Associate Professor Peter Larmer

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Head, School of Clinical Sciences

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7322


Physical Address:
AG143, 90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote

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


  • Doctor of Health Science
  • Master of Public Health
  • Dip of Physiotherapy
  • Dip of Acupuncture

Memberships and Affiliations:

Chair, Arthritis New Zealand
Co-chair Mobility Action Programme
Board member of Federation of Primary Health Aotearoa New Zealand


Peter is Head of School of Clinical Sciences.  He has previously held the positions of Head of School of Rehabilitation and Occupation Studies, Head of Department of Physiotherapy and Head of Postgraduate Studies.

Peter has been teaching in the Department of Physiotherapy since 1995 and in the Master of Health Science programme since 1999.

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

Teaching Areas:

  • BHSc (Physiotherapy) Undergraduate
  • MHSc Postgraduate
  • Master's and Doctoral thesis supervisor and examiner

Research Areas:

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


  • Nixon, G. H., Kerse, N. M., Bagg, W., Skinner, M. A., Larmer, P. J., & Crampton, P. (2018). Proposal for a National Interprofessional School of Rural Health. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1485), 67-75.
  • Neville, S., Adams, J., Montayre, J., Larmer, P., Garrett, N., Stephens, C., & Alpass, F. (2018). Loneliness in Men 60 Years and Over: The Association With Purpose in Life. Am J Mens Health, 1557988318758807.
  • Neville, S., Wright-St Clair, V., Montayre, J., Adams, J., & Larmer, P. (2018). Promoting Age-Friendly Communities: an Integrative Review of Inclusion for Older Immigrants. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology.
  • Baldwin, J., Briggs, A., Bagg, W., & Larmer, P. (2017). An osteoarthritis model of care should be a national priority for New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1467), 78-86
  • Tillson, T., Rohan, M., & Larmer, P. J. (2017). Use of a functional mobility measure to predict discharge destinations for patients admitted to an older adult rehabilitation ward: A feasibility study. Australasian Journal on Ageing.
  • Jolly, J., Bassett, S., O'Brien, D., Parkinson, C., & Larmer, P. J. (2017). An exploration of the sequence and nature of treatment options available to people living with osteoarthritis of the hip and/or knee within a New Zealand context. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 45(2), 90-95.
  • Larmer, P. J., Reay, N. D., Aubert, E. R., & Kersten, P. (2014). A systematic review of guidelines for the physical management of osteoarthritis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 95(2), 375-389.
  • Reid, D. A., Vanweerd, R. J., Larmer, P., J., & Kingstone, R. (2014). The inter and intra rater reliability of the Netball Movement Screening Tool. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
  • Larmer, P., J., & Kersten, P. (2014). Understanding systematic reviews. In D. Reid, V. Wright-St Clair, S. Shaw, & J. Ramsbotham (Eds.), Evidence-Based Health Practice
  • Kersten, P., & Larmer, P., J. (2014). Tools for review. In D. Reid, V. Wright-St Clair, S. Shaw, & J. Ramsbotham (Eds.), Evidence Based Health Practice
  • Larmer, P., J., Kersten, P., & Dangen, J. (2014). Patient reported benefits of hydrotherapy for arthritis New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 42(2), 89-93.
  • Larmer, P. J., Bell, J., O'Brien, D., Dangen, J., & Kersten, P. (2014). Hydrotherapy outcome measures for people with osteoarthritis: a systematic review New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 42(2), 54-67
  • Smythe, E., Larmer, P. J., & McNair, P. J. (2012). Insights from a physiotherapist's lived experience of osteoarthritis. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 28(8), 604-616.
  • Larmer, P. J., McNair, P. J., Smythe, L., & Williams, M. (2011). Ankle sprains: patient perceptions of function and performance of physical tasks. A mixed methods approach. Disability and Rehabilitation.
  • Dunford, F., Reeve, J., & Larmer, P. J. (2011). Determining differences between novice and expert physiotherapists in undertaking emergency on-call duties. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 39(1), 20-29
  • Kohut, S. H., Larmer, P. J., & Johnson, G. (2011). Western Acupuncture Education for New Zealand Physiotherapists. Physical Therapy Reviews, 16(2), 106-112


  • Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence (Doctor of Health Science Team) 2016