Associate Professor Colleen Canning
BPhty(Qld), MA(Columbia), PhD(Syd).
Associate Professor, Head of Discipline of Physiotherapy
C43O - O Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney
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Neurological Rehabilitation Research Group
A/Prof Colleen Canning is a teaching and research academic in the Discipline of Physiotherapy, Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences Research Group, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney. She leads the Parkinson’s disease research team in the Faculty and collaborates nationally and internationally with researchers and clinicians in developing and testing innovative methods of reducing disability and falls in people with Parkinson’s disease. She regularly presents at international and national conferences including invited plenary addresses as well as continuing education sessions nationally and internationally. A/Prof Canning has a leading role in curriculum development, with extensive experience in Neurological Physiotherapy, in particular, neurodegenerative conditions . She is the recipient of three prestigious learning and teaching awards associated with her leading role in developing a cutting-edge, evidence-based eLearning resource (Physiotherapy eSkills).
Significant service and teaching roles include:
- Physiotherapy Accreditation Leader (2014 – current)
- Academic Performance and Development Reviewer (2008-current)
- Academic appointments panel member (2011-current)
- Course Director, Master of Physiotherapy Program (2008-2013)
- Co-chair, Physiotherapy Learning and Teaching Management Committee (2008-2013)
- Physiotherapy Clinical Education Advisory Committee (2008-2013)
- Graduate Entry Master of Physiotherapy External Advisory Committee (2008-2013)
- Board Member, Parkinson’s NSW (2012)
- Scientific Advisory Board, Parkinson’s NSW (2006-current)
- University of Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee (2005-2008)
- Chair, School of Physiotherapy Board (2000-2006)
Reviewer of manuscripts for the following journals:
- Movement Disorders
- Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
- Journal of Parkinson’s disease
- Gait and Posture
- Parkinsonism and Related Disorders
- Parkinson’s disease
- BMJ Open
- BMC Neurology
- Neurodegenerative Disorders
- Clinical Rehabilitation
- Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Journal of Ageing Research
- Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy
- Human Movement Science
- Clinical Neurophysiology
- Disability and Rehabilitation
- Journal of Physiotherapy
Reviewer of grants for the following organisations:
- National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
- Parkinson’s UK
- Research Foundation, Flanders, Belgium
- Health Research Board, Ireland
- Science Foundation, Israel
- National Medical Research Council, Singapore
- Physiotherapy Research Foundation
A/Prof Canning’s research focuses on the contribution of impairments to disability in neurological conditions and the development and testing of interventions to improve mobility and reduce falls. A/Prof Canning’s research output includes 54 original research full length papers in international peer-reviewed journals (838 citations with an h-index of 17), 1 edited book and 9 book chapters. She has attracted over $1.6 million in competitive research funding, including NHMRC, non-government and philanthropic organisations. A/Prof Canning has supervised 25 research students to completion (5 PhDs, 6 Masters, 14 Honours).
Teaching and supervision
A/Prof Colleen Canning is former Course Director, Graduate Entry Master of Physiotherapy Program in the Discipline of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney (2008-2013). She has extensive experience in curriculum development and innovation in learning and teaching. Her area of expertise is Neurological Physiotherapy, in particular, management of neurodegenerative conditions. Her teaching commitments include undergraduate and postgraduate students including Research Masters and PhD students.
- 2014 NSW Falls Prevention Network Advisory Committee
- 2014 International Expert Reviewer, European Guidelines for Physiotherapy in Parkinson’s disease
- 2012 Board Member, Parkinson’s NSW
- 2006-current Scientific Advisory Board, Parkinson’s NSW
- 2005-2008 University of Sydney, Human Research Ethics Committee
- 2007 NDW Health Promotion Demonstration Research Grant Advisory Committee
Awards and honours
- 2011 Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award for Support of the Student Experience (The University of Sydney)
- 2010 Excellence in Teaching and Community Award (University of Sydney Co-op Bookshop)
- 2010 Faculty of Health Sciences Support of the Student Experience Teaching Award (University of Sydney)
- 1998 Menzies Research Scholarship in the Allied Health Sciences for Doctoral studies (Menzies Foundation)
- 1996 Australian Postgraduate Award for Doctoral studies (University of Sydney)
- 1983 Kellogg Fellowship for Masters studies in North America (Columbia University, New York)
In the media
- 2013: Clinical Neurology News: “Exercise reduces falls in mild but not severe Parkinson’s”
- 2015: American Academy of Neurology Podcast: "Exercise for falls prevention in Parkinson disease: A randomized controlled trial"
Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences
PhD and master's project opportunities
- A pilot investigation on an interactive videogame for improving upper limb function in people with Parkinson's disease; Canning C; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.
- ActiveArms: a randomised controlled trial of an interactive videogame for people with Parkinson’s disease; Canning C; Parkinson's New South Wales Incorporated/Research Grants.
- Stepping training in Parkinsons disease: a ransomised controlled trial of an interactive videogame; Canning C; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.
- Stepping training in Parkinsons disease: a randomised controlled trial of an interactive videogame; Canning C; Parkinson's New South Wales Incorporated/Research Support.
- Integration of Academic and Clinical Learning Opportunities - involving the community in graduating excellent clinicians through patient simulation; Alison J, Refshauge K, Gonczi A, McCabe T, McCluskey M, Canning C, Patrick (Blackford) J; University of Sydney/Strategic Teaching Enhancement Project Grant.
- Monitoring and reducung instability in Parkinsons disease; Canning C; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.
- Muscle power training in Parkinson�s disease; Canning C, Paul S; Parkinson's New South Wales Incorporated/Research Support.
- Exercise to prevent falls in Parkinsons disease; Canning C; Perpetual Trustees Charitable Trusts/Research Support.
- Leg muscle power and balance - demanding activities in people with Parkinsons disease; Canning C, Paul S; Physiotherapy Research Foundation/Research Support.
- Exercise therapy for prevention of falls in people with Parkinson's disease: a randomised controlled trial; Lord S, Canning C, Latt M, Sherrington C, Lord S, Fung V, Close J, Latt M; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.
- What type of lecture handout encourages a deep approach to learning during lectures?; Stark A, Ada L, Canning C; Faculty of Health Sciences/Cumberland Teaching and Learning Grant.
- Can Psychomotor Skill Development be Enhanced by providing Online Video Clip Demonstrations of Corre; Canning C, Dean C; University of Sydney/Cumberland Research Grant Scheme.
- Sportstec Trak Performance; Sportstec Sportscode-Pro; Wacom grphire4 Education pack; Bundy A, Ada L, Baur L, Davis G, Shirley D, Canning C; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Equipment Grants.
- Does EMG-triggered electrical stimulation improve strength and activity in actue, very weak sroke?; Dorsch S, Ada L, Canning C; Physiotherapists Registration Board (NSW Health)/Research Grant.
- Developing a muscle power training protocol aimed at reducing disability and falls in people with Parkinsons disease; Canning C; University of Sydney/Research & Development.
- Can support group-based exercise reduce falls in people with Parkinsons disease; Canning C; Parkinson's New South Wales Incorporated/Research Grants.
- Can home-based lower limb strengthening exercises reduce falls in people with Parkinsons disease?; Sherrington C, Canning C; University of Sydney/Early Career Researcher.
- Visual image teaching resources; Ada L, Gamble J, Canning C, Dean C; University of Sydney/Equipment Grant.
- Does home based treadmill training improve walking capacity and quality of life in people with early to mid-stage Parkinsons disease; Canning C; University of Sydney/Early Career Researcher.
- Ecological validity of gait assessments in adults with traumatic brain injury; Moseley A, Canning C, Tate R, Briffa T; Motor Accident Authority of New South Wales/Research Grant.
- Development of an exercise website for physiotherapists; Harvey L, Moseley A, Ada L, Canning C; Motor Accident Authority of New South Wales/Research Grant.
- Efficacy of slings in preventing subluxation of the shoulder in patients after stroke; Canning C, Ada L; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.
- Portable Gait Laboratory; Kilbreath S, Canning C, Hunt A; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Research and Development (R&D).
- Development of a protocol to increase strength in paralysed/very weak lower limb muscles immediately after stroke; Ada L, Canning C, Hodgson L; South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service/Research and Development Grants.
- The effects of different attentional strategies on walking performance in individuals with Parkinsons disease; Canning C; University of Sydney/Internal Research Grant Allocations - Cumberland.
- Development of web-based refresher program for physiotherapists; Canning C, Ada L, Kilbreath S, Dean C, Fowler V; NSW Physiotherapy Registration Board/Grant.
- The management of patients after a stroke; Ada L, Dean C, Canning C, Fowler V, Kilbreath S; Australian Physiotherapy Association/Research Grant.
- Recovery of strength and dexterity after stroke; Canning C; Cumberland/Research Grant.
- The performance of bimanual tasks following stroke: implications for rehabilitation; Kilbreath S, Canning C, Crosbie W; Physiotherapy Research Foundation/Research Grants Program.