Senior Research Officer, Programme Leader - Curriculum
Phone: +64 9 921 9785
AA265, Akoranga Dr, Northcote, Auckland, NZ
A-11, Department of Physiotherapy
School of Clinical Sciences
Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences
AUT University, Private Bag 92006,
Auckland 1142, New Zealand
Master of Health Science (Neurological Physiotherapy)
Memberships and Affiliations:
Health & Rehabilitation Research Institute (AUT)
President Physiotherapy New Zealand (PNZ)
South West Pacific representative to International Association of Physical Therapists working with Older People (IPTOP)
Member of the Older Adult and Neurology Special Interest Groups of PNZ
Member of New Zealand Association of Gerontology
Before starting work at AUT in 2000, I worked at Waitakere Hospital (Waitemata DHB), predominantly on the Older Adult Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation.
My first role at AUT was as a Clinical Educator in Neurology, working in a student-led clinic based at Te Whanau o Waipareira in West Auckland. As a Senior Research Officer, my teaching and research interests have focused on the older adult and neurological populations, with a strong interest in falls prevention and translational research.
I completed a MHSc thesis titled 'The Otago Exercise Programme: Do strength and balance improve?' in 2007 and is currently undertaking a PhD.
I am the current President of Physiotherapy NZ.
PHTY704 Exercise- Physiology and Rehabilitation
Current Research Projects:
My current research is “Developing and refining the CogEx programme in older adults with mild to moderate dementia”, a feasibility study refining and developing a novel intervention to improve quality of life and decrease falls in older adults living with mild to moderate dementia. This project builds on the topic for my Master research project The Otago Exercise Programme (OEP): do strength and balance improve? Which was a falls prevention programme in community dwelling older adults.
My area of research (falls prevention in older adults) is one of the research themes within the Neurorehabilitation Research Team of the Health and Rehabilitation Research Institute, AUT.