The Institute places significant emphasis on the clinical, social and psychosocial understanding of impairment. It has a number of laboratories housing specialised equipment such as a three dimensional camera system that allows real time capture and analyses of human motion, computerised strength testing equipment and load measuring devices. The Institute’s current projects and recent publications are outlined in the different research themes of this web site, and reflect the HRRI’s multidisciplinary approach to health and rehabilitation research.

Upcoming event

Student-led symposium showcasing current research 2021

Date: 1 December 2021
Time: 10am-1.30pm
Where: Online event

Health and Rehabilitation Research Institute and the National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences invite you to our upcoming student-led symposium showcasing the current research happening across our institutes.  Come along if you are interested in heath research. All are welcome.

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HRRI objectives

This Institute adopts a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to further knowledge on the health and rehabilitation of people with injury and/or illness.

Its objectives are to:

  • Advance knowledge in the field of health and rehabilitation through high quality innovative research;
  • Foster collaborative health and rehabilitation research into prevention, restoration and adaptation associated with illness and injury;
  • Explore the impact of disease and impairment for people and their family/whanau in their ability to participate in activities and roles that are important to them;
  • Encourage students to undertake research in health and rehabilitation;
  • Promote and disseminate the findings of health and rehabilitation research at a national and international level.

Further information

Professor Peter McNair established the centre in 1998. It is one of AUT's flagship research institutes, with core funding augmenting competitive research grants. This core funding enables us to benefit from institutional support such as our state of the art dedicated research facilities. Professor Mark Boocock took over as Director in 2017. Mark works closely with a management group leading teams of researchers in five different themes. The Institute Management Group also receives strategic advice from a Development Board made up of individuals external to the university who have expertise in areas closely associated with health and rehabilitation.

The Institute is located at the North Campus of AUT, within the School of Rehabilitation and Occupation Studies. The HRRI liaises closely with the Departments of this School (Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Podiatry) and the university’s Musculoskeletal and Neurology Clinics which provide services to the local community. This allows the effective integration of teaching and research as well as the development of projects that incorporate a notable clinical perspective. Other active collaborators, both national and international, are also identified on this web site.