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.

BAIL'S Tales June 2017

Kia ora from the BAIL team

BAIL'S Tales May 2017

Kia ora from the BAIL team

BAIL'S Tales April 2017


We are delighted to welcome group of physiotherapy students to the BAIL team for the next six week.

BAIL'S Tales March 2017


Last month BAIL welcomed Associate professor Jean Hay-Smith to present a workshop on The Clinician-Researchers Duel Role.

BAIl's Tales Blog

BAIL's Tales Blog is here! A new site with interesting tales from the Burwood Academy of Independent Living.
In our first blog Zahra Shahtahmasebi blogs about life as a research student with BAIL

BAIL's Tales February 2017

Kia ora and Happy New Year from the BAIL team


Each year the University of Otago runs a summer studentship programme which offers students an opportunity to get ten weeks of real world hands-on research.

This year BAIL sponsored and co-supervised a summer student to evaluate the patients admitted to the transitionz programme at Burwood hospital, and we welcomed Zahra Shahtahmasebi to the BAIL team over the summer.

BAIL's Tales December

Kia ora and season’s greetings from the BAIL team



BAIL Appointment

2 December 2016
The Burwood Academy of Independent Living (BAIL) Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Jo Nunnerley to the position of BAIL Academy Director effective 1 December 2016. Jo will be supported by Johnny Bourke in the position of Assistant Director.

BAIL's Tales November

Kia ora from the BAIL team

We are pleased to introduce the newest member of the BAIL team - Bridget Frame. Bridget is helping BAIL with its operational funding. She has a background in not for profit, grant making and corporate management, and has started a business to encourage the community to look more closely at where funding comes from, where it goes, and how it gets there.

Bridget Frame

BAIL's Tales September

Kia ora from the BAIL team


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