Healthy Ageing research encompasses both quantitative and qualitative research into the health and wellness of people across the lifespan.
Current projects are focused on:
- Postural stability in older adults with Alzheimer's disease
- Cardiopulmonary research
- Behavioural Intervention Technologies for Self-management of Persistent Pain (Pain BITS): Co-creation of digital resources by and for people living with persistent pain
- Ageing and pain
- Improving the health and wellness of support workers and caregivers in the aged care sector
- Autonomic system and its interaction with Manual Therapy
- The role of mobility scooters in community mobility
- How does the neck contribute to persistent post-concussion symptoms?
- Amputee research
- Hauā Mana Māori: Living unique and enriched lives
- Multiple sclerosis research (Fatigue Management)
- Access to park based physical activity across the lifespan
- Osteoarthritis research: Thumb OA, Knee and Hip OA
- Exergaming for strength and balance
- Uptake and use of non-invasive ventilation in people with neuromuscular disorders: Users and caregivers’ experiences.
- Saitta M. Hemakumar D, Boland B, Perry M. (2018) Park-based physical activity interventions for persons with disabilities: A mixed-methods systematic review. Disability and Health Journal. 2018 doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2018.07.006
- Devan H, Hale L, Hempel D, Saipe B, Perry M. (2018) What works and what doesn’t in a self-management intervention for individuals with chronic pain? Qualitative systematic review and meta-synthesis. Physical Therapy (Accepted, 11 February 2018), Special issue on Pain management.
- Wilkinson, A., Meikle, N., Law, P., Yong, H. J., Butler, P., Kim, J., Mulligan, H., & Hale, L. (2018). How older adults and their informal carers prevent falls: An integrative review of the literature. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 82, 13-19. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2018.03.002
- Jayakaran, P., & Vanicek, N. (2018). Stepping forward following lower limb amputation. Physical Therapy Reviews. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2018.1466439 [Editorial].
- Bell, R., Smith, C., Hale, L., Kira, G., & Tumilty, S. (2017). Understanding obesity in the context of an Indigenous population: A qualitative study. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.orcp.2017.04.006
- Kovanur-Sampath, K., Mani, R., Cotter, J., Gisselman, A. S., & Tumilty, S. (2017). Changes in biochemical markers following spinal manipulation: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice, 29, 120-131. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2017.04.004
- Liu, L., Skinner, M. A., McDonough, S. M., & Baxter, G. D. (2017). Acupuncture for chronic low back pain: A randomized controlled feasibility trial comparing treatment session numbers. Clinical Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0269215517705690
- Bell, R., Tumilty, S., Kira, G., Smith, C., & Hale, L. (2016). Using a community based participatory research model within an indigenous framework to establish an exploratory platform of investigation into obesity. Obesity Medicine.
- Botnmark, I., Tumilty, S., & Mani, R. (2016). Tactile acuity, body schema integrity and physical performance of the shoulder: A cross-sectional study. Manual Therapy,23, 9-16.
- Falling, C., & Mani, R. (2016). Ageing and obesity indices influences the tactile acuity of the low back regions: A cross-sectional study. Manual Therapy, 23, 25-31.
- George, E., Hale, L., & Angelo, J. (2016). Valuing the health of the support worker in the aged care sector. Ageing & Society.
- Higgs, C., Skinner, M., & Hale, L. (2016). Outcomes of a community-based lifestyle programme for adults with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Journal of Primary Health Care, 8(2),
- Potiki Bryant, K., Hale, L., Tikao, K., Milosavljevic, S., Wright-Tawha, T., Ward, A. L., & Mirfin-Veitch, B. F. (2016). Art as a tool for disseminating research outcomes: The Haua Mana Maori Project and Participatory Action Research in New Zealand. Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation
- Sampath, K.K, Mani, R., Cotter, J.D. and Tumilty, S. (2015) Measurable changes in the neuro-endocrinal mechanism following spinal manipulation. Medical Hypotheses. 85
|Year||Project title||Funding body|
|2018||Co-creating a digital self-help intervention for people with persistent pain||HRC project grant|
|2017||Ageing well with Chronic Pain||Lottery Health|
|2017||Evidence for pain assessment tools sensitive for Māori - a systematic review of literature||HRC Māori Summer studentship|
|2017||Healthcare providers’ attitudes towards recommending online pain self management resources for people with persistent pain: a mixed method study||NZ Pain Society Cynthia Miller Research Grant|
|2017||Implementing and evaluating the Bridges Stroke Self-Management Programme into South Canterbury District Health Board stroke services: a case study||PNZ|
|2017||Central pain mechanisms in middle-aged and older adults with arthritis.||UORG|
|2017||Uptake and use of non-invasive ventilation in people with neuromuscular disorders: Users and caregivers’ experiences.||UORG|
|2017||How children with disabilities perceive accessing and using parks and playgrounds?||Porirua City Council|
|2016||Tai Chi for Breast Cancer||2017 NZBCF Fellow|
|2016||Park accessibility: Perceived barriers by older adults in the Wellington area.||UORG|
|2016||How does purchasing a mobility scooter impact upon an individual's physical activity, health and mobility in the community?||Lottery Health Research|
|2016||Efficacy of thoracic spinal manipulation in eliciting changes in the neuro-endocrinal mechanisms in people with Achilles tendinopathy||NZMPA|
|2016||How does frequency of manual therapy treatment influence outcome for people with knee osteoarthritis?||NZMPA|
|2016||Concurrent validity of the Mini-BESTest in people with vestibular dysfunction||Otago Branch PNZ|
|2015||Valuing those supporting people living with cognitive decline.||NZ Brain Health Core|
|2015||Frequency of manual therapy treatment for knee osteoarthritis.||UORG|
|2014||Effects of spinal manipulation on the stress systems – a randomized controlled study.||NZMPA|
|2014||Strabismus and balance||MPPT research grant|
|2014||Multiple sclersis - fatigue management||Royal Society travel grant|
|2014||Difference between dominant and non-dominant hemispheres of brain in the excitability of lower limb muscles in healthy adults||MPPT research grant|
|2013||Self-management of fatigue for people with multiple sclerosis: The minimise fatigue maximise life project||UORG|
|2013||Mobility Scooters keeping older New Zealanders on the move||Lotteries Health|
|2011||Hāua Mana Māori||HRC and Ministry of Health|
|2011||Adapting the Bridges Programme for Stoke to New Zealand physiotherapy||Physiotherapy New Zealand|
|2011||PROFAID trial||HRC feasibility grant|
|2011||Age-related changes in the natural variance of the human footprint.||UORG|
|2011||Amputees||New Zealand Artificial Limb Trust|
|2010||Body composition, balance, strength and falls in older adults with Parkinson’s||NZSP|
|2008||Aqua Aerobics to improve physical function and falls risk in older adults with lower extremity osteoarthritis||Lotteries Health|
|2008||An Evaluation of the ACC Steady as You Go Fall Prevention Programme||ACC contestable funding round|
Graduated August 2018
Huarahi Hauora – Identifying a pathway forward to wellness for Māori.
Persistent musculoskeletal pain among individuals with immune-mediated chronic inflammatory conditions
Postural stability in older adults with early diagnosed Alzheimer's disease.
Thoracic spinal manipulation and short-term changes in the activities of (1) hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and Hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis (i.e. HPA-HPG axis) and (2) the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). Is that a potential viable treatment option for people with chronic pain?
Developing and testing an intervention to promote life-long exercise in people with MS
News and events
Caregivers, carers, and support workers in the aged care sector symposium - 7 June 2018
Symposium Care giver and support workers in the aged care sector: 28 June 2013
This symposium brings together a network of researchers to further explore the social, physical, cultural, and economic issues associated with caregiving in the aged care sector. The outcome of the symposium is to set a future research agenda.
Bridges Stroke study Workbook launch: Dunedin 26 June 2013
In New Zealand about 32,000 people live with disability caused by stroke. Although most people receive rehabilitation whilst in hospital, this care diminishes once discharged home and the person has to learn to cope on their own. Learning to self-manage the effects of a chronic condition is one way of coping.Dr Fiona Jones and colleagues developed an individualised stroke self-management programme for people in the UK with stroke, known as 'Bridges', which includes a workbook to facilitate self-management.
PROFAID community presentations
PROFAID study feedback of results presentation to the Community Care Trust, Dunedin (June 2013) and Te Roopu Taurima o Manukau Trust, Hamilton (Feb 2013).
National and international collaborators
- Professor Lindy Clemsen (University of Sydney)
- Dr Beatrice Hale (Independent Researcher)
- Dr Fiona Jones (University of London, St George’s and Kingston University)
- Marcus King (Callaghan Institute)
- Professor Steve La Grow (Massey University)
- Dr Brigit Mirfin-Veitch (Donald Beasley Institute)
- Dr Linda Robertson (Otago Polytechnic)
- Associate Professor Roger Stancliffe (University of Sydney)
- Assoc iate Professor Denise Tayler (AUT University)
- Dr Andy Towers (Massey University)
- Dr Gareth Treharne (Department of Psychology)
- Dr Debra Waters (Department of Preventive and Social Medicine)
- Stroke Foundation
- MS and Parkinson's society of Canterbury Inc.