Exercise Science update

Exercise Science update

High Performance Sport (HPS) intensive weeks

In early February, the 2016 HPS intensive weeks were delivered across the Melbourne and Strathfield campuses. The School was abuzz with 60 students (local and international) commencing their Master of HPS studies in 2016, along with 30 students from the mid-semester 2015 intake.

We also welcomed 14 students to the new Graduate Certificate in Performance Analysis intensive week delivered on the Strathfield campus.

We’d like to thank all staff, administrators and guests involved in a very successful start to the 2016 year in HPS.

The ‘HPS Summer Seminar’ was open to industry colleagues who joined the students during Day 1 and 2 of the HPS intensive week in Melbourne. The attendance grew by 300% from last year, with 35 full fee paying attendees, 12 of which were from interstate. This reflects the wide reach and interest of the content delivered in intensive week. This will provide great potential for growth as we continue to promote the annual Summer Seminar and attract more people to the university.


Awards and recognition

Congratulations to Jordan Loader, PhD candidate (Principal Supervisor, Dr Christian Lorenzen, School of Exercise Science) who was awarded the prestigious 2016 Endeavour Scholarship, offered to high-achieving individuals to support the internationalisation of the Australian research sector.


Upcoming events

ESSA conference – 14-16 April, 2016
We have a number of staff and HDR students presenting their work.

ACU has sponsored keynote speaker, Professor Kathyrn Schmitz, who is a world leader in exercise and cancer research. We hope that this will put ACU on the map as being committed to expanding and leading the way in exercise and cancer research.


Hosting events

  • Cardiovascular Ultrasound in Sport and Exercise Workshop – 12-13 April, 2016
    In conjunction with the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, The University of Western Australia and Liverpool John Moores University, ACU is hosting two workshops aimed at students, researchers and academics wishing to develop their vascular and echocardiography skills.
  • Exercise for the Management of Cancer – 13 April, 2016
    Delivered by A/Prof Prue Cormie from the Institute of Health and Ageing, the workshop will involve discussion of exercise prescription guidelines and their application in everyday practice by leading researcher Prof Kathryn Schmitz.

Welcome new appointments in the School

  • Dr Matthew Hoon, Lecturer in Exercise Science – Canberra
  • Dr Angelica Thompson Butel, Lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physiology – Strathfield
  • Dr Alyse Wilcox, Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology – Melbourne
  • Dr Beth McLeod, Lecturer in Physical Activity and Outdoor Leadership – Melbourne

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