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Dr Margaret Potter established Smart Moves in 1999 based on the desire to assist people to optimise their potential in all areas of their lives.  Initially clients were predominantly athletes, coaches, sport administrators, teachers and small business operators.  However, given Margaret’s diverse background and experience the range of services and clientele has grown considerably over time.


Margaret has undergraduate qualifications in physical education and physiotherapy from New Zealand, a Masters degree in sport psychology and a PhD focused on communication in health care from Western Australia.  She is also a certified Professional Coach who engages in 1-1 and group coaching with her clients.


Margaret has published her research findings in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, Germany and the UK and provided conference presentations and workshops locally, nationally and internationally.  She is an engaging and informative presenter and adopts a “hands on” approach in her work with individuals and groups.

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Potter, M., Mercer, A., Lake, F. (2017). Interprofessional clinical supervisor training. The Clinical Teacher, 13: 1-5.


Barron, C.J., Moffett, J.A., & Potter, M. (2007). Patient expectations of physiotherapy: Definitions, concepts and theories. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 23: 37-46.

Potter, M., & Jones, S. (2006). Entry-level physiotherapists' strategies to lower occupational injury risk in physiotherapy: A qualitative study. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 22: 329-336.

Potter, M., Gordon, S., Hamer, P., & Hougton, S.(2005). The design and evaluation of an educational program of advanced communication skills for physiotherapists. Physioscience, 1: 26-36. 


Potter, M. (2005). The practice of communication. Professional Business Australia, 8-9.


Dalton, M., Chipchase, L., & Potter, M.  (2004). Clinical education - extending the possibilities. Physiotherapy Inmotion, 18-19.


Potter, M., Gordon, S., & Hamer, P. (2004). The nominal group technique: A useful consensus methodology in physiotherapy research. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 32: 126-130.


Potter, M., Gordon, S., & Hamer, P. (2003). The difficult patient in private practice physiotherapy: A qualitative study. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 49: 53-61.


Potter, M., Gordon, S., & Hamer, P. (2003). The physiotherapy experience in private practice: The patients' perspective. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 49: 185-192.

Potter, M., Gordon, S., & Hamer, P. (2003). Identifying physiotherapist and pateint expectations in private practice physiotherapy. Physiotherapy Canada, 55: 195-202.


Potter, M. (2002, May). Maximising your potential to influence: How to promote motivation and adherence among people with diabetes mellitus. Australian Diabetes Educators Magazine, 13-14.


Gordon, S., Potter, M., & Hamer, P. (2000). Periodised mental skills training. Athletic Therapy Today, 5(4): 49-50.


Gordon, S., Potter, M., & Hamer, P. (2000). Coping with sports injuries: Psychological strategies for rehabilitation. In, J. Crossman (Ed.), The Role of the Physiotherapist and Sport Therapist. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.


Potter, M., & Grove, J.R. (1999, August). Mental skills training during rehabilitation: Case studies of injuried athletes. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 28(1): 24-31.


Gordon, S., Potter, M., Ford, I.W. (1998).Toward a psychoeducational curriculum for training sport-injury rehabilitation personnel.Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 10:140-156.


Potter, M., Bianco, T., Ford, I. (1998, December). The use of psychological skills to enhance recovery from injury. Business of Sport, 3(3): 5.


Potter, M. (1998, Autumn/Winter). Are you pulling your hair out? Learn to recognise and cope with work-related stress. ACHPER West, 17-18.

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