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Helen Appleby
Occupational Therapist


Helen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy (Otago Polytechnic) and is registered with the OT Board of New Zealand (NZROT). Helen is currently completing her Post Graduate Certificate in Occupational Therapy. She changed careers later in life, following a successful corporate career in the area of Human Resources, people and change management. She has a Masters in Human Resources and Organisational Development, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Career Development and an Honours Degree in Business Studies and Geography. Besides being an advocate for lifelong learning, Helen’s OT interests include persistent pain and helping people return to work following an injury. She likes to find opportunities to combine her previous HR skills and recently acquired OT knowledge to benefit clients and employers.  

She enjoys undertaking community projects, fund raising and enjoys watching F1 Grand Prix live.  Helen keeps active with walking, cycling and swimming and moved to NZ from the UK to enjoy the great outdoors. 

My Goals

  • Completing my Post Grad Cert in OT
  • Walking a South Island Great Walk
  • Kayaking down the Wanganui River
  • Learning to paddle board