About Dr Natalie Allen

Dr Natalie Allen is engaged in research with a focus on the development and testing of interventions to improve health and well-being of people with neurological disorders, particularly Parkinson’s disease

Natalie’s research to date has focussed on evaluating and exploring exercise interventions with the potential to improve mobility and reduce fall risk in people with Parkinson’s disease. Natalie has published 11 full length peer reviewed research papers. She is currently an associate supervisor for a research Masters student, and she has supervised three Physiotherapy undergraduate honours students, all of whom achieved first class honours.

Dr Natalie Allen was awarded her PhD in 2011.  During her candidature, she was awarded 3 conference prizes for her presentation of her work and she was the recipient of a scholarship and two postgraduate study awards.  Additionally, one of her publications (The effects of an exercise program on fall risk factors in people with Parkinson's disease: A randomized controlled trial) was selected by the Movement Disorders Society (a leading professional organization for doctors, allied health professionals and researchers working with people with Parkinson's disease) for use in their Internet Journal Continuing Medical Education Program. Natalie has presented her work at 13 conferences and symposiums, including 7 international conferences.  In 2013, Dr Allen was invited to speak on the topic of exercise for postural instability at the International Symposium on Postural Instability and Falls in Parkinson's disease in Sydney, as well as on the topic of physiotherapy for people with Parkinson's disease at the Allied Health War on Parkinson's symposium.  She has also been invited to speak about her work at numerous seminars and continuing education lectures for physiotherapists, other health professionals and people with Parkinson's disease.

Selected publications

  • Allen NE, Schwarzel AK, Canning CG. Recurrent falls in Parkinson's disease: a systematic review. Parkinson's Disease, 2013; 2013, doi: 10.1155/2013/906274
  • Kim SD, Allen NE, Canning CG, Fung VSC. Postural instability in patients with Parkinson's disease: epidemiology, pathophysiology and management. CNS Drugs. 2013; 27:97-112, doi: 10.1007/s40263-012-001203 _
  • Allen NE, Sherrington C, Suriyarachchi GD, Paul SS, Song J and Canning CG. Exercise and motor training in people with Parkinson's disease: a systematic review of participant characteristics, intervention delivery, retention rates, adherence and adverse events in clinical trials. Parkinson's Disease. 2011;2012, Article ID 854328, doi:10.1155/2012/854328. (special issue - Rehabilitation and Parkinson's disease)_
  • Canning CG, Allen NE, Dean CM, Goh L and Fung VSC. Home-based treadmill training for individuals with Parkinson's disease: a randomized controlled pilot trial. Clinical Rehabilitation, 2012; 26(9): 817-826._
  • Allen NE, Sherrington C, Paul SS and Canning CG. Balance and falls in Parkinson's disease: a meta-analysis of the effect of exercise and motor training. Movement Disorders, 2011; 26(9): 1605-1615._
  • Allen NE, Canning CG, Sherrington C, Lord SR, Latt MD, Close JCT, O'Rourke SD, Murray SM and Fung VSC. The effects of an exercise program on fall risk factors in people with Parkinson's disease: A randomized controlled trial. Movement Disorders. 2010; 25(9):1217-1225._
  • Allen NE, Sherrington C, Canning CG and Fung VSC. Reduced muscle power is associated with slower walking velocity and falls in people with Parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders. 2010; 16(4):261-264._
  • Allen NE, Canning CG, Sherrington C and Fung VSC. Bradykinesia, muscle weakness and reduced muscle power in Parkinson's disease. Movement Disorders. 2009; 24(9):1344-1351._
  • Canning CG, Sherrington C, Lord SR, Fung VSC, Close JCT, Latt MD, Howard K, Allen NE, O'Rourke SD and Murray SM. Exercise therapy for prevention of falls in people with Parkinson's disease: A protocol for a randomised controlled trial and economic evaluation. BMC Neurology 2009; 9:4