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Health Sciences profile

Associate Professor Meredith Perry

PositionAssociate Professor and Associate Dean of Postgraduate Studies
QualificationsBPhty MManipTh(Distinction) PhD
Research summaryDisability and long term conditions, equity, self-management, physical activity, green spaces, IPE
Teaching
  • Undergraduate: Physical activity, Musculoskeletal physiotherapy, Equity, Clinical education, Research & research methods
  • Postgraduate: PHTY501 Biomedical Science in Physiotherapy
  • Thesis supervision: Honours, Master’s, and PhD research
Memberships

International:

  • ISPAH International Society For Physical Activity And Health
  • WCPT World Confederation of Physical Therapists Network for Health Promotion in Life & Work

National:

  • Collaboration of Ageing Research Excellence (CARE) Theme Executive Committee
  • Wellington Inter-Professional Teaching Initiative (WITI)
  • Professional Practice Committee Co-Chair - Physiotherapy New Zealand
  • New Zealand Pain Society
  • Physiotherapy New Zealand Special Interest Groups (Older Adult, Paediatric, Neurology, Manipulative Physiotherapist)
ClinicalClinical education in primary and secondary care one day a week

Research

Meredith is a physiotherapist and experienced qualitative and quantitative researcher who has an interest in long term conditions and disability. She researches concepts such as person-centred care and the therapeutic relationship required for enabling self-management (of which physical activity is one component). Her work also considers and explores co-produced solutions for challenging societal and political discourse which enables health system inequities via systemic racism or biases and inaccessible services, resources and environments.

The major programmes of research she is currently working in are:

  1. Parks for Activity and Recreation in our Communities (PARCs) includes research projects exploring accessible urban parks, playgrounds and green space for people of all ages and abilities in New Zealand (PARCs). It also includes projects exploring health professionals’ acknowledgment and confidence with places and spaces as part of a co-designed rehabilitation and management strategy.
    Parks for Activity and Recreation in the Community Study
  2. Health Professionals’ knowledge and understanding of disability concepts includes projects exploring pre-registration and registered health professionals’ attitudes towards disability and disabled people, as well as their knowledge and understanding of disability models and frameworks. The intent of this work is to develop a pre-registration inter-professional curriculum promoting experiential learning of disability concepts, designed and taught by people with lived experience of disability.
  3. Respiratory service provision for people with Neuromuscular disease includes projects looking at the access to and timely delivery of respiratory services (e.g. non-invasive ventilation and exhalation support) for people with progressive neuromuscular disease (NMD).

Additional details

Peer recognition:

  • Named co-investigator on two current HRC Project Grants
    • Co-creation and piloting of a digital self-help intervention (iSelf-help) for persistent pain
    • Te Ao Mārama: Disability perspectives of tāngata whaikaha Māori
  • Outstanding contribution to COVID-19 response, Disability directorate, Ministry of Health, New Zealand
  • Member Emeritus of the Wellington Branch of Physiotherapy New Zealand

Editorial Boards:

  • Associate Editor of the New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy

Appointments:

  • Physiotherapy New Zealand 2020 Conference Academic Chair
  • Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand Re-certification Working Group
  • Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand Clinical Competence Reviewer

Publications

Drysdale, D., Carrington, L., Sanerivi, O., Smith, D., & Perry, M. (2022). Perceptions of Pasifika caregivers on a Pacific community playground and implications for paediatric physiotherapists. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 50(2), 72-81. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/50.2.04

Perry, M. A., Jenkins, M., Jones, B., Bowick, J., Shaw, H., Robinson, E., … Neill, A., & Ingham, T. (2022). “Me and ‘that’ machine”: The lived experiences of people with neuromuscular disorders using non-invasive ventilation. Disability & Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2022.2076939

Ravichandran, S., Calder, A., Ingham, T., Jones, B., & Perry, M. (2022). "Someone like anyone else": A qualitative exploration of New Zealand health professional students' understanding of disability. Disabilities, 2(1), 131-144. doi: 10.3390/disabilities2010011

Perry, M. A., Devan, H., Davies, C., Hempel, D., Ingham, T., Jones, B., … Hale, L. (2022). iSelf-help: A co-designed, culturally appropriate, online pain management programme in Aotearoa. Research Involvement & Engagement, 8, 6. doi: 10.1186/s40900-022-00339-9

Carrington, L., Hale, L., Freeman, C., Qureshi, A., & Perry, M. (2021). Family-centred care for children with biopsychosocial support needs: A scoping review. Disabilities, 1(4), 301-330. doi: 10.3390/disabilities1040022

Darlow, B., Perry, M., & Chapple, C. (2013). Water based exercise for arthritis: A manual for class co-ordinators. Dunedin and Wellington, New Zealand: University of Otago and Arthritis New Zealand, 30p.

Authored Book - Research

Drysdale, D., Carrington, L., Sanerivi, O., Smith, D., & Perry, M. (2022). Perceptions of Pasifika caregivers on a Pacific community playground and implications for paediatric physiotherapists. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 50(2), 72-81. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/50.2.04

Journal - Research Article

Perry, M. A., Devan, H., Davies, C., Hempel, D., Ingham, T., Jones, B., … Hale, L. (2022). iSelf-help: A co-designed, culturally appropriate, online pain management programme in Aotearoa. Research Involvement & Engagement, 8, 6. doi: 10.1186/s40900-022-00339-9

Journal - Research Article

Perry, M. A., Jenkins, M., Jones, B., Bowick, J., Shaw, H., Robinson, E., … Neill, A., & Ingham, T. (2022). “Me and ‘that’ machine”: The lived experiences of people with neuromuscular disorders using non-invasive ventilation. Disability & Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2022.2076939

Journal - Research Article

Ravichandran, S., Calder, A., Ingham, T., Jones, B., & Perry, M. (2022). "Someone like anyone else": A qualitative exploration of New Zealand health professional students' understanding of disability. Disabilities, 2(1), 131-144. doi: 10.3390/disabilities2010011

Journal - Research Article

Areli, E., Godfrey, H. K., Perry, M. A., Hempel, D., Saipe, B., Grainger, R., Hale, L., & Devan, H. (2021). ‘I think there is nothing . . . that is really comprehensive’: Healthcare professionals’ views on recommending online resources for pain self-management. British Journal of Pain, 15(4), 429-440. doi: 10.1177/2049463720978264

Journal - Research Article

Clode, N. J., Darlow, B., Rouse, J., & Perry, M. (2021). What electronic information resources do physiotherapists prefer to use to support their CPD? Physiotherapy Research International, 26, e1881. doi: 10.1002/pri.1881

Journal - Research Article

Devan, H., Jones, B., Davies, C., Perry, M., Hale, L., Grainger, R., & Ingham, T. (2021). Are we just dishing out pills constantly to mask their pain? Kaiāwhina Māori health workers' perspectives on pain management for Māori. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1543), 19-29. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Devan, H., Perry, M. A., Yaghoubi, M., & Hale, L. (2021). "A coalition of the willing": Experiences of co-designing an online pain management programme (iSelf-help) for people with persistent pain. Research Involvement & Engagement, 7, 28. doi: 10.1186/s40900-021-00275-0

Journal - Research Article

Donaldson, G., Johnson, G. M., Sole, G., & Perry, M. (2021). Usage and clinical perspectives of silicone oil as a therapeutic adjunct in hand rehabilitation: A survey of New Zealand and Australian therapists. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 49(1), 7-14. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/49.1.02

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McKinlay, E., Banks, D., Coleman, K., Darlow, B., Dungey, G., Farr, T., Fyfe, R., Gray, B., Kemp, L., … Morris, C., Myers, J., … Perry, M., … Pullon, S. (2021). Keeping it going: The importance of delivering interprofessional education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Primary Health Care, 13(4), 359-369. doi: 10.1071/HC21070

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Perry, M., Cotes, L., Horton, B., Kunac, R., Snell, I., Taylor, B., Wright, A., & Devan, H. (2021). "Enticing" but not necessarily a "space designed for me": Experiences of urban park use by older adults with disability. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 18, 552. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18020552

Journal - Research Article

Buckley, A., Brownlie, K., Hill, K., Hallamore, R.-R., Vijan, N., & Perry, M. (2020). Health professionals’ inclusion of green space in the management of long term conditions: A scoping review. Physical Therapy Reviews, 25(5-6), 399-410. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2020.1832715

Journal - Research Article

Mahood, C., Perry, M., Gallagher, P., & Sole, G. (2020). Chaos and confusion with confidence: Managing fear of re-injury after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Physical Therapy in Sport, 45, 145-154. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2020.07.002

Journal - Research Article

McKinlay, E., Brown, M., Beckingsale, L., Burrow, M., Coleman, K., Darlow, B., Donovan, S., … Hilder, J., Neser, H., Perry, M., … Pullon, S. (2020). Forming inter-institutional partnerships to offer pre-registration IPE: A focus group study. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 34(3), 380-387. doi: 10.1080/13561820.2019.1685476

Journal - Research Article

Devan, H., Godfrey, H. K., Perry, M. A., Hempel, D., Saipe, B., Hale, L., & Grainger, R. (2019). Current practices of health care providers in recommending online resources for chronic pain self-management. Journal of Pain Research, 12, 2457-2472. doi: 10.2147/JPR.S206539

Journal - Research Article

Jayakaran, P., Perry, M., & Hale, L. (2019). Comparison of self-reported physical activity levels and quality of life between individuals with dysvascular and non-dysvascular below knee amputation: A cross-sectional study. Disability & Health Journal, 12, 235-241. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2018.10.005

Journal - Research Article

Jayakaran, P., Perry, M., Kondov, M., McPherson, T., Sutherland, L., & Wypych, A. (2019). Attitudes and beliefs towards physical activity participation in individuals with below-knee amputation. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 47(2), 118-128. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/47.2.06

Journal - Research Article

McKinlay, E., McDonald, J., Darlow, B., & Perry, M. (2019). The social networks of New Zealand patients with multimorbidity and the work of those nominated as their 'significant supporters': An exploratory study. Health & Social Care in the Community, 27, 392-399. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12657

Journal - Research Article

Boland, P., Levack, W. M. M., Graham, F. P., & Perry, M. A. (2018). User perspective on receiving adaptive equipment after stroke: A mixed-methods study. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 85(4), 297-306. doi: 10.1177/0008417418800834

Journal - Research Article

Clode, N. J., Perry, M. A., & Wulff, L. (2018). Does physiotherapy prehabilitation improve pre-surgical outcomes and influence patient expectations prior to knee and hip joint arthroplasty? International Journal of Orthopaedic & Trauma Nursing, 30, 14-19. doi: 10.1016/j.ijotn.2018.05.004

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Devan, H., Hale, L., Hempel, D., Saipe, B., & Perry, M. A. (2018). What works and does not work in a self-management intervention for people with chronic pain? Qualitative systematic review and meta-synthesis. Physical Therapy, 98(5), 381-397. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzy029

Journal - Research Article

Perry, M. A., Devan, H., Fitzgerald, H., Han, K., Liu, L.-T., & Rouse, J. (2018). Accessibility and usability of parks and playgrounds. Disability & Health Journal, 11(2), 221-229. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.08.011

Journal - Research Article

Scott, S. M., Perry, M. A., & Sole, G. (2018). "Not always a straight path": Patients' perspectives following anterior cruciate ligament rupture and reconstruction. Disability & Rehabilitation, 40(19), 2311-2317. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1335803

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Boland, P., Levack, W., Perry, M., & Graham, F. (2017). Equipment provision after stroke: A scoping review of the use of personal care and mobility aids in rehabilitation. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80(2), 73-88. doi: 10.1177/0308022616664910

Journal - Research Article

Darlow, B., McKinlay, E., Gallagher, P., Beckingsale, L., Coleman, K., Perry, M., & Pullon, S. (2017). Building and expanding interprofessional teaching teams. Journal of Primary Health Care, 9(1), 29-33. doi: 10.1071/HC16053

Journal - Research Article

Fernandopulle, S., Perry, M., Manlapaz, D., & Jayakaran, P. (2017). Effect of land-based generic physical activity interventions on pain, physical function, and physical performance in hip and knee osteoarthritis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 96(11), 773-792. doi: 10.1097/phm.0000000000000736

Journal - Research Article

McKinlay, E., McDonald, J., Darlow, B., & Perry, M. (2017). Social networks of patients with multimorbidity: A qualitative study of patients' and supporters' views. Journal of Primary Health Care, 9(2), 153-161. doi: 10.1071/HC16062

Journal - Research Article

Mesbah, N., Perry, M., Hill, K. D., Kaur, M., & Hale, L. (2017). Postural stability in older adults with Alzheimer disease. Physical Therapy, 97(3), 290-309. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20160115

Journal - Research Article

Perry, M. A., Mulligan, H., & Smith, C. (2017). How do professional caregivers perceive their health and well-being? International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 10(6), 434-449. doi: 10.1108/IJWHM-05-2017-0029

Journal - Research Article

Darlow, B., Donovan, S., Coleman, K., McKinlay, E., Beckingsale, L., Gallagher, P., Gray, B., Neser, H., Perry, M., & Pullon, S. (2016). What makes an interprofessional education programme meaningful to students? Findings from focus group interviews with students based in New Zealand. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 30(3), 355-361. doi: 10.3109/13561820.2016.1141189

Journal - Research Article

Darlow, B., Perry, M., Dean, S., Mathieson, F., Baxter, G. D., & Dowell, A. (2016). Putting physical activity while experiencing low back pain in context: Balancing the risks and benefits. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 97(2), 245-251. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2015.09.020

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Perry, M., Dean, S., & Devan, H. (2016). The relationship between chronic low back pain and fatigue: A systematic review. Physical Therapy Reviews, 21(3-6), 173-183. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2016.1264665

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von Aesch, A. V., Perry, M., & Sole, G. (2016). Physiotherapists’ experiences of the management of anterior cruciate ligament injuries. Physical Therapy in Sport, 19, 14-22. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2015.08.004

Journal - Research Article

Darlow, B., Coleman, K., McKinlay, E., Donovan, S., Beckingsale, L., Gray, B., Neser, H., Perry, M., Stanley, J., & Pullon, S. (2015). The positive impact of interprofessional education: A controlled trial to evaluate a programme for health professional students. BMC Medical Education, 15, 98. doi: 10.1186/s12909-015-0385-3

Journal - Research Article

Darlow, B., Dean, S., Perry, M., Mathieson, F., Baxter, G. D., & Dowell, A. (2015). Easy to harm, hard to heal: Patient views about the back. Spine, 40(11), 842-850. doi: 10.1097/brs.0000000000000901

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Perry, M., Featherston, S., McSherry, T., Milne, G., Ruhen, T., & Wright, K. (2015). Musculoskeletal physiotherapy provided within a community health centre improves access. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 43(2), 40-46. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/43.2.03

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Perry, M., Hudson, S., Clode, N., Wright, K., & Baxter, D. (2015). What factors affect attendance at musculoskeletal physiotherapy outpatient services for patients from a high deprivation area in New Zealand? New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 43(2), 47-53. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/43.2.04

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Darlow, B., Dean, S., Perry, M., Mathieson, F., Baxter, G. D., & Dowell, A. (2014). Acute low back pain management in general practice: Uncertainty and conflicting certainties. Family Practice, 31(6), 723-732. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmu051

Journal - Research Article

Darlow, B., Perry, M., Mathieson, F., Stanley, J., Melloh, M., Marsh, R., Baxter, G. D., & Dowell, A. (2014). The development and exploratory analysis of the Back Pain Attitudes Questionnaire (Back-PAQ). BMJ Open, 4(5), e005251. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005251

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Darlow, B., Perry, M., Stanley, J., Mathieson, F., Melloh, M., Baxter, G. D., & Dowell, A. (2014). Cross-sectional survey of attitudes and beliefs about back pain in New Zealand. BMJ Open, 4(5), e004725. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004725

Journal - Research Article

Darlow, B., Dowell, A., Baxter, G. D., Mathieson, F., Perry, M., & Dean, S. (2013). The enduring impact of what clinicians say to people with low back pain. Annals of Family Medicine, 11(6), 527-534. doi: 10.1370/afm.1518

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Pullon, S., McKinlay, E., Beckingsale, L., Perry, M., Darlow, B., Gray, B., Gallagher, P., Hoare, K., & Morgan, S. (2013). Interprofessional education for physiotherapy, medical and dietetics students: A pilot programme. Journal of Primary Health Care, 5(1), 52-58.

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Sole, G., Schneiders, A., Hébert-Losier, K., & Perry, M. (2013). Perceptions by physiotherapy students and faculty staff of a multimedia learning resource for musculoskeletal practical skills teaching. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 41(2), 58-64.

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Perry, M. A., Hudson, H. S., Meys, S., Norrie, O., Ralph, T., & Warner, S. (2012). Older adults' experiences regarding discharge from hospital following orthopaedic intervention: A metasynthesis. Disability & Rehabilitation, 34(4), 267-278. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2011.603016

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Perry, M. A. C., Hudson, S., & Ardis, K. (2011). “If I didn't have anybody, what would I have done?”: Experiences of older adults and their discharge home after lower limb orthopaedic surgery. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 43(10), 916-922.

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Perry, M. A., Hendrick, P. A., Hale, L., Baxter, G. D., Milosavljevic, S., Dean, S. G., … Hurley, D. A. (2010). Utility of the RT3 triaxial accelerometer in free living: An investigation of adherence and data loss. Applied Ergonomics, 41, 469-476. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2009.10.001

Journal - Research Article

O'Sullivan, P., Dankaerts, W., Burnett, A., Straker, L., Bargon, G., Moloney, N., Perry, M., & Tsang, S. (2006). Lumbopelvic kinematics and trunk muscle activity during sitting on stable and unstable surfaces. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 36(1), 19-25. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2006.2094

Journal - Research Article

Carrington, L., Hale, L., Freeman, C., Qureshi, A., & Perry, M. (2021). Family-centred care for children with biopsychosocial support needs: A scoping review. Disabilities, 1(4), 301-330. doi: 10.3390/disabilities1040022

Journal - Research Other

Hale, L., Devan, H., Davies, C., Dean, S. G., Dowell, T., Grainger, R., Gray, A. R., … Ingham, T., Jones, B., Leung, W., Mills, J., … Shipton, E., & Perry, M. (2021). Clinical and cost-effectiveness of an online-delivered group-based pain management programme in improving pain-related disability for people with persistent pain: Protocol for a non-inferiority randomised controlled trial (iSelf-help trial). BMJ Open, 11(2), e046376. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-046376

Journal - Research Other

Perry, M. A., Ingham, T., Jones, B., & Mirfin-Veitch, B. (2020). "At risk" and 'Vulnerable"! Reflections on inequities and the impact of COVID-19 on disabled people. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 48(3), 107-116. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/48.3.02

Journal - Research Other

Yoshikawa, K., Brady, B., Perry, M. A., & Devan, H. (2020). Sociocultural factors influencing physiotherapy management in culturally and linguistically diverse people with persistent pain: A scoping review. Physiotherapy, 107, 292-305. doi: 10.1016/j.physio.2019.08.002

Journal - Research Other

Devan, H., Perry, M. A., van Hattem, A., Thurlow, G., Shepherd, S., Muchemwa, C., & Grainger, R. (2019). Do pain management websites foster self-management support for people with persistent pain? A scoping review. Patient Education & Counseling, 102, 1590-1601. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2019.04.009

Journal - Research Other

Saitta, M., Devan, H., Boland, P., & Perry, M. A. (2019). Park-based physical activity interventions for persons with disabilities: A mixed-methods systematic review. Disability & Health Journal, 12, 11-23. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2018.07.006

Journal - Research Other

Coleman, K., Darlow, B., McKinlay, E., Beckingsale, L., Donovan, S., Stanley, J., Gallagher, P., Gray, B., Neser, H., Perry, M., & Pullon, S. (2014). Does interprofessional education make a difference to students' attitudes to practice? [Brief communication]. Journal of Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences, 45(4), 344-345. doi: 10.1016/j.jmir.2014.10.004

Journal - Research Other

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