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CARE research

Woman reading a book on a couch imageCARE conducts research in gerontology—the study of ageing in all its aspects. While this has long been a crucial area of interdisciplinary research, the importance of pursuing this work is increasing as the impacts of ageing populations are being felt in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas.

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Current and recent research

Ageing and work: Best practices for supporting individuals to work longer

Dr Paula O'Kane, along with Co-Investigators Associate Professor Sara Walton and Dr Diane Ruwhiu have a University of Otago Research Grant to support this work.

Predictors and impact of driving cessation on older adults and whānau/families (NZPATHS)

Dr Rebecca McLean, Principal Investigator, and Co-Investigators Professor Jennie Connor, Professor Ngaire Kerse, Professor Jean Shope, Professor Sue Crengle, Associate Professor Joanne Taylor and Research Associate Professor Claire Cameron have been awarded a Health Research Council of New Zealand Project Grant to explore this topic.

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Research students

CARE researchers provide academic supervision to a number of students conducting research studies.

Associate Professor Yoram Barak

  • Claudia Ammann, PhD: The Intergenerational Moral Contract
  • Emme Chacko, PhD: Mindfulness for carers of people with dementia
  • Dana Fridman, PhD: Designing Web-Based Interventions to Reduce Loneliness
  • Nurrul Johari, MD College Project: Successful Ageing
  • Yvette Hall, DSM Summer Research: Older Adults Abuse

Associate Professor Meredith Perry

  • Julia Law: Pre-registration health professionals’ attitudes and behaviours towards tangata whaikaha (Māori with disability)
  • Duncan Drysdale: Developing a supported playgroup for children of Pacific families
  • Saskia van der Wilt: Physiotherapists use of green-space for life long health conditions
  • Sadhana Ravichandran: Pre-registration health professionals’ knowledge and understanding of disability concepts
  • Donna Smith: Sharing the burden – Do caregivers with children with disability find babywearing a useful tool?
  • Miranda Vriend: What support is helpful in managing concussion? Exploring the views of New Zealand adults with concussion experience
  • Celia Monk: Physiotherapists supporting self-management in people with low back pain
  • Lizz Carrington: Determining the utility of play based exercise programmes in green and blue spaces for children with disabilities
  • Gail Donaldson: Use of silicone oil for the management of hand injuries

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Postgraduate research opportunities

Pacific graduate with family imageIf you are a postgraduate student with an interest in ageing-related research visit our database for research opportunities across all our University of Otago campuses:

Postgraduate research opportunities database