BAIL's Tales December

Kia ora and season’s greetings from the BAIL team



After five years at the helm we are sad to see Dr Debbie Snell stepping aside as BAIL’s Academy Director.
BAIL Debbie arrived in the BAIL office in October 2011 and her leadership has seen BAIL grow and flourish. Debbie has focused on developing stronger academic and research goals and successfully secured a number of major research projects for BAIL. She was fundamental in developing BAIL’s Knowledge Translation Strategy. Debbie has managed BAIL through a number of significant events, including BAIL’s tenth birthday and the evacuation from the Alan Bean Centre which saw the eventual demolition of this building as a result of structural damage.
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This was a significant blow for BAIL however we have been very grateful to the CDHB for the opportunity to relocate on site at Burwood. Fortunately Debbie is not leaving the BAIL family altogether, she has taken up the role of Academy Advisor, and will continue to work with BAIL as a research collaborator.

Over the past 18 months the Board, along with Dr Debbie Snell, has been developing a succession plan, and from 1 December 2016 Dr Jo Nunnerley will take over as BAIL Academy Director, supported by Johnny Bourke in the position of Assistant Director.

BAIL out and about:
In October Dr Debbie Snell attended the American Congress in Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) annual conference in Chicago ( This is the world’s largest annual rehabilitation conference with over 1000 delegates. Debbie presented twice at the conference. First was a poster evaluating the psychometrics of a short form of the WHOQOL-Bref in patients following joint replacement, which won best poster award in the ‘Measurement in Action’ category. Debbie also presented a paper on the topic of using mixed methods to explore unique and overlapping phenomenology, in this case mild traumatic brain injury and chronic pain.
She also met with Professor Gerben DeJong, BAIL’s international advisor. As well as updating Gerben on BAIL’s activities, Gerben accompanied Debbie on a visit to an Independent Living Centre in Chicago (Access Living: and met the inspirational Marca Bristo, the president and CEO.
Access Living was established in 1980 and aims to create an inclusive society that enables Chicagoans with disabilities to live fully–engaged and self–directed lives. Their staff and volunteers combine knowledge and personal experience to deliver programs and services that equip people with disabilities to advocate for themselves. The universally designed headquarters in downtown Chicago is an outstanding example of what can be achieved when buildings and spaces are designed to reflect the diversity within our communities.


Advance Notice:
February 2nd 2017
BAIL Presents: Associate Professor Jean Hay Smith, University of Otago.
“The clinician-researcher dual role”
Details of all our events can be found on the BAIL Website.

The BAIL office will be closed from the Friday 23rd December to Thursday the 5th January.

We wish you all the best for the festive season and look forward to seeing you all at a BAIL event in 2017!

The BAIL team