Jenny Stewart

Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7308


Postal Address:
Department of Physiotherapy, A-11
School of Clinical Sciences
Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences
AUT University, Private Bag 92006,
Auckland 1142, New Zealand
Links to relevant web pages:
Neurological Rehabilitation


MPH, DipPhys


Before working at AUT, Jenny worked in neurological physiotherapy in New Zealand and overseas and in positions that had a community focus, including managing community physiotherapy services for the Auckland region. 

Since completing a Master of Public Health at New South Wales University in the 1990s, her interests have broadened to include population health and the contribution of physiotherapists to managing the health priorities of the twenty-first century.

Jenny teaches across all years in the undergraduate programme and also contributes to postgraduate programmes at AUT.  She has held a variety of leadership roles within the Physiotherapy Department including staff representative on Te Rau Komiti and Programme Leader. She has presented her research nationally and internationally.

Teaching Areas:

  • Epidemiology
  • Health concepts
  • Primary Health Care and health promotion for  physiotherapy practice
  • Neurological physiotherapy assessment and treatment approaches and techniques

Research Areas:

  • Applying population health
  • Primary Health Care and health promotion principles to clinical practice
  • The social context of disability and healthcare practice
  • Exercise in neurological physiotherapy


  • Stewart, J.J., & Haswell, K. (2013).   Assessing readiness to work in Primary Health Care:  The content validity of a Self-check tool for physiotherapists and other health professionals. Journal of Primary Health Care, 5(1), 70-73.
  • Bassett, S., Stewart, J., Giddings, L. (2012).  Nordic walking versus ordinary walking for people with Parkinson’s disease: a single case design.  New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 40(3), 117-122.
  • Stewart, J., Haswell, K. (2007).  Primary health care in Aotearoa, New Zealand: Challenges and opportunities for physiotherapists. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 35(2), 48-53.
  • Stewart, J.J., Giles L., Paterson, J.E., Butler, S.J. (2005).  Knowledge and attitude towards older people: New Zealand students entering health professional degrees. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 23(4), 25-36.
  • Giles, L., Paterson J., Butler, S.J., Stewart, J.J. (2003) Ageism among health professionals: A comparison of clinical educators and students in physical and occupational therapy. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 21(2), 15-26.
  • Paterson, J., Stewart, J. (2002).  Adults with acquired brain injury: Perceptions of their social world.  Rehabilitation Nursing, 21(1), 13-18.
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