The wind of change or just a southerly breeze?
Article Type: Editorial
Subject: Physical therapy (Health aspects)
Therapeutics, Physiological (Health aspects)
Author: Hale, Leigh
Pub Date: 11/01/2010
Publication: Name: New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy Publisher: New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists ISSN: 0303-7193
Issue: Date: Nov, 2010 Source Volume: 38 Source Issue: 3
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 263880347
Full Text: Tena Koutou. My name is Leigh Hale and I am the new Editor of the New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy. I presently work at the University of Otago's School of Physiotherapy as the Associate Dean of Research and as team leader for the neurology teaching team and the REAL (Rehabilitative Exercise and Activity for Life) Neurology Research Group. I did my under-graduate physiotherapy degree at the University of Cape Town and my post-graduate studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. I arrived in this beautiful country just over 10 years ago and I am honoured to accept the invitation to be the newest editor of one of the oldest physiotherapy journals in the world.

The Journal has just emerged from another milestone in its evolution. The Editorials in the last two issues reflect the recent confusion and turmoil the Journal has progressed through (Abbott 2010; Stotter 2010), but progressed it has, and the Journal is once again on a steady course. It is of interest to note that Dr Sue Lord, past Editor of the Journal wrote in 2003: 'This issue of the Journal reflects a process undertaken in 2002 by the Editorial Committee of the NZ Journal of Physiotherapy (NZJP) not dissimilar to a westerly/southerly change--a period of turbulence followed by calm and clarity' (Lord 2003, p1). Life is never smooth sailing and perhaps the waves we encounter along the way just serve to remind us not to become too complacent.

Does a change in Editor herald 'the Wind of Change, words made famous in 1960 in my home country by the then British Prime Minister Harold MacMillan? No. The Editorial Committee has met frequently in the past few months, and one of the first things we did was to endorse the Journal's mission statement:

As a committee we are strongly committed to excellence, and for this we have a robust peer review process in place and a large number of outstanding reviewers, who continue to provide us with critical, thoughtful and diligent service. Within this framework of excellence we particularly wish to nurture new and emerging researchers, and that which is uniquely New Zealand.

Another unique feature of our Journal is its breadth of scope; we accept a wide range of manuscript types--authors are invited to contribute papers relevant to any aspect of the theory and practice of physiotherapy. I would therefore strongly urge members to submit to our Journal. For those of you new to the research process, have courage and try your hand at writing, polish those case reports, small research projects and essays you have slaved over during your post-graduate studies. Clinicians, think about submitting interesting case reports, share your knowledge with your fellow members. However, do follow the Journal's guidelines to authors and ensure that your submission is of the highest possible quality.

Lord continued in her 2003 editorial to say 'it [the journal] can never be more than the contributions it receives from its own members' (Lord 2003 p. 1). In southern Africa there is a philosophy known as Ubuntu: 'I am what I am because of who we all are,' which in essence is no different to the old Ma-ori proverb: 'Ask me what is the greatest thing in the world, I will reply: It is people, it is people, it is people.' I therefore would like to encourage submissions from our people to our journal, let us approach the Journal's 100th birthday celebrations with style and commitment!


Abbott H. (2010). The future of the New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy. 38 (1): 1-6.

Lord S. (2003). The NZ Journal of Physiotherapy: Borne on a southerly change. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy. 31 (1): 1-2.

Stotter G. (2010).Guest Editorial. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy. 38 (2): 43.

Leigh Hale

Editor, New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy
The mission of the New Zealand Journal of
   Physiotherapy is to serve the members of the
   New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists by
   publishing content that reflects excellence in
   research and professional issues relevant to the
   New Zealand and international physiotherapy
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