Health Sciences

High Performance Sport Seminars

As part of its High Performance Sport programs, the School of Exercise Science runs a weekly seminar series in Semester 2 each year. This year the School is opening up some of these seminars to interested ACU Alumni. The seminars, given by experts in the field of High Performance Sport, will be of particular interest to those working in, or hoping to break into this field, but may also be of interest to those with a generic interest in the field of elite sport. A Q&A session and light-lunch will follow the seminar, providing an opportunity for further questions, discussion and networking with our Exercise Science staff.

Seminar topics and details

Topic: Now Complete - High-intensity Interval Training for Health and Performance
Presenter: Professor John Hawley
Date:Wednesday 5th August 2015 (seminar has already taken place)
Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Location: Melbourne, Room 5.30, 115 Victoria Pde, Fitzroy
Topic: The role of the Consultant in High Performance Sport
Presenter: Dr Craig Duncan
Date:Wednesday 16th September 2015
Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Location: Strathfield VC (videoconference) Room, 25A Barker Road, Strathfield
Topic: Beginning a career in High Performance Sport
Presenter: Dr Blake McLean
Date:Wednesday 14th October 2015
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Strathfield VC (videoconference) Room, 25A Barker Road, Strathfield


Seminar registrations have now closed.

More on our presenters

Professor John Hawley

John is currently Head of the Exercise & Nutrition Research Group and Professor of Exercise Metabolism in the School of Exercise Science at ACU. He has published over 200 scientific manuscripts, written over 80 articles for technical journals and has authored numerous book chapters for exercise biochemistry and sports medicine texts. He is a consultant for several professional sports teams in Europe and Australia and a regular invited speaker at numerous international conferences every year. He currently sits on the Editorial Boards of many international journals including the American Journal of Physiology (Endocrinology and Metabolism); The Journal of Applied Physiology (USA); The Journal of Sports Sciences (UK); Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (USA); Sports Medicine (New Zealand; and The International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism (USA).

Dr Craig Duncan

Craig is one of Australia's leading sport scientists with a passion for safe, professional, and ethical standards in the industry. His innovative and holistic approach to player management has enabled high performance teams to maximise performance and lower injury rates in their professional athletes. Dr Duncan was working with Sydney FC when they took out the A-League Championship, with the Western Sydney Wanderers when they became the first Australian side to win the Asian Champions League in 2015, with the NSW State of Origin team for their drought-breaking series win in 2014, and with the Socceroos when they became Asian Champions in 2015. In the academic arena, Dr Duncan was part of the development team for a new postgraduate degree, the Master of High Performance Sport, at ACU. He was named Sport Scientist of the Year by Exercise and Sport Science (ESSA) Australia in 2014.

Dr Blake McLean (Wests Tigers NRL)

Blake has been involved in elite team sports for the past 9 years as a sports scientist and strength & conditioning coach. Initially, he worked in the National Rugby League with the South Sydney Rabbitohs where he worked as a Strength & Conditioning Coach and also completed applied research examining different methods for monitoring fatigue during the season. He then moved to the University of Texas at Austin to pursue his Masters degree and worked closely with the Longhorns Basketball and Soccer programs. Here Blake continued his research examining fatigue throughout a team sport season (soccer), using a novel inertial load cycling technique to quantify neuromuscular fatigue. After completing his studies in Texas, Blake was awarded a joint PhD scholarship by ACU and Collingwood Football Club to investigate the efficacy of different hypoxic training techniques for improving running performance in AFL players. Upon completion of his PhD work, Blake assumed the role of Sports Scientist and Assistant Strength Coach at Collingwood FC. For the 2015 season, Blake moved into the role of Sports Science and Strength Coach at Wests Tigers in the National Rugby League.