BAIL' Tales: April

Kia Ora from the BAIL team

Think Tank
In April, BAIL’s lead researcher, Johnny Bourke, and knowledge translation specialist, Dr. Jo Nunnerley, attended a two-day think tank in Auckland that brought together a number of disability advocates and researchers. Facilitated by the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), the think tank aimed to identify health and social issues that disability communities considered priority areas. Discussion then explored ways of developing potential research collaborations to potentially address those areas. A number of areas were explored through group discussion including access and communication, identity politics, and systems and services. The diverse experience of those present ensured that a range of views were discussed, and potential research areas were explored. A summary of the think tank is being organized by the conveners and will be available soon. The think tank was a great opportunity to meet and share ideas and concerns regarding the complex world of disability, and hopefully the momentum gained will develop into fruitful research opportunities that improve the lives of disabled people. BAIL hopes to keep involved and will provide updates at

Robot Assisted Physiotherapy with REX Bionics
The aim of the study is to evaluate the safety of the REX exoskeleton when used in a supervised exercise programme within a Spinal Cord Injury Hospital or Rehabilitation Centre. The study lead is from the UK with sites in US, Australia and New Zealand. The BAIL research team are training over the first weekend in May, and recruitment will follow shortly after. Details will be available on the website.

BAIL Research Workshop:
Friday 13th May 12-1pm, BSU Seminar Room
BAIL research workshops are group based presentations with a focus on research methods and interpreting research. Attending this workshop would be ideal if you are thinking about doing research or post graduate education, you want to improve your ability to read and understand journal articles or just for interest!

Outcome measures: Using outcome measures for clinical practice and research
Presenter: Dr Jennifer Dunn, Post-Doc Fellow, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Musculoskeletal Medicine, University of Otago

Limited to 20 people - registration essential

BAIL Research Peer Group Meeting:
Friday 5th May, Burwood Hospital Chapel
Presentations begin at 12: noon sharp. Tea, Coffee and Cake are available from 11.45am – feel free to bring your lunch.
The meeting has an orthopaedic focus:

And Kit Hoeben Programme Manager, Planning & Funding, Canterbury & West Coast District Health Board:
Enhanced Joint Arthroplasty Management: Use of statistical methods and toolset to evaluate the Total Hip Replacement and Total Knee Replacement pathways.

Debbie Snell Academy Director BAIL, Senior Research Fellow & Director of Clinical Trials Canterbury Orthopaedic and Bone Research Association (COBRA), University of Otago, Christchurch:
"Thank goodness someone is keeping an eye on me." The importance of the therapy relationship in rehabilitation before and after hip and knee replacement.

If you would like further information or to register for either of these events please contact or check out our events page on our website where you can find a summary of the presentations and information about rsvp-ing:

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 be added, contact Hans.

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