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Sarah Walker

Contact Details

Phone
+64 27 373 6251
Email
sarah.m.walker@otago.ac.nz
Position
PhD Student (HRC Clinical Training Fellow), Assistant Research Fellow
Qualifications
BPhty(Hons, first class), PGCertHSc (acupuncture)
Research summary
Rural 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

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

Walker, S. M., Kennedy, E., Nixon, G., & Blattner, K. (2022). The allied health workforce of rural Aotearoa New Zealand: A scoping review. Journal of Primary Health Care, 14(3), 259-267. doi: 10.1071/HC22055

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

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

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

Walker, S. M., Kennedy, E., Nixon, G., & Blattner, K. (2022). The allied health workforce of rural Aotearoa New Zealand: A scoping review. Journal of Primary Health Care, 14(3), 259-267. doi: 10.1071/HC22055

Journal - Research Other

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