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?

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
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Presentation: Regulatory Changes Panel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ms Jessie Roberts

ARC Centre of Excellence, Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers

Jessie Roberts is the Industry Engagement Officer for the ARC Centre of Excellence in Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers. Her role sits between business and academia and involves translating business needs into problems that can be solved using data analytics, mathematics and/or statistics. Jessie has a Masters of Applied Statistics which investigated communication of statistical uncertainty to non-expert audiences, as well as a Bachelor of Biotechnology. She is the co-organiser of the Brisbane Users of R Group (BURGr) and was a member of the organizing committee for the International UserR 2018 Conference.


Jessie works with businesses that have a wide range of data expertise, from the data novice to the mathematical expert.  She believes that anyone can develop skills in data analytics and becoming ‘data fit’ is a journey that all businesses in the future will need to engage with in some form or another – so you may as well start now!


Session: Coding & Data Analytics
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Presentation: Practical introduction to how data analytics can be used in your organisation to inform decisions

Mr Stephen Stone

UTS Sports and Exercise Science, Royal Flying Doctor Service, University of Tasmania

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. Currently, Stephen is the Laboratory Services Manager of the University of Technology’s (UTS) new sport and Exercise science campus at Moore Park, Sydney.


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

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