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Dr Margot Skinner

PositionSenior Lecturer
QualificationsMPhEd PhD(Otago) DipPhty FNZCP FPNZ(Hon)
Research summaryCardiopulmonary physiotherapy, global health
TeachingCardiopulmonary physiotherapy, ethics and professionalism and clinical practice

Research

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

Current research interests:

  • OSA
  • Interprofessional education
  • Physiotherapy contribution to improving global health
  • Analysis of thoracic posture including amongst elite singers, and also in people with asthma and obesity

Additional details

Current Vice President, World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT), previously the Board member elected by the Asia Western Pacific Region; Past President WCPT Asia Western Pacific Region WCPT; Past president of New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists (PNZ)

Publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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