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+64 3 471 6943
Senior Professional Practice Fellow and Clinical Education Programme Lead
BSc (Phty) MPhty PGCertHealSc PGCertTertT (clinical)
Research summary
Long-term condition rehabilitation research

Chris is the Clinical Education Manager for the School of Physiotherapy. He is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate Motivational Interviewing (MI) training with health professional students.

  • Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers
  • Member of Physiotherapy New Zealand
  • Member of School of Physiotherapy Executive Committee Division of Health Sciences – Pacific Student Support Group

Chris is a physiotherapist. His clinical work primarily focuses on community group exercise and education interventions for people with diabetes and associated multimorbidity.


My research focuses on Long-Term Condition (LTC) rehabilitation through self-management support using exercise, education, and motivational interviewing within community settings.



Higgs, C., Taungapeau, F., Silcock, C., Sanerivi, O., Fruean, E., Lameta, I., Vungamoeahi, T., … Richards, R. (2023). Holistic health for Pacific seniors from a weekly group gathering run by a Pacific health provider. Journal of Primary Health Care, 15(4), 358-365. doi: 10.1071/HC23093 Journal - Research Article

Higgs, C., Hale, L., Gray, A., Mann, J., Mani, R., Sullivan, T., Keen, D., & Stokes, T. (2023). The diabetes community exercise programme: Supporting marginalised people with high HBA1C, multimorbidity and polypharmacy to engage in exercise. Proceedings of the World Physiotherapy Congress. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Higgs, C., Hale, L., Keen, D., & Smith, C. (2022). Impact of person-centred care on delivery of the Diabetes Community Exercise Programme (DCEP). New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 50(3, Suppl.), (pp. S25). doi: 10.15619/NZJP/50.3.07 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Hale, L., Higgs, C., Stokes, T., Wilkinson, A., Jayakaran, P., Keen, D., Mani, R., Sullivan, T., Gray, A., Doolan-Noble, F., & Mann, J. (2022). Implementation of a lifestyle programme for people living with type 2 diabetes: Lessons learnt. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 50(3, Suppl.), (pp. S24-S25). doi: 10.15619/NZJP/50.3.07 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Wilkinson, A., Higgs, C., Stokes, T., Dummer, J., & Hale, L. (2022). How to best develop and deliver generic long-term condition rehabilitation programmes in rural settings: An integrative review. Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences, 3, 904007. doi: 10.3389/fresc.2022.904007 Journal - Research Article

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