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Senior Lecturer
BPhty PhD (Clinical Anatomy) PGCert Higher Education
Research summary
Concussion, health service delivery, manual therapy

I have been involved in anatomy and physiotherapy teaching since 2003. This includes clinical anatomy teaching across the health sciences (particularly in medicine and physiotherapy), and extensive physiotherapy teaching encompassing undergraduate, postgraduate, clinical supervision / education, laboratory, tutorial, paper coordination and academic responsibilities.

  • New Zealand Registered Physiotherapist
  • Member of Physiotherapy New Zealand
  • Member of the New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapy Association

My background is in primary care physiotherapy, most commonly working with musculoskeletal conditions. My postgraduate training was primarily in orthopaedic manual therapy.


Recent work in concussion has explored how the neck contributes to persistent symptoms post concussion, and highlighted how physiotherapists are well placed to evaluate and address this problem. Related current work aims to improve New Zealand concussion services through clinical research partnerships.
More about this post-concussion work

Other areas of interest include clinical education, interprofessional practice and education, and manual therapy.


Elias, J., Sutherland, E., & Kennedy, E. (2024). Concussion management in older people: A scoping review. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/htr.0000000000000933 Journal - Research Article

Hockey, K., & Kennedy, E. (2024). Clinical characteristics of individuals presenting to physiotherapy for voice and throat care: A retrospective case notes review. Journal of Voice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2024.01.007 Journal - Research Other

Walker, S. M., Blattner, K., Nixon, G., Koroheke Rogers, M., & Kennedy, E. (2024). What does it mean to be an allied health professional working in rural Aotearoa New Zealand? A qualitative study. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 32, 53-66. doi: 10.1111/ajr.13061 Journal - Research Article

Dacombe-Bird, M., Dassanayake, S., Beck, S., Ribeiro, D. C., Nixon, G., Bryant, K., Stokes, T., Wilkins, G., Johnstone, C., Kennedy, E., … Dixon, D. (2023). Musculoskeletal chest pain prevalence in emergency department presentations: A retrospective case notes review. Emergency Medicine Australasia. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1742-6723.14352 Journal - Research Article

Galea, O. A., Gray, E. A., Kennedy, E., Dick, M., Quinn, D., & Sole, G. (2023). A streamlined approach to identifying adults suited to neck rehabilitation acutely following concussion: Protocol for a feasibility study. Proceedings of the New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association (NZMPA) Biennial Conference. (pp. 27). Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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