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Neurological Rehabilitation

Students in our postgraduate courses will develop their ability to provide specialist care across a range of neurological conditions and settings – from acute to community-based services – while enhancing their confidence and engagement in best-practice care.

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Why ECU?


Study world ready

All of our courses extend the skills and knowledge of health and exercise professionals currently working with individuals with a range of neurological conditions, e.g. practising Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists, and Registered Nurses.

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Experience Neurological Rehabilitation at ECU.

#1 - WA's leading university in Neuroscience Research

ECU's neuroscience research includes Alzheimer's disease, stroke and other acquired brain injury, Huntington's disease, spinal cord injury, neuro-rehabilitation and autism.

This ground-breaking work is reflected by ECU being the only Western Australian university to receive the highest possible Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rating in this field.

ECU also provides high-quality neuroscience postgraduate courses taught by experienced academics and clinical experts who work closely with industry partners.

Robotics for neuro-rehabilitation

Stroke, traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury can have large impacts on the ability to move independently. Research focusing on the use of robotics for rehabilitation could hold the key to effective treatments.

In a new laboratory at ECU, Professor Dylan Edwards uses robotic therapy to better understand mobility in people who have suffered a stroke, traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury.

Robotic therapy, he says, is likely to be an effective treatment in the future.

Professor Edwards is Director of the Neuro-rehabilitation and Robotics Laboratory, launched early in 2018.

Located at ECU's Joondalup Campus, the laboratory is home to Australia's first KINARM Exoskeleton, a $300,000 machine that combines robotics and virtual reality.

The robotic machinery allows researchers to study upper-arm voluntary motor control, and to quantify and provide a broad range of hand and joint-based information.

"The KINARM allows us to examine how someone is moving in a much more detailed way, allowing us to design more targeted rehabilitation programs for patients," Professor Edwards explains.

As part of the research, Professor Edwards seeks to develop the understanding of these conditions, which will lead to the design of new interventions to aid recovery.


  • "The content covered in class has allowed me to better engage with my clients and further develop myself as a clinician"
    Andrea FitzGerald
    Andrea FitzGeraldECU postgraduate Neurological Rehabilitation student

    I am an Occupational Therapist with a strong background in mental health, sub-acute and community services. Studying Neurological Rehabilitation at ECU really opens my career options in acute environments and provides the opportunity to specialise in an area I am passionate to work in.

    Having the flexibility to complete the course online, with only some required face-to-face contact has been fantastic. It has provided me the opportunity to commence studies again by allowing me to fit study around work and other commitments.

    ECU has a sound reputation for education and the staff have been supportive and encouraging. They are responsive to queries and continuously provide constructive and supportive feedback.

    The content covered in class has allowed me to better engage with my clients and further develop myself as a clinician. It enables online interactions with peers and is a platform to network and share knowledge with one-another.

  • "The knowledge I have learned has really improved my capabilities and I have noticed a confidence in my practice"
    Amy Dixon
    Amy DixonECU postgraduate Neurological Rehabilitation student

    I am currently working in physiotherapy and wanted to specialise in neurological rehabilitation. I chose ECU as it was the only university in WA offering postgrad studies designed for increasing knowledge in neurological rehabilitation.

    I am enjoying studying online and the weekly modules are motivating. The content is relevant and thought provoking, and there are are plenty of opportunities to collaborate with peers using the discussion board.

    The knowledge I have learned has really improved my capabilities and I have noticed a confidence in my practice.

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