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Health Sciences profile

Dr Margot Skinner

PositionSenior Lecturer / Deputy Dean
QualificationsMPhEd PhD(Otago) DipPhty FNZCP FPNZ(Hon)
Research summaryCardiopulmonary physiotherapy; global health; interprofessional education
TeachingCardiopulmonary and vascular physiotherapy practice; Interprofessional Education; Global Health.
Memberships
  • Immediate Past Vice President, World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT), and WCPT Board member
  • Past President WCPT Asia Western Pacific Region
  • Past President, New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists (PNZ)
  • Current member WCPT Accreditation Committee
Clinical

Physiotherapists' role in the interprofessional team an introducing health professional students to ward-based interprofessional clinical practice

Research

Conservative management of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), global health priorities and interprofessional education.

Current research interests:

  • OSA
  • Interprofessional education
  • Physiotherapist's contribution to improving global health / non-communicable diseases

Additional details

  • Division of Health Sciences Interprofessional Education Lead
  • International advisor on, and reviewer for, entry level physiotherapy curricula

Publications

Rhodes, S., Waters, D., Brockway, B., & Skinner, M. (2022). Exercise and motivational text messaging to support physical activity behaviour change in a population with obstructive sleep apnoea: A feasibility study. Journal of Primary Health Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1071/HC22033

Darlow, B., Brown, M., McKinlay, E., Gray, L., Purdie, G., Pullon, S., the Longitudinal Interprofessional Study Group, including Beckingsale, L., Foster Page, L., Gallagher, P., Handley, J., Herkt, J., Kuperus, L., McHugh, P., Meldrum, A., Skinner, M., Schwass, R., Weaver, J., Wilson, C., & Windle, J. (2022). Longitudinal impact of preregistration interprofessional education on the attitudes and skills of health professionals during their early careers: A non-randomised trial with 4-year outcomes. BMJ Open, 12, e060066. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-060066

Lewthwaite, N. A. B., Gray, E. A., & Skinner, M. A. (2022). Exploring clinical learning experiences of novice physiotherapy students in a hospital setting. Physiotherapy Theory & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09593985.2022.2069617

Dassanayake, S., Sole, G., Wilkins, G., Gray, E., & Skinner, M. (2022). Effectiveness of physical activity and exercise on ambulatory blood pressure in adults with resistant hypertension: A systematic review and meta-analysis. High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s40292-022-00517-6

Gray, E. A., Skinner, M. A., Hale, L. A., & Bunton, R. W. (2022). Preparation and support for physical activity following hospital discharge after coronary artery bypass graft surgery: A survey of current practice in New Zealand. Physiotherapy Research International. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/pri.1940

Higgs, J., Smith, M., Webb, G., Skinner, M., & Croker, A. (Eds.). (2009). Contexts of physiotherapy practice. Sydney, Australia: Churchill Livingstone, 340p.

Edited Book - Other

Pullon, S., McKinlay, E., Gallagher, P., Gray, L., Skinner, M., & McHugh, P. (2015). Case study 14.4: Interprofessional education in a rural setting: A quick-start innovation for final-year health professional students. In K. Bin Abdulrahman, S. Mennin, R. Harden & C. Kennedy (Eds.), Routledge international handbook of medical education. (pp. 197). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. [Case Study].

Chapter in Book - Research

Skinner, M. A. (1997). Health and Welfare of Physiotherapists. In J. O'Hagan & J. Richards (Eds.), In Sickness and in Health: A Handbook for Medical Practitioners, Other Health Professionals and their Partners and their Families. (pp. 204-210). Upper Hutt: Doctors Health Advisory Service. Wright and Carman.

Chapter in Book - Research

Skinner, M., Bithell, C., Mitsch, D., & Walsh, M. (2009). Career pathways and professional development. In J. Higgs, M. Smith, G. Webb, M. Skinner & A. Croker (Eds.), Contexts of physiotherapy practice. (pp. 75-89). Sydney, Australia: Churchill Livingstone.

Chapter in Book - Other

Webb, G., Skinner, M., Jones, S., Vicenzino, B., Nall, C., & Baxter, D. (2009). Physiotherapy in the 21st century. In J. Higgs, M. Smith, G. Webb, M. Skinner & A. Croker (Eds.), Contexts of physiotherapy practice. (pp. 3-19). Sydney, Australia: Churchill Livingstone.

Chapter in Book - Other

Darlow, B., Brown, M., McKinlay, E., Gray, L., Purdie, G., Pullon, S., the Longitudinal Interprofessional Study Group, including Beckingsale, L., Foster Page, L., Gallagher, P., Handley, J., Herkt, J., Kuperus, L., McHugh, P., Meldrum, A., Skinner, M., Schwass, R., Weaver, J., Wilson, C., & Windle, J. (2022). Longitudinal impact of preregistration interprofessional education on the attitudes and skills of health professionals during their early careers: A non-randomised trial with 4-year outcomes. BMJ Open, 12, e060066. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-060066

Journal - Research Article

Dassanayake, S., Sole, G., Wilkins, G., Gray, E., & Skinner, M. (2022). Effectiveness of physical activity and exercise on ambulatory blood pressure in adults with resistant hypertension: A systematic review and meta-analysis. High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s40292-022-00517-6

Journal - Research Article

Gray, E. A., Skinner, M. A., Hale, L. A., & Bunton, R. W. (2022). Preparation and support for physical activity following hospital discharge after coronary artery bypass graft surgery: A survey of current practice in New Zealand. Physiotherapy Research International. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/pri.1940

Journal - Research Article

Lewthwaite, N. A. B., Gray, E. A., & Skinner, M. A. (2022). Exploring clinical learning experiences of novice physiotherapy students in a hospital setting. Physiotherapy Theory & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09593985.2022.2069617

Journal - Research Article

Rhodes, S., Waters, D., Brockway, B., & Skinner, M. (2022). Exercise and motivational text messaging to support physical activity behaviour change in a population with obstructive sleep apnoea: A feasibility study. Journal of Primary Health Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1071/HC22033

Journal - Research Article

Dassanayake, S., Sole, G., Wilkins, G., & Skinner, M. (2021). The prevalence of individuals at high risk of true resistant hypertension and obstructive sleep apnoea in a New Zealand cohort. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1541), 75-85. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Dean, E., Söderlund, A., Gosselink, R., Jones, A. Y. M., Yu, H. P.-M., & Skinner, M. (2021). Immuno-modulation with lifestyle behaviour change to reduce SARS-CoV-2 susceptibility and COVID-19 severity: Goals consistent with contemporary physiotherapy practice. Physiotherapy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.physio.2021.08.006

Journal - Research Article

Gray, E., Smith, C., Bunton, R., & Skinner, M. (2021). Perceptions and experiences of engaging in physical activity following coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Physiotherapy Theory & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09593985.2021.1989733

Journal - Research Article

Caudwell, L., Himani, H., Khaw, A., Taylor, R., White, J., Rhodes, S., & Skinner, M. (2020). Attitudes and perceptions of health professionals towards sleep health: A systematic review. Physical Therapy Reviews, 25(5-6), 361-380. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2020.1832713

Journal - Research Article

Dassanayake, S., Sole, G., Wilkins, G., & Skinner, M. (2020). Exercise: A therapeutic modality to treat blood pressure in resistant hypertension. Physical Therapy Reviews, 25(3), 149-158. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2020.1733781

Journal - Research Article

Draper, O., Goh, I., Huang, C., Kibblewhite, T., Le Quesne, P., Smith, K., Gray, E., & Skinner, M. (2020). Psychosocial interventions to optimize recovery of physical function and facilitate engagement in physical activity during the first three months following CABG surgery: A systematic review. Physical Therapy Reviews, 25(5-6), 381-398. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2020.1832714

Journal - Research Article

Rhodes, S., Waters, D., Brockway, B., & Skinner, M. (2020). Physical activity behaviour and barriers to activity in adults at high risk of obstructive sleep apnoea. Journal of Primary Health Care, 12(3), 257-264. doi: 10.1071/hc19102

Journal - Research Article

Sole, G., Skinner, M., Hale, L., & Golding, C. (2019). Developing a framework for teaching clinical reasoning skills to undergraduate physiotherapy students: A Delphi study. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 47(1), 49-58. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/47.1.06

Journal - Research Article

Chow, A. Y. P., Creagh, M. F., Ganley, M. J., Kelly, G. C., Pranjoto, B., Gray, E., & Skinner, M. A. (2017). The use of key health questions for patient initial assessment in physiotherapy clinical practice. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 45(2), 75-89. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/45.2.04

Journal - Research Article

Liu, L., Skinner, M. A., McDonough, S. M., & Baxter, G. D. (2017). Acupuncture for chronic low back pain: A randomized controlled feasibility trial comparing treatment session numbers. Clinical Rehabilitation, 31(12), 1592-1603. doi: 10.1177/0269215517705690

Journal - Research Article

Diab, A. S., Hale, L. A., Skinner, M. A., Hammond-Tooke, G., Ward, A. L., & Waters, D. L. (2016). Body composition and postural instability in people with idiopathic Parkinson's disease. Journal of Aging Research & Clinical Practice, 5(1), 14-19. doi: 10.14283/jarcp.2016.86

Journal - Research Article

Higgs, C., Skinner, M., & Hale, L. (2016). Outcomes of a community-based lifestyle programme for adults with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Journal of Primary Health Care, 8(2), 130-139. doi: 10.1071/HC15038

Journal - Research Article

Liu, L., Skinner, M. A., McDonough, S. M., & Baxter, G. D. (2016). Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture and myofascial trigger needling: The same stimulation points? Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 26, 28-32. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.02.013

Journal - Research Article

Pelham, K., Skinner, M. A., McHugh, P., & Pullon, S. (2016). Interprofessional education in a rural community: The perspectives of the clinical workplace providers. Journal of Primary Health Care, 8(3), 210-219. doi: 10.1071/HC16010

Journal - Research Article

Pullon, S., Wilson, C., Gallagher, P., Skinner, M., McKinlay, E., Gray, L., & McHugh, P. (2016). Transition to practice: Can rural interprofessional education make a difference? A cohort study. BMC Medical Education, 16, 154. doi: 10.1186/s12909-016-0674-5

Journal - Research Article

Liu, L., Skinner, M. A., McDonough, S. M., Taylor, K. G. M., & Baxter, G. D. (2015). Does the dose of Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture in addition to usual care affect outcomes for adults with chronic low back pain? Protocol for a randomized controlled feasibility study. Physical Therapy Reviews, 20(5-6), 275-282. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2015.1107365

Journal - Research Article

Liu, L., Skinner, M., McDonough, S. M., Kannan, P., & Baxter, G. D. (2015). STRICTA: Is it time to do more? BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 15, 190. doi: 10.1186/s12906-015-0714-4

Journal - Research Article

Liu, L., Skinner, M., McDonough, S., Mabire, L., & Baxter, G. D. (2015). Acupuncture for low back pain: An overview of systematic reviews. Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 2015, 328196. doi: 10.1155/2015/328196

Journal - Research Article

Dean, E., Moffat, M., Skinner, M., Dornelas de Andrade, A., Myezwa, H., & Söderlund, A. (2014). Toward core inter-professional health promotion competencies to address the non-communicable diseases and their risk factors through knowledge translation: Curriculum content assessment. BMC Public Health, 14, 717. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-717

Journal - Research Article

Diab, K. S., Hale, L. A., Waters, D. L., & Skinner, M. A. (2014). Factors contributing to postural instability in patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease: A systematic review. Physical Therapy Reviews, 19(5), 302-327. doi: 10.1179/1743288X14Y.0000000148

Journal - Research Article

Johnson, G. M., Skinner, M. A., & Stephen, R. E. (2012). Lessons to be learned: A retrospective analysis of physiotherapy injury claims. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 42(8), 698-704. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2012.3877

Journal - Research Article

McCleary, R. E., Johnson, G. M., & Skinner, M. A. (2012). Physiotherapists' knowledge and uptake of the ABC approach to smoking cessation. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 40(2), 71-75.

Journal - Research Article

Reeve, J., Skinner, M., Lee, A., Wilson, L., & Alison, J. A. (2012). Investigating factors influencing 4th-year physiotherapy students' opinions of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy as a career path. Physiotherapy Theory & Practice, 28(5), 391-401. doi: 10.3109/09593985.2011.619249

Journal - Research Article

Dean, E., Al-Obaidi, S., Dornelas De Andrade, A., Gosselink, R., Umerah, G., Al-Abdelwahab, S., … Skinner, M., & Wong, W. P. (2011). The First Physical Therapy Summit on Global Health: Implications and recommendations for the 21st century. Physiotherapy Theory & Practice, 27(8), 531-547. doi: 10.3109/09593985.2010.544052

Journal - Research Article

Sivayogam, A., Johnson, G. M., & Skinner, M. A. (2011). The effect of cervical protrusion and retraction on postural stability in healthy adults. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 39(3), 110-115.

Journal - Research Article

Horton, S. J., Johnson, G. M., & Skinner, M. A. (2010). Changes in head and neck posture using an office chair with and without lumbar roll support. Spine, 55(12), E542-E548. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181cb8f82

Journal - Research Article

Hale, L., Miller, R., Barach, A., Skinner, M., & Gray, A. (2009). Motor Control Test responses to balance perturbations in adults with an intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 34(1), 81-86. doi: 10.1080/13668250802683810

Journal - Research Article

Johnson, G., & Skinner, M. (2009). The demands of professional opera singing on cranio-cervical posture. European Spine Journal, 18(4), 562-569. doi: 10.1007/s00586-009-0884-1

Journal - Research Article

Skinner, M. A., Kingshott, R. N., Filsell, S., & Taylor, D. R. (2008). Efficacy of the 'tennis ball technique' versus nCPAP in the management of position-dependent obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome. Respirology, 13(5), 708-715. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2008.01328.x

Journal - Research Article

Sutherland, T. J. T., Goulding, A., Grant, A. M., Cowan, J. O., Williamson, A., Williams, S. M., Skinner, M. A., & Taylor, D. R. (2008). The effect of adiposity measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry on lung function. European Respiratory Journal, 32, 85-91. doi: 10.1183/09031936.00112407

Journal - Research Article

Ainslie, P. N., Murrell, C., Peebles, K., Swart, M., Skinner, M. A., Williams, M. J. A., & Taylor, D. R. (2007). Early morning impairment in cerebral autoregulation and cerebrovascular CO2 reactivity in healthy humans: Relation to endothelial function. Experimental Physiology, 92(4), 769-777.

Journal - Research Article

Conroy, J., Schneiders, A., Skinner, M., & Newsham-West, R. (2005). Incidence and nature of injury at the 2004 ACC ThinkSafe New Zealand Masters' Games. New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine, 33(1), 14-21.

Journal - Research Article

Pal, J., Hale, L. A., & Skinner, M. A. (2005). Investigating the reliability and validity of two balance measures in adults with stroke. International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation, 12(7), 308-315.

Journal - Research Article

Skinner, M. A., Choudhury, M. S., Homan, S. D., Cowan, J. O., Wilkins, G. T., & Taylor, D. R. (2005). Accuracy of monitoring for sleep-related breathing disorders in the coronary care unit. Chest, 127(1), 66-71.

Journal - Research Article

Skinner, M. A., Kingshott, R. N., Jones, D. R., & Taylor, D. R. (2004). Lack of efficacy for a cervicomandibular support collar in the management of obstructive sleep apnea. Chest, 125(1), 118-126.

Journal - Research Article

Skinner, M. A., Kingshott, R. N., Jones, D. R., Homan, S. D. R., & Taylor, D. R. (2004). Elevated posture for the management of obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep & Breathing, 8(4), 193-200.

Journal - Research Article

Peebles, K. C., Woodman-Aldridge, A. D., & Skinner, M. A. (2003). The Physiological Cost Index in elderly subjects during treadmill and floor walking. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 31(1), 11-16.

Journal - Research Article

Skinner, M. A. (2002). Competence: Are we ready for ongoing monitoring? New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 30(3), 4-6.

Journal - Research Article

Skinner, M. A., Robertson, C. J., Kingshott, R., Jones, D. R., & Taylor, D. R. (2002). The efficacy of a mandibular advancement splint in relation to cephalometric variables. Sleep & Breathing, 6(3), 115-124.

Journal - Research Article

Dean, E., Frownfelter, D., Wong, P., Al-Basarah, K., Fagevik-ols, M., Gosselink, R., … Skinner, M. A. (2000). Cardiovascular/ cardiopulmonary physical therapy sinks or swims in the 21st century: Addressing the health care issues of our time. Physical Therapy, 80(12), 1275-1278.

Journal - Research Article

Skinner, M. A. (1996). Distinguished physiotheriapists recognised by the Society. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 24(3), 23-24.

Journal - Research Article

Dean, E., Skinner, M., Yu, H. P.-M., Jones, A. Y. M., Gosselink, R., & Söderlund, A. (2021). Why COVID-19 strengthens the case to scale up assault on non-communicable diseases: Role of health professionals including physical therapists in mitigating pandemic waves. AIMS Public Health, 8(2), 369-375. doi: 10.3934/publichealth.2021028

Journal - Research Other

Gray, E., Dassanayake, S., Sangelaji, B., Hale, L., & Skinner, M. (2021). Factors influencing physical activity engagement following coronary artery bypass graft surgery: A mixed methods systematic review. Heart & Lung, 50, 589-598. doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2021.04.006

Journal - Research Other

Dassanayake, S., Sole, G., Wilkins, G., & Skinner, M. (2020). Effect of exercise and physical activity on blood pressure in adults with resistant hypertension: A protocol for a systematic review. Physical Therapy Reviews, 25(2), 128-134. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2020.1728986

Journal - Research Other

Dean, E., Jones, A., Yu, H. P.-M., Gosselink, R., & Skinner, M. (2020). Translating COVID-19 evidence to maximize physical therapists' impact and public health response. Physical Therapy, 100(9), 1458-1464. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzaa115

Journal - Research Other

Dean, E., Skinner, M., Myezwa, H., Mkumbuzi, V., Mostert, K., Parra, D. C., … Global Health Working Group. (2019). Health competency standards in physical therapist practice. Physical Therapy, 99(9), 1242-1254. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzz087

Journal - Research Other

Nixon, G. H., Kerse, N. M., Bagg, W., Skinner, M. A., Larmer, P. J., & Crampton, P. (2018). Proposal for a National Interprofessional School of Rural Health. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1485), 67-75. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

Gallagher, P., Pullon, S., Skinner, M., McHugh, P., McKinlay, E., & Gray, L. (2015). An interprofessional community education project as a socially accountable assessment [Short report]. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 29(5), 509-511. doi: 10.3109/13561820.2015.1004040

Journal - Research Other

Skinner, M. (2015). The power of sleep [Interview]. Scientia, (October), 61-63.

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Skinner, M. A. (2015). Physiotherapy's place in the world. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 43(3), 73-74104. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/43.3.01

Journal - Research Other

Dean, E., Dornelas de Andrade, A., O'Donoghue, G., Skinner, M., Umereh, G., Beenen, P., … Wong, W. P. (2014). The Second Physical Therapy Summit on Global Health: Developing an action plan to promote health in daily practice and reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases. Physiotherapy Theory & Practice, 30(4), 261-275. doi: 10.3109/09593985.2013.856977

Journal - Research Other

Skinner, M. A. (2013). The influence of epidemics on the role of physiotherapists in rehabilitation [Invited review]. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 41(1), 22-25.

Journal - Research Other

Skinner, M. (2011). Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation [Guest editorial]. Physical Therapy Reviews, 16(1), 1-2. doi: 10.1179/174328811X13000948850692

Journal - Research Other

Skinner, M. (2009). Strength and endurance exercise endorsed for people with COPD [Invited response]. Physical Therapy Reviews, 14(6), 418. doi: 10.1179/108331909X12540993898017

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