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Niru Mahendran is a full-time teaching-research academic at the University of Canberra. Her PhD explored ambulation recovery (physical activity and community ambulation) across the first six months following hospital discharge after stroke. Prior to her role at UC, she worked as a clinician at The Princess Alexandra Hospital (one of Queensland's leading research and teaching tertiary health facilities), in a range of areas including: acute aged care, cancer services, critical care (including intensive care), cardiac sciences and respiratory care, musculoskeletal outpatients (including hydrotherapy), spinal cord injuries acute care and rehabilitation, acute neurosciences, geriatric assessment and rehabilitation. Her areas of interest include acute and rehabilitative care of older adults and people with neurological conditions, in particular improving outcomes in physical activity, functional independence, prevention of chronic disease in these groups and community re-integration; and increasing neuroplasticity after stroke.

Current research projects include:

 * Exploring fatigue after stroke

* Increasing physical activity and preventing chronic disease after stroke

* Measurement of intensity of activity after stroke

* Device-based measurement of outcomes after stroke

* Increasing neuroplasticity after stroke

* Barriers and facilitators to physical activity and community ambulation after stroke

* Exploring strength loss in Parkinson’s disease

* Exploring vocational needs of people with Multiple sclerosis

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Queensland


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Reproducibility of Results Medicine & Life Sciences
Prospective Studies Medicine & Life Sciences
Exercise Medicine & Life Sciences
Equipment and Supplies Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2016 2018

Research Output 2016 2019

2 Downloads (Pure)

Identifying factors associated with sedentary time after stroke: Secondary analysis of pooled data from nine primary studies

Hendrickx, W., Riveros, C., Askim, T., Bussmann, J. B. J., Callisaya, M. L., Chastin, S. F. M., Dean, C. M., Ezeugwu, V. E., Jones, T. M., Kuys, S. S., Mahendran, N., Manns, T. J., Mead, G., Moore, S. A., Paul, L., Pisters, M. F., Saunders, D. H., Simpson, D. B., Tieges, Z., Verschuren, O. & 1 others, English, C., Apr 2019, In : Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. 26, 5, p. 327-334 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Independent Living
6 Citations (Scopus)

Activity monitors for increasing physical activity in adult stroke survivors (Review)

Lynch, E., Borschmann, K., Callisaya, M., Fini, N., Janssen, H., Johnson, L., Jones, T., Kramer, S., Kuys, S., MAHENDRAN, N., Simpson, D. & English, C., 2018, In : Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 7, p. 1-65 65 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Randomized Controlled Trials
Executive Function
Self Efficacy
Observational Studies
4 Citations (Scopus)
Geographic Information Systems
Prospective Studies
7 Citations (Scopus)

Are Accelerometers and GPS Devices Valid, Reliable and Feasible Tools for Measurement of Community Ambulation after Stroke?

MAHENDRAN, N., Kuys, S., Downie, E., Ng, P. & Brauer, S., 2016, In : Brain Impairment. 17, 2, p. 151-161 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Geographic Information Systems
Reproducibility of Results
Equipment and Supplies