Liz Binns

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Senior Research Officer, Programme Leader - Curriculum

Phone: +64 9 921 9785


Physical Address:
AA265, Akoranga Dr, Northcote, Auckland, NZ
Postal Address:
A-11, Department of Physiotherapy
School of Clinical Sciences
Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences
AUT University, Private Bag 92006,
Auckland 1142, New Zealand


Links to relevant web pages:
Neurological Rehabilitation


Master of Health Science (Neurological Physiotherapy)
Diploma Physiotherapy

Memberships and Affiliations:

Health & Rehabilitation Research Institute (AUT)
President Physiotherapy New Zealand (PNZ)
South West Pacific representative to International Association of Physical Therapists working with Older People (IPTOP)
Member of the Older Adult and Neurology Special Interest Groups of PNZ
Member of New Zealand Association of Gerontology


Before starting work at AUT in 2000, I worked at Waitakere Hospital (Waitemata DHB), predominantly on the Older Adult Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation.

My first role at AUT was as a Clinical Educator in Neurology, working in a student-led clinic based at Te Whanau o Waipareira in West Auckland. As a Senior Research Officer, my teaching and research interests have focused on the older adult and neurological populations, with a strong interest in falls prevention and translational research.

I completed a MHSc thesis titled 'The Otago Exercise Programme: Do strength and balance improve?' in 2007 and is currently undertaking a PhD.

I am the current President of Physiotherapy NZ.

Teaching Areas:

PHTY704 Exercise- Physiology and Rehabilitation

Research Areas:

Older Adult
Falls prevention

Current Research Projects:

My current research is “Developing and refining the CogEx programme in older adults with mild to moderate dementia”, a feasibility study refining and developing a novel intervention to improve quality of life and decrease falls in older adults living with mild to moderate dementia. This project builds on the topic for my Master research project The Otago Exercise Programme (OEP): do strength and balance improve? Which was a falls prevention programme in community dwelling older adults.

My area of research (falls prevention in older adults) is one of the research themes within the Neurorehabilitation Research Team of the Health and Rehabilitation Research Institute, AUT.


  • Dixon, C. J., Knight, T., Binns, E., Ihaka, B., & O’Brien, D. (2017). Clinical measures of balance in people with type two diabetes: A systematic literature review. Gait and Posture,58 (Supplement C),325-332.
  • Taylor, D., Binns, E., & Signal, N. (2017). Upping the ante: Working harder to address physical inactivity in older adults. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 30(5), 352-357.
  • Hume, P. A., Brown, S. R., Lewis, G., Taylor, D., Binns, E., & Brughelli, M. (2014). IRB/NZR/AUT RugbyHealth project part C: Balance assessment of retired rugby and non‐contact sport players – final report Appendix. A technical report to the International Rugby Board and New Zealand Rugby.
  • Taylor, D., Hale, L., Schluter, P., Waters, D., Binns, E., McCracken, H., . . . Wolf, S. (2012). The effectiveness of tai chi as a community based falls prevention intervention: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 60(5), 841-848.
  • Binns, E., & Taylor, D. (2011). The effect of the Otago Exercise Programme on strength and balance in community dwelling older women. NZ Journal of Physiotherapy, 39(2), 63-68.