I am 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.

I graduated from Medicine at Otago University and came to the Hawke's Bay as a Junior Doctor. After a year in General Practice I transferred to Sports Medicine and have been working in this field since 2011. I started my advanced training in Sport and Exercise Medicine in 2014, spending two years in Wellington and two years in Melbourne. I finished my training with a fellowship at High Performance Sport NZ (HPSNZ), where I worked solely with elite athletes.

I am currently the team Doctor for the Silver Fern's and am the Netball New Zealand Medical Director. I have also worked with women's football, AFL and a variety of endurance and other team sports, at the recreational, club and elite level.

EDUCATION

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

Dr MELINDA PARNELL

SPORT AND EXERCISE PHYSICIAN
MB ChB, PhD, PG Dip (Sports Med), FACSEP
SPECIALTIES

Sports Injury in Children and Adolescents

Sporting Injury

Women in Sport

Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport

Elite Athletes

Knee Osteoarthritis