Colleen Canning


Colleen Canning

1997 Allied Health Scholar

Scholarship biography (at time of award)

Colleen Canning holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland.

Colleen was awarded the Scholarship to complete her PhD entitled "Recovery of strength and dexterity following stroke: relationship to motor function" at the University of Sydney.

Studied at: University of Sydney

Current Biography

Professor Colleen Canning is Head, Discipline of Physiotherapy, 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. 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).
Professor 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. She is an international expert on exercise to improve mobility and falls prevent falls in people with Parkinson’s disease. Prof Canning’s research output includes 67 original research full length papers in international peer-reviewed journals (1056 citations with an h-index of 18), 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. Prof Canning supervises or has supervised over 25 research students to completion (5 PhDs, 7 Masters, 14 Honours).

Scholarship Year: 1997

Fields of Interest

Science, Allied Health, Physiotherapy