Early conversations about vocational aspirations with people after acquired neurologial conditions.


Thursday 11 February 2021
at Burwood Hospital

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Video Presentation

The presenters talked about Early conversations about Vocational aspirations with people after acquired neurologial conditions. The aims of this study are:

• Understand how the early intervention
vocational rehabilitation programme
provided by the NZ Spinal Trust works,
and how the context in which it is provided
impacts on return-to-work outcomes
among people with SCI.

• Use this theoretical understanding to
develop an implementation plan for this
programme to be trialled in the stroke


Dr.Rachelle Martin  – Rehabilitation and Knowledge Translation Lead (BAIL)

Rachelle is a trained physiotherapist who has completed her Master in Health Science, endorsed in rehabilitation, in 2014 and a PhD in 2018. She has worked in various settings including acute neurosurgical, community assessment and long term rehabilitation in residential care.

Since a young age, Rachelle has enjoyed teaching and finding interesting ways to communicate with people.  She took an early interest in working with people following a stroke and as a high school student volunteering in the physiotherapy department at Balclutha Hospital, she  vividly remembers supporting a survivor of a severe stroke relearning to sit.

Along the way, she has increasingly come to understand that there is a need to think beyond what we deliver as health professionals, to also consider how we deliver care and rehabilitation services.

Emily Timothy – Career Development Researcher (BAIL)

Emily Timothy is a registered physiotherapist with an interest in the experiences people have of rehabilitation, and the partnership between clinicians and health consumers.  She has worked in the Community Stroke Rehabilitation Service (CDHB) for the past 13 years, having worked in a variety of settings in the UK.  Emily completed a MHSc Rehabilitation with the University of Otago in 2015 where her research focused on the embodied experience of stroke.  She has also enjoyed contributing to research both in her CDHB role and in research assistant posts.  Emily is working for BAIL over the next year as a research assistant through a Health Research Council Career Development Award.  She hopes this will help bridge the gap between clinical and academic work, with person-centred rehabilitation as the cornerstone.