PROF Mary Galea

PROF Mary Galea




  • Professor Mary Galea is Professorial Fellow in the Department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne and Academic Director of Australian Rehabilitation Research Centre at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She conducts basic and clinical research investigating the control of movement and factors underlying recovery from nervous system injury. Most recently, she has been lead investigator on a large multi-site program of research, SCIPA (Spinal Cord Injury and Physical Activity), investigating the effects of exercise after spinal cord injury from acute care to the community. Her current research program is concerned with investigating the health of peripheral nerves after spinal cord injury, the use of technology to drive recovery of upper limb function after stroke, and wearable sensors to measure rehabilitation outcomes. Professor Galea is a Board Member of the Spinal Injury Network, a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of SpinalCure Australia, and a Patron of the Stroke Association of Victoria. She is a member of the Disaster Rehabilitation Committee and the WHO Liaison Committee of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM). She is a member of the Australian Rehabilitation Research Centre’s ‘Flying Faculty’, which is involved in delivering capacity-building programs in rehabilitation for medical, nursing and allied health staff in low-to-middle income countries.    


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Education and training

  • Grad Dip Epidemiol Biostats, University of Melbourne 2005
  • GCert Clin Trials Mngmt, University of Canberra 2000
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1992
  • BA, University of Melbourne 1987
  • GDipPhysioNeuro, Lincoln 1987
  • GDipNeuroSc, Lincoln 1986
  • BAppScPhysio, Lincoln 1978
  • DipPhysio, Lincoln 1972

Awards and honors

  • Member of the Order of Australia, AM, 2019


Available for supervision

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