Mel is a Sport and Exercise Physician, mother of two and lover of all Hawke's Bay has to offer: sun, food, wine, tennis and outdoor adventures.

She graduated from Medicine at Otago University and came to the Hawke's Bay as a Junior Doctor. Mel has worked in the field of Sports Medicine since 2011. She started her advanced training in Sport and Exercise Medicine in 2014, spending two years in Wellington and two years in Melbourne. Mel finished her training with a fellowship at High Performance Sport NZ (HPSNZ), where she worked solely with elite athletes.

Mel is the team Doctor for the Silver Fern's and is the Netball New Zealand Medical Director. She has also worked with women's football, AFL and a variety of endurance and team sports, at the recreational, club and elite level.


2018: Fellow of the Australasian College of

          Sport and Exercise Physicians (FACSEP)

2015: PG Diploma (Sports Medicine), University of Auckland 

2007: MB ChB, University of Otago 2007

2002: PhD (Medicine), Monash University

1998: BSc (Honours), Monash University

1997: B App Sc (Human Movement), Deakin University

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Dr Melinda Parnell

MB ChB, PhD, PG Dip (Sports Med), FACSEP
  • Sports Injury in Children and Adolescents

  • Sporting Injury

  • Women in Sport

  • Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport

  • Elite Athletes

  • Knee Osteoarthritis

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Dr Alyse Cameron

MB ChB, B Health Sci (PHTY)

Originally from the Wairarapa, Alyse moved to Auckland to study Physiotherapy (BHSc Physiotherapy) at the Auckland University of Technology. Keen to further her understanding of musculoskeletal systems, she continued her studies with a medical degree (MB ChB) at The University of Auckland, graduating in 2013.

She has been working in Sports Medicine since 2016 and prior to this worked in the public hospital system within the Wellington Region building her knowledge in Orthopaedics, Trauma and General Medicine.

Alyse enjoys leading a healthy lifestyle with a personal interest in running, skiing, and Iyengar yoga. Alyse has been involved in the health and wellbeing of many sporting teams and is the current team doctor for the NZ Football Ferns and is on the Medical Advisory Group for the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). She is keen to continue her development within the sports and exercise field while working as a registrar at Hawke's Bay Sports Medicine.