Professor School of Clinical Sciences
Phone: 09 921 9680
Room AA115B, North Shore Campus
Faculty of Health and Environmental Science
Private Bag 92006
- 2010, Postgraduate Certificate, Health Economics, University of Aberdeen
- 2004, PhD, Motor Control, University of Otago
- 1991, MSc, Rehabilitation, Southampton University
- 1986, Graduate Diploma, Physiotherapy, Coventry University
Memberships and Affiliations:
- 2011-ongoing. Member of the Department of Physiotherapy Leadership Group
- 2011 Member of the Organising Committee of the New Zealand Applied Neuroscience Conference.
- 2010-ongoing, member of the ARCOS IV (population based stroke study) Steering Committee
- 2010-present. Member of the International Health Economics Association
- 2010, Member of the Organizing Committee of the inaugural New Zealand Stroke & Applied Neurosciences Conference.
- 2000-present, Expert Advisor in neurological physiotherapy to the Health & Disability Commissioner
- 2005-ongoing: Team leader Neurological Physiotherapy (Teaching and Research).
- 2008-2010, International Editorial Board New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy
- 2007-present, member of the Executive Committee of the Health & Rehabilitation Research Institute, AUT
- 2003-2007, Committee member of the New Zealand Society of Physiotherapy Neurology special interest group (National interest group)
- 2006-present, Member of the Scientific Committee of the New Zealand Society of Physiotherapy Neurosymposium.
- 2007, Member of the organizing committee of the New Zealand Society of Physiotherapy Biennial Conference
- 2005-2006, Postgraduate Academic Advisor, Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences, AUT
Teaching responsibility: BHSc (Physiotherapy) Undergraduate
- Managing Neuromuscular Disorders
- Neurological Physiotherapy
- Y4 Research project
- Biophysics (paper leader)
- Kinesiology II
- Integrated Therapeutics
Teaching responsibility: MHSc (Physiotherapy)
- Motor Control in Rehabilitation (Previously Neurological Rehabilitation A) (paper leader & lecturer)
- Neurological Rehabilitation (Previously Neurological Rehabilitation B (lecturer & paper leader until 2009)
- Concepts of Rehabilitation (Previously Theoretical Concepts in Neurological Rehabilitation) (lecturer & paper leader until 2008)
- Stroke Management (lecturer)
- Therapeutic Exercise Science (guest lecturer)
- Neurological rehabilitation
- Health of older adults
My professional specialty is in neurological rehabilitation, I have taught neurological rehabilitation on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes since 1996. I have expertise in 3 dimensional motion analysis and was key in attracting the ADHB and STARSHIP hospital gait analysis service to AUT. I have good links with the profession which assists in disseminating our research findings and effecting a change in practice.
Current research projects
My research interests are within the area of neurological rehabilitation and health of older adults. Recently I have been involved in research and implementation work based on ideas of population health to improve the health of large populations of people rather than focusing on change at an individual level (publications currently in review). This is a different approach in physiotherapy, which mainly focuses on treatment at an individual level. As part of this work I have become increasingly aware of the importance of economic evaluations alongside clinical trials. In our recently completed multi-site randomised controlled trial of falls prevention in older adults we conducted an economic evaluation. Working alongside an economist on this trial sparked my interest and I went on to study health economics in 2009-10, through the University of Aberdeen and have attended a course on Advanced Methods of Cost-Effectiveness Analysis, 21-23 February 2011, run by the Health Economics Research Centre, University of Oxford. In April 2012 I attended a workshop on “Discrete Choice Experiments”, run by the Health Economics Research Centre, Aberdeen. This is a relatively new method of health economic evaluation that could be particularly pertinent for rehabilitation research.