2023 ESSA New South Wales State Symposium

2023 ESSA New South Wales State Symposium

2023 ESSA New South Wales State Symposium - Bone and Joint Health: a multimorbidity, and multidisciplinary approach

The 2023 ESSA New South Wales State Symposium is an unmissable event tailored for NSW Accredited Exercise Physiologists, Accredited Exercise Scientists, Accredited Sports Scientists and students! This event will bring together a variety of ESSA professionals, which promises to be a great learning day for all.



 09:00 - 09:30am          Doors Open  
 09:30 - 09:40am    Welcome
     ESSA NSW State Chapter 
 09:40 - 10:30am    Bone and Joint Health alongside Multimorbidities 
     Professor Belinda Beck 
 10:30 - 11:20am    Multidisciplinary Care and Exercise Prescription for Osteoarthritis
     Sarah Comensoli, AES, AEP 
 11:20 - 11:50am    Panel Discussion
     Professor Belinda Beck & Sarah Comensoli, AES, AEP 
 11:50am - 12:10pm    Morning Tea
 12:10 - 13:40pm    Bone Health in Exercise Oncology 
     Chris O'Brien Lifehouse Team:
 Ainsley Bell, AES, AEP, Catherine Seet-Lee, AES, AEP & Dr Shelley Kay, AES, AEP, PhD
 13:40 - 13:55pm    Closing
 13:55 - 15:00pm    Lunch & Networking

*Program is subject to change


Presented by

Professor Belinda Beck

Belinda Beck is a Professor of Exercise Science in the Menzies Health Institute Queensland at Griffith University (Gold Coast, Australia) and Director of The Bone Clinic, a translational research facility and clinical practice providing evidence-based exercise for patients with osteoporosis. She graduated from The University of Queensland (BHMS[Ed]) and the University of Oregon (MSc and PhD) and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Stanford University School of Medicine (CA, USA). Her work, primarily related to the effects of mechanical loading on bone, has involved both animal and human models, from basic to clinical research. Her particular focuses have been exercise interventions across the lifespan for the prevention of osteoporotic fracture, and the management of bone stress injuries in athletes and military recruits.

Sarah Comensoli, AES, AEP

Sarah has worked in the MSK and Rheumatology space for much of her career as an AEP. She has contributed to the recent ESSA position statement on Osteoarthritis, and was also a part of the ESSA Standards Council between 2017-2021. She is a Director at BJC Health, a multi-disciplinary practice based in Sydney and continues to see clients, both face to face and virtually. She also helped establish the Exercise Anywhere program, a virtual group exercise program which delivers over 30 live classes per week to those with OA and Rheumatic disease. She also completed an MBA with Macquarie Uni completing that in 2018. 

Ainsley Bell, AES, AEP

Ainsley Bell has 7 years of experience as an exercise physiologist working with older populations and complex, chronic disease conditions. Inspired by exercise oncology research, she volunteered at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and was then offered a position in 2021. She performs assessments, clinic or home programs, supervises group exercise and research participants, provides patient education and manages a broad range of clinic tasks. 

Catherine Seet-Lee, AES, AEP

Catherine is currently a PhD candidate investigating the effects of intra-infusion exercise (i.e. exercise simultaneous to chemotherapy infusion) on chemotherapy side effects and tumour blood flow. This is an extension of her Honours thesis on the feasibility of intra-infusion exercise which was very positively received. She brings together her clinical experience in rheumatology and oncology, and research background to provide evidence-based exercise and care to patients at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. 

Dr Shelley Kay, AES, AEP, PhD

Shelley Kay has a clinical and research fellowship role in Exercise Oncology at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. Her research background is in the effects of exercise on body composition and metabolic health. Clinical and research work in diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis has been transferrable knowledge to cancer metabolism and treatment side-effects. 



Rydges Sydney Central, Sydney, NSW
Saturday, 21 October 2023
9:00am - 3:00pm AEDT


Rates per person

          Earlybird                   Standard
     If registered and paid on or before 21 September 2023    If registered and paid on or after 22 September 2023
 ESSA Member     $155.00     $175.00
 Non-Member    $250.00    $270.00
 ESSA Student Member
 $65.00    $85.00
 Student Non-Member    $90.00  



Virtual rates per person

          Earlybird                   Standard
     If registered and paid on or before 21 September 2023    If registered and paid on or after 22 September 2023
 ESSA Member     $125.00     $145.00
 Non-Member    $200.00    $220.00
 ESSA Student Member
 $55.00    $75.00
 Student Non-Member    $70.00  


Please see terms & conditions for registration type definitions.


  • Full day professional development 
  • Arrival tea & coffee, morning tea and lunch 
  • Workbook in a softcopy format
  • Certificate of attendance, gaining you 4 valuable ESSA CPD points
  • Networking with the presenters and your peers


    Target Audience

    Any Accredited Exercise Scientist, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Accredited Sports Scientist Level 1, Accredited Sports Scientist Level 2 and/or Accredited High Performance Manager 

    ESSA CPD Points




    Online: After signing into your ESSA profile, select the blue "Register Now" button 
    Manual Form: click here 

    Registration for this professional development will close at 12:00pm AEDT on Friday, 20 October 2023.

    Please note:
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  • All accredited persons, regardless of any professional development completed/ attended must refer to their accreditation’s Scope of Practice/Standards, and only treat/practice within the same.  
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