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Donna Smith

donna smithProposed Thesis Title

“Babywearing as a therapeutic tool for families with children who would benefit from developmental support” / “Community centre strengths based approach to empower families who would benefit from developmental support for their children”

Area of Study

Child health
Community empowerment

Proposed Supervisiors

Dr Meredith Perry, Senior Lecturer, Associate Dean Post-Graduate Studies, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago
Lizz Carrington , Lecturer, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago


Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Distinction), University of Otago (2002)
Post graduate certificate in Health Science (Child health), Auckland University of Technology (2012)


Hale, L., Bennett, D., Bently, M., Crawshaw, A., & Davis, H. (2002). Stroke rehabilitation- comparing hospital and home-based physiotherapy: the patient’s perception. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 31, 2, 84-92. (Undergraduate research project 2002).

Why did you choose the School of Physiotherapy?

Studying at the School of Physiotherapy allowed access to Physiotherapists who share my passion for community empowerment, as well as researches in other fields in child health and neurodevelopment across the University.

I have been able to select papers that support and provide a sound base for research to support families who have children who would benefit from developmental support.


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