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Professor David Baxter

TD BSc(Hons), Dphil(Ulster), MBA(Lond)

David completed his physiotherapy and doctoral research training in the UK; his doctoral research focused on the use of therapeutic lasers in rehabilitation.

Prior to taking up his current post at Otago, he held various posts at the University of Ulster, and completed an MBA in Higher Education Management at the Institute of Education, London.

Research interests

  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Non-pharmacological management of musculoskeletal and low back pain
  • Therapeutic laser applications, including tissue repair; and effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicines

Related Information


Liu, L., Tang, Y., Baxter, G. D., Yin, H., & Tumilty, S. (2024). Responses to the correspondence from McDowell et al.'s on CAM integrative review of health care professionals in New Zealand. BMC Complementary Medicine & Therapies, 24, 188. doi: 10.1186/s12906-024-04488-0 Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Bühler, M., Atmore, C., Perry, M., Crengle, S., Norris, P., & Baxter, G. D. (2024). Patient experiences and perspectives of health service access for carpal tunnel syndrome in Aotearoa New Zealand: A normalisation process theory-informed qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research, 24, 465. doi: 10.1186/s12913-024-10871-x Journal - Research Article

Xiao, H., Wibowo, E., Baxter, G. D., Liu, L., & Doolan-Noble, F. (2023). Exploring supportive care needs in men with prostate cancer in New Zealand: A cross-sequential explanatory mixed-methods study. Journal of Men's Health, 19(12), (pp. 129). doi: 10.22514/jomh.2023.139 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Tan, H., Tumilty, S., Chapple, C., Liu, L., Othman, R., & Baxter, G. D. (2023). Acupoints sensitization in people with and without chronic low back pain: A matched-sample cross-sectional study. Journal of Back & Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 31(1), 137-146. doi: 10.3233/BMR-210297 Journal - Research Article

Xiao, H., Doolan-Noble, F., White, A., Lu, W., Liu, L., & Baxter, D. (2023). Intersectional perspective on factors influencing healthy ageing amongst older New Zealand men: An exploratory mixed methods study. Journal of Mixed Methods Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/15586898231213131 Journal - Research Article

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