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Men's Health Colloquium 2020

Wednesday, 2 December 2020 3:17pm

The goal of this event is to advance advocacy to enhance men’s health in NZ. By attending the Men's Health Colloquium we hope to facilitate bringing together researchers and community partners with an interest in advocating for Men’s Health. Held on 10th December.

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CHARR researchers awarded HRC activation grants to support health delivery research 

Wednesday, 23 September 2020 2:04pm

Researchers at the School of Physiotherapy's, Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research (CHARR) received funding as part of the Health Research Council's newly formed Health Delivery Investment Stream.

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Southern men wanted to unlock health mystery

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 10:27am

Ageing Kiwi men have worse health and are dying sooner than women. Now a new University of Otago study is being launched to talk to the country’s southern men in an attempt to understand why.

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Inaugural Awards Presentation for the Dr Stanley Paris Research Fellowships and Scholarships in the School of Physiotherapy

Wednesday, 18 December 2019 1:39pm

The inaugural awards of the Dr Stanley Paris Research Fellowships and Scholarships were presented on December 5th 2019 by Dr Stanley Paris and Dr Catherine Patla. These awards are made available through the Stanley Paris Musculoskeletal and Manual Therapy Fund.

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Profile: Carrie Falling

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 4:16pm

Carrie Falling, PhD candidate, talks about her research on chronic musculoskeletal pain in people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

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Researchers pioneer new model of care for patients with back pain in NZ

Monday, 10 June 2019 12:09pm

Researchers are pioneering a new model of care for patients with back pain in New Zealand, in a bid to address what is a costly and growing problem.

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CHARR researcher Dr Prasath Jayakaran receives HRC emerging researcher award. 

Thursday, 16 May 2019 4:06pm

Dr Prasath Jayakaran from CHARR, School of Physiotherapy has been awarded an HRC emerging researcher grant.

Prasath's research project is entitled  'Sensory organisation for balance control in children with strabismus'

Strabismus, or misalignment of the eyes, is a relatively common childhood disorder with an incidence of about 4 per cent in children under 6 years. While it primarily affects the visual field and the perception of the environment, its effects on balance control is largely unexplored. The research will investigate whether balance control is affected in children with strabismus.

Results will provide insight about the nature of compensatory postural adjustments taking place in children with the disease and whether an intervention is needed to improve balance in these children.

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Physio graduate takes top student award

Thursday, 18 January 2018 9:37am

For Bridget Watson, receiving this Award and learning more about leadership has been invaluable.

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Unity on World Physiotherapy Day

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 3:37pm

We joined scores of sister organisations on September 8, to mark World Physiotherapy Day.

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Distinguished alumnus awarded doctorate

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 9:52am

Internationally renowned physiotherapist Dr Stanley Paris was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Otago on Saturday, 19 August , 2017.

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Otago honours physiotherapy leader

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 11:53am

Internationally renowned physiotherapist Dr Stanley Paris will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Otago this weekend.

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HRC funding secured for a community exercise programme for diabetes and multimorbidity

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 3:54pm

Professor Leigh Hale, Dr Ram Mani, Dr Prasath Jayakaran, and Chris Higgs from the School of Physiotherapy have secured $1,181,772 funding for a Community Exercise Programme (CEP), for people living with type II diabetes based on an inter-professional coordinated, patient centred, whānau-supported package of care.

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Māori obesity linked to various factors in study

Friday, 26 May 2017 11:05am

Spiritual beliefs, cultural practices and the impacts of colonisation may make it harder for Māori to stick to the typical diet and exercise advice for reducing weight, a University of Otago PhD candidate has found.

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A joint initiative to make parks accessible in Porirua

Thursday, 27 April 2017 4:13pm

School of Physiotherapy (University of Otago), Porirua City Council, Rotatry Plimmerton, and Plimmerton Inner Wheel Club join hands to make parks in Porirua accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

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Shoulder rehabilitation research awarded HRC grant

Thursday, 6 April 2017 11:20am

Researchers at the School of Physiotherapy's Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research (CHARR) and the Dunedin School of Medicine (DSM)  have been awarded an HRC Feasibility Grant for exploring the feasibility of a trial designed to assess effectiveness of tailored rehabilitation versus a standard exercise programme.

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Ageing well with chronic pain study awarded Lottery Health Research funding

Friday, 10 March 2017 4:27pm

Professor David Baxter has been awarded a grant from Lottery Health Research to research chronic pain in older adults, which is internationally recognised as a prevalent and disabling condition.  It has a serious impact on the quality of life of older adults, leading to depression, anxiety, sleep disruption, appetite disturbance and weight loss, cognitive impairment, and limitations in the performance of daily activities.

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Prof Pernilla Asenlof visits the School of Physiotherapy

Monday, 21 November 2016 1:33pm

Prof Pernilla Asenlof visits the School of Physiotherapy from the 27 November to the 2nd December.  Pernilla will be giving a lecture and workshop.

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Physiotherapy Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded to Dr Ewan Kennedy

Monday, 21 November 2016 4:03pm

Looking at the role of manual therapy in concussion related symptoms is the focus of a recently awarded postdoctoral fellowship to Dr Ewan Kennedy.

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Leading human-canine interaction researchers visit the School of Physiotherapy

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 2:46pm

Prof Sandra and Randolph Barker (Virginia Commonwealth University) will be visiting the School of Physiotherapy on the 18th November.  They will presenting a Public Lecture on 'Evidence supporting health benefits of human-canine interactions'. 5pm, Room 1.20, School of Physiotherapy.

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Grant success for physiotherapy researchers at CHARR

Friday, 7 October 2016 1:36pm

School of Physiotherapy staff awarded University of Otago Research Grants for 2017.

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William Evans Fellow A/Prof Martijn Huisman visits Dunedin in September

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 2:38pm

Dr Huisman is the scientific director of the Longitudinal Ageing Study Amsterdam (LASA).  His main focus is the role of socioeconomic adversity on health in old age. He is also the research coordinator of the Amsterdam Center in Ageing.  He will be visiting the University of Otago from the 12 - 30th of September. 

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Bridges self-management workshop 15th October and 4th March

Tuesday, 2 August 2016 4:08pm

Bridges self-management training to support the self-managment of long term conditions will be held at the School of Physiotherapy on the 15th October and the 4th of March.

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Postgraduate study Acupuncture Semester 2 under way

Friday, 17 June 2016 9:53am

PHTY548 Introduction to Musculoskeletal Acupuncture running in Semester 2, 2016.

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Physio students join in the Relay for Life

Friday, 22 April 2016 1:49pm

The Relay for Life is an annual event held to raise awareness and funds for cancer.  The University of Otago held its Relay for Life event on the 16th of April.  93 students from the School's 2nd and 3rd year classes contributed to the event and raised over $3000.

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Retirement of Associate Professor Gill Johnson

Friday, 1 April 2016 4:06pm

Associate Professor Gill Johnson, MSc PhD DipGrad(Otago) DipPhty FNZCP, was farewelled by the School of Physiotherapy staff at a function at the Staff Club on 8th April.

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Associate Professor position open at the School, 2015

Wednesday, 2 December 2015 10:36am

The University of Otago, School of Physiotherapy is seeking to appoint an Associate Professor. The successful applicant will contribute towards the research activities of the School's research Centre CHARR, through publications in high-quality peer-reviewed journals, obtaining external funding support, and supervising research students.

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A week of research student success!

Friday, 6 November 2015 11:05am

Research students have had a successful week. Congratulations to Ally Calder, Sarah Scott, and Gail Donaldson.

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Barrington clinic celebrates 25 years in 2015

Thursday, 29 October 2015 10:22am

Barrington Clinic recently celebrated 25 years. The Clinic in South Christchurch is the University’s only community-based clinic. It opened in 1990 to provide community based experience for physiotherapy students in a musculoskeletal clinic setting.

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Postdoctoral fellowship in OMT

Friday, 16 October 2015 4:15pm

Thanks to the support of the Alumni of the University of Otago in America (AUOA), the School of Physiotherapy is offering a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. See the details of this exciting new fellowship below, along with how to apply.

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International visitors to the School in 2015

Friday, 11 September 2015 10:23am

During September the School is hosting visitors from Hirosaki University and from the National Taiwan University. 

Visitors from Hirosaki extend ongoing collaborations between the Physio School and the Department of Social Medicine, Hirosaki University.  Exercise, activity, and community are an area of particular shared research interest and presentations during the visit will focus on this topic.

National Taiwan representatives, .Dr Tsauo (NTU Chairperson) & Yu-Jen, (Sam) Chen (Assistant Professor), will visit the School of the 15th of September.  This visit extends from visits by Prof David Baxter to NTU.

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Prof Susan Whitney visits as William Evans Fellow 2015

Monday, 10 August 2015 10:47am

Prof Susan Whitney (University of Pittsburgh) will be visiting the Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, as a William Evans Fellow.  Susan will be visiting the School from the 19th October until the 5th November.  During her visit Susan will be presenting a number of seminars and courses, and a public lecture on the 21st October.  Further information on Susan's visit will be posted on the School's Research page. 

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Professor Leigh Hale begins tenure as Dean of School of Physiotherapy

Monday, 13 July 2015 12:07pm

As of the 13th of July, Professor Leigh Hale has begun her tenure as the new Dean of the School of Physiotherapy.

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Dr Daniel Ribeiro receives HRC emerging researcher grant, 2015

Thursday, 14 May 2015 10:25am

School of Physiotherapy researcher, Dr Daniel Ribeiro, has received an HRC emerging researcher grant.  Daniel's research will explore the effectiveness of a monitor and feedback device for changing postural behaviour.

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Otago selects next School of Physiotherapy Dean

Wednesday, 6 May 2015 11:05am

The University of Otago has selected Professor Leigh Hale as the next Dean of its School of Physiotherapy.

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Lottery health research grant success for CHARR researchers, 2015

Thursday, 23 April 2015 10:27am

Congratulations to our School’s CHARR researchers who have achieved Lottery Health funding this week. Four of our Centre’s researchers have been awarded funding.  The grants fund research in the areas of hip and knee osteoarthritis, ACL injuries and netball, sedentary behaviour and pre-diabetes, and occupational postural behaviour.

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Otago researchers to evaluate laser treatment for lymphoedema

Friday, 6 March 2015 12:57pm

The University of Otago’s School of Physiotherapy will run the first clinical evaluation of laser treatment for lymphoedema in New Zealand, on behalf of the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Ageing well the focus for National Science Challenge

Wednesday, 4 March 2015 8:25am

Researchers from across New Zealand are joining forces for the latest National Science Challenge called Ageing Well - Kia eke kairangi ki te taikaumātuatanga.

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Dunedin Community Exercise Programme receives funding from Well South Primary Health Network, 2015

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 10:29am

The Dunedin Community Exercise Programme (DCEP) has received funding for 2015/16 from Well South Primary Health Network. DCEP is a community health initiative led by the School of Physiotherapy. DCEP is a comprehensive 12-week rehabilitation programme for people with Diabetes or Prediabetes aimed at improving health and wellbeing through exercise and self-management education.

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Academic promotions awarded, 2015

Tuesday, 3 February 2015 10:30am

Academic promotions have been awarded to CHARR staff members Leigh Hale (Professor) and Gill Johnson (Associate Professor).

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School of Physiotherapy Centennial Appeal - Supporting Research for the Profession, 2014

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 10:26am

The School of Physiotherapy will be launching an appeal for funds to support research on the evening of the 27th November.

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Prof Suzanne McDonough - Visiting Williams Evans Fellow 17th Nov - 7th Dec, 2014.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014 10:01am

Prof Suzanne McDonough (University of Ulster) visited the Centre as a William Evans Fellow between the 17th November and 7th December.  Prof McDonough's research interests include public health approaches to musculoskeletal conditions, electrotherapy/acupuncture and developing technologies used for musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation.

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Physical activity and health research symposium  - 25th November, 2014

Friday, 24 October 2014 10:03am

CHARR will be hosting a one day symposium on Physical activity and health as part of its research week.  The symposium is open to all researchers working in the areas of physical activity and health.

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2015 Summer Research Scholarships awarded, 2014/15

Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:12am

Physiotherapy undergraduate students Ashleigh Day and Bryan Siew have been awarded summer research scholarships by the Division of Health Sciences.

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Call for abstracts - CHARR graduate research conference 24th Nov, 2014.

Monday, 13 October 2014 10:05am

The Centre for Health, Activity and, Rehabilitation Research (CHARR), School of Physiotherapy invites research abstracts from postgraduate students (PhD and Masters) for a Graduate Research Student Conference. Abstracts are due 3rd November, 2014.

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University of Otago research grant success for 2015

Thursday, 9 October 2014 10:16am

University of Otago research grants have been awarded to CHARR researchers Daniel Ribeiro and Ram Mani.  The grants will fund research on shoulder rehabilitation, and diabetes and physical activity.

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Summer research scholarship in Physiotherapy 2013/14

Wednesday, 3 September 2014 10:10am

Carrie Falling (supervised by Dr Daniel Ribeiro) and Caden Shields (supervised by Dr Ram Mani) were recipients of Divisional Health Science Scholarships. The scholarships involved a programme of ten-weeks research for both students over the summer break.

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Professor David Baxter announced as co-chair of ASLMS Laser2015 conference

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 3:18pm

Professor Baxter has been announced as the co- chair of the ASLMS Laser 2015 conference.  This is the first time that a non-American has been selected as a Conference Chair for this prestigious event.  CHARR researcher, Dr Steve Tumilty, has also been selected as a section co- chair.  This event is held in the International Year of Light. 

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Healthcare advocacy recommended for Māori living with disabilities
in Southland

Monday, 5 May 2014 11:09am

A University of Otago study of Māori living with disabilities in Southland has recommended that an advocacy service may better support access to health services for hauā Māori (Māori living with disability) and their whānau.

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2015 International year of light and light based technologies to be celebrated by CHARR

Tuesday, 4 February 2014 9:55am

Laser research is a focus of the Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research.  The International year of light and light based technologies will be marked by researchers in the area of laser research.

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Oldest physiotherapy graduate dies, 2013

Monday, 16 September 2013 10:17am

It is with much regret that we note that one of our oldest living graduates from the School of Massage Joan Munro (née Walden) passed away on September 8th 2013 in Dunedin at the age of 96 years.

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Congratulations to Ashokan, 2013

Wednesday, 4 September 2013 10:19am

The School of Physiotherapy wishes to congratulate Ashokan Arumugam for handing in his doctoral thesis this week.

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School of Physiotherapy celebrates 100 years in 2013

Wednesday, 31 October 2012 10:20am

When the School of Physiotherapy marks its centenary in 2013 it will be a celebration of 100 years of history that has seen the school go full circle – from being part of the University, then coming under the wing of the local hospital board, before becoming part of Otago Polytechnic. In the 1990s the circle was completed as the School again became a valued research-intensive part of the University of Otago.

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University of Otago supports research into veterans’ health

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 8:48am

The University of Otago and the New Zealand Defence Force will today sign a memorandum of understanding which will see significantly increased research into the health of military veterans, serving personnel and their families.

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Motorsport athletes display superior visual abilities, say Otago researchers.

Thursday, 3 June 2010 8:47am

Young, top-ranked motorsport athletes display superior visual abilities when compared with normal sports people of the same age, according to a University of Otago study.

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Otago researchers reveal danger factors behind quad bike accidents

Monday, 19 April 2010 8:46am

University of Otago researchers analysing quad bike driver behaviour have found vital new information that could help reduce the continuing high rate of accidents and deaths on the vehicles.