Professor Julie Bernhardt is co-leader of the Florey's Stroke theme, and leads the AVERT Early Intervention Research Program. This includes a multidisciplinary team of researchers committed to the development and testing of new, rehabilitation interventions that aim to reduce the burden of stroke related disability. AVERT, the largest, international, acute stroke rehabilitation trial ever conducted, sits at the core of the program. Advancing understanding of how exercise-based interventions and task specific training influence learning and recovery after stroke is a key aim of the program. Julie completed a Churchill Fellowship in 2013 studying health architecture and environmental enrichment. A further aim of her group is to improve our understanding of how health environments influence recovery from illness. Julie is Director of Australia’s first NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery, an exciting partnership to build capacity and research excellence in this exciting field.

  • Location

    Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Austin
    245 Burgundy Street
    VIC 3084


Awards and achievements

The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards (Global category), 2016

Austin Medical Research Foundation Distinguished Scientist for 2016

American Heart Association, Stroke Rehabilitation Award, 2016

Chief Executive Women Scholarship MIT Sloan, 2016

Viscount Linley Award, Stroke Association, 2016

Winner Male or Female Change Champion of the year, 2015


PhD, La Trobe University

BAppScPhysio, La Trobe University

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