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School of Physiotherapy news and events

Unity on World Physiotherapy Day

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 9:44am

We joined scores of sister organisations on September 8, to mark World Physiotherapy Day.

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Distinguished alumnus awarded doctorate

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 10:36am

Internationally renowned physiotherapist Dr Stanley Paris was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Otago on Saturday, 19 August , 2017.

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Otago honours physiotherapy leader

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 11:53am

Internationally renowned physiotherapist Dr Stanley Paris will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Otago this weekend.

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HRC funding secured for a community exercise programme for diabetes and multimorbidity

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 3:54pm

Professor Leigh Hale, Dr Ram Mani, Dr Prasath Jayakaran, and Chris Higgs from the School of Physiotherapy have secured $1,181,772 funding for a Community Exercise Programme (CEP), for people living with type II diabetes based on an inter-professional coordinated, patient centred, whānau-supported package of care.

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Māori obesity linked to various factors in study

Friday, 26 May 2017 11:05am

Spiritual beliefs, cultural practices and the impacts of colonisation may make it harder for Māori to stick to the typical diet and exercise advice for reducing weight, a University of Otago PhD candidate has found.

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A joint initiative to make parks accessible in Porirua

Thursday, 27 April 2017 3:53pm

School of Physiotherapy (University of Otago), Porirua City Council, Rotatry Plimmerton, and Plimmerton Inner Wheel Club join hands to make parks in Porirua accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

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Shoulder rehabilitation research awarded HRC grant

Thursday, 6 April 2017 2:38pm

Researchers at the School of Physiotherapy's Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research (CHARR) and the Dunedin School of Medicine (DSM)  have been awarded an HRC Feasibility Grant for exploring the feasibility of a trial designed to assess effectiveness of tailored rehabilitation versus a standard exercise programme.

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Ageing well with chronic pain study awarded Lottery Health Research funding

Friday, 10 March 2017 4:27pm

Professor David Baxter has been awarded a grant from Lottery Health Research to research chronic pain in older adults, which is internationally recognised as a prevalent and disabling condition.  It has a serious impact on the quality of life of older adults, leading to depression, anxiety, sleep disruption, appetite disturbance and weight loss, cognitive impairment, and limitations in the performance of daily activities.

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Prof Pernilla Asenlof visits the School of Physiotherapy

Monday, 21 November 2016 1:33pm

Prof Pernilla Asenlof visits the School of Physiotherapy from the 27 November to the 2nd December.  Pernilla will be giving a lecture and workshop.

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Physiotherapy Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded to Dr Ewan Kennedy

Monday, 21 November 2016 10:15am

Looking at the role of manual therapy in concussion related symptoms is the focus of a recently awarded postdoctoral fellowship to Dr Ewan Kennedy.

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Leading human-canine interaction researchers visit the School of Physiotherapy

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 2:46pm

Prof Sandra and Randolph Barker (Virginia Commonwealth University) will be visiting the School of Physiotherapy on the 18th November.  They will presenting a Public Lecture on 'Evidence supporting health benefits of human-canine interactions'. 5pm, Room 1.20, School of Physiotherapy.

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Grant success for physiotherapy researchers at CHARR

Friday, 7 October 2016 1:36pm

School of Physiotherapy staff awarded University of Otago Research Grants for 2017.

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Theme members attend the IASP World Congress

Thursday, 29 September 2016 11:52am

The World Congress on Pain is the premier conference devoted to pain research and treatement.  In 2016, the world's top researchres and clinicians meet in Yokohama, Japan.
Pain@Otago Director, Prof Ted Shipton, is attending the event along with Deputy Director Dr Ram Mani, and Steering Group Member Dr Nicola Swain.

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William Evans Fellow A/Prof Martijn Huisman visits Dunedin in September

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 2:38pm

Dr Huisman is the scientific director of the Longitudinal Ageing Study Amsterdam (LASA).  His main focus is the role of socioeconomic adversity on health in old age. He is also the research coordinator of the Amsterdam Center in Ageing.  He will be visiting the University of Otago from the 12 - 30th of September. 

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Bridges self-management workshop 15th October and 4th March

Tuesday, 2 August 2016 9:30am

Bridges self-management training to support the self-managment of long term conditions will be held at the School of Physiotherapy on the 15th October and the 4th of March.

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Postgraduate study Acupuncture Semester 2 under way

Friday, 17 June 2016 9:53am

PHTY548 Introduction to Musculoskeletal Acupuncture running in Semester 2, 2016.

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International ageing conference

Wednesday, 8 June 2016 4:52pm

The International Federation of Ageing Conference will be held 21-23 June 2016, in Brisbane.

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Physio students join in the Relay for Life

Friday, 22 April 2016 1:49pm

The Relay for Life is an annual event held to raise awareness and funds for cancer.  The University of Otago held its Relay for Life event on the 16th of April.  93 students from the School's 2nd and 3rd year classes contributed to the event and raised over $3000.

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Retirement of Associate Professor Gill Johnson

Friday, 1 April 2016 1:53pm

Associate Professor Gill Johnson, MSc PhD DipGrad(Otago) DipPhty FNZCP, was farewelled by the School of Physiotherapy staff at a function at the Staff Club on 8th April.

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Associate Professor position open at the School, 2015

Wednesday, 2 December 2015 10:36am

The University of Otago, School of Physiotherapy is seeking to appoint an Associate Professor. The successful applicant will contribute towards the research activities of the School's research Centre CHARR, through publications in high-quality peer-reviewed journals, obtaining external funding support, and supervising research students.