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Latest New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy out now

25 November 2013

Latest New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy out now

Following are selected summaries from some items appearing in the November 2013 edition of the New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy. The journal is open access and available on

Invited editorial
Connecting with our physiotherapy neighbours: The Asia West Pacific Region
As part of the General Meeting at the region’s recent conference, member organisations presented reports identifying some of the key issues relevant to physiotherapy in their countries. While some issues were particular to countries, many were remarkably similar despite the wide geographic spread and diversity of the region.

Research reports
Student perceptions of an interprofessional clinical experience at a university clinic
Evidence suggests that interprofessional collaborative practice leads to better patient care and staff satisfaction. Interprofessional education encourages those studying to be health professionals to develop skills required to practise in this manner. This study explored students’ perceptions.

The current use of positive expiratory pressure (PEP) therapy by public hospital physiotherapists in New South Wales
This study described the clinical use of PEP therapy.

Adverse reactions to acupuncture: policy recommendations based on practitioner opinion in New Zealand
Acupuncture risk/benefit assessment relies heavily on accurate reporting of negative outcomes. A postal questionnaire explored the understanding of terms associated with adverse reactions. Recommendations are made for policy formation based on the research findings.

Physiotherapy alignment with guidelines for the management of stroke in the inpatient setting
A retrospective audit identified and recorded issues of stroke management as either in alignment with the guidelines, or not.

Clinically applicable papers
Fractures in children with cerebral palsy: a total population study. This identified factors associated with fractures in children with CP of varying mobility levels.

The Journal also contains: the study of the ML Roberts prizewinner at AUT University (Barriers and facilitators to engagement in rehabilitation for people with stroke: a review of the literature); book reviews; and information about articles in other journals.

The official journal of Physiotherapy New Zealand may be viewed on

About Physiotherapy New Zealand
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