Supporting Research & Learning in Rehabilitation

The Burwood Academy of Independent Living is a dynamic organisation committed to improving the life experience of people recovering from serious injury and illness. Based onsite at Burwood Hospital in Christchurch, the Academy is dedicated to building a vibrant culture of research and learning. We are working to establish strong links to consumer organisations, universities and rehabilitation professionals.


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Praxis Conference
Praxis 2016, hosted by the Rick Hansen Institute (RHI), assembled leaders and stakeholders in the field of spinal cord injury (SCI) for a landmark conference to develop practical solutions for overcoming challenges to translating research through two translational “Valleys of Death”: from basic research to clinical research (Bench to Bedside) and from initial implementation to dissemination to the entire SCI community (Bedside to Worldwide).

BAIL' Tales: April

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News Updates

Think Tank

BAIL' Tales: March

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Professor Associate Professor Deborah Payne, Anna Nelson, Dr Huhana Hickey and Professor Clare Hocking are facilitating a 2-day think tank in Auckland in April 2016 which will bring together disability activists and researchers to help identify priority areas that require exploration and chart a path towards addressing them. The specific aims of the think tank are:

• Identify and prioritise health issues for disabled people/people living with disability in Aotearoa New Zealand.

BAIL' Tales: February

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February was a busy month for BAIL. There was a good turnout for Nicola Kayes Associate Professor, AUT University, who presented at the inaugural ‘BAIL Presents’ speaking about the therapeutic relationship in rehabilitation. We also had the first BAIL peer group meeting of the year which focused on Participatory Action Research (PAR) with presentations by Ally Calder Clinical Educator at the School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago and Rebecca Washbourn Senior Physiotherapist, On the Go Physio Ltd

BAIL's Tales: January

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As BAIL moves into its second decade at Burwood, we are introducing some new events to our line-up. In addition to the quarterly BAIL Peer Group meetings, we are launching BAIL Presents, short presentations or lectures from guest presenters, and the BAIL Workshops which are smaller group based presentations with a focus on research methods and interpreting research.
All our events can be found on the BAIL website.

BAIL's Tales: December

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Happy Birthday to us! Yes we have reached the incredible milestone of 10 years. After our first decade we can say the Burwood Academy of Independent Living is strong, vibrant, still growing and making a real difference in disability, rehabilitation and independent living research.

The last 10 years have seen many milestones and we celebrated it like we do with most things at BAIL, with cake.

BAIL's Tales: November

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BAIL and Burwood Hospital were very well represented at the recent Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) and New Zealand Rehabilitation Association (NZRA) combined conference in Wellington in October. The conference theme was building an enabling society and there were wide ranging presentations considering the many factors that contribute to making a society enabling or disabling.


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Technology is this month’s key word.


BAIL's Tales is our monthly newsletter to keep you up with the play at the Burwood Academy!


Two new roles at BAIL


I am pleased to confirm that the Board of the Burwood Academy of Independent Living (BAIL), on the recommendation of the BAIL Academy Director Dr Deborah Snell, has appointed John Bourke (PhD Candidate), to the role of Lead Researcher and Jo Nunnerley (PhD Graduand) to the role of Knowledge Translation Specialist.

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