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Health Sciences profile

Dr Hilda Mulligan

PositionSenior Lecturer and Associate Dean Postgraduate Studies
QualificationsBSc (Physio) (Cape Town) MHealSc (Otago) PhD (Otago)
Research summaryRehabilitation
Teaching
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Disability awareness
  • Self management of long term conditions,
  • Thesis supervision (masters and PhD)
Memberships
  • Chair of the Research Committee of the International Organisation of Physical Therapy in Paediatrics
  • Research Committee member of Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Canterbury
  • Committee member of Paediatric Special Interest Group of Physiotherapy New Zealand
  • Member of the New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists
  • Editorial Board of Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Editorial Board of the South African Journal of Physiotherapy
Clinical
  • Clinical supervision in neurorehabilitation, community services, and paediatrics

Research

My research expertise transcends the lifespan, with a focus on clinical rehabilitation and disability issues.

Current research interests include:

  • Rehabilitation for people with neurological conditions
  • Rehabilitation for older adults
  • Self-management in neurological and other long-term conditions
  • Exercise and physical activity in people with long term conditions, particularly Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, and Parkinson's Disease
  • Virtual reality for children with autistic spectrum
  • Disability awareness and accessibility to the built environment
  • Behaviour change

Additional details

A large part of my work entails clinical supervision and mentoring for undergraduate students in neurorehabilitation, paediatrics and community clinical placements in Christchurch and surrounds. I like to assist students make connections between research and evidenced based knowledge and their patients' needs and wishes.

Additonal information links:

Publications

Kanagasabai, P. S., Mulligan, H., Hale, L. A., & Mirfin-Veitch, B. (2018). "I do like the activities which I can do..." Leisure participation experiences of children with movement impairments. Disability & Rehabilitation, 40(14), 1630-1638. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1303093

Mulligan, K., Calder, A., & Mulligan, H. (2018). Inclusive design in architectural practice: Experiential learning of disability in architectural education. Disability & Health Journal, 11(2), 237-242. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.08.009

Wilkinson, A., Meikle, N., Law, P., Yong, H. J., Butler, P., Kim, J., Mulligan, H., & Hale, L. (2018). How older adults and their informal carers prevent falls: An integrative review of the literature. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 82, 13-19. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2018.03.002

Hale, L. A., Smith, C. M., Mulligan, H. F., Adhia, D., Siew, B., & Treharne, G. J. (2018). Exploring the Blue Prescription intervention to promote physical activity in people with long-term conditions. International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation, 25(7), 365-376. doi: 10.12968/ijtr.2018.25.7.365

Peters, S., Wilkinson, A., & Mulligan, H. (2018). Views of healthcare professionals on training for and delivery of a fatigue self-management program for persons with multiple sclerosis. Disability & Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1478993

Chapter in Book - Research

Smith, C. M., Treharne, G. J., Mulligan, H., & Hale, L. A. (2016). Using qualitative evidence to develop an intervention for enabling people with chronic disabling conditions to be more physically active. In K. Olson, R. A. Young & I. Z. Schultz (Eds.), Handbook of qualitative health research for evidence-based practice. (pp. 453-472). New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2920-7_27

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Journal - Research Article

Kanagasabai, P. S., Mulligan, H., Hale, L. A., & Mirfin-Veitch, B. (2018). "I do like the activities which I can do..." Leisure participation experiences of children with movement impairments. Disability & Rehabilitation, 40(14), 1630-1638. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1303093

Peters, S., Wilkinson, A., & Mulligan, H. (2018). Views of healthcare professionals on training for and delivery of a fatigue self-management program for persons with multiple sclerosis. Disability & Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1478993

Hale, L. A., Smith, C. M., Mulligan, H. F., Adhia, D., Siew, B., & Treharne, G. J. (2018). Exploring the Blue Prescription intervention to promote physical activity in people with long-term conditions. International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation, 25(7), 365-376. doi: 10.12968/ijtr.2018.25.7.365

Wilkinson, A., Meikle, N., Law, P., Yong, H. J., Butler, P., Kim, J., Mulligan, H., & Hale, L. (2018). How older adults and their informal carers prevent falls: An integrative review of the literature. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 82, 13-19. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2018.03.002

Mulligan, K., Calder, A., & Mulligan, H. (2018). Inclusive design in architectural practice: Experiential learning of disability in architectural education. Disability & Health Journal, 11(2), 237-242. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.08.009

Kanagasabai, P. S., Mirfin-Veitch, B., Hale, L. A., & Mulligan, H. (2018). A child-centered method of interviewing children with movement impairments. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 38(3), 255-268. doi: 10.1080/01942638.2017.1365322

Mulligan, H., Armstrong, A., Francis, R., Hitchcock, H., Hughes, E., Thompson, J., Wilkinson, A., & Hale, L. (2018). Engagement in exercise for people with Parkinson's: What is meaningful? New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 46(1), 19-28. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/46.1.04

Calder, A., Nunnerley, J., Mulligan, H., Ahmad Ali, N., Kensington, G., McVicar, T., & van Schaik, O. (2018). Experiences of persons with spinal cord injury undertaking a physical activity programme as part of the SCIPA ‘Full-On’ randomized controlled trial. Disability & Health Journal, 11(2), 267-273. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.10.005

Wilkinson, A., Edwards, A., Gray, M., Ranabahu, T., Steenkamp, M., Mulligan, H., … King, M. (2018). An app to encourage social interaction by children with Autism spectrum disorder: A proof of concept study. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 46(1), 12-18. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/46.1.04

Mulligan, H., McCoy, L., Wilkinson, A., Hawke, J., Sullivan, J., Kirk, E., Hastings, K., Ibrahim, C., & Potterton, J. (2017). Disability facilitators' views of their work with children/youth with disability in South Africa. Children & Youth Services Review, 82, 13-18. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.09.001

Mabire, L., Mani, R., Liu, L., Mulligan, H., & Baxter, D. (2017). The Influence of age, sex and body mass index on the effectiveness of brisk walking for obesity management in adults. A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 14(5), 389-407. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2016-0064

Timothy, E. K., Bown, B.-J., Beever, R. M., & Mulligan, H. F. (2017). Changes in walking levels of people with stroke following discharge from hospital: A pilot study. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 45(1), 17-23. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/45.1.03

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

Dwyer, K., & Mulligan, H. (2017). The experiences of individuals with a spinal cord injury following discharge from inpatient rehabilitation. International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation, 24(8), 353-359. doi: 10.12968/ijtr.2017.24.8.353

Mulligan, H., Wilkinson, A., & Snowdon, J. (2017). A fatigue management programme for persons with multiple sclerosis: Development, theory and practical considerations. Physical Therapy Reviews, 22(1-2), 3-6. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2017.1287393

Kanagasabai, P. S., Mulligan, H., Mirfin-Veitch, B., & Hale, L. (2017). Leisure participation patterns of children with movement impairments in New Zealand. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 29(1), 16-22. doi: 10.1097/pep.0000000000000334

Overton, M., Reynolds, E., Clark, N., Bhana, H., Mulligan, H., Elliott, K., & Minnoch, P. C. (2016). Physical activity levels and injury prevention knowledge and practice of a cohort of carpentry students. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 44(2), 84-90. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/44.2.03

Mulligan, H., Miyahara, M., & Nichols-Dunsmuir, A. (2016). Multiple perspectives on accessibility to physical activity for people with long-term mobility impairment. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 19(4), 295-306. doi: 10.1080/15017419.2016.1167772

Graham, H., Bond, A., McCormick, M., Hobbs, O., Yoo, C., Gupta, S., Mulligan, H., & King, M. (2016). A novel communication application to encourage social interaction by children with autism spectrum disorder [ML Roberts Prize]. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 44(1), 50-57. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/44.1.06

Mulligan, H., Wilkinson, A., & Snowdon, J. (2016). Perceived impact of a self-management program for fatigue in multiple sclerosis: A qualitative study. International Journal of MS Care, 18(1), 27-32. doi: 10.7224/1537-2073.2014-110

Mulligan, H., Wilkinson, A., Barclay, A., Whiting, H., Heynike, C., & Snowdon, J. (2016). Evaluation of a fatigue self-management program for people with multiple sclerosis. International Journal of MS Care, 18(3), 116-121. doi: 10.7224/1537-2073.2015-019

Buick, A. R., Mulligan, H. F., & Smith, C. M. (2015). Implementation of physical activity for individuals with severe neurological disability. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 43(3), 98-104. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/43.3.09

Dwyer, K. J., & Mulligan, H. (2015). Community reintegration following spinal cord injury: Insights for health professionals in community rehabilitation services in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 43(3), 75-85. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/43.3.02

Mulligan, H., Smith, C. M., & Ferdinand, S. (2015). How did the Canterbury Earthquakes affect physiotherapists and physiotherapy services? A qualitative study. Physiotherapy Research International, 20(1), 60-68. doi: 10.1002/pri.1597

Mulligan, H., Wilkinson, A., Lusty, A., Delorme, A., & Bong, S. (2015). Consumers and health professionals' perceptions of Participatory Action Research in developing a health resource. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 43(3), 93-97. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/43.3.04

Calder, A. M., & Mulligan, H. F. (2014). Measurement properties of instruments that assess inclusive access to fitness and recreational sports centers: A systematic review. Disability & Health Journal, 7(1), 26-35. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2013.06.003

Kanagasabai, P. S., Mulligan, H., Mirfin-Veitch, B., & Hale, L. A. (2014). Association between motor functioning and leisure participation of children with physical disability: An integrative review. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 56(12), 1147-1162. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.12570

Hale, L., Jones, F., Mulligan, H., Levack, W., Smith, C., Claydon, L., Milosavljevic, S., Taylor, D., Allan, J., MacKenzie, N., Flannery, J., Edwards, S., Rabone, T., & Alcock, M. (2014). Developing the Bridges self-management programme for New Zealand stroke survivors: A case study. International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation, 21(8), 381-388. doi: 10.12968/ijtr.2014.21.8.381

Mulligan, H., Treharne, G. J., Hale, L. A., & Smith, C. (2013). Combining self-help and professional help to minimize barriers to physical activity in persons with multiple sclerosis: A trial of the "Blue Prescription" approach in New Zealand. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 37, 51-57. doi: 10.1097/NPT.0b013e318292799e

Smith, C. M., Hale, L. A., Mulligan, H. F., & Treharne, G. J. (2013). Participant perceptions of a novel physiotherapy approach ("Blue Prescription") for increasing levels of physical activity in people with multiple sclerosis: A qualitative study following intervention. Disability & Rehabilitation, 35(14), 1174-1181. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2012.723792

Ahuja, S. S., Clark, S., Morahan, E. M., Ono, M., Mulligan, H., & Hale, L. (2013). The journey to recovery: Experiences and perceptions of individuals following stroke [ML Roberts Prize]. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 41(1), 36-43.

Jordan, K., King, M., Hellersteth, S., Wirén, A., & Mulligan, H. (2013). Feasibility of using a humanoid robot for enhancing attention and social skills in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 36(3), 221-227. doi: 10.1097/MRR.0b013e32835d0b43

Mulligan, H., & Polkinghorne, A. (2013). Community use of a hospital pool by people with disabilities. Disability & Health Journal, 6(4), 385-390. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2013.04.004

Hale, L. A., Mulligan, H. F., Treharne, G. J., & Smith, C. M. (2013). The feasibility and short-term benefits of Blue Prescription: A novel intervention to enable physical activity for people with multiple sclerosis. Disability & Rehabilitation, 35(14), 1213-1220. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2012.723787

Mulligan, H., Whitehead, L. C., Hale, L. A., Baxter, G. D., & Thomas, D. (2012). Promoting physical activity for individuals with neurological disability: Indications for practice. Disability & Rehabilitation, 34(13), 1108-1113. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2011.631683

Hale, L. A., Smith, C., Mulligan, H., & Treharne, G. J. (2012). "Tell me what you want, what you really really want....": Asking people with multiple sclerosis about enhancing their participation in physical activity. Disability & Rehabilitation, 34(22), 1887-1893. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2012.670037

Mulligan, H. F., Hale, L. A., Whitehead, L., & Baxter, G. D. (2012). Barriers to physical activity for people with long-term neurological conditions: A review study. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 29(3), 243-265.

Mulligan, H., Fjellman-Wiklund, A., Hale, L., Thomas, D., & Häger-Ross, C. (2011). Promoting physical activity for people with neurological disability: Perspectives and experiences of physiotherapists. Physiotherapy Theory & Practice, 27(6), 399-410. doi: 10.3109/09593985.2010.519015

Mulligan, H., Arps, G., Bancroft, N., Mountfort, R., & Polkinghorne, A. (2011). ‘Living well with Parkinson's’: Evaluation of a programme to promote self-management. Journal of Nursing & Healthcare of Chronic Illness, 3(3), 222-233. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-9824.2011.01082.x

Hutton, L., Frame, R., Maggo, H., Shirakawa, H., Mulligan, H., Waters, D., & Hale, L. (2009). The perceptions of physical activity in an elderly population at risk of falling: A focus group study. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 37(2), 85-92.

Beilby, J., & Mulligan, H. (2008). Deep vein thrombosis and heterotopic ossification following spinal cord injury: A clinical perspecive for physiotherapists. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 36(1), 7-14.

Mulligan, H., & Wilmshurst, E. (2006). Physiotherapy assessment and treatment for an ambulant child with Cerebral Palsy after Botox A to the lower limbs: A case report. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 18, 39-48.

Mulligan, H., Abbott, S., Clayton, S., McKegg, P., & Rae, R. (2004). The outcome of a functional exercise programme in an adolescent with cerebral palsy: A single case study. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 32(1), 30-38.

Andrew, M. F., Penney, P. R., Simpson, D. E., Funnell, O. P., & Mulligan, H. F. (2004). Functional change in adolescents with physical disabilities receiving school based physiotherapy over one year. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 32(1), 3-9.

Mulligan, H. F., Anderson, T. J., Jones, R. D., Williams, M. J., & Donaldson, I. M. (2003). Tics and developmental stuttering. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, 9, 281-289.

Mulligan, H. F., Borkin, H., Chaplin, K., Croft, N., & Scherp, A. (2001). The efficacy of Botulinum Toxin A in the treatment of spasticity in ambulant children with cerebral palsy - a structured review. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 29(3), 18-28.

Mulligan, H. F., Anderson, T. J., Jones, R. D., Williams, M. J., & Donaldson, I. M. (2001). Dysfluency and involuntary movements: A new look at developmental stuttering. International Journal of Neuroscience, 109, 23-46.

Mulligan, H. F., Climo, K., Hanson, C., & Mauga, P. (2000). Physiotherapy treatment intensity for a child with cerebral palsy: A single case study. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 28, 6-12.

Mulligan, H. F., Mills, K., Pascoe, O., & Smith, M. (1999). Physiotherapy treatment for a child with non-progressive congenital ataxia. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 27, 34-41.

Johnson, L. M., Nelson, M. J., McCormack, C. M., & Mulligan, H. F. (1998). The effect of plantarflexor muscle strengthening on the gait and range of motion at the ankle in ambulant children with cerebral palsy: a pilot study. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 26(1), 8-14.

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Journal - Research Other

Calder, A., Sole, G., & Mulligan, H. (2018). The accessibility of fitness centers for people with disabilities: A systematic review. Disability & Health Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2018.04.002

Hamer, J., & Mulligan, H. (2016). Use of the TIMP in assessment of motor development of infants With Down syndrome. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 28(1). doi: 10.1097/pep.0000000000000222

Mulligan, H., & Aitcheson, S. (2015). [Commentary on "Motor performance of children with Down syndrome and typical development at 2 to 4 and 26 months"]. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 27(2), 142. doi: 10.1097/pep.0000000000000130

Mulligan, H. (2011). Health and well being for people with disability: The role of physiotherapists in promoting physical activity [Invited clinical commentary]. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 39(1), 39-45.

Davidson, L., Hale, L., & Mulligan, H. (2005). Exercise prescription in the physiotherapeutic management of Myasthenia Gravis: A case report. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 33(1), 13-18.

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