Kia ora from the BAIL team


The New Zealand Spinal Cord Injury Registry was officially launched on the 1st August 2016, the culmination of many years work. Over 70 people attended the function at Middlemore Hospital. Guests included the Honourable Nikki Kaye Minister for ACC and Bill Barrable CEO of the Rick Hansen Institute.
Orthopaedic surgeon Rowan Schouten spoke on the clinical relevance of the registry, while BAIL board member Dr Richard Smaill talked about the registry from his research experience, and from the perspective from someone with a lived experience of SCI.

Peter Robinson (Chief Clinical Advisor, ACC), Peter Robinson (Chief Clinical Advisor, ACC),Hon Nikki Kaye (Minister for ACC), Bill Barrable (CEO of the Rick Hansen Institute) Professor Ian Civil (Chair of the New Zealand Spinal Cord Strategy Governance group).

Bill Barrable and Daniel Rogers from the Rick Hansen Institute visited Burwood Hospital on the 2nd August. They attended a morning tea with staff, supporters and members of the BSU pilot team who worked on the implementation of the registry.

Anne Sinnott Strategic advisor for BAIL speaking at the morning tea (left) Gabrielle Wicks and Bill Barrable (right)


BAIL Research Workshops
BAIL research workshops are group based presentations with a focus on research methods and interpreting research.
Limited to 20 people - registration essential

Please Note Change of Date
Friday 19th
August 12-1pm, BSU Seminar Room
Research with vulnerable groups: reflections on including the voices of children and adults with cognitive impairments and communication difficulties
Presenter: Rachelle Martin

BAIL Presents
Professor Mary Galea University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital
Lessons from the SCIPA (Spinal Cord Injury Physical Activity) studies
Thursday 1st September, 12-1pm (Prompt start), Burwood Hospital Chapel

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 how to rsvp:

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 Jo:

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