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REHB704 Neurological Rehabilitation

A rehabilitation perspective on the assessment and management of a range of neurological conditions including stroke, subarachnoid haemorrhage, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and Parkinson’s disease.

This paper aims to extend student’s understanding of the application of evidence-based rehabilitation provided to people with a range of neurological conditions across the lifespan and various health care settings.

Main modules covered in REHB704:

  • Optimising neurological functioning
  • Service delivery approaches
  • Impact of executive functioning changes
  • Living well across the lifespan
  • Managing complexity through integrative practice

Across the semester we will explore strategies that enhance neuroplastic change, emerging technologies, service design, self-management approaches, exploring patient goal setting and preferences with communication and/or cognitive challenges, health behaviour change, managing secondary health conditions, integrative practice and whole person approaches …. and so much more!

These topics will be explored using various neurological conditions as examples. These include:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury (including concussion)
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis

Paper title Neurological Rehabilitation
Paper code REHB704
Subject Rehabilitation
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,018.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
MHealSc, PGDipRehab, PGCertRehab, PGDipPhty, PGDipHealSc, MPhty

Suitable for people who hold a degree or diploma from a New Zealand university or are in an appropriate profession approved by the academic board.

If you have not already done so, please contact the department for course advice before selecting your programme,

Teaching staff

Dr Rachelle Martin

Teaching Arrangements

Regular interaction with classmates and paper tutors via Zoom videoconferencing and the online learning platform, Moodle. Additional on-line events to support whakawhanaunatunga (establishing relationships), and skills development, within the broader Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit learning community.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Graduates of REHB704 Neurorehabilitation will demonstrate:


The student gives coherent written and verbal explanation of the application of rehabilitation for people with a range of neurological health conditions. The student also clearly explains the associated impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions, and how contextual factors (environmental, personal) influence rehabilitation for the person living with a range of neurological health conditions. The student is also able to understand and consider ways of addressing disparities in rehabilitation access and outcomes for a range of neurological health conditions within New Zealand.


The student organises, prioritises, critically analyses, and interprets evidence and theory about rehabilitation for neurological health conditions for application in practice-based settings.


The student communicates information and critical thinking effectively, both orally and in writing, to other students and teaching staff.


The student actively engages in learning with, from, and about other rehabilitation professions in ways that support collaborative learning and teamwork in neurological rehabilitation.


The student’s participation in independent learning activities demonstrates ongoing commitment to research-informed rehabilitation best practice for neurological health conditions through acquisition and utilisation of knowledge from a range of sources.

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system