Kia ora from the BAIL team

Technology is this month’s key word.
Our Virtual Reality and Rehabilitation Study is gaining a lot of attention as Phase 1 nears its end. This study is seeking to improve wheelchair safety and independence for people with SCI. The rehabilitation tool uses an Oculus Rift headset and places the user in an artificial environment in a power wheel chair. An exciting and beneficial feature is that an environment familiar to the user can be modelled and for our feasibility study we have been using a model of the Burwood TR unit. The work is gaining a lot of enthusiastic support and we are expecting some very worthwhile results from this leading edge research.

In more breaking BAIL technology news we are very pleased to tell you that our Peer Group Research meetings are now being video recorded and are available online. Simply go to our BAIL Facebook Page or you can go directly to
our Burwood Academy Youtube page. The 2 latest video’s just posted have Jo Nunnerley giving her presentation on “Negotiating the return to work journey after an earthquake injury: A grounded theory study” and Rachelle Martin’s presentation ‘Horses for courses’: Evaluating effectiveness in complex rehabilitation interventions.
Both videos are just over 20mins long and well worth a watch.

Rachelle Martin presenting at the last Peer Group Research - Recording now available

The post-grad coffee group is up and running again….
Friday 30th Oct 12noon – Burwood Hospital, SOU Education Room

The post grad coffee group is an opportunity to catch up with other CHCH-based students involved in post-grad studies and is open to anyone who is involved in this level of study regardless of the institution they are studying at, and whether they are connected to BAIL or not. However it would be fair to say we will have a focus on studies in health-related fields! Contact Rachelle Martin at if you would like further information and would like to be included in the email invitation list.

Rehabilitation Conference in Wellington 13-17 October

“Building an Enabling Society.” The vision behind this year’s conference is one of working together to build a society and a health and social care system that is enabling not disabling. If you are interested in attending this premier Australasian rehabilitation conference go to the conference website which can be accessed by going to the NZ Rehabilitation Association web page ( and clicking on the link to the conference.

BAIL Research Peer Group meeting 5th November
The last Research Peer Group meeting of 2015 is Thursday 5th November 12:00-1pm in the Chapel.
It is to be a great one with a few surprises for our year end edition. Be sure to be on our list to find out all about it and receive your invitation. If you are not on the regular invitation mailing list and would like to come, just let me know.

Hans Wouters – Operations Manager Burwood Academy of Independent Living.