Mr Sebastian Buccheri

IPC Health 

Sebastian Buccheri is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with over 20 years’ experience. He has transitioned from a clinician into management over the past 6 years having overseen multiple departments within a private rehabilitation facility. Sebastian is currently the Manager of Allied Health Services at a large community health organisation in Melbourne situated across 6 sites and 100 allied health staff. As a clinician, Sebastian’s passion lay within the field of persistent pain and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Sebastian has developed, reviewed and grown pain services across his career and continues to advocate the importance of exercise physiology within not only pain, but the broader health industry.


Sebastian has contributed to the growth and development of the EP industry through his time on the Victorian ESSA chapter and up until 2017 as a national board director. During his time on the ESSA board, Sebastian founded and chaired the Exercise Physiology Advisory Group, was a member of the 2013-2015 ESSA Strategic planning committee and currently sits on the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee. In 2018, Sebastian was inducted as a fellow of ESSA, an achievement that he is proud and honoured to have received.


Sebastian remains focused on helping others grow and develop both their personal and professional lives through actively mentoring and guiding other health professionals. Sebastian is committed to his own development having been active in leadership programs and is currently studying a Master of Business Administration (MBA).


Session: Chronic Pain
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 11:00am – 12:30pm
Presenter: Dr John Booth

Prof Julie Cotter

Exercise & Sports Science Australia 

Julie Cotter joined the ESSA Board in July 2018. She is an experienced Non-Executive Director, Advisory Board Member and Committee Chair with a track record of ensuring strong governance and oversight for large, complex organisations. Julie is a Chartered Accountant and was formerly the Director of the Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development.


Session: Strategic Planning
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 11:00am – 12:30pm
Presenter: Mr Harvey Martin

Prof Aaron Coutts

UTS Sport and Exercise Science

Aaron Coutts is a Professor in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He has published more than 150 scientific papers which mostly focus on improving our understanding of the factors that affect sporting performance. He has specific interest in conducting applied research and providing evidence-based recommendations for athlete monitoring, performance analysis and training design.

Aaron currently consults to several top-level professional sporting teams is an advisor to the Nike Sports Research Laboratory and the Digital advisory panel for the Australian Sport Commission. He has also been the recipient of an Australian Teaching and Learning Citation for outstanding contributions to student learning in sport and exercise sciences. He is currently an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance and Science and Medicine in Football. Aaron is also a practising Accredited Sport Scientist and a Director of Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).


Session: Return to Play
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Presenter: Mr Selwyn Griffith

Dr Kade Davison

University of South Australia

Dr Kade Davison, has been a passionate servant of ESSA for over ten years. During this time he has witnessed and contributed to enormous growth and maturity of the organisation and its professions. After initially working as an Exercise Scientist in a number of gyms, he opened an Exercise Physiology clinic in the city of Adelaide and went on to establish and consult in clinics in SA and NSW including multi-disciplinary university and hospital based models.

He is currently the Program Director for Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of South Australia educating tomorrows AEPs and pursing research interests in cardiometabolic function, evidence based exercise assessments and the effectiveness of clinical exercise services in a range of settings and population groups.


Session: Keynote Presenter
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 9:00am – 10:30am
Presenter: Mr Alastair Lynch


Session: Community Programs
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Presenter: Mr Stephen Stone

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: Shoulder Rehabilitation
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 9:00am – 10:30am
Presenter: Ms Joanne Brown

Ms Philippa Ellis

Exercise & Sports Science Australia

Philippa Ellis joined the ESSA Board as an appointed Director in March 2015 and also serves on the Governance & Nominations Committee. She brings a wealth of corporate knowledge and extensive governance experience to the Board, underscored by a 30 year Executive career working in ASX/NZX listed companies in the financial services sector in Australia and New Zealand.


Philippa currently works as a consultant in the areas of Investor Relations, Corporate Communications and Corporate Governance and is also a non-Executive Director on the Board of the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation.


Session: Human Resources
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 11:00am – 12:30pm
Presenter: Ms Trudy MacDonald

Dr Peter Fowler

Exercise & Sports Science Australia

Dr Peter Fowler is the Sports Science Membership Development Officer at ESSA. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology and owner of an online sports science consultancy business, The Recovery Room – specialising in the provision of personalised, evidence-based, online sleep resources to a range of clients, including athletes, businesses and schools.


Dr Fowler has 10 years’ high-performance sport experience combining applied laboratory and field-based research with sport science support to elite athletes in the UK, Australia and Qatar. He has worked in the English Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, the Department of Physiology at the Australian Institute of Sport and at several football clubs in the Australian A-League. He has also worked as a Research Scientist at Aspetar Sports Medicine Hospital in Qatar, where his research focused on developing practical interventions for athletes to minimise sleep disruption and enhance recovery following travel. Whilst at Aspetar, Peter was also a sports science consultant to a range of elite athletes, clubs and organisations from the English Premier League, Rugby Sevens World Series, Rugby League, NFL, cycling and motor racing, together with the Qatar Olympic Team and Football Association.


Session: Mental Fatigue
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 11:00am – 12:30am
Presenter: Dr Kristy Martin

Mrs Anita Hobson-Powell

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA)

Anita Hobson-Powell is the CEO of Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA). She has been with the organisation since 2006. She is also a board member of Allied Health Professionals Australia and the National Alliance of Self-Regulating Health Professions.


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


Session: Consultation with the ESSA Board
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 9:00pm – 10:30am
Co-Presenters: Dr Kade Davison, Ms Philippa Ellis, Dr Brendan Joss, Dr Simon Rosenbaum & Prof Steve Selig

Dr Brendan Joss


Brendan Joss is the Managing Director of HFRC, specialising in exercise rehabilitation for complex musculoskeletal injury or surgery. Brendan completed a degree in Human Movement, with Honours in Exercise Rehabilitation in 2001.  On completion he started his career as an Exercise Physiologist at HFRC. He then completed a PhD in joint replacement biomechanics and rehabilitation in 2006, followed by a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Queens University, Canada. Currently Brendan’s focus is on growing and developing a multidisciplinary team of allied health professionals to deliver optimal patient care to orthopaedic patients, and those with musculoskeletal injury.  The model of care is developed on an evidence based approach, with much of the available research been conducted by HFRC staff.


From this approach Brendan and the team have developed and delivered on strategies to position HFRC as one of the leading providers in their felid and creating new markets with excellent potential for growth. Brendan is keen to share is journey and strategies to see those in the Exercise and Sports Science profession grown and succeed in their business.


Session: Dementia
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 11:00am – 12:30pm
Co-Presenters: Mr Michael Inskip & Dr Tim Henwood


Session: Telehealth
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 3.30pm – 5:00pm
Co-Presenters: Mr Peter Edwards & Mr Michael Marthick

Dr Vince Kelly

Queensland University of Technology

Dr Vince Kelly is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Queensland University of Technology. He has over 20 years’ experience in elite sport working in high performance, sport science and strength and conditioning roles with professional football teams, the Queensland Academy of Sport and individual athletes.


Dr Kelly currently supervises a number of postgraduate students examining a wide variety of sport science and strength and conditioning projects.His areas of research interest include quantification and management of athlete training load, fatigue and recovery in athletes, the neuromuscular and hormonal adaptations to exercise, high intensity interval training, strength and power development, ergogenic aids and sport nutrition supplementation, sport analytics, virtual reality, and strength and conditioning in high performance sport.


Session: Mentoring
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 9.00am – 10:30am
Presenters: Mr John Quinn


Session: Recovery
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 1.30pm – 3:00pm
Presenters: Dr Michele Lastella

Mr Max Martin

iNform Health and Fitness Solutions

Max Martin is an Accredited Exercise Scientist and Physiologist and experienced educator and practitioner in the musculo-skeletal rehabilitation field. When not with his beautiful family, Max can be found either riding in the Adelaide Hills or at his private practice applying corrective exercise techniques to a wide variety of clients. He is a managing Director and principal Exercise Physiologist of iNform Health and Fitness Solutions (, which has a team of 20 across three locations in Adelaide.


Max completed an Applied Science Degree (Exercise and Sports Science) in 1998, and an Honours Degree in Human Movement in 2000. He also founded Corrective Exercise Australia Pty Ltd; and MovementScreen Pty Ltd. Max has internationally peer-reviewed publications in the areas of physiology and musculoskeletal sport sciences. He is regularly invited to lecture on Exercise Prescription and Rehabilitation to students of the University of South Australia and other tertiary educational institutions. Max currently sits on ESSA’s Exercise Science Advisory Group. He also chairs UniSA’s Exercise and Sports Science Advisory Group.


Session: Workplace Values
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Presenter: Ms Nicole French

Mr Brad McGregor

Sport e-Coach

Brad has been practicing as Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) and strength and conditioning coach for the past 21 years, specialising in the application of exercise as a prevention & treatment modality for the management of musculoskeletal conditions, mental health and fatigue management.


In addition to his clinical work, Brad is the Managing Director of Sport-e-coach which is primarily focused on adult education & professional learning, particularly in the disciplines of health, fitness and sports performance.


Brad also owns The Training Ground, which is a boutique clinic in Brisbane’s Spring Hill where allied health practitioners work hand-in-hand with fitness professionals to help clients achieve their health & well-being goals.


Brad lectures on a casual basis at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) for the School of Health & Wellbeing.


Session: Wearable Technology
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Presenter: Mr Dean Phelps

Ms Carly Ryan

Exercise & Sports Science Australia

Carly is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) with over 13 years’ experience. Carly spent over 7 years in private practice providing a broad range of clinical exercise physiology, corporate health and program coordination, as well as working as a team leader and mentor, and has also worked as an Injury Management Advisor in the insurance sector. Since starting at ESSA, Carly has worked as an Accreditation Officer and as the Exercise is Medicine Project Officer. From 2015, she has been the Standards Advisor and works across portfolios including development and review of competency standards, scopes of practice, continuing professional development, best practice, compliance and ethics. She also supports the Professional Standards Council and works in the advocacy space with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.


Session: Disability & NDIS
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Presenter: Ms Cathy Love

Prof Steve Selig

University of New South Wales 

Professor Steve Selig recently retired as Chair in Clinical Exercise Science at Deakin University. He has a strong track record in developing and delivering postgraduate courses in clinical exercise physiology. He has served as a Director on the National Board of Exercise & Sport Science Australia (ESSA) since 2005. Steve has won numerous university and national awards for his teaching, course leadership and clinical practice, including the ESSA President’s Award in 2010 for services to clinical exercise physiology. Over the past decade, Steve led two groups of senior academics and AEP practitioners that reformed the national accreditation schemes for Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP) to cover the periods 2008-2015 and 2016-2021. His research interests include exercise training for people with chronic heart failure and cardiometabolic disease, and his work has been cited in the American Heart Association Statement on Exercise and Heart Failure, and reviews and meta-analyses on exercise therapy for people with heart failure. Steve was first author on the ESSA guidelines for exercise for people with chronic heart failure, and a co-author on the ESSA guidelines for exercise for people with chronic kidney disease.


Session: Grants & Tenders
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Co-Presenters: Dr Simon Rosenbaum & Ms Leanne Evans


Session: Workplace Assessments
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Presenter: Mr Nathan Reeves

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: Software and Tools for your Business
When: Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Presenter: Me Daniel Gibbs

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: Coding & Data Analytics
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Presenter: Dr Jacquie Tran & Mr Bart Spencer


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: Field Sports Science
When: Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 11:00am – 12:30pm
Presenter: Dr Alice Sweeting

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