Meet our academic team for the following High Performance Sport programs.

Master of High Performance Sport

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Dr Richard Johnston

Dr Richard Johnston has worked as a sports scientist for the past seven years in soccer, rowing and rugby league and is the course coordinator for the MHPS degrees. 

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A/Prof Stuart Cormack

Dr Cormack is an associate professor in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences. Prior to this role, he spent 14 years working in the Australian Football League. 

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Dr David Opar

Dr David Opar is a senior lecture in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences. He heads up the ACU Hamstring Injury Group and is leading the way in hamstring injury research.

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A/Prof Shona Halson

Shona Halson is an associate professor in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences. Prior to this she was a senior physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport for 15 years. 

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Dr Matthew Hoon

Dr Matthew Hoon is a lecturer in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences, he completed his PhD with the sports nutrition team at the Australian Institute of Sport, investigating supplementation strategies to improve endurance performance. 

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Jo Griffin 

Jo Griffin is a registered nurse and bioethicist with 15 years of tertiary teaching experience. She is currently an executive director in a large regional private hospital. Jo is passionate about sports ethics scholarship and enjoys exploring key issues and concepts with expert sports scientists, coaches and athletes

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Professor John Hawley

Professor John Hawley is a world-renowned researcher and the Director of the Centre for Exercise and Nutrition at the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research.

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Professor Justin Kemp

Professor Justin Kemp is the National Head, School of Behavioural and Health Sciences. He has worked to build a high performance sport teaching team packed with expertise and comprehensive knowledge of the industry, who are comfortable challenging the status quo. 

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Dr Grant Duthie

Dr Grant Duthie is a senior lecturer in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences. Dr Duthie has worked in athletic development roles with super rugby teams and NRL teams and currently consults to the English Rugby Union. 

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Dr Ryan Timmins

Dr Ryan Timmins is a lecturer in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences. He is an ACU researcher in the field of hamstring injury. 

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Professor Louise Burke

Professor Louise Burke is a sports dietitian with nearly 40 years of experience in the education and counselling of elite athletes. She was Head of Sports Nutrition at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) from 1990 to 2018 and continues at the AIS as Chief of Nutrition Strategy. 

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Dr Adam Hewitt

Dr Adam Hewitt

Dr Adam Hewitt is a lecturer in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences. He has spent over 15 years working in high performance sport, including at the Australian Institute of Sport, as a sport scientist at Port Adelaide Football Club, and as the High Performance Manager at Adelaide United Football Club.

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Dr Doug Whyte

Dr Doug Whyte is a senior lecturer in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences. Dr Whyte currently teaches exercise physiology units in the undergraduate degree and the Project Design for High Performance Sport unit in the masters program. 

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Dr Gert-Jan Pepping

Dr Gert-Jan Pepping is the Deputy Head in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences at the Brisbane Campus. Dr Pepping has over 20 years of international experience working in academia as well as doing research in sports medicine and working with sports teams in the UK, the Netherlands and Australia.

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Dr Raul Landeo

Dr Raul Landeo is a lecturer in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences. Dr Landeo currently consults in the Emerging Athlete Program in Taekwondo at the Australian Institute of Sport and has worked closely with preparing the Australian team at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.

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Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport Leadership

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Dirk Melton

Dirk Melton has spent the last 10 years working as a senior executive within the sports, media and entertainment sector. Roles have included Commercial Director at Ticketek, Head of Marketing and Consumer at St George Illawarra Dragons, Chief Operating Officer at the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, CEO at Sydney FC, and GM Strategy at the NSW Rugby League. Dirk is the course coordinator of the GCHPS Leadership program.

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Alyse Wilcox

Dr Alyse Wilcox

Dr Alyse Wilcox is a lecturer in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences. She is an AHPRA registered psychologist and has industry experience working with several sporting organisations, including AFL Victoria, AFL Academies programs, Womens’ High Performance Gymnastic Centre, Athletics Australia, and the Canoes Plus Racing Team.

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Jo Griffin 

Jo Griffin is a registered nurse and bioethicist with 15 years of tertiary teaching experience. She is currently an executive director in a large regional private hospital. Jo is passionate about sports ethics scholarship and enjoys exploring key issues and concepts with expert sports scientists, coaches and athletes

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Graduate Certificate in Performance Analysis

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Dr Criag Duncan

Dr Craig Duncan 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. Craig is the course coordinator of the GC in Performance Analysis program. 

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Dr Adam Hewitt

Dr Adam Hewitt

Dr Adam Hewitt is a lecturer in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences. He has spent over 15 years working in high performance sport, including at the Australian Institute of Sport, as a sport scientist at Port Adelaide Football Club, and as the High Performance Manager at Adelaide United Football Club.

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Dr Grant Duthie

Dr Grant Duthie is a senior lecturer in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences. Dr Duthie has worked in athletic development roles with super rugby teams and NRL teams and currently consults to the English Rugby Union. 

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Paul Taylor

Dr Paul Taylor

Dr Paul Taylor is a biomechanics and motor control lecturer with the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences. Dr Taylor is a member of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports and has presented several papers at their annual conferences.

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Dr Mitch Mooney

Dr Mitch Mooney is the National Performance Analyst at Netball Australia and is a member of the medical and sport science advisory group for Commonwealth Games Australia. Dr Mooney is a Level 2 ESSA accredited sports scientist, specialising in performance analysis. 

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