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School of Physiotherapy news and events

International Fellowship awarded to Physio Professor

Friday, 25 October 2019 12:21pm

A student watching his mother struggle with cancer pain was inspired to study, research and eventually become an international figure in physiotherapy and pain management.

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Translational Research Grant applications sought

Friday, 4 October 2019 2:15pm

All academic staff in the Division of Health Sciences are eligible to apply for the Translational Research Grant.

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School of Physiotherapy encourages people to ‘Stay Fan Fit’

Monday, 16 September 2019 9:03pm

A series of four videos have been produced to promote the University of Otago’s School of Physiotherapy and coincide with the Rugby World Cup, providing key messages about keeping well and injury free, with just a touch of humour in the mix.

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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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High quality websites and apps could help those in chronic pain to manage symptoms, researcher says

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 1:06pm

Smartphone apps and pain management websites could fill a significant gap in helping to support the one in five New Zealanders living with chronic or persistent pain, a pain researcher from the University of Otago, Wellington says.

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New approach could transform treatment of back pain in NZ

Thursday, 13 June 2019 10:10pm

Lessons learned at a four-day training workshop hosted by Otago’s School of Physiotherapy this week may change the way back pain is treated in New Zealand.

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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 1:56pm

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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Otago’s emerging researchers secure more than $1.7 million in HRC funding

Thursday, 16 May 2019 12:56pm

An occupational therapist who aims to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities is one of several University of Otago early-stage researchers who have together been awarded more than $1.7 million in Health Research Council funding.

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Obstacles overcome to return home with Physio degree

Monday, 13 May 2019 12:26pm

Eliana Viali knows she will have more challenges than most people starting a new job when she takes the skills of her new degree home to Samoa.

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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.