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Health Sciences profile

Katrina Pōtiki Bryant

QualificationsBPhty MPhty
Research summaryKaupapa Māori research, clinical physiotherapy, rehabilitation and falls prevention


  1. Kaupapa Māori Research in physiotherapy with specific emphasis on:
    Māori centric application of rehabilitation and injury prevention within Māori communities, working alongside iwi, hapū, whānau to conduct research answering self-identified hauora issues, cultural safety, Mātauaka Māori and data sovereignty issue, curriculum development of Hauora Māori curriculum throughout undergraduate physiotherapy education and supporting Māori student achievement in research and undergraduate study.
  2. Clinical research developing biomechanical analysis specific to clinical physiotherapy application. This includes specific interests in posture, running gait and movement patterns required for activities of daily life, morphological anthropology and physiotherapy techniques to facilitate designed movements.
  3. Applying indigenous movement patterns and tradition into rehabilitation to engage indigenous populations accessing relevant physiotherapy and rehabilitation services. Katrina has created a network of international indigenous Health Researchers involved in indigenous Movement for Rehabilitation incorporating indigenous knowledge and exercises for health research within indigenous communities. Katrina hopes to strengthen her ties within this network and conduct further collaborative work in this space.
  4. Falls prevention with specific emphasis on engaging ageing Māori into community strengthening and balance exercise programmes. Taurite Tū research is direct Kaupapa Māori research that Katrina has led, out of Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou.


Aldabe, D., Lawrenson, P., Sullivan, S. J., Hyland, G., Bussey, M., Hammer, N., Bryant, K., & Woodley, S. (2022). Management of women with pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain: An international Delphi study. Physiotherapy, 115, 66-84. doi: 10.1016/

Bühler, M., Chapple, C. M., Stebbings, S., Pōtiki-Bryant, K., & Baxter, G. D. (2021). Impact of thumb carpometacarpal osteoarthritis: A pragmatic qualitative study. Arthritis Care & Research, 73(3), 336-346. doi: 10.1002/acr.24124

Hoeta, T., Baxter, G. D., Pōtiki Bryant, K. A., & Mani, R. (2020). Māori pain experiences and culturally valid pain assessment tools for Māori: A systematic narrative review. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 48(1), 37-50. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/48.1.05

Hale, L., Potiki Bryant, K., Ward, A. L., Falloon, A., Montgomery, A., Mirfin-Veitch, B., Tikao, K., & Milosavljevic, S. (2018). Organisational views on health care access for hauā (disabled) Māori in Murihiku (Southland), Aotearoa New Zealand: A mixed methods approach. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 46(2), 51-66. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/46.2.03

Potiki Bryant, K., Hale, L., Tikao, K., Milosavljevic, S., Wright-Tawha, T., Ward, A. L., & Mirfin-Veitch, B. F. (2016). Art as a tool for disseminating research outcomes: The Hauā Mana Māori Project and Participatory Action Research in New Zealand. Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation. Retrieved from