Health Sciences

High Performance Sport Summer Seminar 2016

The High Performance Sport Summer Seminar series is on Monday 1 February and Tuesday 2 February 2016 at the ACU Melbourne Campus.

Attend one or both days of this two-day event which brings together world leaders in high performance sport and athlete management.

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General entry payment options

Attend 1 day only: $250
Attend both days: $350

Student payment options*

Attend 1 day only: $100
Attend both days: $200

*Please note: We will require proof of student status (student ID to be supplied) upon registration at the seminar. Failure to provide proof of student status will result in no entry to the seminar.

Meet our world class presenters

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Profile image of Dr Craig DuncanCraig 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.

Professor John HawleyJohn’s primary research focus includes the interaction of exercise and diet on the regulation of fat and carbohydrate metabolism, particularly within skeletal muscle, the molecular basis of exercise training adaptation and the cellular bases underlying exercise-induced improvements in insulin action.

John holds a joint appointment as Professor of Exercise Metabolism and Nutrition at the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University Liverpool in the United Kingdom.

He has published over 220 scientific manuscripts, written over 100 articles for technical journals and has authored numerous book chapters for exercise biochemistry and sports medicine texts. He is an Associate Editor for Diabetologia and currently sits on the Editorial Boards of many international journals. He is a frequently invited speaker at both National and International scientific meetings.

Profile image of Dr Stuart Cormack Dr Cormack is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Exercise Science at Australian Catholic University. Prior to this role, he spent 14 years working in the Australian Football League, including 8 years as the Fitness Coach at the West Coast Eagles highlighted by two Grand Final appearances and winning the 2006 AFL Premiership. In addition, Dr Cormack spent 4 years as a Strength & Conditioning Coach at the Australian Institute of Sport where he worked with a number of elite athletes in a variety of team and individual sports in preparation for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Stuart received his PhD from Edith Cowan University and is actively involved in applied sports science research, including supervision of a number of postgraduate students. Dr Cormack is also a Level 3 Strength and Conditioning Coach and a Life Member of the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association. He has published numerous papers in scientific journals and co-authored several book chapters, including “Physiological Tests for Elite Athletes (2nd Edition)”, “High Performance Training for Sports” and “Strength and Conditioning – Biological Principles and Practical Applications”.

Dr Cormack regularly presents at sports science and coaching conferences in addition to providing consultancy support to various organisations, and has ongoing roles with the International Cricket Council, Australian Institute of Sport Combat Sports Centre of Excellence and Melbourne Football Club. Dr Cormack has an interest in all areas of athletic preparation with a particular focus on monitoring training load and fatigue in elite athletes and its impact on performance.

Shona HalsonShona Halson is a  Senior Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport, where her role  involves service provision, education and scientific research. She has a PhD in  Exercise Physiology and has been involved in conducting research into the areas  of recovery, fatigue, sleep and travel. She is an Associate Editor of the  International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.

Shona was selected  as the Director of the Australian Olympic Committee Recovery Centre for the  2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the 2012 London Olympic Games and the Rio 2016  Olympic Games. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and has  authored several book chapters on sleep, fatigue and recovery.

Seminar schedule

Date and Time Monday 1 February 2016 Tuesday 2 February 2016
10:00am - 11:15am Biological Basis of Adaptation in S&C
Professor John Hawley (ACU)
Heat and Altitude
Associate Professor Rob Aughey (VU)
11:15am - 12:30pm Contemporary Issues & Practice in Sports Nutrition
Professor Louise Burke (AIS, ACU)
Athlete tracking and technology
Professor Aaron Coutts (UTS)
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch Lunch
1:30pm - 2:30pm Strength & power profiling
Dr Stuart Cormack (ACU)
High performance sport service delivery in practice:
Challenges & opportunities
2:30pm - 3:30pm High Intensity Interval Training – Testing & Prescription
Dr Blake McLean (Wests Tigers, ACU)
Recovery for Strength and Conditioning
Dr Shona Halson (AIS, ACU)
3:30pm - 4:00pm Break Break
4:00pm - 5:00pm Hamstring strain injuries in elite sport
Dr David Opar (ACU)
Recovery for Strength and Conditioning
Dr Shona Halson (AIS, ACU)


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Australian Catholic University
Daniel Mannix Building
Philippa Brazill Lecture Theatre
(Ground Floor)
8-18 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
(Melbourne), Victoria