BAIL'S Tales May 2017

Kia ora from the BAIL team

Postgraduate student support group:

You may ask – what else does BAIL do, and how can I get involved? Besides doing research, and coordinating the peer group meetings and research workshops, the BAIL team also aims to support people who are involved in postgraduate study.  One of the ways this happens is via a postgraduate student support group which meets every two months (or so!).  The group is made up of people who are currently enrolled in a Masters or Ph.D. programme of study.  It doesn’t matter which university you are enrolled with, and it doesn’t matter if you are starting out, in the middle or nearly at the finish line. However, it is fair to say we have a focus on study in health-related fields!  The group provides an opportunity to catch up with other post-grad students, to talk about issues you are facing in your area of study, to brainstorm ideas, and to develop a sense of camaraderie with other who are in a similar situation!  

Our current group of attendees includes the following people at these various stages of progress. Mark Adams has recently submitted his Masters thesis (RTRU, University of Otago) and his presentation at the recent peer group meeting can be found at  Rachel Bladon has also submitted her Masters thesis (RTRU, University of Otago) and you may see her featuring at a peer group meeting in the near future.  Johnny Bourke (Ph.D. via School of Health Sciences, University of Canterbury), Ally Calder (Ph.D via School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago), Rachelle Martin (Ph.D via Wellington School of Medicine, University of Otago) and Tracy Croot (Masters via Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine, Christchurch School of Medicine, University of Otago) are still plugging away!

We generally meet at Burwood campus over lunchtime, and try to fit around the various schedules of people who are currently attending.  If you would like more information about this group, please contact Rachelle Martin (  We would love to have you join us.






BAIL peer group meetings and research workshops:

No dates have been set for future meetings at this point.  Keep an eye on the BAIL website for the updated details of all our events (  

In the meantime … if you have some research you want to share, or are looking at ways of translating research evidence onto practice, the New Zealand rehabilitation conference is in Christchurch this year. Abstract submissions are now open!


The BAIL team