Mr Martin Bending

Remedy Healthcare, Australian Unity

Martin Bending has been an exercise physiologist working in the age care and disability sectors for over 10 years. As the NSW State Manager for Remedy Healthcare, Australian Unity his core responsibilities focuses on the creation and delivery of allied health services into residential facilities and the community. In doing so Martin has a background in a number of funding streams and programs including Home Care Packages, Commonwealth Home Support, NDIS, Health Fund Hospital Substitution Programs, Short Term Restorative Care and the Age Care Funding Instrument. Balancing out the needs of the provider, client, family and understanding the guidelines of the funding body or program is a key component of Martin’s role, particularly in the age and disability sectors that are undergoing constant change.


As a former member and chair of the Exercise Physiology Advisory Group, Martin has provided support to ESSA’s work in promoting and supporting AEPs in the age care and disability space contributing to key stakeholder meetings, advocacy documents and AEP learning material. In addition Martin works closely with the University of NSW, guest lecturing in the areas of age care and neuro-rehabilitation and providing clinical placement for the exercise physiology program.


Session: Regulatory Changes Panel
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Co-Presenters: Mrs Lyndell Crawford-Round, Mr John Dennehy, & Mrs Anita Hobson-Powell

Dr John Booth

University of New South Wales

Dr John Booth (PhD) is an accredited Exercise Physiologist and clinician practising in musculoskeletal rehabilitation with a special interest in the treatment and management of chronic pain. He is the principal of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation practice in Wollongong, NSW. John is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW. His teaching and clinical supervision is focused on developing contemporary clinical skills and evidence based best practice concerning use of exercise interventions for musculoskeletal and pain rehabilitation. As a clinical educator, John regularly presents professional development opportunities to clinicians and allied health professionals. He is strongly committed to mentoring clinicians treating chronic pain and has contributed in this role to the Pain Revolution. He often participates in chronic pain education events for the general public. John’s research interests include the influence of exercise on pain and the impact of patient and clinician communication on treatment outcomes.


Session: Chronic Pain
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 11:00am – 12:30pm
Presentation: Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain – Does Exercise Matter?

Dr Joanne Brown

Dr Jo Brown is an APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist with 20 years’ experience in the sporting arena. Dr Jo qualified in 2000 and has strived to continue learn and advance her skills and knowledge ever since. Completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture before completing her Masters in Sports Physiotherapy in 2006 and most recently her PhD.


Jo has worked with more than 12 sports at an international and elite level including working with the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, Australian Paralympic Committee, New Zealand Rugby league, Swimming Australia and Tennis Australia. Currently Dr Jo works with Tennis Australia, Australian Open and the Jamaican Olympic Committee; specifically, their track and field athletes.


Whilst working with Swimming Australia Jo completed her PhD, investigating the factors that influence the development, recurrence and progression of shoulder pain in swimmers. Jo completed her PhD in 2014 and continues to specialise in the diagnosis and management of conditions of the shoulder girdle, particularly in overhead athletes namely swimmers, tennis players, paddlers and throwers.


Dr Jo is an Adjunct Fellow of The University of the Sunshine Coast and is involved in a number of projects with the elite athlete program investigating; “Should netball players be considered overhead athletes” Quantifying resistance bands and determining parameters for isometric progression for best practice rehabilitation.


Session: Shoulder Rehabilitation
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 9:00am – 10:30pm
Presentation: Shoulder Rehabilitation : How to “get in” and when to “get out”…

Mrs Lyndell Crawford-Round

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Lyndell Crawford-Round is an Exercise Physiology Adviser to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Medical and Health Advisory Services Panel, in addition to working as a clinician in Northern Rivers area of NSW.


Lyndell has extensive experience working within the field of exercise physiology, and was recognised as one of the top 25 influencers of exercise and sports science in Australia at ESSA’s 25year anniversary by ESSA’s CEO.


Lyndell was previously a member of the NSW State Chapter and is a past ESSA Staff Member. Known for her thorough understanding of the profession, her first project at ESSA involved co-writing the professions first AEP Scope of Practice. Lyndell has provided many submissions to lobby for recognition of AEPs within many sectors during her career with some of the highlights being health funds recognition; recognition of AEPs to apply for Credentialing as a Diabetes Educator; and funding to establish the Healthy Eating Activity and Lifestyle Program nationally. Lyndell was also involved in the Exercise Physiology Accreditation Review Group tasked with determining the current knowledge and skill criteria required for teaching exercise physiology students.


Her current role with the DVA requires providing timely, high quality independent advice on a range of activities consistent with best practice in exercise physiology. Lyndell often works closely with providers through education and mentorship to support them in improving their clinical practices against DVA’s treatment arrangements and administrative guidelines.


Within her clinical practice, Lyndell has a special interest in diabetes and mental health, having completed further studies in Diabetes Education. She is currently studying a Masters in Mental Health with the Australian Catholic University.


Session: Regulatory Changes Panel
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Co-Presenters: Mr Martin Bending, Mr John Dennehy, & Mrs Anita Hobson-Powell

Mr John Dennehy

Better Movement Clinic

After Studying Exercise Physiology and Business at James Cook University, John developed a strong passion for rural and remote health. This has led him to working with and developing rural and remote privates. This further led John become a past Chair of the QLD Chapter for Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and sit on the Exercise Physiology Advisor Group on behalf of Rural and Remote.


John has been working in rural and remote practices for several years from private practice, to Aboriginal health, to work site assessments. He began his own practice in 2013 in Toowoomba. Better Movement Clinic now employees several Accredited Exercise Physiologists, Accredited Exercise Scientists, Physiotherapists, Dietitians, Remedial Massage Therapists, Pilates Instructors and administration team to help service and support the number of clinics throughout regional and rural Queensland including main sites in Toowoomba and Dalby. John is also registered with the NDIA for expanded scope and subcontracts support coordinators and disability support workers to support the NDIS. John is also a casual lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland and is the previous Deputy Chair to the National Rural Health Alliance.


John’s main interests are in supporting rural and remote allied health seek mentoring and support, improving affordable, appropriate access to high level health services throughout rural and remote Australia.


John’s vision is to create equality of health care, no matter the geographic location, culture or perceived barrier and to create exercise as an intervention to the social determinants of health.


Session: Regulatory Changes Panel
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Co-Presenters: Mr Martin Bending, Mrs Lyndell Crawford-Round & Mrs Anita Hobson-Powell

Mr Peter Edwards

Total Joint Care Online & University of Western Australia

Peter is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, with 10 years experience in exercise prescription and rehabilitation in those with chronic disease and acute injury. He is also a well experienced researcher, currently completing a PhD at the University of Western Australia, with having presented at dozens of local and international conferences and published work in international sports medicine journals. Peter has a passion for health innovation and technology. He is currently a director of Total Joint Care Online, a telehealth service that offers post-surgery rehabilitation consultations and remote exercise rehabilitation monitoring over the web, and is involved in the digital health working group with ESSA.


Session: Telehealth
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Co-Presenter: Mr Michael Marthick
Presentation: Exercise Physiology in the Digital Age: Connecting with more Patients through Telehealth

Ms Leanne Evans

Exercise & Sports Science Australia

Leanne Evans has over 15 years’ experience in senior roles working for a range of not-for profit and government organisations. She has worked as Policy and Relations Adviser for ESSA since December 2018. Her main areas of focus are aged care, preventative health and government relations.


Leanne is ESSA’s Project Manager for the Exercise Right for Active Ageing Project, which received a $1.838 million grant earlier this year, part of the Australian Government’s $22.9 million Move It Aus – Better Ageing Grant Program. The Better Ageing Program focuses on helping inactive Australians aged 65 and older move more often and become more socially connected.


Prior to a decade overseas, Leanne worked as the CEO of the Australian Sports Foundation and Deputy Director-General of the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation. Before that she was the first female CEO of both Touch Football Australia and Gymnastics Queensland. More recently, she was Executive Officer for the Australian Womensport and Recreation Association.


Session: Grants & Tenders
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Co-Presenter: Dr Simon Rosenbaum
Presentation: Grants & Tenders

Miss Nicole French

Exercise for Rehabilitation and Health

Nicole is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) who has turned her dream of bringing Exercise Physiologists and Physiotherapists together in a private setting into a reality. Her Melbourne private practices are highly regarded and she feels that they continue to grow due to the outstanding work and commitment of her team.


Nicole is a passionate advocate for improving children’s physical activity and food environments serving as a committee member on Parents Voice and as an ambassador for the Girls Uniform Agenda. Her special interest areas of Diabetes and childhood obesity have led to her becoming a sought after public speaker and media commentator on health, exercise and chronic disease prevention. She regularly presents on both TV and radio as well on the national stage as a spokesperson for a number of organisations.


Nicole has previously lectured at a postgraduate level at various Australian universities and served on several industry and clinical advisory boards. She currently collaborates with organisations including Diabetes Victoria, the Obesity Policy Coalition, the Cancer Council of Victoria and Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute.


Three career highlights for Nicole were being asked to give evidence at a Senate Inquiry into Australia’s Obesity Epidemic, delivering an address at Parliament House and being invited to Government House by the Victorian Governor.


Nicole is a strong advocate for Exercise Physiology and creating models of care that will see the industry grow in credibility and opportunity. She is passionate about everything she does and whilst she leads her team with pride, she believes her most important leadership role is that to her two young children.


Session: Workplace Values
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Presentation: Fulfilment through a Values Led Organisation

Mr Daniel Gibbs

Posture Podiatry and Clinic Mastery

A two times finalist and winner of the Telstra Business Award, Daniel Gibbs specialises in systems – the kind that build, grow and sustain thriving clinics, just like his own at Posture Podiatry. Today he works with businesses globally, from clinics large and small through the Clinic Mastery Business Academy, to $100M+ investment funds in the USA. His favourite moments in life are with his young family, and he believes effective treatment starts even before a client walks through the door.


Session: Software and Tools for your business
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Presentation: Software and Tools for Your Business

Mr Selwyn Griffith

Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club

Selwyn has been an integral part of the Brisbane Lions High Performance Department for six years, during this time he has held a number of positions both in the Medical and Strength and Conditioning Departments. His current role involves the development and implementation of the rehabilitation and return to performance programs, including strength and power assessments and programming, re-conditioning and training load management.


He holds a Masters in Osteopathy from RMIT and a Masters in High Performance Sport from ACU, the combination of medical, sports science and strength and conditioning education has helped develop an extensive knowledge of rehabilitation and return to performance practices.


Prior to working in high performance sport Selwyn worked in multi-disciplinary clinics and sports rehabilitation practices on the Gold Coast working predominantly with professional and amateur athletes in AFL, UFC, Rugby League, Ironman, Ironwoman and Triathletes.


Session: Return to Play
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Presentation: Return to Performance: An Athlete Centred Model

Dr Tim Henwood

Southern Cross Care SA & NT

Dr Tim Henwood is the Group Manager for Community Wellness & Lifestyle with Southern Cross Care SA & NT and a special population exercise physiologist with a specific interest in older adults with complex healthcare needs accessing age care services. He has published more than 60 academic and sector publications reporting on targeted exercise programs for adults 65 years of age and older living in both the community and residential aged care. The message from his work is that you are never too old to benefit from targeted exercise and therapy, and that with the right health pathway even the oldest and most unhealthy adult can be re-abled back to better health and wellbeing.


Session: Dementia
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 11:00am – 12:30pm
Co-Presenter: Mr Michael Inksip
Presentation: Dementia: Bringing best practice to exercise training

Mr Michael Inskip

University of Sydney

Michael Inskip is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) currently working as a Postgraduate fellow at the University of Sydney and in the final year of his doctoral studies exploring the role of robust exercise prescription across the cognitive impairment spectrum. He is involved in the assessment, training and study coordination for several clinical trials involving progressive resistance training for individuals with mild cognitive impairment, and various dementia disorders including Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy body dementia.


He has delivered presentations on his novel research in the field of exercise prescription for Lewy body dementia both nationally and internationally at several large neurology conferences and most recently in 2017 at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) World Congress on Exercise is medicine where he formed part of a symposium on delivering progressive resistance training for various chronic diseases in older adults. Michael continues to develop and deliver specialty lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate exercise physiology and exercise science cohorts at the University of Sydney on the topics including robust exercise prescription for neurodegenerative dementias and falls risk assessment and prevention for geriatric cohorts. Recently, he presented at the inaugural 2018 ESSA NSW State Symposium.


Additionally, he is currently part of an international team of investigators developing a comprehensive, fully integrated and intelligent system called HUMPHRE, that he invented as part of his doctoral studies with the aim of comprehensively and safely assessing, diagnosing, referring, and training individuals who may be frail or at-risk of falls.


Session: Dementia
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Co-Presenter: Dr Tim Henwood
Presentation: Enhancing the capacity of the AEP in Dementia: Why a comprehensive assessment battery improves exercise prescription and clinical outcomes in a complex disease

Dr Michele Lastella

Appleton Institute for Behavioural Science, CQUniversity

Dr Lastella is a sleep researcher at the Appleton Institute for Behavioural Science at CQUniversity Adelaide, South Australia. His primary area of expertise is sleep, recovery, sport psychology, psychological well-being and performance. Michele has published 30 peer reviewed publications, currently supervisors 2 PhD students, 1 Masters, 4 honours students and has presented at numerous domestic and international conferences. He serves as a reviewer for several sports science journals such as Journal of Sports Science, International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, and the European Journal of Sport Science to name a few. He also serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. Being a former elite athlete Dr. Lastella brings experience from both an athlete perspective as well as a researcher’s perspective. He has worked with several elite sporting organisations including the Australian Institute of Sport and South Australian Sports Institute examining sleep, recovery, and performance.



Session: Recovery
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Presentation: Sleep & Recovery: Challenges & Practical Solutions

Ms Cathy Love

Nacre Consulting 

Cathy Love is the founding director of Nacre Consulting. She coaches allied health business owners to run powerful businesses that change lives. Cathy started, sustained and sold a large and successful paediatric private practice with 6 branches. Cathy now generously shares her extensive business, clinical and disability sector experience with private practitioners and clinicians. Her energetic approach to problem-solving, planning and taking action is contagious. For Cathy, it’s all about building the brilliance in others.


Session: Disability & NDIS
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Presentation: NDIS Impact. How will services evolve and make a difference? 

Ms Trudy MacDonald

TalentCode HR

Trudy is an established business leader and human resource professional who specialises in empowering businesses to become great by maximising the performance of their people.


She is a multi-award winning speaker having being honoured as “Speaker of the Year” – Australia and New Zealand in 2015 & 2014 and Best New Speaker in 2013 by global CEO network – The Executive Connection. Trudy is a regular speaker at Industry Associations, Conferences and Corporate Events and is consistently among the highest rated speakers.


She has the unique ability to inspire people to think differently and delivers highly engaging and passionate presentations that provide pragmatic tools that deliver results to business.


Her career is founded on an education in Organisational Psychology and spans Australia, New Zealand, the USA and parts of Asia. She has co-founded or played a key executive role in four start-up technology and human resource consulting business, three of which have been acquired by international companies. Currently, Trudy is the Founder and Managing Director of TalentCode HR and is passionate about helping small to medium sized businesses thrive.


Trudy is a sought after conference speaker, thought leader and executive coach having delivered over 200 workshops to CEOs and business leaders in the past three years.


Session: Human Resources
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 11:00am – 12:30pm
Presentation: Creating a Culture of Accountability: Defining & Measuring Greatness

Mr Michael Marthick

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse & University of Sydney

Michael Marthick is the Founder and Managing Director of Care Connected, a telehealth enabled service with a focus on cancer services. His clinical and research interests include the delivery of supportive care interventions using digital health tools and implementing remote delivery of exercise support for oncology patients.


Session: Telehealth
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Co-Presenter: Mr Peter Edwards
Presentation: Exercise Physiology in the Digital Age: Connecting with more Patients through Telehealth

Mr Harvey Martin

Master Coach and Mentor to CEOs, Managing Directors, Business Owners, Senior Executives and Peer Advisory Boards

A successful entrepreneur, CEO and founder of two fast-growth companies, Regional Chair for TEC (The Executive Connection) for 10 years, and at various times leader of 7 private advisory boards for chief executives and business owners.


Harvey is first and foremost a mentor and coach for CEOs, business owners and senior management, having spent more than 20 years of his career in CEO and senior executive positions at national & international, manufacturing & marketing companies.


During this career, he found that the development of most mid-market organisations can plateau at times. Owners and directors of these organisations may struggle to either regain momentum or build traction in a constantly changing business landscape.


That’s where he can help. Since establishing his consulting organisation, he’s been immersed in developing and implementing strategic plans, change projects and leadership development initiatives. It almost always requires facilitating creative workshops with the leadership team, the results of which include identification of meaningful financial and leading KPIs.


This depth of exposure across an extensive range of countries, industries and projects provides an edge when it comes to being able to see the big picture.


Today, he leverages his experience to partner with established organisations who want to further develop their leadership, recruitment, team-building and operating efficiencies. He also provides advisory services to Boards of Directors on strategic planning, board performance, recruitment, and corporate structuring.


He enjoys mentoring business professionals—from managers to C-level executives—on how to strengthen their talents as solution-focused leaders who engender the dedication and trust of their staff and stakeholders.


Outside these activities, Harvey has a successful track record as a seminar speaker who endeavours to inspire others to create their own vision of excellence, strategy and meaningful business and personal goals.


Session: Strategic Planning
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 11:00am – 12:30pm
Presentation: Building an innovation business while building your practice

Dr Kristy Martin

University of Canberra

Kristy is an associate lecturer in Anatomy and Physiology and post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise. Kristy’s research focuses primarily on mental fatigue, a concept familiar to many. Kristy’s work extends the impact of mental fatigue on cognitive and physical performance, individual characteristics which may afford someone greater tolerance to mental fatigue, as well as potential mechanisms by which mental fatigue impacts performance. Kristy’s research involves members of the public, professional athletes, and more recently the Australian Army, working on a project investigating cognitive resilience in stressful and challenging environments.


Session: Mental Fatigue
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 11:00am – 12:30pm
Presentation: Mental fatigue – What is it, what can we do about it, and how can we use it to our advantage?

Mr Dean Phelps

Fighting Fit Physiotherapy

Dean Phelps is a Gold Coast based physiotherapist with a special interest in using technology in clinical practice to enhance outcomes and physical performance.


Dean has many years experience in exercise and sport science prior to becoming a physiotherapist and loves merging the two to better patient results and experiences in healthcare. This lead him to found Fighting Fit Physiotherapy, an interdisciplinary clinic of Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology and dietetics services.


Over the last few years he has dove into intergrateing technology into his clinical practice, his team and his clinic to test and monitor results to enhance patient buy in to injury rehabilitation, enhance health and wellness, or increase physical performance through offering a breadth of equipment and technology classically only found in elite sporting environments or universities.


He will be joining you to discuss the clinical integration and application of Vald Performances NordBoard, GroinBar, ForceDecks and HumanTrak in real life patients.


Session: Wearable techology
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Presentation: Getting Techy: Using the latest technology to create exceptional patient experiences and outcomes

Mr John Quinn

Quinn Elite Sports & GWS Giants Football Club

Who is John Quinn – A widely respected leader in the elite coaching field with experience across a diverse range of sports along with extensive expertise in allied health.


John’s career has spanned more than 30 years. He has worked with many of Australia’s leading athletes and coaches across sports as diverse as track and field, swimming, AFL, rugby league, tennis, cricket, bobsleigh and soccer. Just a few of John’s accomplishments include:

  • Sprints and relay coach for the Australian track and field team at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games
  • Head fitness coach and High Performance Manager for Essendon Football Club (AFL) 1998 – 2008
  • Australian fitness coach for two International Rules Series – Australia and Ireland (AFL)
  • High Performance Manager of Greater Western Sydney Giants Football Club (AFL) 2010 – 2014
  • Head Conditioner with the Socceroos in 2006 in a friendly competition in Kuwait
  • High Performance Coach for AFL All Stars Team 2010
  • Strength and Conditioning coach in the Indian Cricket League 2009
  • Academy Director – GWS Giants Football Club (AFL) 2015 –
  • Director QESS – Exercise Physiology Services (Sydney & Melbourne) 2015 –


In 2014, John was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease – Limbic Encephalitis. This initial prognosis from this condition was one of dire consequence. After months in hospital and professional care, John emerged from this condition with an even stronger determination for changing peoples lives.


This saw John return to GWS Giants in the role of Academy Director. He also established two separate Exercise Physiology Clinics – one in Sydney and the other in Melbourne. In an Australian first, John is also employed at two private schools as an Exercise Physiologist and acts as a service provider and mentor to students and staff at these colleges.


Highly regarded in the sport and fitness industry, John’s involvement with some of Australia’s most elite sports people along with his own inspiring health battle, has made his expertise highly sought-after by both sporting teams and businesses alike.


John’s Qualifications Include:

  • Sport Science degree, University of New South Wales
  • Master of Science and Technology OHS, University of New South Wales
  • Currently studying Post Graduate Certificate of Nutrition, Deakin University
  • Accredited Exercise Physiologist
  • Member of Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA)
  • Level 5 International Track & Field Coach (IAAF)


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Session: Mentoring
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 9:00am – 10:30am
Presentation: Mentoring & Innovation

Mr Nathan Reeves

Griffith University 

Nathan is a practicing Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) with an interest in the area of workplace injury prevention and management. Over the past 15 years he has consulted to federal and state government agencies and extensively across the private sector in the workplace rehabilitation space. Nathan was a Commonwealth Government agency Workplace Assessment and Return to Work Lead Trainer for 7 years and is currently a senior lecturer at School of Allied Health Sciences, Griffith University where he convenes two courses dedicated to the professional practice of exercise physiology, including the provision of workplace rehabilitation service under various state and commonwealth regulations. Nathan holds a SIRA Exercise Physiologist Provider Number and SIRA Workplace Assessment Provider Number. Nathan is the occupational rehabilitation section editor for the Journal of Clinical Exercise Physiology.


Nathan is currently the Chair of an international alliance for the practice of exercise and sport sciences, and will soon assume the role of Chair of ESSA’s Professional Standards Advisory Council. He was a Director on the Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) national board from 2010-17, and ESSA President/Chair, Chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee and committee member on the Audit Finance and Risk Committee from 2014-17. Nathan previously sat on the ESSA Queensland State Chapter Committee as committee member and chair over a period of four years.


Nathan is a graduate of the AICD Company Director and Mastering the Board courses.


Session: Workplace Assessments
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Presentation: Promoting client-centred and evidence-informed practice in workplace assessments and beyond

Dr Simon Rosenbaum

University of New South Wales

Dr Simon Rosenbaum is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Psychiatry, UNSW and the Black Dog Institute. He currently holds an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship and is also an inaugural UNSW Scientia Fellow.


As an exercise physiologist, Simon conducted the first clinical trial of exercise for inpatients with post-traumatic stress disorder and has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications, including multiple book chapters on the role of exercise in the treatment of mental illness.


Simon has worked with a variety of groups including emergency service workers, contemporary veterans and Syrian refugees living with PTSD. Simon serves as an elected national director of Exercise and Sports Science Australia and is a passionate advocate for ensuring the integration of exercise as a component of treatment for people living with mental illness.


Session: Grants & Tenders
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Co-Presenter: Ms Leanne Evans

Mr Bart Spencer

Victoria University 

Bart is a Research Officer within the Institute for Sport and Health (IHES) at Victoria University. Having completed postgraduate studies in mathematics and statistics, Bart joined Victoria University to focus on sports analytics. His PhD thesis explored the use of player tracking datasets to understand player behaviour in Australian Rules football. Bart holds a joint appointment with Champion Data, the primary supplier of statistics in the Australian Football League (AFL). His work at Champion Data has been focused on the measurement of player decision-making.


Session: Coding & Data Analytics
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Co-Presenter: Dr Jacquie Tran
Presentation: Adding context to player performance with spatiotemporal data

Mr Stephen Stone

Belgravia Leisure

Stephen is an Accredited Clinical and Occupational Exercise Physiologist (AEP) with extensive experience in clinical, rural and occupational health settings. He branched into workplace health as an Occupational Exercise Physiologist practicing at some of Australia’s most prominent mining and industrial sites in Tasmania and Queensland. While co-ordinating and delivering workplace health and injury management programs for these companies, he also delivered community based exercise therapy programs commissioned by Primary Health Tasmania for the residents of these remote Tasmanian communities.


With the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) – Tasmania, Stephen was instrumental in his role as Physical Health Team Lead rolling out individual and group exercise therapy interventions that supported various chronic conditions and mental health disorders across regional northern Tasmania. During his time with RFDS he developed the “Prime Mover” cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program –  which has seen the reduction in patient waiting times reduce from 6 months to 2 weeks for program participation in these areas.


Stephen has been active member of ESSA previously serving on the Tasmanian state chapter and is a committee member for the 2019 ESSA Innovation and Practice Forum. He has also been the recipient of ESSA’s Accredited Exercise Physiologist of the Year Award in 2017.


Session: Community Programs
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Presentation: Consideration for Successful Implementation of Public Health Programs: Innovations 2 Interventions

Dr Alice Sweeting

Victoria University & the Western Bulldogs 

Alice is currently a Research Fellow within the Institute for Sport and Health (IHES) at Victoria University and holds a joint appointment at the Western Bulldogs, where she supervises postgraduate student research projects. Alice’s area of expertise is performance analysis and wearable technologies. Alice completed her PhD at Victoria University in conjunction with Netball Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). Alice’s PhD thesis focused on using data mining techniques to profile the movement sequences of elite and junior-elite female netball athletes, via a novel radio-frequency based tracking system. Alice also worked on a data analysis project with Netball Australia in the lead up to the 2015 Netball World Cup. Alice will be presenting on the use of analytics within an elite AFL Club and how data analysis helps to understand team-sport performance. Alice is involved with various projects using data analysis in Australian Football and has a particular interest in complex and decision support systems.


Session: Field Sports Science
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 11:00am – 12:30pm
Presentation: Measurement Properties of Athlete Monitoring Tools – how to use the proposed framework and make data driven decisions

Dr Jacquie Tran

High Performance Sport New Zealand

Dr Jacquie Tran is a sport scientist with a passion for integrating research findings into applied practice to support athletes, coaches, and program leaders in high performance sport. Her major areas of interest include athlete monitoring, evaluating preparation practices for elite performance, and sports analytics.


Jacquie is a Senior Insights Researcher in the Knowledge Edge for Tokyo team at High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ). In this role, she uses quantitative and qualitative research approaches to support long-term learning in NZ Olympic and Paralympic sports about successful preparation for and performance at pinnacle events.


Previous to her time at HPSNZ, Jacquie worked as a Research Fellow in a joint appointment with the Geelong Cats and Deakin University, coordinating a strategic football research agenda and providing data science support to performance analysts, coaches, and other decision-makers in the Football Department. She completed her PhD with the Australian Institute of Sport, Rowing Australia, and Deakin University, investigating relationships between training loads, athlete well-being, and rowing performance.


Session: Coding & Data Analytics
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Co-Presenter: Mr Bart Spencer
Presentation: Using data analytics to investigate, understand, and solve problems in exercise and sport