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Leigh A. Hale, PhD, FNZCP


Leigh A. Hale, PhD, FNZCP
Professor Leigh Hale is the Dean of the School of Physiotherapy / Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research at the University of Otago, New Zealand and the Editor of the New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy. She graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and went on to attain her MSc (Neurorehabilitation) and PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) (South Africa). Professor Hale worked as clinical physiotherapist in all areas of physiotherapy before pursuing an academic career. After teaching neurorehabilitation at the Department of Physiotherapy at Wits for ten years, she moved to the University of Otago in 2000. Professor Hale primarily researches in the area of community-based physiotherapeutic rehabilitation for people living with disability and with neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, and Parkinson’s disease. Her research uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and focusses on how physiotherapists can enable people to optimally live healthy and engaging lives.

Selected publications

  • Whitehead LC, Trip HT, Hale LA, Conder J. Negotiated autonomy in diabetes self-management: the experiences of adults with intellectual disability and their support workers. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 2016, 60 (4): 389–397. doi: 10.1111/jir.12257
  • Potiki Bryant K, Hale L, Tikao K, Milosavljevic S, Wright-Tawha T, Ward AL, Mirfin-Veitch B. Art as a tool for disseminating research outcomes: The Hauā Māori Project and Participatory Action Research in New Zealand. The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation (under review)
  • Baxter S, Smith C, Treharne G, Stebbings S, Hale L. What are the perceived barriers, facilitators and attitudes to exercise for women with rheumatoid arthritis? A qualitative study. Disability & Rehabilitation 2016, 38(8): 773-780. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2015.1061602
  • Sangelaji B, Smith CM, Paul L, Sampath KK, Treharne GJ, Hale LA. The effectiveness of behaviour change interventions to increase physical activity participation in people with multiple sclerosis: A systematic review and metaanalysis. Clinical Rehabilitation 1–18. DOI:10.1177/0269215515595274
  • Trip H, Conder J, Hale L, Whitehead L. The role of key workers in supporting people with intellectual disability in the self-management of their diabetes: a qualitative New Zealand study. Health and Social Care in the Community 2015: 1-10. DOI: 10.1111/hsc.12262
  • Hale L, Mirfin-Veitch BF, Treharne GJ. Prevention of falls for adults with intellectual disability (PROFAID): a feasibility study. Disability and Rehabilitation Early on line, 25/02/2015: 1- 9, DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2015.1017613.
  • Walter T, Hale L, Smith C. Blue Prescription: Enabling physical activity for people with stroke, a single subject design study. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation 2015, 22(2): 539-
  • Kanagasabai PS, Mulligan H, Mirfin-Veitch B, Hale LA. Association between motor functioning and leisure participation of children with physical disability: an integrative review. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology 2014:1-16. DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.12570.
  • Hale L, Jones F, Mulligan H, Levack W, Smith C, Claydon L, Milosavljevic S, Taylor D, Allan J, MacKenzie N, Flannery J, Edwards S, Rabone T, Alcock M. Developing the Bridges self-management programme for New Zealand stroke survivors: A case study. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation 2014, 21(8): 280-288.
  • Hale L, Donovan K. A video-based balance measure for people with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability 2014, 39 (2):206-211 (IF: 1.02)
  • Hale L, Potiki Bryant K, Tikao K, Mirfin-Veitch B, Milosavljevic S. Haua Mana Maori: Living unique and enriched lives. A report for the Health Research Council and the Ministry of Health. 2014:1-159. ISBN 978-0-473-27899-1.
  • Pal J, Hale L, Claydon L, Mirfin-Veitch B. Experiences of therapists trying to reduce falls risk for people with intellectual disability. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities 2013, 10 (4): 314 – 320.
  • Pal J, Hale L, Mirfin-Veitch B, Claydon L. Injuries and falls among adults with intellectual disability: A prospective New Zealand cohort study Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability J 2013, 39 (1):35–44 (IF: 1.02)
  • Mulligan HF, Treharne GJ, Hale LA, Smith CM. Unpacking the ‘Blue Prescription’ approach for people living with multiple sclerosis in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy 2013, 37(2):51-57. doi: 10.1097/NPT.0b013e318292799e.
  • Smith C, Olsen K, Hale L, Baxter D, Schneider A. Health care provider perceptions of exercise as an intervention for people with multiple sclerosis-related fatigue. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development 2013; 50 (5): 733-744.
  • Ahuja SS, Clark S, Morahan EM, Ono M, Mulligan H, Hale L. The journey to recovery: experiences and perceptions of individuals following stroke. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy 2013, 41(1): 36-43.
  • Hale L, van der Meer J, Rutherford G, Clay L, Janssen J, Powell D. Exploring the integration of disability awareness into tertiary teaching and learning activities. Journal of Education and Learning 2013, 2 (1): 147–157.
  • Smith C, Hale LA, Mulligan H, Treharne GJ. Participant perceptions of a novel physiotherapy approach (‘Blue Prescription’) for increasing levels of physical activity in people with multiple sclerosis: A qualitative study following intervention. Disability and Rehabilitation 2013, 35(14):1174-81. DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2012.723792.
  • Hale LA, Mulligan HF, Treharne GJ, Smith CM. The feasibility and short-term benefits of Blue Prescription: a novel intervention to enable physical activity for people with multiple sclerosis. Disability and Rehabilitation 2013, 35(14):1213-1220. doi:10.3109/09638288.2012.723787. Hale LA, Trip HT, Whitehead L, Conder J. Self-Management abilities of diabetes in people with an intellectual disability living in New Zealand. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities 2011; 8 (4): 223–230.
  • Smith C, Olson K, Hale LA, Baxter D, Schneiders AG. How does fatigue influence community-based exercise participation in people with multiple sclerosis? Disability and Rehabilitation 2011, 33 (23-24): 2362-2371. DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2011.573054.
  • Mulligan H, Hale L, Fjellman-Wiklund C, Thomas D, Häger-Ross C. Promoting physical activity for people with neurological disability: Perspectives and experiences of physiotherapists. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 2011, 27 (6): 399-410.