Professor Sandy Brauer

Acting Head of School

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 52317


Research to improve balance and gait in older adults and those with Neurological Disorders.

Impaired postural control, or poor balance, can have devastating effects on the lives of individuals, resulting in falls, dependence, and reduced quality of life. Prof Brauer leads a number of studies to better understand the underlying motor control mechanisms contributing to altered postural control, particularly in populations with neurological disorders or advanced age, and use this information to better develop physiotherapy assessment techniques and rehabilitation strategies. This research has subsequently developed to encompass prevention strategies and the investigation of the cost-effectiveness of intervention, to better facilitate the translation of research evidence into clinical practice.

Current research themes include:

Improving physical activity after stroke

Training dual tasking when walking in people with Parkinson’s Disease.

Community mobility in older adults, particularly in people with Parkinson’s Disease and stroke.

Retraining reaching following stroke, using the SMART Arm device.

The prevention of falls, particularly in hospitals.


  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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  • National Stroke Foundation, Boddice, Geoff, Brauer, Sandy, Gustafsson, Louise, Kenardy, Justin and Hoffmann, Tammy (2010) Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management 2010 Melbourne, Australia: National Stroke Foundation

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Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision