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The FAST study is a collaboration between the University of Sydney, Macquarie University and the University of Canberra. The Study is led by Professor Lindy Clemson and Professor Catherine Dean.


Professor Lindy Clemson
The University of Sydney

Convenor of Ageing, Work & Health Research Unit, Professor in Ageing and Occupational Therapy and Charles Perkins Centre Active Ageing Research Node Leader

Lindy Clemson is a specialist in public health research on ageing and an occupational therapist with a PhD in epidemiology. She is a world renown researcher in falls prevention. She is the lead investigator for the trial.


Professor Catherine Dean
Macquarie University

Deputy Dean & Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Catherine Dean is a specialist in stroke research and a physiotherapist. Her research interests are developing and testing of rehabilitation strategies to increase activity and participation after stroke, translating evidence into practice and clinical education. She is the co-lead investigator for this trial.


Dr Kate Scrivener
Macquarie University

Clinician, researcher and educator in neurological physiotherapy

Kate Scrivener's PhD investigated the amount of exercise that occurs in physiotherapy after stroke and the relationship with walking outcomes. Kate will lead the interventionists for this trial.


Dr Elisabeth Preston
University of Canberra

Physiotherapist and Assistant Professor

Elisabeth is a physiotherapist and Assistant Professor at the University of Canberra with a particular interest in neurological physiotherapy. Her research has a focus on improving physical activity in people after stroke.


Associate Professor Stephen Isbel
University of Canberra

Occupational therapist and Associate Professor

Steve is an occupational therapist and Associate Professor at the University of Canberra. His research interests are post-stroke rehabilitation and practice education.


Dr Stefanie Mikolaizak

FAST study coordinator

Stef is a research physiotherapist with a PhD in Public Health and Community Medicine and a diploma in health economics. She has extensive experience coordinating large, multidisciplinary and multi-site trails in Australia and overseas. Her research interests focus on promoting health and quality of life through economically sustainable, equitable and efficient use of health resources.


Sally Day

FAST study coordinator

Sally is an occupational therapist and has a Masters in Public Health. She has extensive experience working as a clinician in Australia and the UK and coordinating research projects.

Dr Benjamin Gardner
Kings College, London

Associate Investigator

Associate Professor Natasha Lannin
Alfred Health and La Trobe University

Associate Investigator

Professor Anne Cusick
The University of Sydney

Associate Investigator