Dr Graham Paterson

Sport and Exercise Physician


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Graham is a co-founding director of Axis Sports Medicine and one of New Zealand’s longest serving Sport and Exercise Physicians, he retired from clinical practice at the start of 2022.


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Graham is a Sport and Exercise Physician and the co-founding director of Axis Sports Medicine.  Graham has had extensive involvement in rugby medicine. He has held the position of Chief Medical Officer for the NZ Vodafone Warriors (2020/2021) and as team doctor for the All Blacks (2004/2005). His rugby participation dates back to the 80s and also includes the NZ Rugby Academy, Auckland Blues, Auckland NPC, and Counties Manukau teams.

Graham has been a NZ High Performance Sport Medicine provider and has worked closely with a number of Academy of Sport athletes including Valerie Adams. He was a physician on the medical team for the London Olympic Games 2012 and the Glasgow 2014 and Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games teams and was the previous Medical Director for Canoe Racing NZ, NZ Squash and NZ Golf.

Graham was also involved with Sports Medicine Academia as a member of the Clinical Exercise Physiology Advisory Board and a lecturer in Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Medicine at the University of Auckland.

Team Involvement and Achievements

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  1. Chief Medical Officer NZ Vodafone Warriors
  2. Match day doctor NZ Vodafone Warriors
  3. Advisory role and relieving Team Doctor Counties Manukau Rugby
  4. Lecturer in Postgraduate Physiotherapy (Auckland University of Technology), and Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Medicine (University of Auckland).
  5. Member of the Clinical Exercise Physiology Advisory Board (University of Auckland)
  6. All Blacks Doctor 2004-2005
  7. New Zealand High Performance Sports Medicine Provider
  8. Medical Adviser, New Zealand Olympic Advisory Committee
  9. HPSNZ Medical Director Kayak
  10. Team Physician New Zealand Commonwealth Games Team, Delhi 2010, Glasgow 2014
  11. Medical Director NZ Canoe Racing
  12. Medical Director NZ Squash
  13. Medical Director NZ Golf
  14. NZ Rugby Football Union Academy 1996-2000
  15. Auckland Blues 1996-1999
  16. Auckland NPC 1996-2003
  17. Counties Rugby 1989-1996