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Sarah Walker

PositionPhD Candidate (HRC Clinical Training Fellow), Assistant Research Fellow
QualificationsBPhty(Hons, first class), PGCertHSc (acupuncture)
Research summaryRural healthcare, rural workforce, allied health workforce, undergraduate clinical programmes
Teaching
  • Undergraduate: clinical supervision for community, acute, rehabilitation and outpatient placements
  • Development of interprofessional and rural clinical placement (CRISP)
Memberships
  • Physiotherapy New Zealand Special Interest Groups (Cardio-Respiratory, Acupuncture, Neurology)
  • Rural Women New Zealand
Clinical
  • Clinical practice within rural setting (Central Otago Health Services Ltd) two days per week across inpatient and outpatient setting
  • Co-ordination of MoH funded physiotherapy services across Central Otago

Research

Sarah is a rurally based physiotherapist whose research career began when she completed the honours programme here at the School of Physiotherapy. Since then, Sarah has remained active in research while practicing clinically. This has lead to the development and implementation of an interprofessional rural health clinical placement for undergraduate allied health students.

Sarah is currently supported as an Assistant Research Fellow, completing her PhD through a Health Research Council Career Development Award. Her research currently focuses around the role allied health professionals have in rural areas, and seeks to explore the scope of practice held by these rural clinicians. This research contributes knowledge to support the development of specific training for health care professionals, to ensure that rural communities are provided with a skilled and relevant health workforce to meet their needs.

Publications

Scott, S. M., Perry, M. A., & Sole, G. (2018). "Not always a straight path": Patients' perspectives following anterior cruciate ligament rupture and reconstruction. Disability & Rehabilitation, 40(19), 2311-2317. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1335803

Journal - Research Article

Scott, S. M., Perry, M. A., & Sole, G. (2018). "Not always a straight path": Patients' perspectives following anterior cruciate ligament rupture and reconstruction. Disability & Rehabilitation, 40(19), 2311-2317. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1335803

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