Ready To Roll Survey:

Wheelchair users readiness for emergencies and opinions of a proposed Disabled Persons Emergency Response Register.

The Ready to Roll Study is being undertaken by BAIL and the University of Otago.

This nationwide survey aims to find out how ready for emergencies wheelchair users are and what they think about the concept of a Disabled Persons Emergency Response Register which could be used for planning and response to emergencies.

BAIL's TALES : August

Kia Ora from the team at BAIL

As we write this edition of BAIL’s Tales the future of our beloved Allan Bean Centre is looking rather fragile.


We regret to inform you that on Tuesday 22nd July the Allan Bean Centre was unexpectedly closed by our engineers. This was as a result of a failed post EQ 6monthly inspection that day. The structural integrity of our building unfortunately continues to deteriorate due to subsidence.

At this point in time we are attempting to find temporary accommodation and our office is closed for the foreseeable future.

Fortunately the nature of our work allows us to continue largely as we would normally albeit not in our beloved Allan Bean Centre.


Kia Ora from the team at BAIL

Are our BAIL researchers trying to take on the world?
They are certainly having a global impact and maintaining and growing our international reputation.


Kia Ora from the team at BAIL

Are you ready to roll if a disaster strikes?

In the last 12 months people in New Zealand have been affected by earthquakes in Marlborough and Wellington, severe wind storms in Canterbury, West Coast and central New Zealand as well as flooding in Auckland, Northland, Wellington and Christchurch. And who can forget the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010/2011?


We begin this edition with congratulations to Dr Deborah Snell’s research assistant Rachelle Martin. Rachelle recently received confirmation that she passed her Master of Health Sciences degree (endorsed in Rehabilitation) with Distinction. She will be presenting a paper that emerged from her Masters at the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI) Conference in Fremantle, May 2014. The title of the paper will be ‘Life goals and social identity in people with severe acquired brain injury: an interpretative phenomenological analysis’.

Mini Symposium Videos NOW AVAILABLE

On Wed 19 March 2014 the Burwood Academy of Independent Living and Burwood Spinal Unit conducted a Mini Symposium at the Allan Bean Centre entitled "Living and aging with Spinal Cord Injury".

Scroll down to access the individual video clips for these sessions.

Session 1 Part A. The longitudinal SCI life histories study. Dr Martin Sullivan, Ass Prof Sarah Derrett, Prof Charlotte Paul
Session 1 Part B. The longitudinal SCI life histories study. Dr Martin Sullivan, Ass Prof Sarah Derrett, Prof Charlotte Paul


Thank you to those of you who attended our mini symposium last week on living and aging with spinal cord impairment. We hope you enjoyed the presentations. If you were unable to make it a video is available of the presentations [contact for more details].

This month we want to show case and thank our Board of Trustees for their support of BAIL and we especially welcome two new faces to the BAIL Board room.


It has been said at the Burwood Academy that “Our research champions independent living and improves life experience. Our research is not completed to gather dust on the shelf”.

It is with this in mind that we invite you to “Living and aging with Spinal Cord Injury” a Mini Symposium on Wednesday 19th March.

BAIL'S TALES : February

Happy New Year Generations readers! The BAIL office is all a buzz as we begin 2014 for two reasons. Firstly we welcome a new research assistant and secondly we have an exciting opportunity to showcase research in spinal cord injury with a mini symposium in March.

New Research Assistant
Rachelle Martin is joining us to assist Dr Debbie Snell with her HRC funded Mild Traumatic Brain Injury studies. She is undertaking this work whilst at the same time working on her PhD in rehabilitation so it will be a big year for Rachelle.

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