Faculty

Our Faculty has over 100 years of combined experience! They teach across multiple domains of physiotherapy with a centred interest of vestibular physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Each have advanced skills and education in the management of persons with vestibular condition, all leaders in teaching and research. 
All presenters started their training attending the world renowned courses run by Susan Herdman and now are regular presenters at National and International Courses 

Katrina Williams 

Katrina is a specialist Neurological Physiotherapist FACP 2008 (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapy). She has worked extensively in the fields of neurological and vestibular rehabilitation for over 20 years, with a focus on central vestibular pathologies. She works full-time at the University of Queensland as a Clinical Academic, teaching the neurological and vestibular course work and training student in their final year within the Neurological Aging and Balance Clinic. Clinical she also heads up Upright Physiotherapy a private practise seeing patients with neurological and dizziness. 

She holds multiple degrees including a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and is currently completing her PhD in the area of vestibular symptoms experienced by people with Multiple Sclerosis. She is actively engaged in ongoing research exploring the signs and symptoms of people complaining of dizziness across the spectrum of musculoskeletal to neurological pathologies. Recently she was successful to obtain funding to develop the first vestibular and balance testing research facility in a Queensland University. This will provide the opportunity for more advanced testing and interpretive research for the dizzy person.



Natalie Rando

Natalie has focused her physiotherapy skills and teaching for over 14 years to the fields of Neurological Rehabilitation and Vestibular physiotherapy.  She holds a Masters in Neurological Physiotherapy, has completed advanced training in the area of vestibular rehabilitation and regularly attends both national and international conferences related to vestibular dysfunction.  Natalie previously held the position of Assistant Director of Physiotherapy (Rehabilitation) at the Gold Coast Hospital (2004‐ 2012), where she instigated and managed the physiotherapy service for Vestibular Clients and now manages a private vestibular caseload via Back in Balance Vestibular Physiotherapy.

For the last 13 years Natalie has delivered curriculum related to vestibular dysfunction at various universities including undergraduate level at Bond University, Griffith University and University of Queensland, as well as conducting post‐graduate training throughout Australia. Natalie currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Physiotherapy (Neurology) at Bond University and is an APA Titled Neurological Physiotherapist.

Leia Barnes

Leia has over 10 years experience working with individuals with neurological and vestibular disorders in both the public and private sectors. She currently works as an Advanced Physiotherapist in the ENT Service at Logan Hospital, where she functions as a primary contact vestibular physiotherapist. Leia also manages a private vestibular caseload at Back in Balance Vestibular Physiotherapy. Previous roles have included the Assistant Director of Physiotherapy (Rehabilitation) at the Gold Coast Hospital (2013-2016) and Senior Physiotherapist at the Falls and Balance Clinic. With her extensive clinical background, Leia has been invited to speak at multiple conferences, including The Neuro-Otology Society of Australia Annual Meeting, Audiology Australia National Conference and Queensland Acoustic Neuroma Conference.  Leia has completed a Graduate Diploma of Neurological Rehabilitation and is an APA Titled Neurological Physiotherapist. 

Dr Ann Rahman  

I am a part-time lecturer in the School of Physiotherapy at the Australian Catholic University, Brisbane campus. I also work clinically as a physiotherapist for Queensland Health at the Brighton Rehabilitation Unit. I completed my PhD in 2012 through the University of Queensland. My thesis investigated the benefits of early post-operative aquatic physiotherapy after total hip or knee replacement surgery. In 2014 I became a titled member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association in the area of gerontology.  

My areas of research interest include: aquatic physiotherapy across a range of ages and conditions; vestibular assessment and rehabilitation; efficacy and outcomes of physiotherapy intervention in the sub-acute rehabilitation population.