Dr Natalie Allen
|Qualifications: BAppScPhysiotherapy(First Class Hons)(Syd), PhD (Syd)
Dr Natalie Allen is a lecturer in the neurological physiotherapy team within the Discipline of Physiotherapy. Natalie has a special interest in exercise for people with neurological conditions, particularly Parkinson's disease. After 9 years of clinical experience in neurological rehabilitation, Natalie completed her PhD, which focussed on evaluating and exploring exercise interventions to reduce fall risk in people with Parkinson's disease. Natalie's published work investigating the effect of exercise on fall risk in Parkinson's disease was selected by the Movement Disorders Society for use in their Internet Journal Continuing Medical Education Program. Natalie continues to research the effect of exercise on people with Parkinson's disease.
Teaching and Service Responsibilities
Teaching of Neurological Physiotherapy
- Allen, N. E., Sherrington, C., Paul, S. S. & Canning, C. G. 2011. Balance and falls in Parkinson's disease: a meta-analysis of the effect of exercise and motor training. Movement disorders, DOI: 10,1002/mds.23790.
- Allen, N. E., Canning, C. G., Sherrington, C., Lord, S. R., Latt, M. D., Close, J. C. T., O'Rourke, S. D., Murray, S. M. & Fung, V. S. C. 2010. The effects of an exercise program on fall risk factors in people with Parkinson's disease: A randomized controlled trial. Movement Disorders, 25, 1217-1225.
- Allen, N. E., Sherrington, C., Canning, C. G. & Fung, V. S. C. 2010. Reduced muscle power is associated with slower walking velocity and falls in people with Parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, 16, 261-264.
- Allen, N. E., Canning, C. G., Sherrington, C. & Fung, V. S. 2009. Bradykinesia, muscle weakness and reduced muscle power in Parkinson's disease. Movement Disorders, 24, 1344-1351.
- Canning, C. G., Sherrington, C., Lord, S. R., Fung, V. S., Close, J., Latt, M. D., Howard, K., Allen, N. E., O'Rourke, S. & Murray, S. 2009. Exercise therapy for prevention of falls in people with Parkinson's disease: A protocol for a randomised controlled trial and economic evaluation. BMC Neurology, 9, doi:10.1186/1471-2377-9-4.
- Canning, C. G., Alison, J. A., Allen, N. E. & Groeller, H. 1997. Parkinson's disease: an investigation of exercise capacity, respiratory function, and gait. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 78, 199-207.
- Allen NE, Canning CG, Sherrington C. 2007/8. Can support group-based exercise reduce falls risk in Parkinson’s disease? Physiotherapy Research Foundation Tagged Research Grant. $8,900