Our work in this vital aspect of human health specifically covers research into physical activity as a non-medical intervention applied throughout the lifespan.
Quality of life and movement potential are enhanced through promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation, and rehabilitation.
CHARR researchers work with a number of colleagues from around the University and have hosted three Physical Activity and Health Colloquium (2012, 2014, 2015).
CHARR is involved in leading a network of University researchers and community partners in the area of physical activity, health, and wellbeing.
Current research projects
Current projects include:
- Community exercise classes for health and well-being
- Cardiopulmonary research
- Musculoskeletal conditions and Physical Activity
- Physical Activity and amputees
- Dog walking
- Health behaviours among NZ adults with prediabetes and diabetes
- Blue prescription: Physical Activity for chronic condition
- Overuse injuries and running
- Huarahi Hauora – Identifying a pathway forward to wellness for Māori
- Access to Physical Activity for men following stroke
- Physical Activity for people with multiple sclerosis
- Park based physical activity
- Mabire, L., Mani, R., Liu, L., Mulligan, H., & Baxter, D. (2017). The Influence of age, sex and body mass index on the effectiveness of brisk walking for obesity management in adults. A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Physical Activity & Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2016-0064
- Timothy, E. K., Bown, B.-J., Beever, R. M., & Mulligan, H. F. (2017). Changes in walking levels of people with stroke following discharge from hospital: A pilot study. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 45(1), 17-23. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/45.1.03
- Hall-McMaster, S. M., Treharne, G. J., & Smith, C. M. (2016). Positive thinking and physical activity motivation for one individual with multiple sclerosis: A qualitative case-study. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 44(1), 26-32. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/44.1.04
- Baxter, S., Smith, C., Treharne, G., Stebbings, S., & Hale, L. (2016). What are the perceived barriers, facilitators and attitudes to exercise for women with rheumatoid arthritis? A qualitative study. Disability & Rehabilitation, 38(8), 773-780.
- Campbell, K., Smith, C. M., Tumilty, S., Cameron, C., & Treharne, G. J. (2016). How does dog-walking influence perceptions of health and wellbeing in healthy adults? A qualitative dog-walk-along study. Anthrozos, 29(2), 181-192.
- Sangelaji, B., Smith, C. M., Paul, L., Kovanur Sampath, K., Treharne, G. J., & Hale, L. A. (2016). The effectiveness of behaviour change interventions to increase physical activity participation in people with multiple sclerosis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Rehabilitation, 30(6), 559-576.
- Smith, C. M., Treharne, G. J., Mulligan, H., & Hale, L. A. (2016). Using qualitative evidence to develop an intervention for enabling people with chronic disabling conditions to be more physically active. In K. Olson, R. A. Young & I. Z. Schultz (Eds.), Handbook of qualitative health research for evidence-based practice (pp. 453-472). New York: Springer.
- Mansi, S., Milosavljevic, S., Tumilty, S., Hendrick, P., Higgs, C., & Baxter, G. D. (2015). Investigating the effect of a 3-month workplace-based pedometer-driven walking programme on health-related quality of life in meat processing workers: A feasibility study within a randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health 15, 410.
- Walter, T., Hale, L., & Smith, C. (2015). Blue prescription: A single-subject design intervention to enable physical activity for people with stroke. International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation, (2), 87-95.
- Kannan, P., Chapple, C. M., Miller, D., Claydon, L. S., & Baxter, G. D. (2015). Menstrual pain and quality of life in women with primary dysmenorrhea: Rationale, design, and interventions of a randomized controlled trial of effects of a treadmill-based exercise intervention. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 42, 81-89.
- Mulligan, H., Treharne, G. J., Hale, L. A., & Smith, C. (2013). Combining self-help and professional help to minimize barriers to physical activity in persons with MS. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy.
|2017||Community exercise for long-term management of diabetes and multimorbidity||HRC project, Health Delivery Stream|
|2017||Acceptability for the treadmill 6 minute walk test for pacific peoples||HRC Pacific Summer Studentship|
|2017||A pedometer based walking programme for people with stroke: a feasibility study||Physiotherapy Neuro Special Interest Group|
|2017||Physical activity and stroke||OMRF, Summer studentship|
|2017||Personalised physical activity and motivational text messaging in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).||School of Physiotherapy Trust|
|2016||Walking to better health after stroke||UORG|
|2016||Does exercise using the Wii Fit™ Balance Board increase muscle strength and decrease instability in individuals with knee osteoarthritis: A feasibility study?||MPPT|
|2016||Developing an intervention to promote physical activity engagement for people with multiple sclerosis living in rural settings: a feasibility study||MPPT|
|2015||Longitudinal investigation of sedentary behaviour patterns and its predictors among New Zealanders with high risk of developing chronic diseases.||Lottery Health Research|
|2014||Dunedin Community Exercise Programme||WellSouth|
|2014||The Influence of Relative BMI on Energy Expenditure during Brisk Walking||Physiotherapy New Zealand|
|2014||Development of a strategic framework to enable support persons to facilitate male stroke survivors to engage in physical activity||Physiotherapy New Zealand|
|2014||Development of a strategic framework to enable support persons to facilitate male stroke survivors to engage in physical activity||Canterbury Trust|
|2014||Early detection of hip/knee osteoarthritis to improve physical activity and self-efficacy||Jack Thomson Arthritis Fund|
|2014||Physical activity and quality of life in persons with dysvascular and traumatic below-knee amputation||NZALS|
|2014||Sedentary behaviour and its associations with psychosocial factors in individuals with high risk of developing type-2 diabetes mellitus.||UORG|
|2013||Effects of aerobic training on menstrual pain in women with primary dysmenorrhea: A randomized controlled trial||Physiotherapy New Zealand|
|2013||Are Mobile Methods a feasible way to ask people with chronic conditions about dog-walking and health?||UORG|
|2013||Evaluation of a walking programme for people with rheumatoid arthritis||MPPT|
|2013||Participation of children with physical disability in leisure activities in New Zealand||PNZ Paediatric Special Interest Group|
|2012||Wilson Home Trust|
|2012||Back 2 Activity Trial||UORG|
|2012||The Otago back pain and lifestyle study||Otago Branch PNZ|
|2011||How does fatigue influence community exercise participation in men with Multiple Sclerosis||UORG|
|2010||Accessibility to physically active recreation: Toward full inclusion of people with physical disability in the New Zealand context||Burwood Academy of Independent Living|
|2009||Blue Prescription: physiotherapy activity support package for chronic disability||UORG|
|2009||Mardi Cup posture study||SPAARC|
Access to physical activity for men following stroke.
The use of Nintendo Wii Fit™ in improving falls risk, balance and adherence to exercise in patients with Knee Osteoarthritis
Masters by Research candidates
A Fitbit™ based walking programme for people with stroke: a feasibility study
Physical activity following coronary artery bypass graft surgery: Participant’s understanding and experiences
News and Events
National and international collaborators
- Dr Paul Hendrick (University of Nottingham)
- Professor Suzanne McDonough (University of Ulster)
- Professor Stephan Milosavljevic (University of Saskatchewan)
- Dr Lorna Paul (University of Glasgow)
- MS and Parkinson’s Society of Canterbury Inc
- Silver Fern Meat Works
- Physiotherapy Clinics