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 member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of SpinalCure
Australia, and a Director of the Stroke Association of Victoria. She is a member of
the Clinical Sciences and Research Committee and the Disaster Rehabilitation
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.