BAIL Employees

Dr Jo Nunnerley - Academy Director & Knowledge Translation Specialist

Jo Nunnerley is a clinical researcher with a background in Physiotherapy, and a Post-Doctorate Fellow in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine, University of Otago Christchurch. Her research interests are employment and community participation after spinal cord injury (SCI) and Knowledge Translation. Jo completed a Masters in Rehabilitation with the University of Otago Wellington in 2008, and graduated with a PhD from the University of Otago in 2014.
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  • phone: 03 3836871
  • mobile: 021 187 2651
  • email: Jo Nunnerley

Johnny Bourke - Deputy Director

Johnny Bourke

John Bourke experienced a spinal cord injury in 2005 and now lives with C4/5 tetraplegia. Following his injury John completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at Massey University and then a Masters in Health Science degree through the University of Otago, which explores the rehabilitation experience of those living with tetraplegia. With a keen interest in rehabilitation and disability issues, John currently teaches a paper regarding Independent Living following serious injury/impairment at the Christchurch Polytechnic and Institute of Technology (CPIT).
Johnny also chairs the Burwood Academy Consultation Committee, a service designed to enable disabled people to have a greater stake in the research process.
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Ms K. Anne Sinnott - Research and Strategic Adviser
Anne Sinnott
Anne’s main research interest is the perceived experience of living with chronic health conditions. During 2005-2008 she has was appointed to co-ordinate the Western Pacific region for the ICF Core Set for Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) project. Anne is also co-ordinating the development of a prospective cohort study to look at upper limb surgery ‘real life’ outcomes for persons with tetraplegia. Anne worked as a clinician for 12 years in a variety of countries and rehabilitation settings before returning to the University of Otago in 1995 to pursue post graduate studies in Physiotherapy and Behavioural Science. She was awarded a Master’s degree in 1998 and is currently completing a doctorate by publication.
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  • phone: 03 436 0221
  • fax: 03 431 1565
  • mobile: 021 994 878
  • email: Anne Sinnott

Dr Deborah Snell - Academy Adviser

Debbie is a clinical researcher with a special interest in outcomes following injury. She holds a 0.4FTE position as Senior Clinical Psychologist for the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service at Burwood Hospital, Christchurch. She is also involved in teaching and is a clinical senior lecturer for the Department of Psychological Medicine, and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine, University of Otago Christchurch. She completed training in clinical psychology and neuropsychology in 1988 and returned to study to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Rehabilitation with the University of Otago Wellington in 2005. She graduated with a PhD from the University of Otago in 2011 examining neuropsychological outcomes after mild traumatic brain injury.
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Bridget Frame - Funding Manager

Bridget
Bridget 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 is a mother to three primary school girls, and enjoys running around after them, as well as being an active part of her community.

Kathy Duncan - Administration and Operations Assistant


Kathy joined the BAIL team in 2017