Associate Professor Peter Larmer

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Head of School of Clinical Sciences

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7322


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


DHSc, MPH, Dip Acup

Memberships and Affiliations:

President of Arthritis New Zealand

Co-chair of the Ministry of Health, Mobility Action Programme


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


  • Larmer, P., J., et al., Hydrotherapy outcome measures for people with osteoarthritis: a systematic review New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 2014 (in press).
  • Larmer, P., J. and P. Kersten, Understanding systematic reviews, in Evidence-Based Health Practice D. Reid, et al., Editors. 2014.
  • Kersten, P. and P. Larmer, J., Tools for review, in Evidence Based Health Practice, D. Reid, et al., Editors. 2014.
  • Larmer, P.J., et al., A systematic review of guidelines for the physical management of osteoarthritis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 2013.
  • Smythe, E., P.J. Larmer, and P.J. McNair, Insights from a physiotherapist's lived experience of osteoarthritis. Physiotherapy Theory And Practice, 2012. 28(8): p. 604-16.
  • Larmer, P.J., et al., Ankle sprains: patient perceptions of function and performance of physical tasks. A mixed methods approach. Disabil Rehabil, 2011.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.