Neurological rehabilitation & gerontology

Neurological disorders are a common cause of reduced capacity for everyday independence. Neurological rehabilitation focuses on improving a person's ability to care for themselves and optimise their outcome from a neurological event or condition. The research programs in the physiotherapy department target a range of conditions such as stroke, Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury and motor neurone disease. These conditions represent major causes of disability in younger and older adults. We work collaboratively with our clinical partners, consumers, and other professions to investigate physical impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions that result from neurological disorders.

There are three main research areas:

  1. Identification of physical impairments and activity limitations associated with neurological disorders. This can include reduced balance, poor upper limb use and muscle weakness, which can all play a major role in limiting independence.
  2. Implementation of research findings into clinical practice.
  3. Evaluation of the efficacy and effectiveness of interventions that aim to improve function, health and wellbeing (spanning impairment, activity and participation) or reduce secondary risk for people with a neurological condition.


Honorary staff

A/Prof Frances Batchelor

Dr Liam Johnson

Dr Karen Borschmann

Dr Marlena Klaic

Dr Bridget Hill

Sue Williams

Graduate Researchers

Matt Wingfield

Sara Isaak

Emily Dalton

Shae Cooke

Claire Formby

Josh Farragher

Natasha Machado

Sara Aldous

Edwina Sutherland

Aruska D’Souza

Fiona Pazsa