Our research

Current projects being conducted by ALARA members include:

Development of a New Zealand osteoarthritis patient education guidebook

Principle investigator: Dr. Daniel O’Brien

Research Team: A/Prof. Richard Ellis, Lucy Metcalfe, A/Prof. Peter Larmer, Ivana Nakarada-Kordic (Good Health Design, AUT), Prof. Stephen Reay (Good Health Design, AUT), Dr. Jonathan Quicke (Keele University, UK), Dr. Jennifer Baldwin (University of Newcastle, Australia)

Funder: Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, AUT

Osteoarthritis patient educational resources, mapping the current landscape: a scoping review

Principle investigator: Dr. Daniel O’Brien

Research Team: A/Prof. Richard Ellis, Lucy Metcalfe

Funder: Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, AUT

Exploring physiotherapists’ use of clinical practice guidelines, screening and stratification tools for people with low back pain in New Zealand

Principle investigator: Dr. Julia Hill

Research Team: A/Prof. Richard Ellis, Prof. Duncan Reid, John Bedford, David Houston, Prof. David Baxter (University of Otago, NZ).

Funder: Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, AUT and Keele University (UK)

Exploring the use of ultrasound imaging by physiotherapists: an international survey

Principle investigator: A/Prof. Richard Ellis

Research Team: Jake Helsby, Jade Naus, Sandra Bassett, Prof. Maria Stokes (University of Southampton, UK), A/Prof. Jackie Whittaker (University of British Columbia, Canada), Prof. César Fernández-de-Las-Peñas (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain), Samuel Fernández Carnero (Alcalá University, Spain), Prof. Julie Hides (Griffith University, Australia),Dr. Cliona O’Sullivan (University College Dublin, Ireland), Deydre Teyhen (Army Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, USA)

Funder: New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association

Simultaneous measurement of median nerve excursion, stiffness and strain: an in-vivo ultrasound imaging study with shear-wave elastography

Principle investigator: A/Prof. Richard Ellis

Research Team: David Lalor, Prof. Peter McNair (AUT); Prof. Antoine Nordez (University of Nantes, France)

Funder: New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association

Assessing sciatic nerve excursion and strain with ultrasound imaging during forward bending

Principle investigator: A/Prof. Richard Ellis

Research Team: Dr. Grant Mawston, Dr. Chris Whittington, Nathan Richards, Logan Archer (AUT)

Funder: New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association