Professor Mary Galea is Professorial Fellow in the Department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne and Academic Director of Australian Rehabilitation Research Centre at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She conducts basic and clinical research investigating the control of movement and factors underlying recovery from nervous system injury.
Most recently, she has been lead investigator on a large multi-site program of research, SCIPA (Spinal Cord Injury and Physical Activity), investigating the effects of exercise after spinal cord injury from acute care to the community. Her current research program is concerned with investigating the health of peripheral nerves after spinal cord injury, the use of technology to drive recovery of upper limb function after stroke, and wearable sensors to measure rehabilitation outcomes.Professor Galea is a Board Member of the Spinal Injury Network, a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of SpinalCure Australia, and a Patron of the Stroke Association of Victoria. She is a member of the Disaster Rehabilitation Committee and the WHO Liaison Committee of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM). She is a member of the Australian Rehabilitation Research Centre’s ‘Flying Faculty’, which is involved in delivering capacity-building programs in rehabilitation for medical, nursing and allied health staff in low-to-middle income countries.
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Reversing Peripheral Nerve Dysfunction Using Functional Electrical Stimulation After Spina..
Cranial nerve non-invasive neuromodulation improves gait and balance in stroke survivors: ..
Technology To Track Gait And Balance Deterioration In People With Relapsing-Remitting Mult..
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Gait compensatory mechanisms in unilateral transfemoral amputees.
Vahidreza Jafari Harandi, David Charles Ackland, Raneem Haddara, L Eduardo Cofré Lizama, Mark Graf, Mary Pauline Galea, Peter Vee Sin Lee
Journal article | 2020 | Medical Engineering & Physics
Individuals with unilateral transfemoral amputation depend on compensatory muscle and joint function to generate motion of the low..
Evaluation of a technology-assisted enriched environmental activities programme for upper limb function: A randomized controlled trial.
Bhasker Amatya, Fary Khan, Imogen Windle, Matthew Lowe, Mary P Galea
Journal article | 2020 | Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness and feasibility of an intensive technology-assisted inpatient enriched environmental prog..
High-Level Mobility Assessment Tool (HiMAT) Normative Values for Children.
Beverly J Eldridge, Mary P Galea, Anne L Kissane, Jonathon C Broder, Samuel L Brilleman, Rory Wolfe, Gavin Williams
Journal article | 2019 | Physical Therapy
BACKGROUND: Physical therapists need to be able to evaluate high-level gross motor skills of children to determine their capacity ..
Disaster Rehabilitation Response Plan: Now or Never.
Bhasker Amatya, Su Yi Lee, Mary P Galea, Fary Khan
Journal article | 2019 | American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
There is a strong consensus amongst humanitarian response authorities for a need for global action by professional organizations t..
Expanding traditional tendon-based techniques with nerve transfers for the restoration of upper limb function in tetraplegia: a prospective case series
Natasha van Zyl, Bridget Hill, Catherine Cooper, Jodie Hahn, Mary P Galea
Journal article | 2019 | The Lancet
BACKGROUND: Loss of upper extremity function after cervical spinal cord injury greatly affects independence, including social, voc..
Comparison of estimated energy requirements using predictive equations with total energy expenditure measured by the doubly labelled water method in acute spinal cord injury
Katherine J Desneves, Maya G Panisset, Jillian Rafferty, Helena Rodi, Leigh C Ward, Andrew Nunn, Mary P Galea
Journal article | 2019 | Spinal Cord
Radiation Dose Associated With Over Scanning in Neck CT.
Mohamed Khaldoun Badawy, Hannah Lane, Michael Galea
Journal article | 2019 | Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
The increasing utilization of computed tomography scans exposes patients to significant amounts of radiation. One of the factors t..
Effectiveness of rehabilitation interventions for people with multiple sclerosis - A Cochrane Review summary with commentary
Bhasker Amatya, Fary Khan, Mary Galea
Journal article | 2019 | NeuroRehabilitation
The aim of this commentary is to discuss the rehabilitation perspective in the recently published Cochrane Review "Rehabilitation ..
The effect of myelotomy following low thoracic spinal cord compression injury in rats
Carolin Meyer, Habib Bendella, Svenja Rink, Robin Gensch, Robert Seitz, Gregor Stein, Marilena Manthou, Theodora Papamitsou, Makoto Nakamura, Bertil Bouillon, Mary Galea, Peter Batchelor, Sarah Dunlop, Doychin Angelov
Journal article | 2018 | Experimental Neurology
CAPACITY-BUILDING IN CLINICAL SKILLS OF REHABILITATION WORKFORCE IN LOW- AND MIDDLE-INCOME COUNTRIES
Fary Khan, Bhasker Amatya, Wouter De Groote, Mayowa Owolabi, Ilyas M Syed, Abderrazak Hamoui, Muhammad N Babur, Tahir M Sayed, Yvonne Frizzell, Amaramalar S Naicker, Maryam Fourtassi, Alaeldin Elmalik, Mary P Galea
Journal article | 2018 | Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
CHALLENGES AND BARRIERS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION GLOBAL DISABILITY ACTION PLAN IN LOW- AND MIDDLE-INCOME COUNTRIES
Fary Khan, Mayowa Ojo Owolabi, Bhasker Amatya, Talhatu Kolapo Hamzat, Adesola Ogunniyi, Helen Oshinowo, Alaeldin Elmalik, Mary P Galea
Journal article | 2018 | Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Technologies for Advanced Gait and Balance Assessments in People with Multiple Sclerosis
Camille J Shanahan, Frederique MC Boonstra, L Eduardo Cofre Lizama, Myrte Strik, Bradford A Moffat, Fary Khan, Trevor J Kilpatrick, Anneke van der Walt, Mary P Galea, Scott C Kolbe
Journal article | 2018 | Frontiers in Neurology
The combined effect of cranial-nerve non-invasive neuromodulation with high-intensity physiotherapy on gait and balance in a patient with cerebellar degeneration: a case report.
Andisheh Bastani, L Eduardo Cofré Lizama, Maryam Zoghi, Grant Blashki, Stephen Davis, Andrew H Kaye, Fary Khan, Mary P Galea
Journal article | 2018 | Cerebellum & Ataxias
Background: Cranial-nerve non-invasive neuromodulation (CN-NINM) using the portable neuromodulation stimulator (PoNS™) device has ..
SCIPA Switch-On: A Randomized Controlled Trial Investigating the Efficacy and Safety of Functional Electrical Stimulation-Assisted Cycling and Passive Cycling Initiated Early After Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury
Mary P Galea, Maya G Panisset, Doa El-Ansary, Sarah A Dunlop, Ruth Marshall, Jillian M Clark, Leonid Churilov
Journal article | 2017 | Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
A preliminary investigation on the effect of extracorporeal shock wave therapy as a treatment for neurogenic heterotopic ossification following traumatic brain injury. Part II: Effects on function
JE Reznik, E Biros, Y Sacher, O Kibrik, S Milanese, S Gordon, MP Galea
Journal article | 2017 | Brain Injury
A preliminary investigation on the effect of extracorporeal shock wave therapy as a treatment for neurogenic heterotopic ossification following traumatic brain injury. Part I: Effects on pain
JE Reznik, E Biros, AC Lamont, Y Sacher, O Kibrik, S Milanese, S Gordon, MP Galea
Journal article | 2017 | Brain Injury
Cathodal transcranial direct-current stimulation for treatment of drug-resistant temporal lobe epilepsy: A pilot randomized controlled trial.
Maryam Zoghi, Terence J O'Brien, Patrick Kwan, Mark J Cook, Mary Galea, Shapour Jaberzadeh
Journal article | 2016 | Epilepsia Open
Objective: To investigate the effect of cathodal transcranial direct-current stimulation (c-tDCS) on seizure frequency in patients..
How Therapists Use Visualizations of Upper Limb Movement Information From Stroke Patients: A Qualitative Study With Simulated Information.
Bernd Ploderer, Justin Fong, Marlena Klaic, Siddharth Nair, Frank Vetere, L Eduardo Cofré Lizama, Mary Pauline Galea
Journal article | 2016 | JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies
BACKGROUND: Stroke is a leading cause of disability worldwide, with upper limb deficits affecting an estimated 30% to 60% of survi..
Developing a spinal cord injury research strategy using a structured process of evidence review and stakeholder dialogue. Part III: outcomes
JW Middleton, L Piccenna, R Lindsay Gruen, S Williams, G Creasey, S Dunlop, D Brown, PE Batchelor, DJ Berlowitz, S Coates, JA Dunn, JB Furness, MP Galea, T Geraghty, BK Kwon, S Urquhart, D Yates, P Bragge
Journal article | 2015 | Spinal Cord
Telerehabilitation for persons with multiple sclerosis. A Cochrane review.
F Khan, B Amatya, J Kesselring, MP Galea
Journal article | 2015 | European journal of physical and rehabilitation medicine
A wide range of telerehabilitation interventions are trialled in persons with multiple sclerosis (pwMS). However, the evidence for..
Functional changes in deep dorsal horn interneurons following spinal cord injury are enhanced with different durations of exercise training.
MM Rank, JR Flynn, CR Battistuzzo, MP Galea, R Callister, RJ Callister
Journal article | 2015 | The Journal of physiology
KEY POINTS: Exercise training after spinal cord injury (SCI) enhances collateral sprouting from axons near the injury and is thoug..
Motion trajectory analysis for evaluating the performance of functional upper extremity tasks in daily living: a pilot study
Saiyi Li, Pubudu N Pathirana, Mary P Galea
Conference Proceedings | 2015 | 2015 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC)
Gait training with real-time augmented toe-ground clearance information decreases tripping risk in older adults and a person with chronic stroke
Rezaul K Begg, Oren Tirosh, Catherine M Said, WA Sparrow, Nili Steinberg, Pazit Levinger, Mary P Galea
Journal article | 2014 | Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Individualised pelvic floor muscle training in women with pelvic organ prolapse (POPPY): a multicentre randomised controlled trial
Suzanne Hagen, Diane Stark, Cathryn Glazener, Sylvia Dickson, Sarah Barry, Andrew Elders, Helena Frawley, Mary P Galea, Janet Logan, Alison McDonald, Gladys McPherson, Kate H Moore, John Norrie, Andrew Walker, Don Wilson
Journal article | 2014 | The Lancet
Prevalence and risk-factors of neurogenic heterotopic ossification in traumatic spinal cord and traumatic brain injured patients admitted to specialised units in Australia
JE Reznik, E Biros, R Marshall, M Jelbart, S Milanese, S Gordon, MP Galea
Journal article | 2014 | The Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions
Supportive Care Needs following Cancer Treatment: A Comparison of Breast and Brain Cancer in an Australian Cohort
Bhasker Amatya, Fary Khan, Louisa Ng, Mary Galea
Journal article | 2014 | ISRN Rehabilitation
Objective. To assess and identify patient-reported supportive care needs following definitive treatment in persons with breast can..
The effect of electrical stimulation on corticospinal excitability is dependent on application duration: a same subject pre-post test design
Rebecca K Andrews, Siobhan M Schabrun, Michael C Ridding, Mary P Galea, Paul W Hodges, Lucinda S Chipchase
Journal article | 2013 | Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation
Early intensive hand rehabilitation after spinal cord injury ("Hands On"): a protocol for a randomised controlled trial.
Lisa A Harvey, Sarah A Dunlop, Leonid Churilov, Ya-Seng Arthur Hsueh, Mary P Galea
Journal article | 2011 | Trials
BACKGROUND: Loss of hand function is one of the most devastating consequences of spinal cord injury. Intensive hand training provi..
The development of an upper limb stroke rehabilitation robot: identification of clinical practices and design requirements through a survey of therapists.
Elaine C Lu, Rosalie H Wang, Debbie Hebert, Jennifer Boger, Mary P Galea, Alex Mihailidis
Journal article | 2011 | Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
PURPOSE. Timely and adequate rehabilitation after a stroke is crucial to maximising recovery. A way of increasing treatment access..
A comparison of motor imagery performance in children with spastic hemiplegia and developmental coordination disorder
Jacqueline Williams, Vicki Anderson, Dinah S Reddihough, Susan M Reid, Nandita Vijayakumar, Peter H Wilson
Journal article | 2011 | Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
A targeted home- and center-based exercise program for people after total hip replacement: A randomized clinical trial
Mary P Galea, Pazit Levinger, Noel Lythgo, Chris Cimoli, Robert Weller, Elizabeth Tully, Joan McMeeken, Roger Westh
Journal article | 2008 | Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Group-based task-related training for children with cerebral palsy: a pilot study.
Jodi Crompton, Christine Imms, Anne T McCoy, Melinda Randall, Beverley Eldridge, Barbara Scoullar, Mary P Galea
Journal article | 2007 | Physical & Occupational Therapy In Pediatrics
This pilot study examined the feasibility of a 6-week group-based, task-related training program in children 6 to 14 years-old wit..
Comparison of visual and objective quantification of elbow and shoulder movement in children with obstetric brachial plexus palsy.
Andrea E Bialocerkowski, Mary Galea
Journal article | 2006 | Journal of Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Injury
BACKGROUND: The Active Movement Scale is a frequently used outcome measure for children with obstetric brachial plexus palsy (OBPP..
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Member of the Order of Australia
Medicine - Royal Melbourne Hospital
Graduate Diploma in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
University of Melbourne
Graduate Certificate in Clinical Trials Management
University of Canberra
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Arts
University of Melbourne
Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy (Neurology)
Graduate Diploma in Neurosciences
Bachelor of Applied Science - Physiotherapy
Diploma in Physiotherapy