BAIL' Tales: April

Kia Ora from the BAIL team

News Updates

Think Tank

BAIL' Tales: March

Kia ora from the BAIL team

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

Kia ora from the BAIL team

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: December

Kia ora from the BAIL team

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

Kia ora from the BAIL team

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.


Kia ora from the BAIL team

Technology is this month’s key word.

Wheelchair users’ experience of community inclusion following the Canterbury earthquakes

This survey aims to find out about how wheelchair users have experienced community inclusion in the four years following the September 2010 Canterbury earthquake. This information can help local authorities understand the important factors for wheelchair users as communities rebuild.


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.


Kia ora from the expanding BAIL Team,

This month we warmly welcomed Jenny Freeman (no relation to Claire) to our team. Jenny began her part time roll last month and comes with accounting skills to support Brian in the BAIL office. Managing the financial accounting around the many and varied research projects we have at any one time requires specialised expertise and as we grow and expand, extra back office support will help keep the BAIL machine rolling.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Study – Lead Researcher Dr Debbie Snell

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