BAIL's Tales: December

Kia ora from the BAIL team

Happy Birthday to us! Yes we have reached the incredible milestone of 10 years. After our first decade we can say the Burwood Academy of Independent Living is strong, vibrant, still growing and making a real difference in disability, rehabilitation and independent living research.

The last 10 years have seen many milestones and we celebrated it like we do with most things at BAIL, with cake.

The event coincided with our last BAIL Research Peer Group Meeting for the year which was very well attended. At the event a special presentation was also made to our key cornerstone funders of The Rata Foundation, Lion Foundation and NZ Community Trust to whom we are most grateful for their ongoing support.
You can see a synopsis and videos of all the presentations on
our Burwood Academy Youtube page.

Virtual Reality Rehabilitation:
Mtech Games co-collaborator in the ReVIVE project was part of the Lightning Lab, New Zealand’s 12 week business accelerator programme that supports, and invests in, early-stage entrepreneurs and their high-growth tech startups. Pitch day was on the 5th of November and after presenting the initial results of the ReVIVE study at the Peer group meeting Jo Nunnerley introduced Mtech at Demo day. We hope Mtech is successful securing funding and we can work together on more virtual reality rehabilitation projects.

Brook Walters (Mtech Games) and Hon Amy Adams trialling the VR System

Knowledge Translation Update:
Jo Nunnerley attended the 2015 Knowledge Translation (KT) Conference: Overcoming Barriers to Research Use, sponsored by the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research. This was an online conference over three half days. She picked up some good KT ideas from the presenters based in USA and Canada where KT positions are more established.

WHAT’S COMING UP?
Special Presentation in New Year: Associate Professor Nicola Kayes Associate Director of the Centre for Person Centred Research at AUT “What matters most to the therapeutic relationship in neurorehabilitation?”
Nicola will be presenting research which explored what matters most in the therapeutic relationship from the perspectives of patients and practitioners in the neurorehabilitation setting.
The final date is to be confirmed however if you wish to be informed of the exact date register your interest with Jo Nunnerley

BAIL Research Peer Group meeting Dates for 2016
Here are our 2016 dates for those of you with awesome planning skills.
Thurs 18 Feb, Thurs 5 May, Thurs 23 June, and Thurs 3 Nov.
Be sure to be on our list to receive your invitation. If you are not on the regular invitation mailing list and would like to come, contact Hans. Hans.Wouters@burwood.org.nz.

Finally from all the team at BAIL, Debbie, Hans, Anne, Jo, Johnny, Brian and Jenny, we wish you a very happy Christmas and New Year

Jo Nunnerley – Knowledge Translation Specialist Burwood Academy of Independent Living.