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Areas of expertise

  • Rehabilitation of gait in people with neurological conditions
  • Falls Prevention
  • Trips; slips and falls
  • Motor control
  • Healthy ageing

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About Andisheh Bastani

Dr Andisheh Bastani is a Physiotherapist and Senior Lecturer in Bachelor of Applied Movement Sciences/Master of Physiotherapy (College of Health & Biomedicine, VU), who developed extensive knowledge, skills and experience in the area of Neuro rehabilitation for patients with Neurological problems such as Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Stroke, Parkinson, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), as well as, Fall risk assessment, Fall prevention strategies and improvement in balance in Elderly people and healthy ageing.

Andisheh was awarded her Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2003, Masters (by research) of Physiotherapy in 2006 and PhD in 2014 from Monash University. From 2014 to 2018, Andisheh was a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Melbourne. She is also Clinical Associate at RMIT University from 2020.

Andisheh's research interests are in Neurological related research, fall prevention and improvement in balance, dementia and healthy ageing.

To date, she published over 20 publications, a book chapter in Clinical exercise physiology textbook and has presented nationally and internationally over 10 occasions.

She received several awards and grants including Vice-Chancellor’s Award (2021) for the ‘Physiotherapy NIICHE initiative’, and two Project grant, Postgraduate Publication Award.



  • PhD, Monash University, Australia, 2014
  • MPhysio, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, 2006
  • BPhysio, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, 2003

Key publications

Year Citation
2018 Bastani, Jahromi. (180710). spinal cord injury In Bastani, A. (Ed.) (pp. 481-502). United states of America: Human Kinetics.

Year Citation
2020 Cofre, Lizama., Bastani, A., van, der., Kilpatrick, T., Khan, F., & Galea, M. P. (200101). Increased ankle muscle coactivation in the early stages of multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis Journal - Experimental, Translational and Clinical, 6(1), (205521732090587-205521732090587).

doi: 10.1177/2055217320905870

2019 Amatya, B., Cofre, Lizama., Elmalik, A., Bastani, A., Galea, M. P., & Khan, F. (190925). Multidimensional evaluation of changes in limb function following botulinum toxin injection in persons with stroke. NeuroRehabilitation, 45(1), (67-78).

doi: 10.3233/nre-192722

2018 Bastani, A., Cofre, Lizama., Zoghi, M., Blashki, G., Davis, S., Kaye, A. H., Khan, F., & Galea, M. P. (181201). The combined effect of cranial-nerve non-invasive neuromodulation with high-intensity physiotherapy on gait and balance in a patient with cerebellar degeneration: a case report. Cerebellum & Ataxias, 5(1),

doi: 10.1186/s40673-018-0084-z

2018 Cofre, Lizama., Bastani, A., Panisset, M. G., Drummond, K., Khan, F., & Galea, M. P. (180801). A novel neuromodulation technique for the rehabilitation of balance and gait: A case study. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 54 (140-142).

doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2018.04.077

2018 Galea, M., Lizama, L. EC., Bastani, A., Panisset, M., & Khan, F. (180701). Cranial nerve non-invasive neuromodulation improves gait and balance in stroke survivors: A pilot randomised controlled trial. Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, 61 (e352-e352).

doi: 10.1016/

2017 Galea, M. P., Cofre, Lizama., Bastani, A., Panisset, M. G., & Khan, F. (171101). Cranial nerve non-invasive neuromodulation improves gait and balance in stroke survivors: A pilot randomised controlled trial. Brain Stimulation, 10(6), (1133-1135).

doi: 10.1016/j.brs.2017.08.011

2015 Zoghi, M., Bastani, A., & Galea, M. P. (150301). The importance of early detection of spared corticospinal connections to improve functional abilities post-spinal cord injury: A case study. Brain Stimulation, 8(2), (412-412).

doi: 10.1016/j.brs.2015.01.312

2014 Bastani, A., & Jaberzadeh, S. (140901). Within-session repeated a-tDCS: The effects of repetition rate and inter-stimulus interval on corticospinal excitability and motor performance. Clinical Neurophysiology, 125(9), (1809-1818).

doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2014.01.010

2014 Jaberzadeh, S., Bastani, A., & Zoghi, M. (140201). Anodal transcranial pulsed current stimulation: A novel technique to enhance corticospinal excitability. Clinical Neurophysiology, 125(2), (344-351).

doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2013.08.025

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