Barby Singer

Dr, DipPT Auck., GradDipNeuroSc MSc Curtin, PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M509), 35 Stirling Highway, Corner Park Avenue and Crawley Avenue, Crawley

    6009 Perth


  • 445 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
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Personal profile


Prof Barbara Singer is a physiotherapist with 25 years of clinical experience in a variety of neurological settings including acute and rehabilitation neurology and neurosurgery services. She also has considerable experience teaching undergraduate and post graduate physiotherapy students in university and clinical environments. Her post graduate qualifications in neurology include a Graduate Diploma in Neuroscience (Curtin University), Masters of Health Science (entitled - ‘An evaluation of neuromuscular electrical stimulation in the treatment of the hemiplegic shoulder’. 1990, Curtin University) and PhD (entitled - ‘Equinovarus deformity of the ankle following acquired brain injury in adults: An evaluation of incidence, contributing factors and clinical management’. 2002, The University of Western Australia).
She is a titled member [Neurological Physiotherapist] of the Australian Physiotherapy Association [APA].
She has held a number of leadership roles within the physiotherapy profession including: Chair of the National Advisory Council of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), and committee member of the National Neurology Group [WA Branch]. She currently represents the APA on the australian Rehabilitation Alliance, is a founding member of the scope of Practice committee and is a member of the Neurology and Educators groups within the APA. She is very involved in planning and providing continuing education and discussion forums for issues within the profession, such as extended scope of practice and specialisation processes.
She was an invited editor of a special issue of Disability and Rehabilitation focussing on the use of botulinum toxin injection to achieve balanced muscle function, which was published in 2007. She is on the Editorial Boards of Disability & Rehabilitation and The NZ Journal of Physiotherapy.

Roles and responsibilities

Following completion of her doctoral studies, she joined the academic staff at the Centre for Musculoskeletal Studies, School of Surgery at UWA, where she co-ordinates postgraduate programs for physiotherapists with a special interest in the management of adults with neurological conditions.

Funding overview

2005-2006 - An RCT examining the role of BTXA (Dysport) as an adjunct to the rehabilitation of chronic patello-femoral dysfunction. Chief Investigator.
Raine Medical Research Foundation. $149,930.00
2007-2008 - The effect of repeated passive dorsiflexion on reducing calf muscle stiffness following acquired brain injury. Chief Investigator
Neurotrauma Research Program $116,000.00
2007-2008 - Move Again Project’ (MAP) – establishing an exercise network to improve functional, physical, mental and social health in the neurologically impaired’. Associate Investigator
Neurotrauma Research Program $100,000.00
2008-2009 - The impact of a NMES based bilateral training program on left neglect, anosognosia and arm function after stroke. Chief Investigator.
Neurotrauma Research Program $100,000.00

Previous positions

Senior Physiotherapist, Sir Charles Gairdner and Royal Perth Hospitals
Clinical supervisor (neurology and aged care), Curtin University
Neurological physiotherapy consultation service to NETWORK Case Management services

Teaching overview

Co-ordinates and teaches within the Graduate Diploma and Masters of Neurological Rehabilitation at UWA.
Guest lectures to Master of Manual Therapy (UWA) and undergraduate physiotherapy program at University of Notre Dame Australia.


She has been Principal Investigator for a number of randomised trials examining: the role of botulinum toxin in the management of chronic anterior knee pain, the efficacy of cyclic stretching to reduce calf muscle stiffness after stroke and the role of neuromuscular electrical stimulation ± bimanual movement in assisting recovery of motor function of the affected arm after stroke. This is in collaboration with Prof Geoff Hammond and Dr Andrea Loftus, School of Psychology UWA and Mr Ian Cooper, Dept of Physiotherapy SCGH.




  • Botulinum toxin and rehabilitation
  • Clinical neuroscience
  • Neurological disorders
  • Stroke
  • Physiotherapy
  • Community rehabilitation

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Research Output 2001 2018

  • 445 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
  • 29 Article
  • 1 Conference paper
  • 1 Comment/debate
  • 1 Letter

Adapting the Bridges stroke self-management programme for use in Australia

Singer, B., Jones, F. & Lennon, S., 2 Aug 2018, In : International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. 25, 8, p. 414-423 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Self Care
Focus Groups

Balance and falls in people with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease: A cohort survey

Williams, S., Singer, B. & Lamont, P., 1 Jan 2018, In : International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. 25, 1, p. 6-12 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease
Physical Therapists
Activities of Daily Living
Age of Onset
10 Citations (Scopus)

The Fugl-Meyer Upper Extremity Scale

Singer, B. & Garcia-Vega, J., 1 Jan 2017, In : Journal of Physiotherapy. 63, 1, p. 53 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Open Access
4 Citations (Scopus)
Accidental Falls
2 Citations (Scopus)

Assessing student clinical learning experiences

Nehyba, K., Miller, S., Connaughton, J. & Singer, B., Jul 2016, In : The Clinical Teacher. 13, p. 1-4

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cohort Studies
Surveys and Questionnaires

Projects 2005 2010