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.
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
Sports Injury in Children and Adolescents
Women in Sport
Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport