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Ally Calder

Thesis title

Access to physical activity for men following stroke.

Area of study



  • Dr Hilda Mulligan, School of Physiotherapy, Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research, University of Otago (Primary supervisor)
  • Dr Gisela Sole, School of Physiotherapy, Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research, University of Otago
  • Emeritus Professor David Thomas (Social and Community Health, University of Auckland) – external advisor

Education background

  • BHSc (Physiotherapy) - AUT
  • PG Cert Clinical Teaching – University of Canterbury


Calder, A.M., & Mulligan, H.F. (2014). Measurement properties of instruments that assess inclusive access to fitness and recreational sports centres: a systematic review. Disability and Health Journal, 7(1), 26-35.


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Calder A, Sole G, Thomas D, Mulligan H (2015). Blokes with strokes participate in action research to explore the user-friendliness of fitness facilities. AFRM/NZRA Combined Rehabilitation Meeting. 13-17 October. Wellington

Calder, A.M., Sole, G., & Mulligan, H. (2013) User-friendliness of fitness and recreational sports centres for people with stroke: a research protocol using participatory action research (PAR). Neurology Group Neurosymposium (2013) Participation for life conference handbook.

Calder, A.M., Mulligan, H.M., Ferdinand, S. (2012). Integrating moving and handling guidelines into practice: a case study in an educational context. Challenging the Boundaries: Moving and Handling delegate handbook.

Calder, A., Curry, S., Rolston, H., Slack, K. (2011) Patient’s perspectives of physical activity during rehabilitation following stroke. Neurology Group Neurosymposium (2011) Stepping Forward Conference handbook.

Mulligan, H., Calder, A. (2009) Translating research into practice: the Barrington Clinic initiative. Southern Physiotherapy Symposium 5 (2009) Conference Handbook.

Calder, A., Ibell, C., Lim, V., Roxburgh, C., Upsher, B. (2009) Outcome measures and their ability to predict upper limb motor recovery following stroke: a structured review. Neurology Group Biennial Neurosymposium (2009) Hands Up: the Neurological Upper Limb Conference handbook.

Calder, A.M. (2008) Group exercise: an initiative to improve access to physiotherapy services for people with brain injury. New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists (2008) Physiotherapy Keeps You Moving Conference handbook.

Best things so far about your study

Meeting and working closely with a group of men and their wives and learning their challenges and successes following stroke.
Knowing that I am working on a thesis that will hopefully make a difference to access to physical activity in the community and rebuild of Christchurch.