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Dr Meredith Perry

PositionSenior Lecturer and Associate Dean of Postgraduate Studies
QualificationsBPhty MManipTh(Distinction) PhD
Research summaryDisability and long term conditions, equity, self-management, physical activity, green spaces, IPE
Teaching
  • Undergraduate: Physical activity, Musculoskeletal physiotherapy, Equity, Clinical education, Research & research methods
  • Postgraduate: PHTY501 Biomedical Science in Physiotherapy
  • Thesis supervision: Honours, Master’s, and PhD research
Memberships

International:

  • ISPAH International Society For Physical Activity And Health
  • WCPT World Confederation of Physical Therapists Network for Health Promotion in Life & Work

National:

  • Collaboration of Ageing Research Excellence (CARE) Theme Executive Committee
  • Wellington Inter-Professional Teaching Initiative (WITI)
  • Professional Practice Committee Co-Chair - Physiotherapy New Zealand
  • New Zealand Pain Society
  • Physiotherapy New Zealand Special Interest Groups (Older Adult, Paediatric, Neurology, Manipulative Physiotherapist)
ClinicalClinical education in primary and secondary care one day a week

Research

Meredith is a physiotherapist and experienced qualitative and quantitative researcher who has an interest in long term conditions and disability. She researches concepts such as person-centred care and the therapeutic relationship required for enabling self-management (of which physical activity is one component). Her work also considers and explores co-produced solutions for challenging societal and political discourse which enables health system inequities via systemic racism or biases and inaccessible services, resources and environments.

The major programmes of research she is currently working in are:

  1. Parks for Activity and Recreation in our Communities (PARCs) includes research projects exploring accessible urban parks, playgrounds and green space for people of all ages and abilities in New Zealand (PARCs). It also includes projects exploring health professionals’ acknowledgment and confidence with places and spaces as part of a co-designed rehabilitation and management strategy.
    Parks for Activity and Recreation in the Community Study
  2. Health Professionals’ knowledge and understanding of disability concepts includes projects exploring pre-registration and registered health professionals’ attitudes towards disability and disabled people, as well as their knowledge and understanding of disability models and frameworks. The intent of this work is to develop a pre-registration inter-professional curriculum promoting experiential learning of disability concepts, designed and taught by people with lived experience of disability.
  3. Respiratory service provision for people with Neuromuscular disease includes projects looking at the access to and timely delivery of respiratory services (e.g. non-invasive ventilation and exhalation support) for people with progressive neuromuscular disease (NMD).

Additional details

Peer recognition:

  • Named co-investigator on two current HRC Project Grants
    • Co-creation and piloting of a digital self-help intervention (iSelf-help) for persistent pain
    • Te Ao Mārama: Disability perspectives of tāngata whaikaha Māori
  • Outstanding contribution to COVID-19 response, Disability directorate, Ministry of Health, New Zealand
  • Member Emeritus of the Wellington Branch of Physiotherapy New Zealand

Editorial Boards:

  • Associate Editor of the New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy

Appointments:

  • Physiotherapy New Zealand 2020 Conference Academic Chair
  • Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand Re-certification Working Group
  • Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand Clinical Competence Reviewer

Publications

McKinlay, E., Brown, M., Beckingsale, L., Burrow, M., Coleman, K., Darlow, B., Donovan, S., … Hilder, J., Neser, H., Perry, M., … Pullon, S. (2020). Forming inter-institutional partnerships to offer pre-registration IPE: A focus group study. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 34(3), 380-387. doi: 10.1080/13561820.2019.1685476

Mahood, C., Perry, M., Gallagher, P., & Sole, G. (2020). Chaos and confusion with confidence: Managing fear of re-injury after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Physical Therapy in Sport, 45, 145-154. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2020.07.002

Clode, N. J., Darlow, B., Rouse, J., & Perry, M. (2020). What electronic information resources do physiotherapists prefer to use to support their CPD? Physiotherapy Research International. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/pri.1881

Perry, M. A., Ingham, T., Jones, B., & Mirfin-Veitch, B. (2020). "At risk" and 'Vulnerable"! Reflections on inequities and the impact of COVID-19 on disabled people. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 48(3), 107-116. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/48.3.02

Yoshikawa, K., Brady, B., Perry, M. A., & Devan, H. (2020). Sociocultural factors influencing physiotherapy management in culturally and linguistically diverse people with persistent pain: A scoping review. Physiotherapy, 107, 292-305. doi: 10.1016/j.physio.2019.08.002

Authored Book - Research

Darlow, B., Perry, M., & Chapple, C. (2013). Water based exercise for arthritis: A manual for class co-ordinators. Dunedin and Wellington, New Zealand: University of Otago and Arthritis New Zealand, 30p.

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Journal - Research Article

McKinlay, E., Brown, M., Beckingsale, L., Burrow, M., Coleman, K., Darlow, B., Donovan, S., … Hilder, J., Neser, H., Perry, M., … Pullon, S. (2020). Forming inter-institutional partnerships to offer pre-registration IPE: A focus group study. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 34(3), 380-387. doi: 10.1080/13561820.2019.1685476

Clode, N. J., Darlow, B., Rouse, J., & Perry, M. (2020). What electronic information resources do physiotherapists prefer to use to support their CPD? Physiotherapy Research International. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/pri.1881

Mahood, C., Perry, M., Gallagher, P., & Sole, G. (2020). Chaos and confusion with confidence: Managing fear of re-injury after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Physical Therapy in Sport, 45, 145-154. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2020.07.002

Jayakaran, P., Perry, M., Kondov, M., McPherson, T., Sutherland, L., & Wypych, A. (2019). Attitudes and beliefs towards physical activity participation in individuals with below-knee amputation. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 47(2), 118-128. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/47.2.06

Devan, H., Godfrey, H. K., Perry, M. A., Hempel, D., Saipe, B., Hale, L., & Grainger, R. (2019). Current practices of health care providers in recommending online resources for chronic pain self-management. Journal of Pain Research, 12, 2457-2472. doi: 10.2147/JPR.S206539

Jayakaran, P., Perry, M., & Hale, L. (2019). Comparison of self-reported physical activity levels and quality of life between individuals with dysvascular and non-dysvascular below knee amputation: A cross-sectional study. Disability & Health Journal, 12, 235-241. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2018.10.005

McKinlay, E., McDonald, J., Darlow, B., & Perry, M. (2019). The social networks of New Zealand patients with multimorbidity and the work of those nominated as their 'significant supporters': An exploratory study. Health & Social Care in the Community, 27, 392-399. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12657

Devan, H., Hale, L., Hempel, D., Saipe, B., & Perry, M. A. (2018). What works and does not work in a self-management intervention for people with chronic pain? Qualitative systematic review and meta-synthesis. Physical Therapy, 98(5), 381-397. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzy029

Boland, P., Levack, W. M. M., Graham, F. P., & Perry, M. A. (2018). User perspective on receiving adaptive equipment after stroke: A mixed-methods study. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 85(4), 297-306. doi: 10.1177/0008417418800834

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

Perry, M. A., Devan, H., Fitzgerald, H., Han, K., Liu, L.-T., & Rouse, J. (2018). Accessibility and usability of parks and playgrounds. Disability & Health Journal, 11(2), 221-229. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.08.011

Clode, N. J., Perry, M. A., & Wulff, L. (2018). Does physiotherapy prehabilitation improve pre-surgical outcomes and influence patient expectations prior to knee and hip joint arthroplasty? International Journal of Orthopaedic & Trauma Nursing, 30, 14-19. doi: 10.1016/j.ijotn.2018.05.004

Mesbah, N., Perry, M., Hill, K. D., Kaur, M., & Hale, L. (2017). Postural stability in older adults with Alzheimer disease. Physical Therapy, 97(3), 290-309. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20160115

Fernandopulle, S., Perry, M., Manlapaz, D., & Jayakaran, P. (2017). Effect of land-based generic physical activity interventions on pain, physical function, and physical performance in hip and knee osteoarthritis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 96(11), 773-792. doi: 10.1097/phm.0000000000000736

Perry, M. A., Mulligan, H., & Smith, C. (2017). How do professional caregivers perceive their health and well-being? International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 10(6), 434-449. doi: 10.1108/IJWHM-05-2017-0029

Boland, P., Levack, W., Perry, M., & Graham, F. (2017). Equipment provision after stroke: A scoping review of the use of personal care and mobility aids in rehabilitation. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80(2), 73-88. doi: 10.1177/0308022616664910

Darlow, B., McKinlay, E., Gallagher, P., Beckingsale, L., Coleman, K., Perry, M., & Pullon, S. (2017). Building and expanding interprofessional teaching teams. Journal of Primary Health Care, 9(1), 29-33. doi: 10.1071/HC16053

McKinlay, E., McDonald, J., Darlow, B., & Perry, M. (2017). Social networks of patients with multimorbidity: A qualitative study of patients' and supporters' views. Journal of Primary Health Care, 9(2), 153-161. doi: 10.1071/HC16062

von Aesch, A. V., Perry, M., & Sole, G. (2016). Physiotherapists’ experiences of the management of anterior cruciate ligament injuries. Physical Therapy in Sport, 19, 14-22. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2015.08.004

Perry, M., Dean, S., & Devan, H. (2016). The relationship between chronic low back pain and fatigue: A systematic review. Physical Therapy Reviews, 21(3-6), 173-183. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2016.1264665

Darlow, B., Perry, M., Dean, S., Mathieson, F., Baxter, G. D., & Dowell, A. (2016). Putting physical activity while experiencing low back pain in context: Balancing the risks and benefits. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 97(2), 245-251. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2015.09.020

Darlow, B., Donovan, S., Coleman, K., McKinlay, E., Beckingsale, L., Gallagher, P., Gray, B., Neser, H., Perry, M., & Pullon, S. (2016). What makes an interprofessional education programme meaningful to students? Findings from focus group interviews with students based in New Zealand. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 30(3), 355-361. doi: 10.3109/13561820.2016.1141189

Darlow, B., Dean, S., Perry, M., Mathieson, F., Baxter, G. D., & Dowell, A. (2015). Easy to harm, hard to heal: Patient views about the back. Spine, 40(11), 842-850. doi: 10.1097/brs.0000000000000901

Darlow, B., Coleman, K., McKinlay, E., Donovan, S., Beckingsale, L., Gray, B., Neser, H., Perry, M., Stanley, J., & Pullon, S. (2015). The positive impact of interprofessional education: A controlled trial to evaluate a programme for health professional students. BMC Medical Education, 15, 98. doi: 10.1186/s12909-015-0385-3

Perry, M., Hudson, S., Clode, N., Wright, K., & Baxter, D. (2015). What factors affect attendance at musculoskeletal physiotherapy outpatient services for patients from a high deprivation area in New Zealand? New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 43(2), 47-53. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/43.2.04

Perry, M., Featherston, S., McSherry, T., Milne, G., Ruhen, T., & Wright, K. (2015). Musculoskeletal physiotherapy provided within a community health centre improves access. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 43(2), 40-46. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/43.2.03

Darlow, B., Dean, S., Perry, M., Mathieson, F., Baxter, G. D., & Dowell, A. (2014). Acute low back pain management in general practice: Uncertainty and conflicting certainties. Family Practice, 31(6), 723-732. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmu051

Darlow, B., Perry, M., Stanley, J., Mathieson, F., Melloh, M., Baxter, G. D., & Dowell, A. (2014). Cross-sectional survey of attitudes and beliefs about back pain in New Zealand. BMJ Open, 4(5), e004725. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004725

Darlow, B., Perry, M., Mathieson, F., Stanley, J., Melloh, M., Marsh, R., Baxter, G. D., & Dowell, A. (2014). The development and exploratory analysis of the Back Pain Attitudes Questionnaire (Back-PAQ). BMJ Open, 4(5), e005251. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005251

Sole, G., Schneiders, A., Hébert-Losier, K., & Perry, M. (2013). Perceptions by physiotherapy students and faculty staff of a multimedia learning resource for musculoskeletal practical skills teaching. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 41(2), 58-64.

Darlow, B., Dowell, A., Baxter, G. D., Mathieson, F., Perry, M., & Dean, S. (2013). The enduring impact of what clinicians say to people with low back pain. Annals of Family Medicine, 11(6), 527-534. doi: 10.1370/afm.1518

Pullon, S., McKinlay, E., Beckingsale, L., Perry, M., Darlow, B., Gray, B., Gallagher, P., Hoare, K., & Morgan, S. (2013). Interprofessional education for physiotherapy, medical and dietetics students: A pilot programme. Journal of Primary Health Care, 5(1), 52-58.

Perry, M. A., Hudson, H. S., Meys, S., Norrie, O., Ralph, T., & Warner, S. (2012). Older adults' experiences regarding discharge from hospital following orthopaedic intervention: A metasynthesis. Disability & Rehabilitation, 34(4), 267-278. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2011.603016

Perry, M. A. C., Hudson, S., & Ardis, K. (2011). “If I didn't have anybody, what would I have done?”: Experiences of older adults and their discharge home after lower limb orthopaedic surgery. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 43(10), 916-922.

Perry, M. A., Hendrick, P. A., Hale, L., Baxter, G. D., Milosavljevic, S., Dean, S. G., … Hurley, D. A. (2010). Utility of the RT3 triaxial accelerometer in free living: An investigation of adherence and data loss. Applied Ergonomics, 41, 469-476. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2009.10.001

O'Sullivan, P., Dankaerts, W., Burnett, A., Straker, L., Bargon, G., Moloney, N., Perry, M., & Tsang, S. (2006). Lumbopelvic kinematics and trunk muscle activity during sitting on stable and unstable surfaces. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 36(1), 19-25. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2006.2094

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Journal - Research Other

Perry, M. A., Ingham, T., Jones, B., & Mirfin-Veitch, B. (2020). "At risk" and 'Vulnerable"! Reflections on inequities and the impact of COVID-19 on disabled people. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 48(3), 107-116. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/48.3.02

Yoshikawa, K., Brady, B., Perry, M. A., & Devan, H. (2020). Sociocultural factors influencing physiotherapy management in culturally and linguistically diverse people with persistent pain: A scoping review. Physiotherapy, 107, 292-305. doi: 10.1016/j.physio.2019.08.002

Buckley, A., Brownlie, K., Hill, K., Hallamore, R., Vijan, N., & Perry, M. (2020). Health professionals’ inclusion of green space in the management of long term conditions: A scoping review. Physical Therapy Reviews. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2020.1832715

Saitta, M., Devan, H., Boland, P., & Perry, M. A. (2019). Park-based physical activity interventions for persons with disabilities: A mixed-methods systematic review. Disability & Health Journal, 12, 11-23. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2018.07.006

Devan, H., Perry, M. A., van Hattem, A., Thurlow, G., Shepherd, S., Muchemwa, C., & Grainger, R. (2019). Do pain management websites foster self-management support for people with persistent pain? A scoping review. Patient Education & Counseling, 102, 1590-1601. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2019.04.009

Coleman, K., Darlow, B., McKinlay, E., Beckingsale, L., Donovan, S., Stanley, J., Gallagher, P., Gray, B., Neser, H., Perry, M., & Pullon, S. (2014). Does interprofessional education make a difference to students' attitudes to practice? [Brief communication]. Journal of Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences, 45(4), 344-345. doi: 10.1016/j.jmir.2014.10.004

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