed the PG Certificate in Western Acupuncture.
She has held many roles on the PAANZ Executive including President and Education Officer, she is the PAANZ International Acupuncture Association of Physical Therapy (IAAPT) representative, this is the acupuncture sub-group of World Physiotherapy. She has held the position of IAAPT secretary since 2015.
She has taught Western medical acupuncture, at AUT, to health professionals for over 10 years. This focuses on clinical reasoning based upon neuroscience models. It focuses on acupuncture’s ability to influence inflammation and healing, enhance pain mechanisms and general well-being. The range of mechanisms includes local tissue influences to cellular behavior, segmental and supraspinal pain processing and how acupuncture can modulate autonomic functioning to alter pain processing and organic function. All facets of acupuncture are discussed including traditional acupuncture models, electroacupuncture, auriculotherapy, scalp acupuncture, and trigger point dry needling, this also includes neurological, gynaecological, and respiratory approaches to acupuncture.
More information about Susan and acupuncture can be found at https://www.aut.ac.nz/profiles?id=skohut&asset=267746
BHSc (Physiotherapy) PGCert HSc (Western Acupuncture) PGCert (Sports Med)
Gabriel graduated in 2009 and has since been involved in sports physiotherapy. He has worked closely with rugby and rugby league clubs, Auckland Badminton, recently focusing his special interest on combat sports athletes including MMA, boxing and kickboxing. Acupuncture and needling has been a big part of his practice, and is a member of the PAANZ committee assisting with the social media.