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Professor Leigh Hale is the Dean of the School of Physiotherapy.

Her research is focused on clinical neurorehabilitation, with specific interests in:

  • Community falls prevention programmes for older adults
  • Fall prevention in adults with intellectual disability
  • Self-management and stroke
  • Exercise and physical activity in people with long term conditions, particularly Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Parkinson's Disease, and Alzheimer's disease
  • The use of virtual reality in stroke rehabilitation

Read more about her research interests here.


McConnell, L., & Hale, L. (2024). Undergraduate physiotherapy students’ perspectives on optimising the curriculum for supported self-management education. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 52(1), 17-25. doi: 10.15619/nzjp.v52i1.359 Journal - Research Article

Mesbah, N., Perry, M., Hill, K. D., Manlapaz, D., & Hale, L. (2024). The experiences of older adults with dementia "Balance Wise": An individual or group-delivered exercise programme: A qualitative study. Disabilities, 4, 11-26. doi: 10.3390/disabilities4010002 Journal - Research Article

Pelicioni, P., Davies, J., Waters, D., & Hale, L. (2023). Remote assessment of gait and balance of people with Parkinson’s disease: A reliability study. Digital Health Week, 2(1). Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Mesbah, N., Perry, M., Hill, K. D., Manlapaz, D., & Hale, L. (2023). Concurrent validity of clinical balance tests for older adults with cognitive impairment. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 51(3), 188-198. doi: 10.15619/nzjp.v51i3.277 Journal - Research Article

Wilkinson, A., Calder, A., Elliott, B., Rodger, R., Mulligan, H., Hale, L., & Perry, M. (2023). Disabled people or their support persons' perceptions of a community based multi-sensory environment (MSE): A mixed-method study. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 20, 6805. doi: 10.3390/ijerph20196805 Journal - Research Article

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