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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.

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Dr Melinda Parnell

MB ChB, PhD, PG Dip (Sports Med), FACSEP

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

  • 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), FACSEP

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 completed her advanced training in Sports and Exercise Medicine in 2022. Prior to her specialist training Alyse worked in the public hospital system within the Wellington Region building her knowledge in Orthopaedics, Trauma and General Medicine.

Alyse has been involved in the health and wellbeing of many sporting teams. She is currently the team doctor for the NZ Black Ferns Rugby Team as they campaign towards their next World Cup in England in 2025 and previously worked with NZ Football Ferns through their 2019 World Cup campaign in France. Alyse is also on the Medical Advisory Group for the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) helping improve medical care for Football tournaments in the Pacific.

Alyse moved to the Hawkes Bay from Wellington with her husband and young family in 2021 and has truly settled into bay life. She has a keen interest in delivering Sports and Exercise Medicine to all age groups from elite athletes to the weekend warrior.

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