Elisabeth Preston


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Elisabeth is a physiotherapist and Assistant Professor at the University of Canberra with a particular interest in neurological physiotherapy.  She has experience in the rehabilitation of people with neurological disorders spanning the range of acute, rehabilitation and community settings. She has a particular interest in the evidence-based rehabilitation of people after stroke and Parkinson's disease.  Elisabeth's current research projects have a focus on improving physical activity in people after stroke and Parkinson's disease, as well as improving ways to teach the skills required for neurological rehabilitation to physiotherapy students.

Areas of Teaching

Neurological interventions, with a focus on interventions that are evidence based, resource efficient and provided in a multidisciplinary team context.

Research Interests

* Increasing physical activity in people after stroke and Parkinson's disease
* The use of self-management to improve the health of people with chronic neurological conditions
* The use of equipment and technology to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of stroke and PD rehabilitation
* Strategies for improving education of physiotherapy students in stroke rehabilitation


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sydney

1 Jul 20109 Dec 2015

Master, University of Sydney

Mar 2006Jun 2009

Bachelor, University of Sydney

Feb 1996Nov 1999

External positions

HDR co-supervisor, University of Sydney

1 Jul 201631 Dec 2020

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Tailored intervention for reducing falls after stroke trial (FAST) (via USyd)

Isbel, S., Preston, E., Clemson, L., Dean, C., Ada, L., Scrivener, K., Gardener, B., Lannin, N., Duncan, P., Jones, T., Mumford, V. & Heller, G.


Project: Research

Systematic review of vertebral artery dissection in sport: mechanisms, outcomes, and management

Gaida, J., Newman, P., Mahendran, N., Preston, E., Bertram, K., Fearon, A. & Saw, A.


Project: Other

Research Output

  • 13 Article
  • 2 Comment/debate
  • 1 Other contribution

The utility and value of The Physiotherapy eSkills Training Online resource during work-integrated learning: A mixed methods study

Preston, E., Chapple, C., Mayland, E., Ada, L. & Hale, L., 2020, In : Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 18, 1, p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Home-based prescribed exercise improves balance-related activities in people with Parkinson’s disease and has benefits similar to centre-based exercise: A systematic review

    Flynn, A., Allen, N., Dennis, S., Canning, C. & Preston, E., Oct 2019, In : Journal of Physiotherapy. 65, 4, p. 189-199 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    11 Downloads (Pure)

    Your Brain is the Boss

    PRESTON, E. & Lee, K. M., 2019, 22 p. Queensland : Library for All.

    Research output: Textual Creative WorksOther contribution

  • Open Access
  • 4 Downloads (Pure)
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Invited talk

    Stroke Society of Australasia conference

    Elisabeth PRESTON (Member of programme committee)
    10 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Self-management strategies for increasing daily physical activity after stroke

    Elisabeth PRESTON (Speaker)
    22 Aug 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk