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ESSA appoints Danielle Smith as new CEO

ESSA is pleased to announce the appointment of Danielle Smith as its new CEO.


Australians living longer, but we aren’t ageing well

Despite Australians living longer, our prolonged lifespan is overshadowed by poor health and dissatisfaction as 75% of the population fail to meet physical activity and recommendations.


Policy reform puts lower back pain sufferers on the fast track to recovery

Australians are set to gain faster relief and recovery from lower back pain after a landmark decision to allow more allied health professionals to treat the debilitating condition.


How ESSA uses and protects member data

ESSA continues to monitor their cyber security posture with the security and storage of member data our number one priority. We continue to follow any nationwide recommendations as suggested by the Australian Cyber Security Centre.


Congratulations to the 2023 ESSA Award Winners!

The Exercise & Sports Science Awards recognise outstanding accredited professionals who demonstrate a depth of knowledge and commitment to exercise and sports science through their practice and advocacy.


Active Ability: ESSA’s 2022 Practice of the Year

Freshly graduated as Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs), Kara and Amanda stood at a crossroads in their careers. Their recent completion of a research project involving adults with intellectual disabilities served as an eye-opening experience.


ESSA welcomes NDIS Review and backs holistic treatment approach and price reforms

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) welcomes the review into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) handed down by Minister Bill Shorten today in what is a monumental step towards improving the lives of 4.4 million people in Australia


Australian-first study unveils secret to healthy ageing

The secret to more healthy ageing could be as simple as joining in group exercise, according to an Australian-first study aimed at addressing the sedentary lifestyle of older adults.


Announcement from the ESSA Board - Esteemed CEO departs ESSA after 17 years of service

Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) has bid farewell to CEO Anita Hobson-Powell, who concluded her tenure at ESSA earlier this month after an incredible 17 years of dedicated service and outstanding achievements.


Where are the women coaches? ESSA targets gender equality in high performance sport

Gender equality progress in Australian sport is evident on the field, but a shortage of women in high-performance coaching roles emphasises the urgent need for a more inclusive game plan.


Misleading information on scope of practice of Accredited Exercise Physiologists

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) has been made aware that there was a web page and fact sheet produced by another professional association which includes misleading information


ESSA announce vital funding boost for two Australian researchers

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) has provided crucial funding to support two Australian researchers in their groundbreaking studies on exercise oncology and the involvement of First Nations women in sports.


ESSA Meets with NDIA CEO

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) CEO Anita Hobson-Powell met with NDIA CEO Rebecca Falkingham to discuss...


Exercise takes front seat in global MAFLD treatment

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) has released world-first guidelines for the fight against metabolic-associated fatty liver disease (MAFLD)


Royal Commission misses the mark on NDIS pricing review

The final report of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has missed an important opportunity to recommend a review of NDIS pricing arrangements, according to


ESSA’s Position on the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the Voice to Parliament

ESSA encourages all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, and to participate in the celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth. ESSA stands with our First Nations peoples...


ESSA Members Empower Health and Well-being by Reducing the Burden of Chronic Diseases

The AIHW report highlights that chronic conditions, including coronary heart disease, dementia, back pain and problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and anxiety disorders, contribute significantly to the burden of disease across the


ESSA releases new National Workforce Profile Report

A National Workforce Profile Report provides a range of new insights into ESSA's accredited exercise professionals, utilising data from the 2022 member renewal process.


BASES signs updated MoU with ESSA

Members of ESSA will benefit from a renewed partnership with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), which ensures access to a range of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities at the same rate as BASES’ members


Deliver better access to exercise services in NSW, demands ESSA

ESSA is calling on candidates for the 2023 New South Wales Election to support its five policy priorities, to ensure voters have better access to exercise services to support good health outcomes and a strong economy.