About  us

Alison Richmond founded Provention in 2000. A qualified and experienced physiotherapist, Alison recognised the need for workplace injury prevention training programmes, based on sound physical learning principles. Alison discovered that the traditional rules for good posture and guidelines for safe movement - whether it be sitting at a computer or doing heavy lifting - were not practical or safe ways for people to use their bodies. The Provention team went out and studied how the uninjured or physically intelligent person moves. What they discovered was so profoundly different to the information being disseminated in traditional workplace injury prevention training. Armed with this knowledge Provention developed First Move - four unique workplace injury-prevention training programmes.  The efficacy of these programmes is evident in our increasing reach, with Provention trainers working for large companies throughout Australia and New Zealand.     

Meet our team


Alison Richmond

Owner and Director

Dip. Phyty. Pgdip. Phyty. The Founder of Provention and a qualified Physiotherapist, Alison is our head trainer and is involved in programmes across NZ and Australia. She has a wealth of knowledge and clinical experience when it comes to designing, teaching and implementing effective injury prevention strategies in the workplace. Alison is passionate about enabling people to prevent injuries by giving them the physical and psychological tools they need to become more physically aware. She understands that in order for people to change, it needs to be easy for employers to help them change. That’s why she has designed the Provention programmes to enable companies to manage their injury prevention strategy internally and adapt it according to their needs.

Anya Wood

First Move Trainer

Dip. Phyty. Pgdip. Phyty. Anya is our Auckland based trainer and runs our programmes across NZ and Australia. She has a Diploma and a Post Graduate in Physiotherapy (MT). For the past 15 years Anya has specialised in sports and functional physiotherapy. Before joining our team four years ago, she worked in America and ran her own private practice in New Zealand. Anya believes our training programme’s work because they are physically interactive. They don’t just rely on an expert telling you what is best for you. She loves knowing that what we do makes a difference to people who put their bodies on the line daily.

Jane Lyall

First Move Trainer

Jane is our Trainer for Invercargill and Southland. A qualified Occupational Therapist; she has 17 years of experience and specialises in vocational rehabilitation. Jane believes the First Move programmes are highly effective at teaching adults how to improve their movement. She consistently receives positive feedback from participants. They say it is the most useful training they have attended and what they learn has had a significant impact on their ability to finish the working day with less pain and discomfort.

Katie Croft

First Move Trainer

BPhty. Katie is our trainer for the Canterbury region. She has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health. Her background is in musculoskeletal / orthopaedic rehabilitation. As well as being a Provention Trainer, Katie also works in a private practice specialising in occupational health. Katie loves seeing the change in attitude that occurs when someone does our First Move Programme and they learn that just a small physical adjustment can alleviate their discomfort.

Hayley Laughton

First Move Trainer

DipOT. Hayley is our trainer for the Dunedin/Central Otago region. She has a Diploma in Occupational Therapy and a background in vocational assessment and rehabilitation. Hayley has a special interest in assisting people back to work following injury. Her favourite part of the job is when someone she is training has an, “A ha!” moment, and they learn how to make positive changes to reduce or eliminate their discomfort.

Debbie Glendinning

First Move Trainer

Dip. OT, Post Grad Cert Rehab. Debbie is a Provention trainer for the Northland region. A qualified Occupational Therapist with 25 years’ experience, she has spent 15 of those years in rehabilitation and injury prevention training. Debbie is a strong advocate for enabling people to understand and take control of their bodies, as by doing so they reduce the risk of injury associated with manual handling work.

Debbie Rafferty

First Move Trainer

Dip Occ Therapy, Post Grad Cert Rehab. Debbie is a Provention trainer for the Northland region. A qualified Occupational Therapist her experience spans 34 years. She has worked in general medical and orthopaedics, specialised as a paediatric occupational and neurodevelopment therapist, worked in adult vocational rehabilitation for the CRS in Australia and established her own business in NZ doing vocational rehabilitation and injury prevention. Debbie supports Provention programmes because she believes they make a difference to people who are traditionally hard to engage. They are also interactive and useful in many environments.