Achieving Equity in Rehabilitation

Wednesday, 19th October 2022

9am - 12.30pm

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Unfortunately, the NZRA had to cancel our most recent conference. However, we still want to offer a space where people interested in rehabilitation within Aotearoa can connect, engage, learn and share ideas.

So, we have developed a hybrid, hub-based, half-day gathering - offering diverse access options, suiting a diverse range of access needs!

We will host some in-person hubs where you can join others to listen, chat, and see each other in 3D. These will be held in the following locations:

Auckland: AE104, AUT Akoranga (North) campus
Wellington: Horne Lecture Theatre, Wellington Regional Hospital
Christchurch: Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
You can also join online – and we will ‘host’ online participants as a hub, ensuring opportunities for connection and sharing ideas across the morning. Sorry, we can’t offer cake at this option.
You can make your own ‘local hub’ by joining with peers and/or colleagues over a coffee and a piece of cake.


    Stephanie Thompson

    How do we address inequities in access to rehabilitation?

    Stephanie will discuss inequities in access to rehabilitation, using stroke rehabilitation as an example, drawing on work from the REGIONS Care study.  She will discuss practical ideas to address inequities in rehabilitation from both an inpatient and community/outpatient perspective.

    Stephanie is  a physiotherapist at Te Whatu Ora - Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley, in the Early supported discharge team, and Clinical Lead for Rehabilitation at Capital Coast.  She completed my PhD in 2022 at the University of Otago, Wellington with Prof Anna Ranta looking at Stroke care access and outcomes.  Stephanie have a passion for improving equitable access to best practice (stroke) rehabilitation.

    Ms Katrina Anne Pōtiki Bryant (Waitaha, Kati Mamoe, Kai Tahu, BPhty, MPhty)

    Kaupapa Māori Approaches Towards Achieving Equity

    This kōrero will review what Kaupapa Māori approaches to achieving equity can look like by looking at the journey towards where we are today, the language that reflects the Te Ao Māori perspectives and approaches that can work to make positive impacts for whānau Māori. This will provide some insights from whānau Māori that have been useful and will offer room for self-reflection.

    Ms Bryant has been a practicing physiotherapist since 1995. She is Associate Dean Māori at the University of Otago School of Physiotherapy and has been teaching, supporting the university's Māori Strategic Framework and Kaupapa Māori Research for 14 years. She is currently also employed by Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou to conduct research addressing equity for aging Māori accessing ACC rehabilitative and preventative services, specifically community based strength and balance exercise and wellness classes for Māori. She has a special interest for integrating indigenous movement practices into rehabilitation and falls prevention community exercise classes.


    9.00 – 9.15am

    Opening karakia Whakawhanaungatanga

    9.15 – 9.45am

    Stephanie Thompson


    How do we address inequities in access to rehabilitation?

    9.45 – 10.05am


    10.05 -10.20am

    Morning tea

    10.20 – 11.20

    Rehabilitation Innovation Award Finalist presentations

    Dr Joanne Nunnerley, University of Otago: Development of a therapeutic virtual reality tool

    Angela Desmaris and Prudence Walker, Disabled Person’s Assembly: Mahi Tika – Equity in Employment

    Matthew Bryson, Peke Waihanga: Te Pou Aropā Takitoru

    11.20 – 11.30


    11.30 – 12.00

    Ms Katrina Anne Pōtiki Bryant 

    Kaupapa Māori Approaches Towards Achieving Equity

    12.00 - 12.25

    Facilitated discussion

    12.25 - 12.30

    Poroporaki and closing karakia


    $50 per person – covering speaker, venue, food and event administration costs.

    To support equitable access for all, we have developed the following payment model.

    The cost for attending is $50, but at the point of registration we are asking that you pay what you can from a list of options. You may not be able to afford $50, or you may be able to afford more – thereby, paying it forward.  We appreciate people paying what they can, to support access for all.

    You may remember that kaupapa around the tohu | logo developed for our conference.

    The weaving style is known as raranga and is often seen in the weaving of kete. It symbolises the bringing together of ideas, and opening up spaces for dialogue. Learning and listening from each other. Honouring each other. Working together in true partnership to make something stronger. 

    This remains our intention. And we would welcome you to join us. 

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