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School of Physiotherapy news and events

Opening of new Christchurch physiotherapy clinic

Wednesday, 3 April 2019 9:09pm

A new School of Physiotherapy clinic in Christchurch is officially open after a ceremony attended by Alumni and former Silver Ferns physiotherapist, Sharon Kearney.

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New Physiotherapy tradition launched for 150th

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 9:52pm

Second-year School of Physiotherapy students received their clinical name badge in a special ceremony at the Gowland Lecture Theatre last Friday – a new tradition created to highlight the additional professional responsibilities they will face as they enter the clinical education phase of their studies.

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Physiotherapists head to GODZone for epic odyssey

Thursday, 7 March 2019 9:55pm

Professional practice fellows in the School of Physiotherapy, Matt Dick and Chris Higgs, are both participating in this year’s gruelling multi-day adventure race, GODZone - albeit in different teams. However, the only competition will be within their own selves. 

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Māori health professional graduand numbers soar to new heights

Wednesday, 5 December 2018 9:08am

The number of University of Otago Māori health professional graduands has climbed to an historic high.

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Pain common and increasing in prevalence in New Zealand

Friday, 30 November 2018 9:19am


Pain is an extremely common condition and increasing in prevalence in New Zealand, University of Otago researchers say.

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Distance travelled for World Diabetes Day

Thursday, 15 November 2018 7:38pm

People attending community diabetes exercise classes in Dunedin and Invercargill set out this week to walk, bike and row their way between the two cities – and got further than they intended.

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Project highlights the power of dance

Thursday, 1 November 2018 8:20pm

Christchurch-based University of Otago physiotherapists have been instrumental in developing a dance class for people with neurological conditions such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.

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Bee-themed "pocket park" planned near Physio building

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 12:33pm

The University of Otago and Dunedin City Council (DCC) are constructing a bee-themed pocket park on Great King Street which will be a new meeting and green space in the central city.

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Recognition for rising research stars

Monday, 15 October 2018 9:27pm

Six rising research stars at the University of Otago have been recognised through the University’s annual Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research announced today.

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Honing in on the key ingredients for successful self-management of chronic pain

Friday, 24 August 2018 2:19pm

The outlook for the one in five New Zealanders with persistent or chronic pain has the potential to be more positive according to an extensive study review by researchers from the School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) and Pain Management Service, Capital Coast District Health Board.