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Sarah Rhodes

Thesis title

Can physical activity intervention in combination with text messaging improve quality of life through increased functional exercise capacity and enhanced exercise self-efficacy in adults with obstructive sleep apnoea?

Area of study

  • sleep disordered breathing
  • non-communicable diseases
  • self-management
  • physical activity
  • motivational strategies
  • mHealth, sarcopenic obesity

Supervisors

  • Dr Margot Skinner, Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago (Primary Supervisor)
  • Associate Professor Debra Waters, Associate Professor, Dept of Medicine/School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago
  • Dr Ben Brockway, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine and Senior Lecturer, Dept of Medicine, University of Otago

Education

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, University of Northumbria at Newcastle UK, 2001

Presentations

  • Rhodes S (2016) Physical activity and obstructive sleep apnoea hypopnoea syndrome: nothing to lose (except weight) and everything to gain. Podium presentation, PNZ Conference, Auckland, September 2016
  • Rhodes S (2016) Physical inactivity contributes to cardiovascular disease risk in adults with symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome. Poster presentation. Otago Spotlight Series: CVD Research, Wellington, September 2016
  • Rhodes (2016) Obstructive sleep apnoea hypopnoea syndrome (OSAHS): physical activity levels and barriers to activity in an at-risk population. Post-graduate symposium presentation. Health, movement and lifestyle: a multi-disciplinary approach. CHARR week, School of Physiotherapy, November 2016

Awards

  • University of Otago Masters Scholarship (full-time) 2016
  • University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship (part-time) 2017

Why did you chose CHARR, SoP?

Access to a range of brilliant minds, reputation for excellence in research, close links with the SDHB, opportunity to meet other post-graduate students.

Best things so far

Incredible supervision and support from physiotherapy staff. A welcoming environment where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking and contribute.