Duncan Reid

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Associate Dean of Health and Professor Physiotherapy Paper Coordinator, PGDip (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy)

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7806

Email: duncan.reid@aut.ac.nz

Room AG 108, AUT North Shore Campus
90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote
Auckland 0627, New Zealand

School of Clinical Sciences
Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences
AUT University, Private Bag 92006,
Auckland 1142, New Zealand


2009 Doctor of Health Science
2002 Master of Health Science (Hons)
1999 Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science (Manipulative Physiotherapy)
1986 Diploma of Manipulative Therapy
1981 Diploma of Physiotherapy
1979 Bachelor of Science

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Fellow of the New Zealand College of Physiotherapy (FNZCP)
  • Life Member Physiotherapy New Zealand (PNZ)
  • Life Member NZ Manipulative Physiotherapy Association (NZMPA)
  • Member NZ College of Physiotherapy (Manipulative Physiotherapy) (NZCP)
  • Member Sports Medicine NZ (SMNZ)
  • Adjunct Professor University of Vermont


Duncan has had 32 years of clinical experience in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. His main areas of interest are in manual and manipulative therapy especially manipulation to the cervical spine, a topic he has taught both nationally and internationally for over 25 years. He is the past president of the New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association (NZMPA) and is currently vice President of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists (IFOMT). He is a Fellow of the New Zealand College of Physiotherapy and a life member of NZMPA and Physiotherapy NZ.
Duncan's experience in Sports Physiotherapy is also extensive. He has been a member of the Olympic and Commonwealth Games Medical team from 1988 until the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and was Chief Physiotherapist for the 1992, 1994 and 1996 Games. He has also been the physiotherapist and physiotherapy coordinator to Rowing New Zealand since 1988 and continues to hold this position. Duncan is the Director of Rehabilitation for High Performance Sport NZ monitoring the services of physiotherapist’s to over 150 elite athletes.
He has over 80 peer review journal and book publications and is on the Editorial panel of the journals Manual Therapy, Manual and Manipulative Therapy Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine.

Teaching Areas

BHSc (Physiotherapy) Undergraduate

Exercise Physiology and Prescription
Principles of Movement I and II
Musculoskeletal Diagnosis and Management
Complexity in the Community
Research Project

Post Graduate

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
Doctor of Health Science- Health Systems Analysis
Hand and Upper Limb Therapy
Interdisciplinary team practice with older people

Research Areas

Viscoelasticity, Osteoarthritis, Soft tissue knee injuries, tendon injuries, cervical spine treatment and management, musculoskeletal injury guidelines, injury prevention and movement screening

Current Research Projects

Masters of Health Science (2014) Primary supervisor Duncan Reid. Secondary Supervisor Sharon Henry. Student Linda Lee Movement screening and injury incidence in Ballet Dancers
Masters of Health Science (2014) Primary Supervisor M McGuigan, Secondary supervisor Duncan Reid. Student Marissa Downes. Topic: The effect of increasing body weight support on gait kinematics and tibial shock during treadmill running.
Masters of Health Science (2014) Primary supervisor Duncan Reid. Secondary Supervisor Sharon Henry. Student Sonya Worth movement screening in Nordic Cross Country Skiers
Masters of Health Science (2014) Primary supervisor Chris Whatman. Secondary Supervisor Duncan Reid Student Anna Mason Mackie Topic: The effect of reduced ankle dorsiflexion and ankle bracing on lower extremity mechanics in elite secondary school netball players
Masters of Health Practice- Practice Project Dissertation (2014). Supervisor Duncan Reid. Student Jessica Myer. Topic: The efficacy of injury prevention programmes in reducing injuries in sport: A critical review.
Masters of Philosophy (2014) Primary Supervisor Duncan Reid secondary Supervisor Wayne Hing. Student James Hutchinson. Topic: A Questionnaire Survey of the Management and Classification of Patients presenting with Neck Pain to Osteopathic and Physiotherapy Practices.
Masters of Health Science (2013) Primary supervisor Duncan Reid. Student Craig Newlands. Topic: Low back pain incidence in rowing and the relationship to functional movement patterns.
Masters of Health Science (2013). Mark Boocock Primary supervisor, Duncan Reid Secondary supervisor. Student Caroline Cross. Topic: The Effects of Instruction and Feedback on Lower Limb Kinematics and Kinetics during Landing in Female Novice Netball Players

Masters of Philosophy (2013) Duncan Reid Primary Supervisor .Secondary Supervision Peter Larmer. Student Rebecca Vanweerd. Topic: The inter and intra tester reliability of the Netball Movements Screening tool.
Masters of Health Science (2103) Primary Supervisor Peter McNair, Secondary supervisor Duncan Reid. Student: Brydie Steele. Topic: The aerobic capacity of those with and without Osteoarthritis of the knee.
Masters of Health Science (2013) Primary Supervisor Wayne Hing, secondary Supervisor Duncan Reid. Student Mark Plummer. Topic: The Effect of Decline Loading on Patellar Tendinopathy in Rugby Union Players
Masters of Health Science: (2012). Duncan Reid Primary Supervisor Student Joshua Kim. The frequency of hamstring stretches required to maintain knee extension range of motion following an initial six week stretching programme.


  1. Newlands, C, Reid, D and Parmar, P. The prevalence, incidence and severity of low back pain among international-level rowers Br J Sports Med 2015;1–6. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2014-093889
  2. Reid, D, Vanweerd, R, Larmer, P and Kingstone, R (2015) The inter and intra rater reliability of the Netball Movement Screening Tool. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 18 353–357
  3. Rutledge, G., Page, A., May, J., Pearson, J., Milne, C., Reid, D. A., . . . Beable, S. (2014). NZ Reflections on the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport Monaco 10-12 April 2014. The Journal of Sports Medicine, 41(1), 20-27.
  4. Reid, D and Kim, J (2014). The frequency of hamstring stretches required to maintain knee extension range of motion following an initial six-week stretching programme. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy 42 (1) 22-27
  5. Basevi, R, Reid, D and Godbold, R (2014) Ethical guidelines and the use of text messaging and social media in physiotherapy patient management: a review of literature. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy 42(2): 23-35.
  6. Reid, D, Potts, G, Burnett, M and Konings, B (2014) Physiotherapy management of knee and hip osteoarthritis: a survey of patient and medical practitioner’s expectations, experiences and perceptions of effectiveness of treatment New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy 42(2): 116-123.
  7. Reid, D (2013). Reflections on the growth of musculoskeletal physiotherapy inNew Zealand over the last 100 years and the contribution of NewZealand Physiotherapists on the world stage. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 41(1), 11-15.
  8. Reid, D. A., Basson, A., Olson, K., Ritchie, M., Thoomes, E., & Flynn, T. (2012, June 7). Response to: [Should we abandon cervical spine manipulation for mechanical neck pain? Yes. Wand, BM, Heine, PJ & O'Connell, NE. BMJ 2012; 344; e3679]. BMJ: British Medical Journal, 344, e3680. doi:10.1136/bmj.e3679
  9. Reid, D. A., Polson, K., & Johnson, L. (2012). Acromio-clavicular joint separations grades I–III: A review of the literature and development of best practice guidelines. Sports Medicine, 42(8), 681-696.
  10. Reid, D. A., McNair, P., Johnson, S., Potts, G., Witvrouw, E., & Mahieu, N. (2012). Electromyographic analysis of an eccentric calf muscle exercise in persons with and without Achilles tendinopathy. Physical Therapy in Sport, 13, 150-155. doi:10.1016/j.ptsp.2011.08.003