Leia Barnes

Consulting Vestibular & Neurological Physiotherapist

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Leia Barnes is a Consulting Vestibular Physiotherapist and APA Titled Neurological

Physiotherapist from Gold Coast, Queensland. She has been working in the field of

vestibular physiotherapy for 16 years and splits her professional time between Logan

Hospital, Vestibular Courses, Vestibular Education Australia and Advanced Vestibular Clinics.


At Logan Hospital she functions as a Consultant Vestibular Physiotherapist, running Primary Contact Vestibular Clinics and is the Clinical Team Leader to a team of passionate vestibular physiotherapists. Leia is the first and only Consultant Vestibular Physiotherapist in Queensland Health (HP6 level) and works heavily with ENT Surgeons and Neurologists to pioneer innovative public vestibular services.


Leia also brings the same passion to the private sector and in 2011 she established Back in Balance Vestibular Physiotherapy, a private vestibular clinic on the Gold Coast. In 2021, the team at Back in Balance Vestibular Physiotherapy partnered with other leaders in the field of vestibular physiotherapy to create Advanced Vestibular Clinics.


Leia has a passion for teaching and has been invited to teach Australia-wide, delivering introductory, advanced and competency-based vestibular training with her teaching colleagues at Vestibular Courses and Vestibular Education Australia. She has had the privilege of speaking at multiple state and national conferences and regularly teaches into university programs at Bond University and Australian Catholic University.



  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (UQ)

  • Graduate Diploma in Neurological Rehabilitation (UWA)

  • APA Titled Neurological Physiotherapist


Memberships / Affiliations

  • Executive for Queensland Vestibular Network

  • The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Vestibular Rehabilitation (ACPIVR)

  • Australian Vestibular Association (AVESTA)

  • Faculty member – Vestibular Education Australia

  • Faculty member – Vestibular Courses

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association (Neurology Special Interest Group)

  • Member of the College of Australian Physiotherapists