We are keen to regularly profile rehabilitation-related research conducted within NZ.  Please contact us if you would like us to profile a published paper, poster or conference presentation

  • 02 Jun 2020 1:23 PM | Anonymous

    These presentations preceded the NZRA AGM, Thursday 14th May 2020.

    1. Lessons from lockdown – Dr Suzie Mudge

    Suzie is a Physiotherapist and Director of Neuro Rehab Results, a private neurorehabilitation clinic in Auckland. Like other rehab providers, Neuro Rehab Results has had to make a quick shift to telerehabilitation.

    2. Building telehealth capability for community based allied health – Jonathan Armstrong

    Jonathan is Clinical Director for Allied Health in the Community Health Services at Counties Manukau Health. Since Level 4 restrictions, Jonathan has been working with the Allied Health team to build their capability for delivering intervention via telehealth. This has included: Ensuring the availability of equipment and technology, establishing guidelines, trialling a variety of tools, developing training, and utilising outcome measures to collect patient feedback.

    3. The use of telehealth for wheelchair and seating solutions – Rachel Brown

    Rachel is an Occupational Therapist. She has been working for Enable New Zealand as an Equipment and Modification Services (EMS) Advisor since 2010. Her role involves coordinating outreach clinics for wheelchair, seating and lying supports in the lower South Island as well as completing requests for advice.

    4. Zooming in to improve lung health and general wellbeing – Anne Fitzpatrick

    Anne Fitzpatrick works part time as a researcher in the Department of Medicine at University of Otago’s Wellington campus and is a Board member of Polio NZ. Anne had polio as a child which left her with paralysis in her right leg and a foot drop. In recent years she has experienced a significant deterioration in her ability to walk, and onset of COPD. She has always actively managed her health to optimise her functionality and live life as fully as possible. She is an active member of a weekly exercise group and SYLO choir for people with chronic lung conditions (SYLO= Sing Your Lungs Out).

  • 28 May 2020 12:38 PM | Anonymous

    Ko Aoraki te maunga

    Ko Wataki te awa

    Ko Kāi Tahu te iwi

    Ko Hakiri Price tōku tipuna,

    Ko Moeraki me Ngāi Tūāhuriri te hapu

    Ko Cate Grace tōku ingoa.

    Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa

    Since I was young, my whānau on both sides has worked in our community to support others to find and share their own voice. It came as no surprise to my parents that in my teenage years I became interested about other viewpoints and making connections with diverse groups. My own journey with acquired disability in my 20’s broadened my world view even more and exploring unexpected pathways and new opportunities became my new normal.

    So, six months ago when I sat down over tea with Dr Jo Nunnerley and discussed an opportunity to continue Dr Johnny Bourke’s vision at Burwood Academy of Independent Living (BAIL), it was an easy decision!

    Dr Bourke established a person with lived experience (PLEx) group around New Zealand and Australia. The group known as the Burwood Academy Consultation (BAC) Network, was set up to review research projects, particularly around disability and all that world encompasses.

    My role as BAIL’s PLEx Engagement Lead has a focus on creating meaningful connections and ensuring those who have a disability or lived experience contribute and participate at all phases of research. This is a fabulous diverse and active group. My role is to facilitate and match the group to the various work we are asked to take part in. Over the six months since I began, the group has been involved with co-designing research proposals, evaluating scoping documents, being research participants, matching advisors to research projects, co-designing and delivery of education course material and creating pathways for students to undertake further study at a Masters and PhD level.

    The lens of disability has changed dramatically over the last decade. I am proud to work for such a forward thinking organisation that works to ensure that not only does research reflect societal changes, but that those with lived experience have a voice and acknowledged contribution. It is exciting to be involved in societal and social change as BAIL collectively introduces new ways of thinking across not only the disability sector but also the wider wellbeing and health sectors. My role allows diverse groups to contribute to the conversations that BAIL are already having in the research and health sectors.

    Recently I was appointed to act as an Advisory Committee Chair with the PEC - PLEx Engagement Committee. The committee meets regularly to give advice and support, and direction to other organisations. As a facilitator, this group is an important part of re-framing disability, as it ensures there is a collective and diverse voice representing those with lived experience. Our voice can contribute to the strategy of organisations who are forward thinking about connecting research that is produced within the sector.

    Taking on this role at BAIL, and all it includes, means I can combine many of my passions with a team and with different organisation’s who share similar values, experiences and goals. I believe it is important to remember that this research comes from a person and their everyday life; sometimes their story needs to be told outside of percentages and figures. We produce research that matters, and we do it because we care.

    Where to from here? I look forward to building our BAC Network and PEC and continuing to support BAIL to have a positive impact to those with lived experience of disability. So, if you have lived experience of disability or know someone who does and is interested in contributing to meaningful research please drop me a line I would love to connect with you!

  • 27 May 2020 12:48 PM | Anonymous

    The comprehensive resource Telehealth (Digital Practice) Handbook – a practical guide for physiotherapy has been provided to NZRA by Miranda Buhler.  Contents include:

    • Professional practice guidelines and ACC contracts
    • Telephone triage
    • Video Consult
    • Practice points
    • Tips for an effective consult
    • Working from home
    • Professional resources
    • APA Telehealth Webinar Q & A
    • Digital supplementary resources

  • 05 May 2020 12:03 PM | Anonymous

    The British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine have just published a working document outlining what specialist rehabilitation services could and should look in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Taken from the Executive Summary:

    Rehabilitation forms a critical component of the acute care pathway, helping to relieve pressure on the acute and frontline services. It is shown to be both effective and cost-effective, whether through improving independence and societal reintegration; or managing the impacts of long-term disability including neuro-palliative care.

    An as yet unquantifiable additional case-load of patients with post-Covid disability presenting with a wide range of problems due to cardio-pulmonary, musculoskeletal, neurological and psychological/psychiatric complications of the disease, compounded in many cases by de- conditioning from prolonged stays in ITU. As NHS services re-boot in the wake of the pandemic, there is an important opportunity to work collaboratively to rebuild services on a better, more co-operative model – a phoenix from the ashes. This document sets out the BSRM’s recommendations for rehabilitation services for adults aged 16 years and over in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic - in particular, the role of specialist rehabilitation to support patients with more complex rehabilitation needs.

  • 20 Apr 2020 10:22 AM | Anonymous

    Rachel Brown (Enable) has kindly shared this resource with the rehabilitation community. Please feel free to forward it on to anyone you think would find it useful.

    Thanks Rachel!

    A Guide to Using Telehealth - Enable New Zealand 2020.pdf

  • 16 Apr 2020 1:42 PM | Anonymous

    Dr Fiona (Fi) Graham is providing rapid response tele-teaching during the COVID-19 lockdown.  These resources relate to Telehealth in Rehabilitation - the use of technology in delivering healthcare.  

    The following recordings of presentations on this topic are now available:

    Session 1. Introduction to Telehealth

    Session 2. Effective communication for tele-delivery

    Session 3. Rethinking 'hands-on' rehabilitation in telehealth delivery

    More demonstrations will be added in coming weeks, including:

    Session 4. Group work by tele-delivery

    Session 5. Measuring outcomes by tele-delivery

    Also available is a Demonstration of Telehealth coaching for caregiver 

    and session playlist.  This is the best place to find everything in one location. 

  • 16 Apr 2020 1:42 PM | Anonymous

    Some encouragement for those who are supporting others during COVID-19 in this 2-minute video from the Bridges Self-Management team.

    Useful for the current time - but actually relevant for all times and spaces!

  • 16 Apr 2020 1:41 PM | Anonymous

    The resources on this page have been collected for use by stroke care and rehabilitation professionals to provide telehealth services due to COVID-19 isolation or social distancing.

    Resource categories include:

    • Medicare item numbers
    • Communication tools for people with aphasia
    • General telehealth guides and tips
    • Assessment tools
    • Therapy tools and resources
    • Fitness training
    • Relevant research papers
  • 16 Apr 2020 1:39 PM | Anonymous

    This £3000 prize award that is open to anyone worldwide who has contributed in a substantive way to neurorehabilitation.  Not even limited to research, this is a great opportunity for younger clinicians or academics.

    Further information and apply here

  • 16 Apr 2020 9:39 AM | Anonymous

    What is the survey about? Do NZ concussion clinicians use clinical practice guidelines? What do they like or dislike about currently available guidelines? Are there gaps? What makes a guideline useful? These are some of the things we are seeking more information about in our new study.

    Concussion is a very common injury and while most people do well and recover uneventfully, for some recovery can last a long time and can be very distressing and disruptive.  In New Zealand we have services funded by ACC for assisting people recover from concussion. However there is a lot of information floating around about concussion management and the body of research is growing exponentially.  That means there is a lot of evidence out there for clinicians to integrate into their practice, not all of it necessarily of the best quality. 

    What are clinical practice guidelines? Clinical practice guidelines are one way research evidence is ‘packaged’ so it is easy to use by healthcare providers. However there are a range of different concussion guidelines available and not all clinicians find it easy to choose between them or find them helpful and we want to know more about why this might be. 

    Take the survey: In our survey (see link below) we ask questions about barriers and facilitators to guideline use by concussion clinicians.  Based on pilot feedback, the survey will take five-10 minutes of your time and your responses will be anonymous. Please send the link to others you know who work with concussion – the more responses we get the more confident we will feel about the findings.  Thank you in advance for your thoughts. We will circulate the findings once these have been analysed – here’s the link to the survey:

    Thank you!

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