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Disabled People’s Wellbeing 10 Years Post-earthquake Research

Everyone is affected after a disaster. But some people are affected worse than others. Nearly one in 5 people in Christchurch self-report that they have some current physical or psychological disability. And disabled people are known to be more vulnerable following disaster and experience many barriers regarding community access, housing, assistance, and social connection in a disaster’s aftermath.


Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori is the perfect opportunity to share a video where Te Ao Marama (Burwood Academy's Māori Advisor) explains the significance of Hā-i-Mano.

Peer Group 15 July 2021: Rachel Martin

Dr Rachelle Martin is one of nine recipients of this year’s Emerging Researcher First Grant offered by the Health Research Council (HRC). Rachelle presented an overview how this research, partnering with tāngata whaikaha Māori and non-Māori, aims to co-produce policy advice around kāinga (housing and home) while also developing co-production methods and tools that can be used in other policy planning spaces impacting on disabled people.

Peer Group 15 July 2021: Catherine Vingerhoets

This presentation shares insights from Catherine’s most recent research exploring how health professionals come to know their patients and what is important to them during inpatient neurological rehabilitation. The focus is on what clinicians understood about the terms patient values, preferences, and circumstances, as well as the strategies and approaches used in current practice to elicit and share this information within interprofessional teams. Clinical implications within the New Zealand context will be shared.


A spotlight on Spinal Cord Injuries: Emily Timothy and Julianne Johns will be giving us a sneak peek at their presentations for the NZRA (New Zealand Rehabilitation Association) conference. The three presentations centre around people with the lived experience of spinal cord injuries (SCI)

Peer Group 17 June 2021: Fi Graham

This presentation walks through our journey so far on a randomised controlled trial funded by the Health Research Council, examining the effectiveness of OPC when its implemented in the current service delivery context. The focus is on the ‘lived experience’ as a researcher of undertaking complex intervention research in the complex system that is the NZ rehabilitation environment. Strategy, lessons learnt and the opportunity to eat cake were emphasised.

Rachelle Martin receives Emerging Reseacher First Grant

Dr Rachelle Martin is one of nine recipients of this year’s Emerging Researcher First Grant offered by the Health Research Council (HRC).  Rachelle will receive $249,000 over three years to fund her project, Flourishing together: including tāngata whaikaha in health policy development.  The research project emerged from Burwood Academy’s Flourishing scoping study she conducted with Cate Grace, in which they interviewed 40 people living with the experience of illness, injury, or long-term health conditions. 
Timothy with his wife and colleague at the award ceremony

Recruiting now for the BAIL co-designing pain services for people with SCI study

Have you experienced pain since your  SCI resulting in referral/treatment…