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Starship Paediatric Orthopaedics

Public Service, Paediatrics, Orthopaedics

Gait Analysis Service



The Starship Clinical Gait Analysis Service is provided jointly by Starship Children’s Health, AUT University and Waitemata District Health Board. The clinic is a national service that provides assessments for both children and adults from all over New Zealand. The assessment team is made up of orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists and biomechanists

The Gait Analysis Service provides a detailed assessment of walking and movement. It gives precise information about a person’s walking pattern and what is happening in their joints when they walk. The assessments are carried out over 2 days and may include the following:

  • Medical, birth and developmental history
  • Measurements of lower limb joint movement and muscle strength
  • Walking endurance test (6 minute walk test)
  • 3D motion analysis
  • Plantar pressure assessment
  • StepWatch Activity monitor

Results from the assessments are used by doctors and surgeons to help plan treatment or surgery.

Common conditions assessed:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Idiopathic toe walking
  • Acquired or traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord impairment
  • Neuromuscular conditions

Locations for assessments:

The assessments are carried out over 2 days. You must attend on both days.

Day 1:

Wilson Centre

1 St Leonards Road

Takapuna 0622



Day 2:

AUT University

North Shore Campus

Akoranga Drive




Please allow 3 hours for each day.



Professor Susan Stott

Dr Nichola Wilson


Referrals to the Starship Gait Analysis Service must come from an orthopaedic or paediatric consultant. Referral information should include reason for referral, relevant medical and surgical history, expectations from assessment and current patient contact details. Referrals are sent to the Paediatric Orthopaedic service via central referrals at ADHB:

This page was last updated at 10:03AM on September 29, 2021.