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BAIL's Tales August : Shuddering and Creaking

As I write this second edition of “Generations”, my office in the beautiful Allan Bean Centre is shuddering and creaking all over again – reminiscent of a recent time all too familiar to us Cantabrians. The large pine trees surrounding the once Utley Reserve are being felled to make way for the new car park and we are feeling most of them as they hit the ground. I am very happy to report to you all that the resident Bell Bird has simply moved to the trees beyond the Helipad and we are all hopeful it remains.

BAIL Researchers gain sought after awards

Congratulations to Jo and Johnny who have both been awarded 2013 Network Travel Grants from the Spinal Cord Injury Network (AUS)

The 2013 SPINAL CORD INJURY NETWORK TRAVEL GRANTS IN MEMORY OF ROSALIND NICHOLSON have just been awarded to two of our BAIL researchers.

Another Research Fellow for BAIL

It is with great pleasure we introduce Jason Nicholls who is newly appointed as a BAIL Research Fellow, joining Johnny Bourke and Carolyn Beaver.

Jason will embark upon his Master of Health Sciences research project with funding generously and collaboratively awarded by the Ministry of Social Development, Canterbury Community Trust, Rotary and the Canterbury Orthopaedic Services Trust.

We are extremely grateful to our funders for their commitment to this major undertaking.

BAILS TALES - June / July

Don’t you love working in a hospital at this time of the year? With winter well underway the warmth that greets you when you arrive at work at the start of your working day is like the building smiling at you. Everyone likes a smile.

Second Research Fellow for BAIL

It is with great pleasure we introduce Johnny Bourke who is newly appointed as a BAIL Research Fellow, joining Carolyn Beaver who was appointed in 2012.

Johnny will embark upon his PhD studies with funding generously and collaboratively awarded by the Ministry of Social Development, Canterbury Community Trust and Rotary. We are extremely grateful to our funders for their commitment to this major undertaking.

Grants awarded to help Kiwis recover from brain injuries

BAIL has secured a Major Grant for an important study.

The Health research Council of NZ have just announced the following

Mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) accounts for between 70 to 90 per cent of traumatic brain injuries presenting to hospitals and outpatient clinics.

Dr Deborah Snell from Burwood Academy of Independent Living in Christchurch has been awarded an Emerging Researcher First Grant of $142,532 to investigate why up to 15 per cent of people with MTBI develop chronic health problems, irrespective of the severity of their injuries.

BAILS TALES - APRIL

In our last BAIL’s Tales we highlighted a visit to Christchurch by our International Advisor, Professor Gerben DeJong who has been co-hosted by the University of Otago and BAIL. His stay with us is now drawing to a close and we have really enjoyed hearing from him at his various engagements here at Burwood and at Christchurch Hospital. He has underscored the importance of working collaboratively in research endeavours, also ensuring rehabilitation ‘adds value’ to the patient’s journey and recovery.

BAILS TALES - MARCH - "NEW CHAIR AT BAIL"

We must confess to an element of nervousness as we write this edition of BAIL’s Tales. This is due to attending Professor Gerben DeJong’s writing seminar yesterday and thinking that all those who attended will now be reading this with a totally different perspective. Prof DeJong is the author or co-author of 250 papers on health policy, health care financing, post-acute rehabilitation, and health outcomes and the reviewer of countless more. His skill, experience and wisdom certainly shine through and his thoughtful, engaging manner is inspiring.

BAILS TALES - FEBRUARY - "BAIL INTERNATIONAL"

We concluded 2012 telling you we were in for a great 2013 with lots of exciting happenings that we would inform you of. One of these is the pending visit to Christchurch of our international advisor and long term friend Professor Gerben DeJong, PhD, FACRM. Professor DeJong is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Post-acute Innovation and Research at the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) and the MedStar Health Research Institute in Washington, DC. He also serves as a Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Gerben DeJong HERE in March 2013

It is with great pleasure we announce the impending visit of our International Advisor and long time friend Prof Gerben DeJong. Gerben will be based in Christchurch for the month of March and has an exciting itinerary planned. There will be a number of public events announced in due course so do keep an eye out here for details as they come to hand.

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