Almost 10 years ago to the day, the late Prof Alan Clarke, Julian Verkaaik and a handful of other inspired individuals began the Burwood Academy of Independent Living. Branching out from the NZ Spinal Trust all those years ago has proven to be an extremely worthwhile, valuable and lasting venture, enabling us to broaden our research focus to include a wide range of impairment and disability areas. We have 18 different projects on the go at present and are committed to focusing on projects that lead to real improvements in the everyday lives of people who live with impairments and disabilities. We also continue to focus on building research capacity and encouraging early engagement between researchers and the end users of research knowledge such as health services and those living with health conditions. We see this as key to our ‘Knowledge to Action’ strategy because this improves the relevance and quality of research and increases the chance that end users will judge research outputs as useful and actually use them.

10 years down the track also sees our Board Chair Julian Verkaaik, known to many of you, resigning his position and handing the baton over to Arron Perriam, formerly of the NZ Spinal Trust Kaleidoscope program. Julian’s leadership has been invaluable in getting BAIL to 10yrs in excellent shape with a strong sense of purpose and vision for the future. We are very grateful to Julian for his commitment to BAIL and fortunately as he has a lot of skin in the game as they say, he will remain on the BAIL Board for some time yet.

BAIL Research Peer group meeting 30th April

The next Peer Group meeting is Thursday 30th April 12:15-1pm in the Chapel. Speakers are Dr Hamish Jamieson and Dr Sally Keeling from the TPMH research team. We will be sending out invites in due course. If you are not on the regular mailing list and would like to be just let me know.

Hans Wouters – Operations Manager Burwood Academy Of Independent Living.