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What We Do

Goals and Accomplishments

Central Coast Neuro Rehab's goals are to get more recovery for more people, with one-to-one training, empowering people to do home practice, and advising on assistive technology, so people can reach their full potential. Our motto is 'retrain the brain, exercise the body'.

Skills and coordination are often affected in people with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease or any other neurological condition, which makes it difficult for them to use their arm and hand, stand up and walk and do other physical activities. Physiotherapists can help using many techniques suited to you and your needs. It is possible to gain improvements in motor skills, even years after a stroke has occurred.

If you need neurological rehabilitation after a stroke or brain injury, or to help with the effects of these conditions, we can assist you.
Central Coast Neuro Rehab is a registered NDIS provider.

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Physiotherapist Paulette van Vliet,
PhD, MSc, Bachelor of Applied Science Physiotherapy

Paulette brings her expertise in neurological rehabilitation, offering treatment for people with stroke, brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Functional Motor Disorder, and other neurological conditions.

Not only is Paulette an accomplished and experienced physiotherapist, she has a PhD and continues to do research as a professor at the University of Newcastle. Her ongoing contribution to knowledge about maximising outcomes from neurological rehabilitation is significant and she is currently leading a multicentre randomised controlled trial to compare the effectiveness of task-specific training vs usual care to improve arm function after stroke.

Physiotherapist Keiran Lawson,
Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Physiotherapy.

Keiran has expertise in neurological rehabilitation, including treatment for people with stroke, brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons Disease, and other neurological conditions. He uses a wide range of techniques and measurements to improve function and quantify progress.

Diego Carreno
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

Diego's strengths are around treating clients with neurological conditions holistically to best fit individual needs and seeking to educate at all times so that clients feel empowered.

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Central Coast Neuro Rehab offers training for post graduate physiotherapists and occupational therapists. Paulette has a unique blend of academic and clinical knowledge about recovery and rehabilitation of upper limb function after stroke, inclusive of theoretical knowledge about the brain and motor behaviour and evidence for different interventions including assistive technologies, to practical ways of eliciting helpful muscle activity.

Workshop Topics

  • Arm specific training:
    Task specific training for the upper limb in people with stroke
  • The importance of feedback:
    Putting feedback and practice into action in stroke rehabilitation


If interested, contact us.

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Did you know that 85% of people with stroke have trouble moving their arm and hand? Or that between 100-300 movement repetitions per practice session are needed to cause the neuroplastic changes that underlie brain recovery?

The problem is, it can be boring doing that many reps of normal exercises!

Here’s where gaming technology devices can help. With one such device called ‘Pablo’, people play fun games using different input devices, to practice the movements needed to regain function until 100s of reps are done in no time! Because its enjoyable, people stay motivated and engaged to achieve their goals.

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