The Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research (CHARR) is the research centre for the School of Physiotherapy at Otago.
We are committed to equity, striving for a culture of collaboration, and seeking our research to be interprofessional, interdisciplinary and impactful.
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CHARR research is supported by three professional staff members who are employed by the School of Physiotherapy and work as a team with the Director of CHARR.
Cathy Chapple, Director of CHARR
Cathy is the academic member responsible for enabling overall research growth and development.
Donna Keen, Research Co-ordinator
Donna provides strategic support for research in the School, supporting staff and students and working to develop links with community members and external collaborators.
David Jackson, Research Officer
David assists all members of the academic staff by providing research, technical and administrative support in the development and management of projects.
Allan Carman, Research Technician
Allan provides technical support for our research laboratories and specialist equipment.
Balance and Vestibular research facility
Research carried out in this facility system contributes to the areas of falls prevention, physical activity for neurological and musculoskeletal conditions, and in the better understanding of both the risk factors and rehabilitation strategies for injuries such as concussion and occupational health related conditions. The facility provides a clinical service and contributes to teaching at an undergraduate and postgraduate level.
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Clinical Biomechanics research facility
Research carried out in this facility contributes to the knowledge and understanding the neurological and musculoskeletal systems. Biomechanical analyses advancing our understanding of mechanisms, risks, treatment, and rehabilitation of a condition or injury
CHARR research is supported by an international advisory board.
Members of the International Advisory Board are recognised research leaders in the profession. They are appointed for a 5 year term. During the time of appointment board members help to support the researchers and graduate students within the Centre.
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CHARR seminar series 2023
For further information on our upcoming seminars read more on dedicated seminar page.