Kia ora from the BAIL team


Praxis Conference
Praxis 2016, hosted by the Rick Hansen Institute (RHI), assembled leaders and stakeholders in the field of spinal cord injury (SCI) for a landmark conference to develop practical solutions for overcoming challenges to translating research through two translational “Valleys of Death”: from basic research to clinical research (Bench to Bedside) and from initial implementation to dissemination to the entire SCI community (Bedside to Worldwide).
A distinguishing feature of the Praxis conference was active participant engagement. The sessions consisted of short presentations from experts discussing their experience with challenges in translational research followed by group discussions to identify practical solutions based on individual experience and knowledge. The conference encouraged participants to commit to make a change, and implement some of the knowledge translation ideas discussed at the conference. You may see some of these ideas implemented in BAIL in the near future.

BAIL Knowledge Translation Specialist, Jo Nunnerley, with her working group from the Conference.

An Action Committee to lead the work of translating the action ideas from Praxis is being led by Graham Creasey (Stanford School of Medicine) and Catherine Truchon (Institut National d’Excellence en Santé et Services Sociaux), and supported administratively through a secretariat at the Rick Hansen Institute. The Action Committee will serve as a bridge between the work of Praxis 2016 participants and the implementation of change in the SCI research and consumer communities.


BAIL Research Workshop
Friday 10th June 12-1pm, BSU Seminar Room

Grounded Theory for Clinical Research
Presenters Dr Bronwyn Thompson & Dr Jo Nunnerley
Limited to 20 people - registration essential
BAIL research workshops are group based presentations with a focus on research methods and interpreting research.

BAIL Peer Group
Thursday 23rd June, Burwood Hospital Chapel
Presentations begin at 12: noon sharp. Tea, Coffee and Cake are available from 11.45am – feel free to bring your lunch.

Transitions in the embodied experience after stroke. A grounded theory study.
Emily Timothy, physiotherapist with the Community Stroke Rehabilitation Service, Christchurch.

Physiotherapist and occupational therapist experiences of adopting coaching methods when working with caregivers of children with disabilities
Fiona Graham, Senior Lecturer, Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit, Wellington School of Medicine, University of Otago

If you missed the last Peer group, the videos of the presentations and details of all our events are available on the website:
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