• NZ Rehab Conference Icon

    The New Zealand Rehabilitation Association is pleased to collaborate with the University of Otago, AUT University, and Massey University to offer this conference. Our theme for 2013 is 'rebuilding, connnecting and living', which was chosen to capture the challenges faced in the rehabilitation sector following the Christchurch earthquake. The conference will be of interest to clinicians working in the rehabilitation field, academics, policy makers and those running rehabilitation services in the public and private area. The conference will be a mixture of podium presentations, breakout sessions and pre/post conference workshops. We have a number excellent national and international guests invited to speak. Read more »

  • 2011 NZRA Conference Logo

    The New Zealand Rehabilitation Association is pleased to collaborate with the National Institute of Rehabilitation Research (NIRR-NZ) and the University of Otago Rehabilitation and Disability Research Theme to offer this conference which will focus on innovation in rehabilitation, and in particular applications of novel technologies including virtual reality, and other ways to promote engagement in rehabilitation. Read more »

  • Textbook cover for Hoffman et al (2009)

    As someone who teaches health professionals about critical appraisal of research and its application to clinical practice, I was immediately interested in the content of this textbook. In my experience (and this of course is a massive generalisation) clinicians tend to already have a good understanding of general research design and knowledge about how to appraisal individual studies (e.g. randomised controlled trials and the like). What clinicians can be more uncertain about are issues such as how to distinguish a good systematic review from a bad one, how to read a meta-analysis, how to critically appraisal a clinical guideline, and what to do with qualitative research. Read more »

  • Rehab Conference 2009 Logo

    The AFRM/NIRR/NZRA Rehabilitation Conference 2009 will be held in Queenstown from 21-25 July. (Visit www.rehabconference2009.org.nz for details.) The deadline for Early Bird Registration is closing 15 May 2009, so get in quick and register now! Read more »

  • Icon for IPE Workshop

    Early this year I reported on a submission I made with two colleagues to a ministerial taskforce on the development of the Primary Health Care workforce. The report from this taskforce is now in, and while interprofessional education (IPE) gets some coverage, there is still a lot of work to do in this area of clinical training in NZ. An upcoming workshop on IPE, to be held in Wellington in February 2009, is part of this ongoing work. Read more »

  • Photo of Maria Low

    Maria Low is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Rehabilitation for the Burwood Spinal Unit, Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB). Recently, Maria wrote a successful business proposal to CDHB for additional hours dedicated to addressing sexuality in rehabilitation and last month she was appointed to that role. Read more »

  • 2009 Rehab Conference Logo

    The NZRA is holding its conference next year, 22-25 July 2009, in partnership with the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and the New Zealand National Institute of Rehabilitation Research. Read more »

  • Earlier in February I had the opportunity to make a submission to a ministerial taskforce on the development of the workforce in New Zealandís Primary Health Care Sector. One reason I took this opportunity was to raise the profile of Interprofessional Education (IPE) for health professional in New Zealand. Unlike other countries New Zealand has no central organisation to advise on and advocate for IPE. Given the importance attributed to teamwork in the health sector (and in rehabilitation in particular) perhaps this is an issue that we need to address sooner rather than later. Read more »

  • Want to receive a regular, free electronic newsletter featuring summaries of recent research in rehabilitation brought together by Professor Kath McPherson? Read more »

  • All nurses logo

    AllNurses is a forum with an active online community of over 243,000 registered members and 500 nursing topics. A section has been allocated to 'rehabilitation nursing'. Directions are given here to access the website and navigate its content. Read more »

  • Having reviewed over the last year a number of web-based discussion boards that have been either deserted or populated mainly by spam, itís nice to finally find one or two to write positively about. This one is a forum for discussion of physiotherapy - or "physical therapy" as they call it in the US. Read more »

  • Cochrane Collaboration Logo

    The Cochrane Collaboration is an international not-for-profit organisation that aims to produce and disseminate up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare. The Cochrane Collaboration libraries are now free for all New Zealanders to access through the Ministry of Health webiste... if you know where to look. Read more »


Rehabilitation conference logoThe 2009 Rehabilitation Conference will be held in Queenstown on 21–25 July. More about the conference.