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Ricky Bell (Ngāti Hine, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Hau, Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri)

Thesis title

Huarahi Hauora – Identifying a pathway forward to wellness for Māori

Area of study

  • Manipulative and musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • Waka Ama, injury profile and prevention
  • Māori Health
  • Obesity

Supervisors

  • Dr Steve Tumilty, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago (Primary Supervisor)
  • Professor Leigh Hale, Dean, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago
  • Dr Catherine Smith, Lecturer, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago
  • Dr Geoffrey Kira, Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Sport and Exercise, Massey University

Education background

  • 2012, MManipPhty: Master of Physiotherapy (Endorsed in Manipulative) with Distinction, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 2011, PGDipPhty: Postgraduate Diploma in Physiotherapy (Endorsed in Musculoskeletal) with Distinction, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1993, BPhty: Bachelor of Physiotherapy, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia

Publications

Bell, R., Smith, C., Hale, L., Kira, G., & Tumilty, S., (2017). Understanding obesity in the context of an Indigenous population—A qualitative study. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.orcp.2017.04.006

Bell, R., Tumilty, S., Kira, G., Smith, C., & Hale, L. (2016). Using a community based participatory research model within an indigenous framework to establish an exploratory platform of investigation into obesity. Obesity Medicine, 2, 19-24. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.obmed.2016.03.001

E-pub date: April 5, 2016

Nicholls D, Harwood G, Bell R (2016) Physical therapies in 19th century Aotearoa/New Zealand: Part 1 – Māori physical therapies. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy 44(2): 75-83. http://dx.doi.org/10.15619/NZJP/44.2.02

Bell, R., Tumilty, S., Kira, G., Smith, C., & Hale, L. (2016). Using a community based participatory research model within an indigenous framework to establish an exploratory platform of investigation into obesity. Obesity Medicine, 2, 19-24. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2451847616300045 

Bell, R., Carman, A., and Tumilty, S. (2013) Sports injury profile of competitive Waka Ama (outrigger canoe) paddlers in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy 41(1):30-35. http://physiotherapy.org.nz/assets/Professional-dev/Journal/2013-March/2013MarchBell.pdf

Bell, R., (2012) [Clinically Applicable Papers] Beer, A., Treleaven, J., and Jull, G. (2012) Can functional postural exercise improve performance in the cranio-cervical flexion test? – A preliminary study. Manual Therapy 17:219-224 in New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy 40(3):141.

Bell, R., (2012) [Clinically Applicable Papers] Treleaven, J., Clamaron-Cheers, C., and Jull, G. (2011) Does the region of pain influence the presence of sensorimotor disturbances in neck pain disorders? Manual Therapy 16:636-640 in New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy 40(1):37.

Presentations

Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference (2016), Pullman Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand: Day 1: Presenter 16/09/2016: Bell, R.: Developing a new research framework of inquiry with an Indigenous population in regard to obesity.

APAC Forum http://apacforum.com/ | Conference, Sky City Conference Centre, Auckland, New Zealand: Presenter 24/09/2015: Bell, R: Using an indigenous lens to establish an exploratory platform of investigation into health and wellness.

Linking the Chain, Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference (2014) , Langham Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand: Day 2: Presenter 20/09/2014: Bell, R.: Upper cervical instability – don’t forget about the zebra when given a horse.

Health Research Council (HRC), Hui Whakapiripiri, Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland, Session One, Stream Three: Presenter 10/07/2012: Bell, R., Carman, A., and Tumilty, S.: Sports injury profile of competitive Waka Ama (outrigger canoe) paddlers in New Zealand.

Māori Postgraduate Symposium, University of Otago, Dunedin: Presenter 28/08/2012 Bell, R., Carman, A., and Tumilty, S.: Sports injury profile of competitive Waka Ama (outrigger canoe) paddlers in New Zealand.

HUI-Ā-TAU and Scientific Conference, Te Ora (Māori Doctors Association of Aotearoa), Korou Kore Marae, Ahipara, Northland, Session 7: Presenter 01/09/2012: Bell, R., Carman, A., and Tumilty, S.: Sports injury profile of competitive Waka Ama (outrigger canoe) paddlers in New Zealand.

Awards

  • 2014-2017, Department of Internal Affairs, Lottery Health PhD Scholarship
  • 2015 Te Rūnanga – Ā – Iwi – O - Ngāpuhi PhD Scholarship
  • 2014, Ministry of Health: Te Apa Māreikura Award
  • 2014, Queen Elizabeth II Post-Graduate Fellowship
  • 2014, Physiotherapy New Zealand, Scholarship Trust Fund
  • 2012, Te Whare Wānanga ō Otago (University of Otago): Masters Scholarship
  • 2011, 2012, Te Rau Matatini: Henry Rongomau Bennett Leadership Scholarship
  • 2012, Ti Maru Māori Trust Prestigious Scholarship (Postgraduate), Toitū Kaupapa Māori Mātauranga (Māori Education Trust)
  • 2012, Ministry of Health, Excellence Award in Post-Graduate Studies
  • 2011, 2012, 2015 Ministry of Health Hauora Māori Post-Graduate Scholarship

Why did you choose the School of Physiotherapy?:

History of excellence, welcoming campus environment and the University's appreciation of the Māori World View.

Best things so far about your study

Realising the potential of our Hapū Whānau and I am immensely grateful for all the opportunities that have come my way. While the University environment is infinitely challenging, I have enjoyed meeting like-minded people who want to make a difference.

Contact

Ricky Bell bodyhealthnz@xtra.co.nz

Twitter link

https://twitter.com/bellrickynz