Southern Cross Rehabilitation invests in Active+

Monday , 25 March 2019 by Campbell Gibson

Southern Cross Rehabilitation, a subsidiary of Southern Cross Hospitals, has acquired a stake in North Island health business Active+.

The investment in Active+, which offers a wide range of services such as physiotherapy, occupational health, dietetics, psychology and counselling, underlines Southern Cross Hospitals’ commitment to preventative and rehabilitative care.

The establishment of Southern Cross Rehabilitation in May 2018, and the acquisition of Active+, form part of a strategy to broaden Southern Cross Hospitals’ offering into early health and wellbeing intervention and supported recovery.

Southern Cross Hospitals CEO Terry Moore says the diverse offering of Active+ will complement Southern Cross Hospitals’ core surgical business and improve the patient experience.

“Funders of healthcare, such as health insurers and ACC, are looking for hospitals and rehabilitation services to work more closely together for the benefit of patients, so this is another step in our journey to offer a more integrated service,” he says.

“Active+ is a natural partner for us. It has a great reputation for high quality multidisciplinary care. We share similar values and a commitment to providing quality accessible health care services.”

Active+ Managing Director Gill Webb says the joint venture will enable continued expansion and provision of more quality care for Kiwis.

“When I started Active+ 30 years ago, I had a vision of helping Kiwis get back on their feet by building a leading rehabilitation, prevention and wellness business,” she says.

“Active+ has now grown to more than 20 franchise clinics from Northland to Manawatu. This investment from Southern Cross Rehabilitation will help Active+ reach its next goal of becoming the country’s leading brand of integrated allied health clinicians.”

Southern Cross Rehabilitation, has acquired just over 50 per cent of Active Physio (trading as Active+) and 25 per cent of Active Limited, a sister business focused on multi-disciplinary rehabilitation contracts to ACC, District Health Boards and large employers.

The investment follows Southern Cross’ 50 per cent acquisition of workplace health service provider MedPro Healthcare in August 2018 and 50 per cent acquisition of rehabilitation business TBI Health in 2016.


About Active+

Active+ is a multidisciplinary company delivering services across the North Island to help get Kiwis back on track. Established 30 years ago, the Auckland-headquartered business has a growing franchise network of over 20 clinics from Northland to Manawatu that deliver physiotherapy and multidisciplinary rehabilitation services. Approximately 650 clinicians deliver services to New Zealanders every day in their workplaces, homes and from Active+ practices.

Active+ delivers the following services:

  • Hands-on physiotherapy, Pilates and yoga
  • Multi-disciplinary rehabilitation
  • Wellness and occupational health
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Concussion and brain injury rehabilitation
  • Needs assessment
  • Pain management
  • Psychology and neuropsychology assessment
  • Counselling