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Biography

Brea is an early career Research Fellow at BehaviourWorks and a qualified physiotherapist. Before coming to BehaviourWorks, Brea was working as a physiotherapist at Cabrini Health and as a workshop facilitator in Human Biosciences at La Trobe University.

Brea recently submitted her PhD thesis on physical activity promotion by physiotherapists (Federation University Australia). She also holds Bachelor’s degrees in Biomedical Science from Deakin University and Health Science from La Trobe University, and a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from La Trobe University.

Brea’s previous research has focused on preventing chronic disease through promoting healthy behaviours, specifically physical activity. Brea identified the techniques Australians physiotherapists use to promote physical activity to their patients during her PhD. She also identified the barriers and facilitators physiotherapists experience when attempting to promote physical activity. Now she identifies as a generalist researcher, you will find her researching almost anything behaviour related!

Brea’s research methods include reviewing the literature and coordinating both interview and survey studies. Brea has two published systematic reviews as first author and presented at several local and international conferences. When she has been away from the office, she has run six marathons and has ridden her bike from Melbourne to Sydney to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

11 Feb 2018 → …

Research area keywords

  • Physical activity
  • Health
  • Physiotherapy
  • Systematic Review
  • Behaviour Change

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