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Martin Sullivan (rehabilitation academic)

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Martin Sullivan (born 1953) PhD; Companion to the Queen's Service Order (for his work in disability studies and with people with disabilities) is Senior Lecturer at the School of Health & Social Services, Massey University, Palmerston North (Turitea) campus, New Zealand.[1]

Early life[edit]

Sullivan spent his childhood in Auckland and attended St Peter's College, Grafton.[2] He studied at the University of Auckland where he obtained his Ph.D. researching the sociology of the paraplegic body.[1]


In 1998 Sullivan was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship under its Social Welfare category . The award was to enable him to meet and confer with leading researchers, theorists, policy analysts, teachers and practitioners in the UK in the field of disability. The anticipated outcomes include a broadening of perspective, expansion of material for curriculum, updating methods of pedagogy, and research the development and implementation of policy in the areas of deinstitutionalisation and provision of home support services.[3]

In 2007 Sullivan was the principal investigator in the longitudinal study of the Life Histories of People with Spinal Cord Injury was funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand. Study focussed on the transition from spinal unit to the community for those with spinal cord impairment. It lasted for four years and covered all New Zealand. Sullivan worked with colleagues from the both Massey University and University of Otago's Injury Prevention Research Unit.[4]

Sullivan is editor of the New Zealand Journal of Disability Studies, a member of the Health Research Council's Injury & Rehabilitation Portfolio Advisory Group, and was a Ministerial appointment to the National Ethics Advisory Committee, 2000-2007.[5] Sullivan is a Senior University Lecturer.[6]




  1. 1.0 1.1 Dr Martin Sullivan, Massey University (Retrieved 27 February 2013)
  2. St Peter's College Magazine, 1970.
  3. New Zealand Winston Churchill Fellowships Awarded 1966-2018, page 18, retrieved 5 May 2018
  4. No ACC cover delays spinal injury recovery – study, retrieved 5 May 2018
  5. New Zealand Rehabilitation Association Inc (Retrieved 27 February 2013)
  6. New Zealand Rehabilitation Association Inc Archived 2013-02-08 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved 27 February 2013)


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