About Me

I have worked as a physiotherapist for over 15 years, specialising in Paediatrics. I commenced a Masters of Biostatistics in 2004 and began working as a Biostatistician 9 years ago.

I have the benefit of being a heath professional as well as a biostatistician. I am interested in assisting health researchers with their statistical needs and enjoy both small and large projects.

I have worked on research projects for Curtin University, the Telethon Kids Institute, Princess Margaret Hospital, The National Intrathecal Baclofen User Group, National Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy Group, The Ability Centre and private clients.


BSc Physiotherapy (Curtin)

Masters Biostatistics (Uni of Melb)

Recent Publications

Alexander, C., Elliott, C., Valentine, J., Stannage, K., Bear, N., Donnelly, C. J., . . . Reid, S. (2018). Muscle volume alterations after first botulinum neurotoxin A treatment in children with cerebral palsy: a 6-month prospective cohort study. Dev Med Child Neurol, 60(11), 1165-1171. doi:10.1111/dmcn.13988

Aoun, S. M., Ewing, G., Grande, G., Toye, C., & Bear, N. (2018). The Impact of Supporting Family Caregivers Before Bereavement on Outcomes After Bereavement: Adequacy of End-of-Life Support and Achievement of Preferred Place of Death. J Pain Symptom Manage, 55(2), 368-378. doi:10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2017.09.023

Blackmore, A. M., Bear, N., Blair, E., Langdon, K., Moshovis, L., Steer, K., & Wilson, A. C. (2018). Predicting respiratory hospital admissions in young people with cerebral palsy. Arch Dis Child, 103(12), 1119-1124. doi:10.1136/archdischild-2017-314346

Gibson, N., Chappell, A., Blackmore, A. M., Morris, S., Williams, G., Bear, N., & Allison, G. (2018). The effect of a running intervention on running ability and participation in children with cerebral palsy: a randomized controlled trial. Disabil Rehabil, 40(25), 3041-3049. doi:10.1080/09638288.2017.1367426

Johnson, R. W., Williams, S. A., Gucciardi, D. F., Bear, N., & Gibson, N. (2018). Evaluating the effectiveness of home exercise programmes using an online exercise prescription tool in children with cerebral palsy: protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 8(1), e018316. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018316

McLean, B., Blakeman, M., Carey, L., Ward, R., Novak, I., Valentine, J., . . . Elliott, C. (2018). Discovering the sense of touch: protocol for a randomised controlled trial examining the efficacy of a somatosensory discrimination intervention for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. BMC Pediatr, 18(1), 252. doi:10.1186/s12887-018-1217-5

Newman, K., O'Donovan, K., Bear, N., Robertson, A., Mutch, R., & Cherian, S. (2018). Nutritional assessment of resettled paediatric refugees in Western Australia. J Paediatr Child Health. doi:10.1111/jpc.14250

Rath, S. R., Long, T. M., Bear, N. L., Miles, G. C. P., Bullock, A. M., Gottardo, N. G., . . . Choong, C. S. Y. (2018). Metabolic and Psychological Impact of a Pragmatic Exercise Intervention Program in Adolescent and Young Adult Survivors of Pediatric Cancer-Related Cerebral Insult. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol, 7(3), 349-357. doi:10.1089/jayao.2017.0105

Rueter, K., Jones, A. P., Siafarikas, A., Lim, E. M., Bear, N., Noakes, P. S., . . . Palmer, D. J. (2018). Direct infant UV light exposure is associated with eczema and immune development. J Allergy Clin Immunol. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2018.08.037

Rueter, K., Ta, B., Bear, N., Lucas, M., Borland, M. L., & Prescott, S. L. (2018). Increased Use of Adrenaline in the Management of Childhood Anaphylaxis Over the Last Decade. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract, 6(5), 1545-1552. doi:10.1016/j.jaip.2017.11.038

Swinney, C. M., Bau, K., Burton, K. L. O., O'Flaherty, S. J., Bear, N. L., & Paget, S. P. (2018). Severity of cerebral palsy and likelihood of adverse events after botulinum toxin A injections. Dev Med Child Neurol, 60(5), 498-504. doi:10.1111/dmcn.13686

Fonceca, A. M., Chopra, A., Levy, A., Noakes, P. S., Poh, M. W., Bear, N. L., . . . Everard, M. L. (2017). Infective respiratory syncytial virus is present in human cord blood samples and most prevalent during winter months. PLoS One, 12(4), e0173738. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0173738

Morris, S. L., O'Sullivan, P. B., Murray, K. J., Bear, N., Hands, B., & Smith, A. J. (2017). Hypermobility and Musculoskeletal Pain in Adolescents. J Pediatr, 181, 213-221.e211. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2016.09.060

Rueter, K., Ta, B., Bear, N., Lucas, M., & Prescott, S. (2017). Physician training programs significantly improve diagnosis in cases coded as anaphylaxis over time: A major factor compounding time-trend data? J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract, 5(3), 858-860. doi:10.1016/j.jaip.2016.10.017

Smith, A., Beales, D., O'Sullivan, P., Bear, N., & Straker, L. (2017). Low Back Pain With Impact at 17 Years of Age Is Predicted by Early Adolescent Risk Factors From Multiple Domains: Analysis of the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther, 47(10), 752-762. doi:10.2519/jospt.2017.7464

Ward, R., Reynolds, J. E., Bear, N., Elliott, C., & Valentine, J. (2017). What is the evidence for managing tone in young children with, or at risk of developing, cerebral palsy: a systematic review. Disabil Rehabil, 39(7), 619-630. doi:10.3109/09638288.2016.1153162

Bassett, D., Bear, N., Nutt, D., Hood, S., Bassett, S., & Hans, D. (2016). Reduced heart rate variability in remitted bipolar disorder and recurrent depression. Aust N Z J Psychiatry, 50(8), 793-804. doi:10.1177/0004867416652734

Blackmore, A. M., Bear, N., Blair, E., Gibson, N., Jalla, C., Langdon, K., . . . Wilson, A. C. (2016). Factors Associated with Respiratory Illness in Children and Young Adults with Cerebral Palsy. J Pediatr, 168, 151-157.e151. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2015.09.064

Blackmore, A. M., Bear, N., Blair, E., Gibson, N., Jalla, C., Langdon, K., . . . Wilson, A. C. (2016). Prevalence of symptoms associated with respiratory illness in children and young people with cerebral palsy. Dev Med Child Neurol, 58(7), 780-781. doi:10.1111/dmcn.13016

Love, S., Gibson, N., Smith, N., Bear, N., & Blair, E. (2016). Interobserver reliability of the Australian Spasticity Assessment Scale (ASAS). Dev Med Child Neurol, 58 Suppl 2, 18-24. doi:10.1111/dmcn.13000

Pool, D., Elliott, C., Bear, N., Donnelly, C. J., Davis, C., Stannage, K., & Valentine, J. (2016). Neuromuscular electrical stimulation-assisted gait increases muscle strength and volume in children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy. Dev Med Child Neurol, 58(5), 492-501. doi:10.1111/dmcn.12955

Rao, P., Moore, J. K., Stewart, R., Runions, K., Bear, N., Wong, J. W., . . . Zepf, F. D. (2016). Bipolar disorder in children and adolescents: diagnostic inpatient rates from 2000 to 2013 in Germany. Int J Bipolar Disord, 4(1), 23. doi:10.1186/s40345-016-0064-2

Pool, D., Valentine, J., Bear, N., Donnelly, C. J., Elliott, C., & Stannage, K. (2015). The orthotic and therapeutic effects following daily community applied functional electrical stimulation in children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy: a randomised controlled trial. BMC Pediatr, 15, 154. doi:10.1186/s12887-015-0472-y

Pool, D., Valentine, J., Blackmore, A. M., Colegate, J., Bear, N., Stannage, K., & Elliott, C. (2015). Daily functional electrical stimulation during everyday walking activities improves performance and satisfaction in children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy: a randomized controlled trial. Arch Physiother, 5, 5. doi:10.1186/s40945-015-0005-x

Tan, K. M., Flack, F. S., Bear, N. L., & Allen, J. A. (2015). An evaluation of a data linkage training workshop for research ethics committees. BMC Med Ethics, 16, 13. doi:10.1186/s12910-015-0007-y

Gibson, N., Johnston, K., Bear, N., Stick, S., Logie, K., & Hall, G. L. (2014). Expiratory flow limitation and breathing strategies in overweight adolescents during submaximal exercise. Int J Obes (Lond), 38(1), 22-26. doi:10.1038/ijo.2013.137

Pool, D., Blackmore, A. M., Bear, N., & Valentine, J. (2014). Effects of short-term daily community walk aide use on children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy. Pediatr Phys Ther, 26(3), 308-317. doi:10.1097/pep.0000000000000057

Briggs, A. M., Straker, L. M., Bear, N. L., & Smith, A. J. (2009). Neck/shoulder pain in adolescents is not related to the level or nature of self-reported physical activity or type of sedentary activity in an Australian pregnancy cohort. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 10, 87. doi:10.1186/1471-2474-10-87