Our story

The Centre for Person-Centred Research (PCR) is a transdisciplinary research centre based in the Health and Rehabilitation Research Institute and School of Clinical Sciences at AUT.

Our unique context in Aotearoa is critical to who we are and how we work. We are committed to giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and growing and enacting responsive Tiriti partnership.

Our aims and purpose

Our core aim is to make a meaningful difference to long term health and well-being for people and whānau impacted by injury, illness or disability through transformative, person-centred rehabilitation research and knowledge exchange.

Three interrelated purposes guide our work including:

  • Rethinking rehabilitation by examining taken-for-granted structures and practices and challenging assumptions regarding what is valued as legitimate rehabilitation ‘work’
  • Embedding person-centredness by honouring the voice of people and whānau in our work, and influencing cultures of care, to achieve the aspirations of person-centred rehabilitation
  • Making a difference by actively seeking to impact rehabilitation policy, service design and practice in ways that matter to people, whānau and communities

Our values

We have four core values which underpin how we function as a team, the methodologies we adopt, and how we engage with and interact with our collaborators and stakeholders.

Our values for the centre for person centred research


Our research themes and clusters

We undertake a diversity of research to achieve our aims and purpose.

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History of the CPCR

CPCR was established in 2005 and continues to grow. Learn about our milestones to date.

Our history