The Provention Team

About Our Team

Provention has been working with New Zealand and Australian businesses for over 15 years. We have helped hundreds of businesses reduce their injury-related costs and thousands of individuals improve their quality of life.
We improve people’s lives by educating them on new techniques and creating new habits to keep them safe at work and at home.
The best way to describe what we do is to compare it to athletes: To get better at their chosen sport, the athlete works on their physical performance to get more efficient, more effective and avoid injury. This is the same as a workplace.

Our passion is assisting organisations with a sustainable, effective, engaging and interactive manual handling programme that lives and breathes in their business and its people. It’s training for real people that works.


We practically share our knowledge and education to help people understand.


We strive to improve, always challenging the ‘norm’ with continuous improvement.


We are curious about people and their behaviour; we will always be learning to understand the neuroscience of habit change and the psychology of people.


We give people the tools to create new habits and follow up to ensure correct techniques are embedded.

Meet the Team

Alison Richmond
Dip. Phyty. PGDip. Phyty.
The founder of Provention, Alison qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1990, with a post graduate diploma in manipulative physiotherapy.

For more than 20 years, Alison has been working across a range of industries. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in designing, teaching and implementing effective manual handling and injury prevention strategies in the workplace. This means Alison truly understands what happens out there in the real world - not just a physiotherapy clinic.

Her passion for enabling people to prevent injuries by teaching them to become physically aware, combined with her interest in effective learning and habit formation has proved to be a winning combination - the creation of the First Move programmes.

Alison is continuously striving to improve the First Move programmes and to improve people’s well-being and company effectiveness.
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).

She has been delivering the First Move programmes for over 10 years and has experience across all industry sectors.

Anya believes our training programmes work because they are physically interactive. They don't just rely on an expert telling you what is best for you. Anya is passionate about improving peoples physical wellbeing and loves knowing that what we do makes a difference to people who put their bodies on the line daily.
BPhty, PGCertRehab (Voc Rehab), MMgmt (Enterprise Development).
Chris is our trainer for the Wellington/ Wairarapa region.

He has over a decade of experience in vocational health in prevention programmes and assisting injured workers back to work. Chris also runs his own business training individuals and organisations in improving health, wellbeing, and resilience

He believes the First Move programmes are successful as they teach simple concepts that create instant improvement. The teaching is backed up by real life demonstrations so participants can immediately see the impact of how they move.
BPhty, MHealSc (Endorsed in rehabilitation), MTchgLn. PNZ and MHANZ member
Vicki is our Southland trainer, and she brings her Physiotherapy talents and a background in the public hospital sector to the team. She has home and community-based rehabilitation experience, with a work history that includes independence and vocational programmes, and ACC contract services and has a wealth of experience across many industry sectors.

As a trainer in First Move Manual Handling, Vicki enjoys the lightbulb moment when participants understand how the habit of simple and effective movements can genuinely improve levels of comfort and wellbeing. She also gets great satisfaction from training sessions when she sees people gain increased body awareness and an appreciation of how their body moves.
Dip OT. OTNZ, NZISM and NZBI member
Randa is a Canterbury based trainer and brings over 30 years OT experience to the team.

She has worked in the field of injury management and injury prevention since the early 2000’s; both here, in NZ and abroad. In addition to being a First Move Trainer, Randa owns and operates injury management companies, based in the South Island.

Randa loves the ‘lightbulb moments’ when people feel a difference in how they can use their bodies to feel stronger and have more control. She believers this physical interaction which allow participants to feel themselves how to use their bodies most effectively is the key success of the First Move programme.
Dip OT, Vocational Rehabilitation, Training for Independence, Social Rehabilitation (ACC).
Denise Fenner represents Taranaki for the Provention team and brings a depth of experience in Occupational Therapy practice from both the UK and NZ.

Alongside piloting and developing Occupational Therapy services in A and E departments in the United Kingdom, Denise has expertise in community rehabilitation, outreach therapy for clients with neurological conditions, orthopedics, injury prevention, renal medicine, and rapid intervention intermediate care.

Denise believes the interactive and practical nature of the First Move training sets it apart and is an advocate for how the programme delivers habit-forming movement principles.

"Over my career, I have been exposed to many manual handling training courses, and the Prevention First Move training is by far the best – it is practical, informative, and applicable."
Hayley is our trainer for the Dunedin/Central Otago region. She has a Diploma in Occupational Therapy and over 20 years experience in vocational assessment and rehabilitation. Hayley has a special interest in assisting people back to work following injury. She believes the First Move Training has a real and lasting effect on how people approach tasks at work and at home. Even people who have attended manual handling training many times, can learn a new approach with First Move.
Dip. OT, Post Grad Cert Rehab. HASANZ member.
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.
Dip Occ Therapy, Post Grad Cert Rehab. HASANZ member.
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 manual handling environments - work and out of work.
Mechanic Fixing Pipes

We are nation-wide

We believe being Physically Intelligent is not just important for the workplace but essential for everything in life - now and in the future. Being Physically Intelligent means a better quality of life.
Provention recognises the need for workplace injury prevention and manual handling training programmes based on sound physical learning principles. Through our First Move programmes, we provide programmes in New Zealand and Australia to ensure your team practice safe working habits.
Every member of the Provention team is a qualified health professional with extensive industry experience. They are not just Trainers – they all have years of experience and extensive knowledge of the body’s workings. They work in the real world every day to make workplaces safer.

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