New Zealand Rehabilitation Association, Inc.

Advocating rehabilitation; debating issues; connecting people 


A half-day gathering

Wednesday 19th October 2022, 9am - 12.30pm

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.

We will host this online with the option to make your own ‘local hub’ by joining with peers and/or colleagues over a coffee and a piece of cake.

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If you have any questions, please email 


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.

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