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Determining the utility of play based exercise programmes in green and blue spaces for children with disabilities

Area of Study

  • Paediatrics
  • Accessibility and Participation
  • Environmental influences on exercise


  • Primary – Dr Meredith Perry
  • Co-supervisor – Prof Leigh Hale

Education Background

Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Distinction, University of Otago, 2008
Master of Science with Distinction (Zoology), University of Otago, 2004
Bachelor of Science (Zoology), University of Otago, Dunedin, 1999


Carrington, E., Kokay, I., Duthie, J., Lewis, R., & Mercer, A. (2007). Manipulating the light/dark cycle: effects on dopamine levels in optic lobes of the honey bee (Apis mellifera) brain. Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology, 193(2), 167-180.

Why did you choose the School of Physiotherapy?

The School of Physiotherapy provides the opportunity to collaborate with and be mentored by leading experts in the Physiotherapy profession. It offers a supportive learning environment and is well regarded for excellence in research.

I have strong ties with the School of Physiotherapy, completing my undergraduate degree here and since then working as a clinical supervisor and more recently as an academic staff member.

I am grateful for the opportunity to pursue my interest in Paediatric Physiotherapy research.

Best things so far

The support and encouragement given to me by the staff of the School has been overwhelming and has enabled me to take this next step in my academic career.

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