MDSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting 2019

15 – 17 November 2019, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide



Dr Colleen Canning

Colleen Canning is Emeritus Professor of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney where she leads the Parkinson's disease research team in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Her research includes investigation of the contribution of motor and cognitive impairments to disability and falls in Parkinson's disease; as well as the effectiveness of interventions designed to reduce disability and falls.

Professor Canning has led pragmatic clinical trials of exercise interventions in neurologically-impaired populations (Parkinson's disease, stroke, traumatic brain injury, cervical dystonia) in authentic community/home settings (including rural and remote NSW) as a deliberate strategy to facilitate the translation of evidence into practice. She has extensive national and international collaborations and her research output includes over 90 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, 1 edited book and 11 book chapters.

She regularly presents at national and international conferences and has recently presented her research findings in the USA, Canada, Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Singapore, Sweden, Brazil, Hong Kong and Australia.  Professor Canning is passionate about education of the future generation of healthcare professionals. She has supervised 25 research students to completion and is currently supervising a further 7 research students. 

In addition, Professor Canning's has received three prestigious teaching awards for her role in leading a team of academics, educational designers, information technology and audiovisual personnel in the development of an innovative on-line educational resource for physiotherapists learning practical skills.

In 2018, she has led the development of over 100 Parkinson's specific exercises freely available at




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