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Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research


Research and knowledge transfer are integral parts of the School's activities. Along with our high quality postgraduate and research programmes, research at the School of Physiotherapy is managed through our dedicated Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research.

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Research project areas

Research within the Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research is focused within the following project areas:

A number of staff also carry out research into teaching practice:
Research into teaching

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Research news and events

Upcoming CHARR research events

WCPT Congress 1-4 May

A number of CHARR researchers will be attending the World Congress of Physiotherapy in May 2015.  CHARR researchers are involving in a number of focused research symposiums including: Amputee rehabilitation, Electrophysical agents, Global Health, and Interactive Technology. The Centre will be have a stand at the conference. 

iSAMS 2015 conference 2-4 October

CHARR is excited to be co-hosting a pharmocopuncture conference in 2015. For further details of the event:

2015 Research Week - Week beginning 23th November 2015

More details will follow throughout the year.

Recent CHARR research events

24-27th CHARR research week 2014


Graduate Research Conference

Physical activity and health research symposium 

Research career development day 

Healthy ageing symposium


2013 CHARR publications

2013 CHARR research activity

Grant success

Jack Thomson Arthritis Grant

Daniel Ribeiro: Shoulder muscle activity: a study on patients with pain-limited shoulder elevation New Zealand-Germany Science & Technology Programme Travel Funding

Prasath Jayakaran: Early detection of hip/knee osteoarthritis to improve physical activity and self-efficacy

Physiotherapy New Zealand Grants

Leon Mabire: The influence of relative BMI on energy expenditure during brisk walking

Ally Calder: Development of a strategic framework to enable support persons to facilitate male stroke survivors to engage in physical activity

Meredith Perry: Incidence and prevalence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in female netball players in New Zealand and identification of factors in which they occur.

CHARR research visitors

Past visitors

Professor Suzanne McDonagh (University of Ulster) visited the School as a William Evans Fellow from the 17th November to the 7th December.

Associate Professor Todd Pataky,  Shinshu University (William Evans Fellow 2014)
19 February - 7 March

Prof Louise Ada, University of Sydney 2013

Advisory board

CHARR is supported by an International Advisory Board comprised of international experts in relevant research fields who aid the centre through staff and student exchanges, contributing to PhD programmes through supervisory or advisory roles, reviewing grants/publications, and networking on research developments at the international level.

Further information

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For further information on research activity within the Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research contact:

David Baxter
Co-Director of CHARR

Donna Keen
Research Coordinator

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