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Sarah Walker

Thesis title

Supporting Allied Health Professionals in Rural Areas

Area of study

  • Rural health
  • Improving access to healthcare services for rural communities
  • The role of rural generalist allied health professionals

Supervisors

  • Dr Ewan Kennedy, Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago (Primary Supervisor)
  • Dr Garry Nixon, Department of General Practice and Rural Health, University of Otago

Education background

Post Graduate Certificate in Health Science, Auckland University of Technology School of Physiotherapy, 2017

Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours (First Class), University of Otago School of Physiotherapy, 2015

Publications

Scott, S. M., Perry, M. A., & Sole, G. (2018). “Not always a straight path”: patients’ perspectives following anterior cruciate ligament rupture and reconstruction. Disability and rehabilitation, 40(19), 2311-2317.

Presentations

Scott, S.M, Perry, M.A and Sole, G. (2016) “Not always a straight path”: patients' perspectives following anterior cruciate ligament rupture and reconstruction, Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference, September 2016, Auckland

Grants

Health Research Council of New Zealand Clinical Research Training Fellowship

Awards

Otago Medical School Research Society Masters and Honours Presentation Runner Up, 2015
Sports Physiotherapy New Zealand Research Prize, 2015
Deans List Award, 2015, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, 2015
Centennial Prize, 2015, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, 2015
Centennial Research Prize, 2015, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, 2015

Why did you choose the School of Physiotherapy?

I chose the University of Otago School of Physiotherapy because of the close links I was able to make during my undergraduate studies, and maintain during my clinical career at Central Otago Health Services Ltd.

I have been consistently supported in my career development by faculty members from both the School of Physiotherapy and Department of General Practice and Rural Health.

I also value the support and understanding shown by the School of Physiotherapy for my topic and the importance of this within the New Zealand context.

Best things so far about your study?

How easy it is to work with everyone, and how open they are to working with those outside of their department. It is such a supportive environment with enthusiasm for the physiotherapy profession.