Life Members

Alan Morton

Tony Parker

Phil Hamdorf
Dr Phil Hamdorf has a Doctor of Philosophy within the field of exercise science specialising in cardiorespiratory training amongst older adults. Dr Hamdorf is past President, Secretary and a Fellow of ESSA. He is a Fellow and Past President of Sports Medicine Australia (SA Chapter) and earned a Churchill Fellowship to examine older adult programs within the USA, England, Canada and Finland. Dr Hamdorf is past Chairperson of the NUCAP Committee and was directly involved in the early development of NUCAP and standards for accreditation of Exercise Physiologists within ESSA. As Chief Exercise Physiologist for the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Dr Hamdorf founded the Centre for Physical Activity in Ageing which has gone on to become one of Australia’s finest rehabilitation centres specialising in the provision of older adult programs and services. Dr Hamdorf has an extensive history in sports administration working as Executive Director of the Office for Recreation and Sport, South Australian Government, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian College of Physical Education Ltd and now as Executive Director – Sport Development in the New South Wales Government’s Office of Sport.

Fellow Members

Bruce Abernethy

Professor Bruce Abernethy is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences at the University of Queensland. Bruce is a first class Honours graduate and university medallist from UQ, a PhD graduate from the University of Otago, and, in addition to being a Fellow of ESSA, is also an International Fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education and a Fellow of Sports Medicine Australia. He has previously held the positions of Head of the School of Human Movement Studies at UQ (1991-2003), Director and inaugural Chair Professor of the Institute of Human Performance at the University of Hong Kong (2004-2011) and Deputy Executive Dean and Associate Dean (Research) within the Faculty of Health Sciences at UQ (2011-2013).

Bruce’s research interest is in the control and learning of skilled movement, with a particular focus upon expert performance. His research has been supported by a range of agencies including those funding basic science, such as the Australian Research Council and the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, as well as those supporting more applied research, such as the Australian Sports Commission, the Australian Football League, Cricket Australia, Worksafe Australia and the Motor Accident Insurance Commission.

Mark Armstrong - 2007
Robert Barnard - 2016

Robert Barnard is the Manager of Exercise Physiology, Central Adelaide Local Health Network and Manager of the Centre for Physical Activity in Ageing (CPAA). His career commenced in 1979 and has seen a career working within Research, Clinical Rehabilitation, Day Hospital and Dialysis Clinical settings within SA DoHA.

He completed a Master’s Degree at Flinders University with Professor Bob Withers which included an original study on functional performance, physiological responses and ratings of perceived exertion during graded exercise in Stroke survivors. Since that time the CPAA became a leader in the development of understanding and provision of special assessment and exercise programs for both older and special populations and further supported the development of that knowledge through a focus on the outcomes of clinical research and ethics approved studies.

He has undertaken extensive collaborative work on various clinical and professional interest topics including publishing journal articles, and posters and podium presentations at professional and scientific meetings.

His most recent achievements have been successful lobbying to appoint Exercise Physiologists into new roles within SA DoHA (Country Health (1), Central (4), Northern (2) and Southern (4) Local Health Networks), and the transition of a number of Physical Education positions (2) to Exercise Physiology.

David Bishop - 2006

Professor David Bishop has 20 years of experience as both a researcher and an applied sport scientist working with elite athletes. In the three years prior to the 2000 Sydney Olympics, he worked with Australian hockey, water polo, netball, beach volleyball and kayak teams. Professor Bishop has also gained invaluable experience consulting with professional teams such as the Fremantle Football Club.

Professor Bishop has ~200 peer-reviewed articles and 6 book chapters in the area of human movement and sport science. Professor Bishop is also a past president of ESSA, and assistant editor of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (MSSE).

John Bloomfield - 2002

Professor John Bloomfield is a former national surf lifesaving champion and an Australian representative, as well as being a high-level swimming coach, both in Australia and the USA. In addition, he was a Lieutenant in the Australian Army Reserve. He joined The University of Western Australia as a Senior Lecturer in 1968 and became the first Professor of Sport Science in Australia in 1974. Upon retirement in 1997 he developed the Functional Rehabilitation Clinic at Hollywood Private Hospital. He also acted as a consultant for seven years at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle, establishing the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Professor Bloomfield has been acknowledged by both Commonwealth and State Governments and numerous sporting associations as the ‘architect’ of the Australian sports system, as he was the author of the 1973 Federal Government White Paper on the Development of Sport and Recreation in Australia. Subsequently he guided its implementation as Chairman of the Australian Institute of Sport, the Australian Sports Commission, the Australian Sports Science Council and President of Sports Medicine Australia, becoming a Member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2007. While lecturing, and conducting research in Sport Science and Sports Medicine, Professor Bloomfield also authored or co-authored over 100 academic papers, book chapters and Government reports, as well as six books published by highly respected publishers. During his professional career, he travelled widely and lectured or consulted in 24 countries around the world; and as a pro-bono consultant during 28 consulting trips from Perth, he developed six Human Movement or Sports Science courses in various Australian universities.

Mark Brown -2006

Sebastian Buccheri -2018


Angus Burnett - 2006

Adjunct Associate Professor Angus Burnett is currently employed as Director – Clinical Projects at Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Doha, Qatar. Prior to this, he was a Sports Biomechanist at the Western Australia Institute of Sport for four years (1996-1999) and was employed in the tertiary education sector for 14 years (2000-2013). He has a strong multidisciplinary research background in the (main) areas of sports biomechanics, spinal biomechanics and low back pain. He has published approximately 100 peer reviewed journal articles and has supervised/co-supervised 13 PhD and 4 MSc student to completion.

He was the Chair of the Scientific Committee for two ESSA conferences (2006, 2008) and served as an Associate Editor for Sports Biomechanics for three years (2011-2013). He was course coordinator for the Exercise and Sports Science degree at Edith Cowan University for two years (2003-2004) and led the ESSA degree accreditation process during that time. The course went on to be the first accredited course in Western Australia.

Mike Climstein - 2006

Dr Mike Climstein is a clinical exercise and sports science physiologist who completed his Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral degrees in the United States. Mike then completed a postdoctoral research fellowship which had clinical (Department of Cardiology, Lidcombe Hospital) and academic (Cumberland College) positions. He developed and was director of chronic disease rehabilitation for a large community rehabilitation program for residents on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

Currently, Mike is an Adjunct Associate Professor within the Exercise Health & Performance Faculty Research Group, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Water Based Research Unit at Bond University. Mike also holds a clinical appointment as Director of Chronic Disease Rehabilitation at the Vale Medical Practice. 
He has 77 peer reviewed scientific publications, 8 book chapters, over 100 national/international conference presentations and in excess of $7.8 M in grant funding. Mike has been awarded 6 scientific research awards and his academic and clinical accomplishments have been peer recognized having been awarded Fellowship by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (FAAESS), Sports Medicine Australia (FASMF) and the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM). He has served on numerous university and professional association committees, presently he is a member of ESSA’s Ethics and Disciplinary committee and the ESSA Fellows Steering Committee.

Mike is an avid surfer frequently surfing Australia, Indonesia, Fiji and Hawaii. He has also been studying karate (Shorinji Kempo) for 40 years.

Kevin Conlon - 2013

Kevin became a student member of ESSA when it was formerly known as AAESS in the early 90’s whilst studying his Bachelor of Applied Science in HMS.  Prior to graduating from QUT, he started KINNECT with a simple desire to help people proactively self-manage musculoskeletal injuries through exercise and education.  A little  perseverance has seen KINNECT grow, celebrating its 20th year in 2016, and is now a full service national Occupational Health company.  KINNECT has more than 100 staff (many of whom are AEP’s) and 13 offices in 4 states and national and international service offerings.  Kevin has always has a strong involvement with ESSA, serving both on the Queensland state chapter as both a member and President, as well as serving on the National Board for 6 years.  Kevin’s belief is that if you want to be taken seriously as a professional then you need a professional body to represent you and that is what ESSA is there for!

Jeff Coombes - 2006

Jeff Coombes is a Professor in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences at the University of Queensland (UQ). He completed his PhD from the University of Florida in 1998 and has been at UQ since 2000. He is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and directs the clinical exercise physiology and antioxidant research groups at UQ. His research interests focus on determining the optimal exercise prescription for improving health and understanding redox balance. With theoretical backgrounds in biochemistry and physiology he conducts human studies and basic science projects. His findings have emphasised the importance of cardiorespiratory fitness for health benefits and many of his current projects are using high intensity interval training to improve fitness and investigate health outcomes. The basic science projects are identifying the mechanisms that explain the health benefits of exercise and include work in the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems at cellular and molecular levels. His antioxidant research has shown the potential harm of antioxidant supplements to exercise training-induced benefits.

Jeff is also a passionate advocate on the importance of fitness for health and is current National Chair of the Exercise is Medicine initiative and a member of ESSA’s Professional Standards Accreditation Council. He was past President of ESSA from 2006-2011 and has sat on committees that established the Clinical Exercise Physiology and Exercise Science Professional Standards and the Australian Pre-exercise Screening System (APSS).

Owen Curtis - 2006

Owen Curtis has been involved in tertiary education for many years, working in the Exercise Science and Rehabilitation program at the University of Wollongong. Owen is a founding member of ESSA, was National Vice President and was a member of the National University Course Accreditation Program (NUCAP).

Prior to leaving the University, Owen was team leader in two DoHA funded projects targeting Falls in the Elderly, projects that involved 74 GPs from two Divisions of General Practice, 18 Accredited Exercise Physiologists, and more than 320 elderly people who had fallen or had a fear of falling. 24 people living with Chronic Kidney disease, Medical staff from the Wollongong Hospital and Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital Renal Units also participated. The effectiveness of a patient centred approach in changing health related behaviours in these populations was reflected in the excellent outcomes of the two projects.

Paul Gastin - 2006


Ian Gillam - 2003

Ian Gillam has been an AEP since 1997 and a ASpS2 since 2011. Ian was a member of the initial steering committee for the Australian Association of Exercise and Sports Science (now ESSA) in 1991, and was a Foundation National Board member from 1992-1995. He was again elected to the National Board in 1999, serving as Vice President from 2000-2005. During this period, Ian worked hard to establish exercise physiology as a mainstream medical and allied health provider for individuals with a chronic disease. This included being part of a Parliamentary delegation in 2001 in a bid to overturn the decision to put a GST on AEP services. Ian was also a practitioner member of the Scientific Committee for the first ESSA National Conference in Brisbane in 2004, and from 2008-2015 Ian was a member on the ESSA’s NUCAP Committee including 3 years on the NUCAP Executive.

In 1996 he left the university sector to establish his own consulting company and work as a clinical exercise physiologist/sports scientist and nutritionist in three large integrative medicine clinics in Melbourne from 1998-2016. Ian also worked sports science and nutrition consultancy positions at the AFL Melbourne Demons (2000-8), Drapac Professional Cycling team, (2009-2015), Scotch College Rowing (2005-2016), and Tennis Australia’s High Performance Academy (2005-2008).

Phil Hamdorf - 2004

Dr Phil Hamdorf has a Doctor of Philosophy within the field of exercise science specialising in cardiorespiratory training amongst older adults.

Dr Hamdorf is past President, Secretary and a Fellow of ESSA. He is a Fellow and Past President of Sports Medicine Australia (SA Chapter) and earned a Churchill Fellowship to examine older adult programs within the USA, England, Canada and Finland.
Dr Hamdorf is past Chairperson of the NUCAP Committee and was directly involved in the early development of NUCAP and standards for accreditation of Exercise Physiologists within ESSA.

As Chief Exercise Physiologist for the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Dr Hamdorf founded the Centre for Physical Activity in Ageing which has gone on to become one of Australia’s finest rehabilitation centres specialising in the provision of older adult programs and services.

Dr Hamdorf has an extensive history in sports administration working as Executive Director of the Office for Recreation and Sport, South Australian Government, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian College of Physical Education Ltd and now as Executive Director – Sport Development in the New South Wales Government’s Office of Sport.

Phil is also a Life member of ESSA.

Anne Hanley - 2007

Mark Hargreaves - 2007

Mark Hargreaves is Professor of Physiology at The University of Melbourne, Australia. He has BSc (Physiology – 1982) and PhD (Physiology – 1989) degrees from The University of Melbourne and an MA (Exercise Physiology – 1984) from Ball State University (USA). He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

His research and teaching interests focus on the physiological and metabolic responses to acute and chronic exercise, with an emphasis on carbohydrate metabolism. Current research projects examine the molecular regulation of glucose transporter GLUT4 expression in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue by exercise. He is a Consulting Editor for Journal of Applied Physiology and serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Physiology (Endocrinology & Metabolism), International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

Nathan Johnson - 2017

Nathan Johnson is an Associate Professor in Exercise Physiology at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Charles Perkins Centre. Nathan first became an Accredited Exercise Physiologist in 2005 and has worked in clinical practice and academia. His internationally recognised research focuses on the interaction between physical activity and fat metabolism in health and disease and aims to find practical solutions and innovative approaches, particularly exercise, for managing dangerous body fats and metabolic health in the absence of weight loss. Nathan’s initiatives in teaching and research training aim to provide future exercise specialists with critical understanding and hands-on skills to manage the growing burden of obesity and diabetes. He has a sustained history of service to ESSA including Media Spokesperson and Research Committee roles.

Damien Johnston - 2015

Brendan Joss - 2016

Brendan Joss started his career as an Exercise Physiologist to combine his love of sport and exercise with a passion for medicine. He completed his Honours in Exercise Rehabilitation in 2000, the same year he began as an Exercise Physiologist at Hollywood Functional Rehabilitation Clinic.

Through his desire to provide improved treatment to orthopaedic patients, Brendan completed a PhD in joint replacement rehabilitation in 2006. Following this he travelled to Canada to complete a Post-doctoral research fellowship at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario.

On his return the Perth, Brendan continued his work at HFRC as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist providing exercise based programs to optimise physical function without aggravating pain around the affected joint. He also brings his passion for education to his treatments saying “the most powerful thing I can do is to teach you what to do, and why you are doing it to ensure you have the skills to self-manage into the future.”

Brendan also holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position at the University of Western Australia for sessional lecturing and research. Brendan has also served 6 years as a Board Director at Exercise and Sports Science Australia and is recognised nationally as a leader in Exercise Physiology practice.

Anthony Leicht - 2007

Anthony Leicht is an experienced academic and researcher with expertise in the physiological responses to exercise with a particular emphasis on cardiac autonomic control, cardiovascular function, and exercise/physical activity capacity in healthy adults and those with chronic disease. He has diligently contributed to the understanding of human function and health enhancement through exercise. He has over 17 years of experience as an exercise science academic and enjoys teaching undergraduates within the areas of exercise physiology and exercise testing. He has published extensively, been involved in the successful reception of funding and awards, a member of several national/international exercise science and physiological organisations, an editorial board member for numerous international journals, and a regular invited reviewer for >40 international journals within the areas of Sport and Exercise Science, Cardiovascular Function and Physiology. In addition to being a Fellow of ESSA, he is also a Fellow of the ECSS.

Since 2001, Anthony has assisted ESSA (formerly the Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science, AAESS) via a range of positons on committees such as: Secretary, AAESS National Board; AAESS representative on the Sports Medicine Australia Council of Disciplines; AAESS Conference Organising and Scientific Committees; AAESS Accreditation Advisory Committee; ESSA Exercise Science Advisory Group; ESSA NUCAP Committee; and ESSA Research Committee.

Itamar Levinger - 2015

Itamar Levinger is an Associate Professor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL), College of Sport and Exercise Science, Victoria University. He has developed extensive knowledge, skills and experience in the area of clinical exercise rehabilitation, especially in patients with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. In recent years his main research area is bone-skeletal muscle-cardiovascular system interaction and the role the skeleton plays in the development of insulin resistance/type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Itamar was awarded a Heart Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (2012-2014) and Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship (2014-2018). The aim of his research is to identify the mechanisms behind the benefits of exercise for the prevention and management of metabolic and cardiovascular disease. He contributed to two ESSA Position Statements (Exercise testing and prescription for patients with chronic heart failure and chronic kidney disease) and he serves on ESSA’s Cardiovascular Special Interest Group Committees since its establishment in 2011. He is also a member of ESSA’s Pre-exercise Screening Working Group and was awarded an ESSA Fellowship in 2014.

Frank Marino - 2015

Frank Marino is currently the Chair of Exercise Physiology and Head of School of Exercise Science, Sport & Health at Charles Sturt University. He has held positions as Associate Dean of Research and University Director of Research over a period of many years. He is an active researcher and has published over 100 peer reviewed papers. His area of interest is in thermoregulation and human fatigue. Frank has been a member of ESSA since 1997 and was the ESSA Conference Chair in 2012. He is also an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and provides this service in Regional NSW.

Alan Morton - 2002

Alan is also a current Life member of ESSA

Lars McNaughton - 2007

Lars McNaughton started his adult life by teaching Physical Education for almost 5 years in Perth, Western Australia, having migrated to WA with his parents from the UK when he was 15. He then moved to Oregon where he completed his MSc and PhD degree, the latter under the mentorship of Professor Marjorie Wollacott.

His first academic post after his Graduate Teaching Assistantship at Oregon, was at the University of Tasmania (Launceston) where he joined a small team, educating prospective Physical Educators. Whilst at the Centre for Human Movement Studies, he undertook curriculum change and led the centre for a number of years and rose to the post of Associate Professor. He moved to London and took up a Professorial post in 1998 at Kingston University and remained in the UK until 2010, spending time at Kingston, Bath and Hull University, the latter for almost 8 years as Head of Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science. He then moved to Bond University on the Gold Coast where he took up the post as Head of School of Health Sciences within the Faculty of Health Science and Medicine. He is currently Professor and Associate Head of the Department of Sport and physical Activity at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, Lancashire. 
Lars has over 200 peer reviewed publications, 10 book chapters, over $2 million in grant income and 16 PhD completions.

He continues to teach at the undergraduate and post graduate levels and supervises 6 PhD students. He is married to Jane, and has a 7-year-old daughter, all living in Southport, Lancashire (not Queensland!).

Jarrod Meerkin - 2013

Jarrod Meerkin is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and began utilising DEXA in his Masters Research work in Wollongong in 1992 and this progressed through to his PhD research at QUT in Brisbane in 1994. Between 2000 and 2002, Dr Meerkin worked with the Australian Paralympic Committee as their National Sports Science Research Coordinator. In 2002 through to 2005, Dr Meerkin specialised in the use of DEXA as a tool for body composition measurement as a Research Fellow at QUT in the School of Exercise and Sports in the obesity and exercise research domain.

In 2006, Jarrod established the first specialised body composition measurement centre in Australia (Body Composition Australia) in Westfield Bondi Junction. His desire to see improved bone density scanning facilities in rural/regional Australia leg him to develop MeasureUp, a national mobile bone density and body composition DEXA scanning organisation. MeasureUp is now the largest provider of bone density and body composition scans in Australia. Dr Meerkin’s focus now lies with overseeing the implementation of MeasureUp strategic goals and growth. Dr Meerkin is also an active advocate for the preventative care and bone health throughout Australia’s aging population.

Robert Mullins - 2018

Robert Mullins (Robbie) is a Senior Lecture and the Director of Clinical Services and Education within the Faculty of Health’s, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

Robbie is an experienced Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) with over 15 years specialising in cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic conditions rehabilitation and with practice experience between the hospital and community setting. In addition to teaching into the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (UQ 2007-2013 and QUT 2013 onward) he manages the Exercise Physiology and Nutrition and Dietetics Clinics at the QUT Health Clinics, which achieves close to 13,000 occasions of service annually with 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students.  

He is currently a member of the Accreditation Council for Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) and has held previous positions as a QLD Chapter Director when ESSA was known as AAESS and he has served on the Continuing Education Committee.

He has worked extensively with the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) as both a clinician, researcher and student practicum placement supervisor for hundreds of students. His research areas are in heart failure, cardiac rehabilitation, type 2 diabetes and more recently posttraumatic stress. He has held advisory roles for the RBWH as Heart Failure Rehabilitation Coordinator – Advanced Clinician (2006-2013), Queensland Health as Chair State-wide Exercise Physiology Discipline (2010-2012) and Chair Clinical Education Training and Advisory Group (2010-2012).

Robbie also holds qualifications in teaching in higher education, strength and conditioning and sports medicine. Robbie is currently supervising several research projects and research students at the QUT Health Clinics which involve Exercise Physiology in PTSD, Cardiac Rehabilitation, exercise and nutrition for adolescents and young people with cancer, Type 2 Diabetes and interprofessional health care.

His personal fitness interests are in triathlon where he competed in the ITU World Triathlon Age Group Championships for Australia in Hamburg, Germany 2007; Budapest, Hungary 2010 and London, UK 2013.

Fiona Naumann - 2016

Fiona Naumann is Professor of Exercise Physiology at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. She has been an academic for 20 years in the area of exercise science and clinical exercise physiology. Her undergraduate course was completed at Victoria University (then known as Footscray Institute of Technology FIT) and went on to complete her PhD at the University of Melbourne. Fiona has been a member of ESSA since 2003 and served on state chapter boards in Queensland and Western Australia. She has been a practicing Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) since 2006, working primarily with cancer patients from paediatrics through to advanced cancer. She also completed her Registered Clinical Exercise Physiology (RCEP) certification with the American College of Sports Medicine in 2007.

Fiona’s research endeavours have focused in four distinct areas. The first was during her PhD investigating the role of exercise and impact loading as a means to prevent osteoporosis. The second was in aviation medicine, linking gravitational force to injury prevention in fighter pilots. The third was in exercise oncology, using exercise in the management of on- going cancer treatment and in cancer rehabilitation & survivorship. The fourth was in the area of clinical teaching and assessment in exercise physiology. Fiona remains committed to the profession and believes if she had another shot at a career, she would choose the same path.

Robert Newton - 2006

Professor Robert Newton is Associate Dean, Medical and Exercise Sciences and Co-Director of the Exercise Medicine Research Institute at Edith Cowan University Perth, Western Australia. Current major research directions include: reducing decline in strength, body composition and functional ability in cancer patients; cancer related fatigue and the influence of exercise; exercise medicine and tumour biology. Professor Newton also has active research interests in development of human performance through physical training in particular strength and speed.

Professor Newton is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction with the NSCA, Fellow of Exercise and Sports Science Australia and Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). In 2004 he was awarded Outstanding Sports Scientist of the Year by the NSCA. He has published over 300 refereed scientific journal articles, two books, 16 book chapters and has a current Scopus h-Index of 61 with his work being cited over 12,000 times. As of 2016 his research had attracted over $33Million in competitive research funding.

Tony Parker - 2002

Tony is also a current Life member of ESSA

Thomas Penrose - 2002

Tom was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of AAESS with Tony Parker. He played a significant role in NSW developing sports science and community based programs. Following his passing, ESSA paid tribute to his work by naming our first grant
in his honour – The Tom Penrose Community Service Grant.

Nathan Reeves - 2018


Nathan was a Director on the Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) national board from 2010-17. He was the ESSA President/Chair, Chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee and committee member on the Audit Finance and Risk Committee from 2014-17. He previously sat on the ESSA Queensland State Chapter Committee as committee member and chair over a period of four years.

Nathan is a practicing Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) with an interest in the area of workplace injury prevention and management. He consults to federal and state government agencies and extensively across the private sector.

Nathan is a senior lecturer at School of Allied Health Sciences, Griffith University and is Exercise Physiology discipline lead for inter-professional and simulated learning. Nathan has extensive experience in developing and leading intra and inter professional simulated learning events across the allied health and medical disciplines. Nathan has been the Program Director for the Bachelor of Exercise Science program since 2017.

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

Barry Ridge - 2007

Daryl Sadgrove - 2006

Daryl is known as a pioneer in the exercise physiology profession. He was involved in lobbying for the inclusion of Exercise Physiologists in the Medicare Enhanced Primary Care Scheme and formalising Exercise Physiology as a self-regulating allied health profession. He also lobbied for the inclusion of the first group-based Medicare items for diabetes prevention and for the establishment of Broader Health Cover in the Health Insurance Act.

Daryl has held several positions with ESSA, including National Vice President (Exercise Physiology), NSW Director and State President for 12 years. During his tenure, he was awarded the prestigious President’s Award for these and other contributions that helped ESSA to become the fastest growing health profession in Australia.

Professionally, Daryl is also a former winner of the Young Business Person of the Year Award, as well as being the recipient of numerous global awards for innovation. His professional career has taken a slight change in direction from his EP days, to now being employed as senior executive in a Top 10 ASX company. However, there is no doubt that his experience and training as an EP, created the launch pad for his many and diverse career achievements.

Adam Scott - 2015

Dr Adam Scott completed a PhD in Cardiac Medicine in 2003 at Imperial College, London. Returned to Australia in 2003 and took up the Director of Cardiac Sciences role at a Brisbane based hospital. Adam is widely published in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of heart failure, exercise physiology and muscle reflexes.

Adam has presented his research at numerous international conferences including the American Heart Association, European College of Sport Science, European Society of Cardiology, British Cardiac Society, World Congress of Cardiology, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Adam has an Adjunct Professor title with Queensland University of Technology and performs a significant amount of lecturing, course curriculum advice and mentoring

Rebecca Sealey

Since joining ESSA (formerly AAESS) in 2000, Associate Professor Sealey has made a significant and sustained academic and service contribution to ESSA and to the fields of sport and exercise science and clinical exercise physiology. Associate Professor Sealeys’ distinguished career in learning and teaching involves leadership and scholarship in innovative curriculum development and assessment practices and leadership in quality enhancement, student support and peer review initiatives. These achievements have been recognised nationally with an ALTC citation and her current leadership appointments as Associate Dean Learning and Teaching at James Cook University and as Chair of the Queensland Branch of HERDSA.

Following early service on the QLD Chapter and the university liaison network, Associate Professor Sealey served ESSA as a member of the ESSA Research Committee and as a media spokesperson throughout 2009-2016. In 2013, she joined the newly established ExEd national clinical education group and as current Deputy Chair of this group, leads and assists with evidence-based development of national curricular and clinical education priorities. Associate Professor Sealey has also substantially contributed to contemporary research, as highlighted by 70+ research outputs across the applied sport and exercise science/clinical exercise physiology, and allied health education and practice.

Steve Selig - 2010

Professor Steve Selig is the retired Chair in Clinical Exercise Science at Deakin University, was an academic in cardiovascular exercise physiology for 32 years, and is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Cardiology, The University of Melbourne. Since 2005, he has served as Director on the National Board of Exercise & Sport Science Australia (ESSA), and during most of that time he chaired two peak national advisory groups for ESSA. In addition, Steve twice led national initiatives to review and restructure the ESSA Professional Standards for Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP). The professional standards covered by the work of Steve and his colleagues span the period 2008-2021. You could say that ESSA is one of Steve’s hobbies in retirement, along with keeping fit!

In retirement, Steve continues to be passionate about the work that ESSA does on behalf of its members, and spends at least one day per week on ESSA matters. He maintains his AEP accreditation by continuing part-time practice and research in cardiovascular exercise physiology. He is a frequent presenter of cardiovascular exercise physiology research and practice, including guest lectureships at five Australian universities and conducts professional development courses for ESSA.

Together with Professor David Hare, he conducted one of the first studies on the benefits of muscle strength training for people living with chronic heart failure, and this work has been cited in the American Heart Association Statement on Exercise and Heart Failure and in reviews and meta-analyses on exercise therapy for people with heart failure.

Steve’s academic leadership has been recognised by many awards, including the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in E-learning at Victoria University in 2002, and a National Citation for an Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2006. In 2010, he was honoured to receive the ESSA President’s Award for services to clinical exercise physiology.

Neil Smart - 2016

Neil Smart is a Professor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of New England. Neil first became an exercise physiologist 25 years ago and since then has practised in primary and tertiary care centres in the UK, SE Asia and Australia. For the first half of his career, Neil gained valuable experience in exercise testing and prescription, especially for cardiac patients. In his recent career Neil trained as a clinical researcher becoming an internationally recognised leader in heart failure exercise training research, publishing 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts. Neil is an expert in translating evidence into practice using systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Since 2001 Neil has been accredited by ESSA as an exercise physiologist. In recognition of his work as Chair of ESSA’s Cardiovascular Special Interest and Research Committees and contributions to the national university accredited degree curricula, Neil was awarded an ESSA Fellowship in 2016.

Dennis Taaffe - 2017

Dennis Taaffe, PhD, DSc, MPH, is a Professorial Fellow and Professor of Exercise Gerontology in the School of Medical and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University and Director of the ECU Survey Research Centre. Dennis’ research interests are in exercise and cancer, and exercise and ageing.

Margaret Torode - 2013

Associate Professor Margaret Torode has been a lecturer in the area of allied health for thirty years. She brings to course accreditation years of curriculum development experience across the allied health professions; predominantly exercise science, physiotherapy and medicine. Having provided leadership (Head of Department) in three universities, Margaret also adds a sound understanding regarding the diversity of constraints determining or limiting curriculum development. She served as project manager on the Carrick discipline based investigations of Meeting the challenges of clinical exercise science and practice and curriculum renewal in exercise science. She was also a principal investigator on the $8.2 million International Centre of Excellence in Sports Science and Management, for the development of education resources relevant to this discipline.

Margaret is a Fellow of the professional bodies (Sports Medicine Australia and Exercise & Sports Science Australia) aligned to this discipline and hence can provide the perspective of the industry, practitioner and academic. She is currently transitioning to retirement with a fractional position at Charles Sturt University, while additionally serving on numerous external advisory committees for exercise science programs across Australia.

Chris Tzarimas - 2017


Andrew Williams - 2015

Associate Professor Andrew Williams is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Head of the Discipline of Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Tasmania. He is the coordinator of the Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Professional Honours) in the School of Health Sciences and Director of the University Exercise Physiology Clinic. His main research focus is in the role of exercise in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease with particular emphases on the effects of a range of exercise treatments on cardiovascular health, and the role of technology in encouraging healthy lifestyle behaviours. He is a former National Director, Research Committee Chair, and member of the conference organising committee for Exercise & Sports Science Australia