Stroke Rehab: From No-Tech to Go-Tech, 29th - 31st January 2018, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand


Maggie-Lee HuckabeeProfessor Maggie-Lee Huckabee, Director of the UC Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research, New Zealand

Prof Maggie-Lee Huckabee, PhD practiced as a clinician for 13 years before the frustration of never knowing ‘the answers’ led her to an academic career. She is now Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders, University of Canterbury and Director of the UC Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research in Christchurch, New Zealand. In her 15 year academic career, Dr Huckabee has co-authored two books, one of which is going into its 3rd edition, 14 book chapters and has published 70 peer reviewed scientific papers.  A recent research programme has resulted in a reduction in pneumonia rates from 27 to 10%, with a subsequent savings in health care costs for the regional health board of over $1.5 million in one year.  For this research, she was awarded one of the top research medals from the University of Canterbury – The Innovation Medal.  She is well known as a clinical teacher and is an invited speaker by health systems worldwide to provide clinical training, particularly in rehabilitation practices.

PERC programme- Brewing Rehab Innovations Together

The PERC project was born with the aim of bringing Patients, Engineers, Researchers and Clinicians together to develop rehabilitation technologies. Critically, the patient is the centre of this team and contributes valued input to research and development through onsite clinical services. Clinical services are available to patient partners, facilitating not only their individual recovery following stroke, but importantly enabling them to make substantial contributions to how rehabilitation is provided in the future. An ongoing series of focus groups with patients, engineers, researchers and clinicians highlight crucial limitations to rehabilitation success, with the PERC team using those discussions to develop technological solutions. The PERC project allows patients to contribute actively to not only their own rehabilitation but to the real potential for rehabilitation of others.