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School of Physiotherapy news and events

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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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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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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New Zealand-Germany Science & Technology Programme visitors seminar 15 March

Thursday, 10 March 2016 3:46pm

Prof Klaus Pfeifer and Dr Alexander Tallner (Institute of Sport Science and Sport, Friedrich-Alexander University) are visiting Otago as part of a travel grant funded by the New Zealand-Germany Science & Technology Programme (Royal Society of New Zealand). They are hosted by Dr Hilda Mulligan (CHARR, School of Physiotherapy). Hilda also received funding as part of this grant and visited Germany in 2015. The team are working on exploring linkages between the two institutions for a project based around linking internet based fatigue management with exercise in multiple sclerosis.

They will be presenting seminars on the 15th March:

Behavioural exercise interventions – competencies and sustainability
Professor Klaus Pfeifer (Exercise and Health at Institute of Sport Science and Sport, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nurenberg, Germany)

Internet interventions and physical activity behaviour change
Dr Alexander Tallner (Sport Science and Sport, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nurenberg, Germany)

Date: 15th March 12pm -1pm
Venue: Room 1.02, School of Physiotherapy Building


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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.

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A week of research student success!

Friday, 6 November 2015 10:00am

Research students have had a successful week. Congratulations to Ally Calder, Sarah Scott, and Gail Donaldson.

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Barrington clinic celebrates 25 years in 2015

Thursday, 29 October 2015 10:22am

Barrington Clinic recently celebrated 25 years. The Clinic in South Christchurch is the University’s only community-based clinic. It opened in 1990 to provide community based experience for physiotherapy students in a musculoskeletal clinic setting.

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Postdoctoral fellowship in OMT

Friday, 16 October 2015 4:15pm

Thanks to the support of the Alumni of the University of Otago in America (AUOA), the School of Physiotherapy is offering a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. See the details of this exciting new fellowship below, along with how to apply.

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International visitors to the School in 2015

Friday, 11 September 2015 10:23am

During September the School is hosting visitors from Hirosaki University and from the National Taiwan University. 

Visitors from Hirosaki extend ongoing collaborations between the Physio School and the Department of Social Medicine, Hirosaki University.  Exercise, activity, and community are an area of particular shared research interest and presentations during the visit will focus on this topic.

National Taiwan representatives, .Dr Tsauo (NTU Chairperson) & Yu-Jen, (Sam) Chen (Assistant Professor), will visit the School of the 15th of September.  This visit extends from visits by Prof David Baxter to NTU.

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Prof Susan Whitney visits as William Evans Fellow 2015

Monday, 10 August 2015 10:47am

Prof Susan Whitney (University of Pittsburgh) will be visiting the Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, as a William Evans Fellow.  Susan will be visiting the School from the 19th October until the 5th November.  During her visit Susan will be presenting a number of seminars and courses, and a public lecture on the 21st October.  Further information on Susan's visit will be posted on the School's Research page. 

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Professor Leigh Hale begins tenure as Dean of School of Physiotherapy

Monday, 13 July 2015 12:07pm

As of the 13th of July, Professor Leigh Hale has begun her tenure as the new Dean of the School of Physiotherapy.

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Dr Daniel Ribeiro receives HRC emerging researcher grant, 2015

Thursday, 14 May 2015 10:25am

School of Physiotherapy researcher, Dr Daniel Ribeiro, has received an HRC emerging researcher grant.  Daniel's research will explore the effectiveness of a monitor and feedback device for changing postural behaviour.