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finger splay exercise
hand bandage
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arm exercise setup
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arm testing
walking exercise
encouraging leg exercise
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Goals and Accomplishments

Paulette'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. Her motto is 'retrain the brain, exercise the body'. If you need neurological rehabilitation after a stroke or brain injury, or to help with the effects of Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease or any other neurological condition, she can assist you.
Central Coast Neuro Rehab is a registered NDIS provider.

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 most notably she is leading the development of a novel wearable device designed to improve arm and hand function of people living with stroke.

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Physiotherapist Paulette van Vliet,
PhD, MSc, B App Sc.

Paulette has joined the team at Back to Health, at 6/30 Karalta Rd, Erina. She brings her expertise in neurological rehabilitation, offering treatment for people with stroke, brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease and other neurological conditions.

Motor skills and coordination are often affected in people with these conditions, 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.

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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.

Current Workshops

  • 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
  • Recovering arm function after stroke:
    A self help guide – day course for people with stroke


If interested, contact us.

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