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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

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. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2020.1728986

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

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. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzaa115

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

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

Edited Book - Other

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

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Chapter in Book - Research

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].

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.

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Chapter in Book - Other

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.

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.

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Journal - Research Article

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. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2020.1728986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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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. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzaa115

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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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