AUT - Peter Larmer

AUT Banner

Dr Peter Larmer

Peter Larmer

Head, School of Rehabilitation and Occupation Studies

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7322


Physical Address:
Room AA264, AUT North Shore Campus,
90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote,
Auckland 0627, New Zealand

Postal Address:
School of Rehabilitation & Occupation Studies
Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences
AUT University, Private Bag 92006,
Auckland 1142, New Zealand

Links to relevant web pages:


  • Doctor of Health Science
  • Master of Public Health
  • Diploma of Manipulative Therapy
  • Diploma of Acupuncture
  • Diploma of Physiotherapy.

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Elected Vice President of the Board of Arthritis New Zealand
  • Member of Greater Auckland Integrated Health Network Clinical Alliance Team
  • Physiotherapy New Zealand
  • Past board member of Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand
  • New Zealand Guidelines Group
  • ACC Physiotherapy Liaison Group member
  • Expert advisor to ACC.


I am currently Head, School of Rehabilitation and Occupation Studies at AUT University. I have been teaching in the Department of Physiotherapy since 1995 and in the Masters of Health Science programme since 1999.

Prior to joining AUT in 2001, my professional background was in Private Practice Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. My current research focus is on arthritis management and outcome measures. I have also published a number of systematic reviews.

Teaching Areas:

  • Teaching responsibilities: BHSc (Physiotherapy) Undergraduate
  • Teaching responsibilities: MHSc Postgraduate
  • Theoretical Concepts of Western Acupuncture
  • Western Acupuncture
  • Quantitative Research
  • Practice Reality
  • MHSc Thesis supervisor and examiner
  • Doctor of Health Science programme
  • Doctoral supervisor and examiner.

Research areas:

  • Arthritis research
  • Guideline development
  • Musculoskeletal management
  • Outcome measurements
  • Mixed methods research
  • Acupuncture.

Research Summary:

My current research focus is on arthritis management and outcome measures. I am a lead member of the Arthritis research cluster of the Health and Rehabilitation Research Institute and co lead of the Outcome Measures and Workforce clusters of the Person Centred Research Centre.

My doctoral research used a mixed methods approach and I have continued this approach in a number of present projects. I have also published a number of systematic reviews.

Current Research Projects:

  • Arthritis Management Guidelines
  • Hydrotherapy outcome measures
  • Use of outcome measures by health professionals
  • Acupuncture usage by health professionals.


1. Boocock, M.G., et al., Interventions for the prevention and management of neck/upper extremity musculoskeletal conditions: a systematic review. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2007. 64(5): p. 291-303.
2. McNair, P.J., et al., The lower-limb tasks questionnaire: An assessment of validity, reliability, responsiveness, and minimal important differences. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2007. 88(8): p. 993-1001.
3. Reid, D. and P.J. Larmer, The New Zealand Health Priorities: Where do New Zealand Private Practice Physiotherapists fit? New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 2007. 35(2): p. 42-6.
4. Boocock, M.G., et al., A Framework for the Classification and Diagnosis of Work-Related Upper Extremity Conditions: Systematic Review. Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, 2008. 39: p. 296-311.
5. Boocock, M.G., P.J. McNair, and P.J. Larmer, Risk factors and interventions associated with hand-arm vibration syndrome, in Biomedical applications of vibration and acoustics in therapy, bioeffects and modeling, A. Al-Jumaily and A. Alizad, Editors. 2008, ASME Press: New York.
6. Larmer, P.J., et al., Evidence-based recommendations for hand hygiene for health care workers in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 2008. 121(1272): p. 69-81.
7. McNair, P.J., et al., Exercise therapy for the management of osteoarthritis of the hip joint: a systematic review. Arthritis Research and Therapy, 2009. 11(3): p. R98.
8. Nicholls, D.A., D.A. Reid, and P.J. Larmer, Crisis, what crisis? Revisiting 'possible futures for physiotherapy'. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 2009. 37(3): p. 105-114.
9. Waddington, G.S. and P.J. Larmer, Managing a Practice, in Contexts of Physiotherapy Practice, J. Higgs, et al., Editors. 2009, Churchill Livingstone: NSW. p. 340.
10. Horne, W., et al., Professional Practice, in Health and Environment in Aotearoa/New Zealand, S. Shaw and B. Deed, Editors. 2010, Oxford University Press: Melbourne. p. 276.
11. Polson, K., et al., Responsiveness, minimal importance difference and minimal detectable change scores of the shortened disability arm shoulder hand (QuickDASH) questionnaire. Manual Therapy, 2010. 15: p. 404-407.
12. Dunford, F., J. Reeve, and P.J. Larmer, Determining differences between novice and expert physiotherapists in undertaking emergency on-call duties. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 2011. 39(1): p. 20-29.
13. Kohut, S.H., P.J. Larmer, and G. Johnson, Western Acupuncture Education for New Zealand Physiotherapists. Physical Therapy Reviews, 2011. 16(2): p. 106-12.
14. Larmer, P.J., et al., Ankle sprains: patient perceptions of function and performance of physical tasks. A mixed methods approach. Disabil Rehabil, 2011.
15. Smythe, E., P.J. Larmer, and P.J. McNair, Insights from a physiotherapist's lived experience of osteoarthritis. Physiotherapy Theory & Practice, 2012.


  • Fellow of New Zealand Guidelines Group
  • Best podium presentation at the 4th International Ankle Symposium Sydney, Australia
  • Awarded Fellowship of the New Zealand College of Physiotherapy.

Last updated: 22 Aug 2012 2:00pm

AUT University, New Zealand | Copyright © | Privacy | Site map | IT support | Website feedback | Student feedback