Dr. Jonathan Bartlett

Gold Coast Suns Football


Jon is currently the Head of Science & Research at the Gold Coast Suns Football (AFL) club and an adjunct researcher at Victoria University. Prior to this appointment, Jon was Sport Scientist at the Western Bulldogs Football (AFL) club, playing a key role in their partnership with Victoria University.  Prior to his arrival in Australia, Jon worked at Liverpool FC as a Sport Scientist before taking up a role with The England National soccer teams as Lead Sport Scientist. During this time in the UK, Jon obtained his PhD examining the role of carbohydrate availability on cellular and molecular markers of training adaptation. Jon has since published extensively and has ongoing basic and applied research interests in the areas of concurrent training, athlete monitoring, nutrition and sleep.


Session: Current Topics in Team Sports Panel Discussion
When: Wednesday, 28 March 2018 at 2.30pm – 3.00pm
Co-Panelists: Dr David T Martin, Dr Stuart Cormack and Dr Sophia Nimphius

Mr David Beard

Metabolic Health Solutions


David has over 37 years’ experience in the health and fitness industries. He is an Exercise Physiologist with post-graduate qualifications from University of Western Australia and Edith Cowan University.  He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and spent two years at the University of Arizona where he earned a Masters Degree.


He joined HBF as the foundation member of the Health Management Division.  This was the first foray by health insurers into preventive health programs that are commonplace today. David was the first Exercise Physiologist in Western Australia (and probably Australia) employed in the Aged Care industry, working for one of WA’s largest not-for-profit aged care providers. In that role he helped numerous seniors to improve their health, fitness and functional capacity.  David regularly speaks to community and corporate groups on health and fitness related topics.  His popular Age Well keynote is based on his first book “If I’d only known I’d live this long.”


David in the current Chair of the ESSA WA chapter.  He has been a member of the External Advisory Committee for the School of Health Sciences at Notre Dame University and is currently a member of advisory committee for the Exercise Science and Rehabilitation program at Curtin University.  David specialises in metabolic health, weight management and chronic diseases such as diabetes, fatty liver, metabolic syndrome and energy-related disorders.  He is working with WA technology company, Metabolic Health Solutions, to develop their indirect calorimetry technology and management protocols to improves clients’ metabolic heath.


Session: Exercise is Medicine in Australia Panel
When: Tuesday, 27 March 2018 at 10.00am – 10.30am
Co-Panelists: Dr Robert Sallis, Mr Chris Tzarimas and Dr Melainie Cameron

Prof Louise Burke OAM

Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)


Prof Louise Burke has 35 years of experience as a sports dietitian, including the last 27 years as the Head of Sports Nutrition at the AIS. In addition to leading the team’s research and education outputs, she continues a hands-on role with Athletics and Road Cycling.

Louise has written a number of textbooks and lay books on sports nutrition, as well as nearly 300 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Louise has a Chair in Sports Nutrition for the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research at the Australian Catholic University.


Session: Exercise Science & Sciencey Stuff: Fats, Fiction & the Media
When: Thursday, 29 March 2018 at 12.00pm – 12.30pm
Co-Panelists: Dr Robert Sallis, Prof Martin Gibala and Dr David T Martin

Dr. Melainie Cameron

CPEX Brisbane


Melainie (Lainie) Cameron is an accredited exercise physiologist and a registered osteopath. She has been involved in academia and research for most of her career, commencing as a lecturer and clinician in 1995. She has completed two research degrees focussed on applied clinical research and education.

She has held substantive academic roles at three Australian universities: Victoria University, the Australian Catholic University, and the University of the Sunshine Coast, and has served on a short term basis with several other universities. Further, she is in her fifth year as extraordinary (adjunct) professor at North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

From February 2017 Lainie restructured her work into a consultancy capacity in academia and board work, as well as in clinical exercise physiology practice. She is the senior exercise physiologist at CPEX Brisbane. Her clinical work is mostly in orthopaedics and rheumatology, including chronic disease management and pre-surgical optimisation.

Lainie serves on the ESSA Accreditation Council, the executive of the national Clinical Exercise Education Group, and on a subcommittee of the Australian Osteopathic Council. She is also a sessional member for the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, serving on an as needs basis for matters involving allied health practitioners.

Lainie is the lead editor of the Australian text, Clinical Exercise: A case-based approach. She is presently planning a revision of this text to capture recent advances in the scope of exercise physiology practice.


Session: Exercise is Medicine in Australia Panel
When: Tuesday, 27 March 2018 at 10.00am – 10.30am
Co-Panelists: Dr Robert Sallis, Mr David Beard and Mr Chris Tzarimas

Dr. Stuart Cormack

Australian Catholic University


Stuart is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Exercise Science at Australian Catholic University. Stuart received his PhD from Edith Cowan University and has spent more than 20 years working in High Performance Sport, including in the Australian Football League and the Australian Institute of Sport. As part of his role at ACU he provides Sports Science consultancy services to various elite programs including Melbourne Football Club, International Cricket Council, and AIS Combat Centre. Stuart is heavily involved in the Master of High Performance Sport program, including development and delivery of content across multiple subjects. He is actively involved in applied research, including supervision of post-graduate students. Stuart has published numerous papers in scientific journals, co-authored several book chapters and regularly presents at international conferences. Stuart is a Level 3 Master Coach and Life Member of the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association. He has an interest in all areas of athletic preparation with a focus on monitoring training load and fatigue in high performance athletes.


Session: Current Topics in Team Sports Panel Discussion
When: Wednesday, 28 March 2018 at 2.30pm – 3.00pm
Co-Panelists: Dr David T Martin, Dr Sophia Nimphius and Jonathan Bartlett

Dr. Brooke Devlin

Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University


Brooke Devlin is currently the Research Dietitian within the Exercise and Nutrition Research Program at Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. Brooke has completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics from Griffith University, Gold Coast. She was awarded her PhD in Nutriton and Dietetics from LaTrobe University, Melbourne in 2016. She is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and an Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES) and has a background in both clinical dietetic practice as well as research.


Brooke’s current role allows her to be involved in a number of different projects in the research group. Specifically, Brooke is focusing on work funded by the Alliance for Potato Research and Education titled ‘Nocturnal Blood Glucose Responses to Potato-Based Mixed Evening Meals’. Additionally, Brooke is working on time-restricted feeding and time-of-day exercise interventions to improve blood glucose regulation and influence the circadian rhythm.


Session: It’s all in the timing (exercise & nutrition to influence circadian in biology)
When: Tuesday, 27 March 2018 at 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Co-Presenters: John Hawley, Glenn McConell & Evely Parr

Ms Angela Douglas 


Angela Douglas has worked as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist across public and private health sectors for the past 12 years, including in Cardiac Rehabilitation at Royal North Shore Hospital early in her career. She has also worked as a clinically-focused academic at the University of Wollongong and University of Canberra (2017 – present), teaching across clinical exercise physiology and professional practice areas and managing the student clinical placement programs. The role of clinical placement coordinator over the past 10 years has provided invaluable exposure to the nexus of clinical education, evidence-based practice and the ever-evolving contemporary professional practice as an AEP, and more broadly as a health professional in Australia. Experiences across a range of research projects and delivery of clinical education presentations across a range of areas including cardiometabolic health, mental health (including physical health comorbidities), pregnancy and professional practice, have provided a wide-lens of experience for the practicalities and challenges of putting evidence into practice.


Angela currently serves on the Professional Standards Advisory Council for ESSA, and as a membership assessor for the National Alliance of Self Regulating Health Professions (NASRHP). She has previously been involved with ESSA NSW State Chapter (2009-2016). She is an active member of the ExEd group (a collaborative cross-institution group of academics and clinicians), and has previously been an invited allied health representative on the Illawarra Shoalhaven Medicare Local Establishment Council (2012-2013).


Session: Heart Health: Putting the Evidence into Practice
When: Tuesday, 27 March 2018 at 11.00am – 12.30pm
Co-Panelists: A/Prof Andre La Gerche and Dr Michael Baker

Professor David Dunstan

Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute


David is Head of the Physical Activity laboratory at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne and is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Baker Fellow. He also holds the position of Professor within the Centre for Exercise and Nutrition at the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University. His research focuses on the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. He has published over 210 peer reviewed papers, including publications in high impact journals such as Circulation, Diabetes Care and Diabetologia. In 2016 he was invited to be a co-author on the American Diabetes Association’s position statement on Physical Activity/Exercise and Diabetes. David is currently the Chair of the National Physical Activity Committee of the Heart Foundation. Over the past 15 years he has extensive media interest in his research including interviews with ABC Catalyst60 Minutes AustraliaNational Public Radio, Wall Street Journal, CNN, the New York Times and the LA Times.


Session: Low vs moderate vs high intensity exercise debate
When: Wednesday, 28 March 2018 at 10.00am – 10.30am
Co-Panelists: Prof Bronwyn Kingwell and Prof Martin Gibala

Miss Deb Fellowes

Gold Coast Exercise Physiology


Deb Fellowes is owner of Gold Coast Exercise Physiology.  Deb specialises in chronic pain and hydrotherapy and has been working in this field for 20 years.  She works with multidisciplinary pain programs in the private and public sector, and provides services to WorkCover Qld and NSW, job networks, private insurers, Medicare and Department of Veteran Affairs.   Deb also has working partnerships with both Griffith and Bond Universities.


Currently Deb is interested in the impact and outcomes of trans-cranial stimulation when treating fibromyalgia patients, and continues to review current research and mental health interventions for daily implementation with her patients, with a focus on self compassion.


Deb graduated from Central Queensland University with a Bachelor of Human Movement Science, and a second major in Occupational Health and Safety.  She has been working on the Gold Coast since 1998.


Session: Breaking the pain barrier through exercise
When: Thursday, 29 March 2018 at 9.00am – 10.30am
Presenters: Dr John Booth and Prof Peter O’Sullivan

Ms Rachelle Foreman

Heart Foundation in Queensland


Rachelle Foreman is the Health Director for the Heart Foundation in Queensland. She has undergraduate and postgraduate health and research qualifications from the University of Queensland. She chairs several Heart Foundation committees and sits on numerous external strategic health committees. Rachelle has over 20 years of Board Director experience in the fields of health, sport and recreation and professional associations. She has special interests in governance and strategy. Rachelle has been an Associate Investigator on numerous research projects in physical activity, health promotion and different models of care – areas she is most passionate about. A seasoned media performer, Rachelle can provide comment on a range of public health and clinical heart health issues.


Session: Why Can’t We Get People Physically Active?
When: Tuesday, 27 March 2018 at 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Presenters: Prof Stuart Biddle, Dr Natasha Schranz and Prof Jo Salmon

Dr. Martin Gibala

McMaster University


Dr. Martin Gibala is a professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. He studies the beneficial effects of exercise at the molecular to whole-body level in both healthy individuals and people with chronic diseases. Gibala also conducts applied research on the impact of training and nutrition on human performance. His groundbreaking work on the physiological and health adaptations to interval training has attracted immense scientific attention and worldwide media coverage. Gibala has authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles, the results of which have been featured by outlets including The New York Times, CNN and TIME. His science communication efforts include a bestselling book, The One-Minute Workout, which was published in 2017 by Penguin Random House. It explains the science behind time-efficient exercise strategies designed to improve fitness and health. Gibala has received three awards for teaching excellence at McMaster as well as the President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision.


Session: Low vs moderate vs high intensity exercise debate
When: Wednesday, 28 March 2018 at 10.00am – 10.30am
Co-Panelists: Dr David Dunstan and Prof Bronwyn Kingwell


Session: Exercise Science & Sciencey Stuff: Fats, Fiction & the Media
When: Thursday, 29 March 2018 at 12.00pm – 12.30pm
Co-Panelists: Prof Louise Burke, Dr Robert Sallis, and Dr David T Martin

Dr. Vince Kelly

The University of Queensland


Dr Vince Kelly is a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, The University of Queensland.  In addition to his academic appointment, Vince works as a Performance Science Consultant for the Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Club. He has had a 20 year career in elite sport working in high performance roles with elite and professional sports including the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Australian Rugby Union, Western Force, Fiji Rugby Union, Auckland Rugby Union, and the Queensland Academy of Sport including several Olympic Gold Medallists. The highlight of this experience was victory in the 2005 7s Rugby World Cup and training the 2011, 2013, 2015 Formula 2 and 2017 Formula 1 Water Ski Racing World Champions. Dr Kelly is a leading sport scientist who is a member of the National Rugby League (NRL) Research Committee. He has previously consulted to the International Rugby Board and Australian Rugby Union. His areas of research interest include muscle typology in elite athletes, quantification and management of training stress, the neuromuscular and hormonal adaptations to exercise and recovery, sleep and recovery modalities in elite athletes, ergogenic aids to assist sport performance, strength and power measurement, and sport science/strength and conditioning in high performance sport.


Session: Replace, restore, revive: the keys to recovery after exercise
When: Wednesday, 28 March 2018 at 11.00am – 12.30pm
Presenters: Dr Jonathan Peake, Prof Aaron Coutts and Prof Louise Burke

Professor Bronwyn Kingwell

Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute


Professor Bronwyn Kingwell is a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and at Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute is head of the Translation Domain and the Metabolic and Vascular Physiology Laboratory.

Professor Kingwell’s early work was in the area of exercise, metabolic and circulatory regulation where she performed landmark studies in rodents and humans, including the first credible clinical trial evidence that walking reduces cardiovascular risk. This work influenced physical activity recommendations worldwide. She has a long-standing track-record in elucidation of the mechanisms by which exercise provides health benefits, including evidence that aerobic exercise improves endothelial function, arterial stiffness and cardiac autonomic function contributing to a rational basis for international exercise prescription guidelines.

Professor Kingwell’s fundamental and clinical research in arterial biomechanics has elucidated genetic, hormonal and environmental (exercise, diet) mechanisms contributing to large artery stiffening as well as opportunities for therapeutic modulation.  With her collaborators she has contributed to our understanding of coronary plaque rupture, one main mechanism responsible for myocardial infarction, and has identified lipidomic biomarkers which through a licensing agreement with Zora Biosciences are currently available as a clinical test at the Mayo clinic. She has pioneered the transition of detailed cellular and molecular studies of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) in laboratory models, in particular with regard to glucose metabolism, to a human context.  This work has opened new avenues in HDL therapeutics.


Session: Low vs moderate vs high intensity exercise debate
When: Wednesday, 28 March 2018 at 10.00am – 10.30am
Co-Panelists: Dr David Dunstan and Prof Martin Gibala

Mr Michael Marthick

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse/Care Connected


Michael Marthick is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Supportive Care Service manager at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and Director of Care Connected. His clinical and research interests include the delivery of supportive care interventions using digital health tools and optimal delivery of exercise for oncology patients, with a focus on improving patient experience across the cancer care continuum.


Session: Not So Rare: Exercise for patients with less common cancer
When: Wednesday, 28 March 2018 at 11.00am – 12.30pm
Presenters: Prof Clare Scott, Prof Prue Cormie and Miss Jane Turner

Dr. David T. Martin

Philadelphia 76ers


For the last 30 years Dr. David T. Martin has worked with elite coaches and athletes and leading sport science researchers.  Dr. Martin has a BSci in Zoology, MSci in Exercise Physiology, a PhD in Zoology and Physiology and worked as a Research Assistant at the US Olympic Training Center.  As a sport scientist at the Australian Institute of Sport, Dr. Martin assisted Cyclists in the lead up to the 1996; 2000; 2004; 2008; 2012 Olympic Games. Dr. Martin also worked with Winter Olympians (short track, skeleton, mogul skiing, cross-country skiing, paralympic skiing) prior to the 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Dr. Martin is known for his innovative projects such as the Australian Skeleton initiative, Cycling Talent ID, Wind Tunnel Developments and the AIS Combat Centre. Dr. Martin has collaborated with Australian Special Forces and has appeared on the ABC TV Miniseries “Redesign My Brain”. Dr. Martin currently has more than 100 peer reviewed publications, 10 invited book chapters and is an adjunct associate professor at Edith Cowan University and the University of Canberra. Research has focused on fatigue, training load quantification, demands of competition, tapering, thermoregulation, belief effects and altitude training. For the last three years Dr. Martin has been the Director of Performance Research and Development for the Philadelphia 76ers where he leads a team of that provides medical, sport science and fitness support to players. As an advisor to elite coaches, Dr. Martin is interested in environments that promote sporting excellence.


Session: Current Topics in Team Sports Panel Discussion
When: Wednesday, 28 March 2018 at 2.30pm – 3.00pm
Co-Panelists: Dr Stuart Cormack, Dr Sophia Nimphius and Jonathan Bartlett


Session: Exercise Science & Sciencey Stuff: Fats, Fiction & the Media
When: Thursday, 29 March 2018 at 12.00pm – 12.30pm
Co-Panelists: Prof Louise Burke, Dr Robert Sallis and Prof Martin Gibala

Associate Professor Sophia Nimphius

Edith Cowan University


Sophia Nimphius is an Associate Professor in the MSc: Strength and Conditioning at Edith Cowan University (ECU) and leads High Performance Services for Softball Western Australia. She was previously the Sports Science Manager for the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre and for over 15 years has held positions in sports scientist and strength and conditioning in the US and Australia with junior to professional teams and coaching a range of athletes from youth to Olympians. Sophia has a PhD in Sports Science, MSc in Exercise Science and double degree BSc in Sports Management and Biology. Further, Sophia was a former NCAA collegiate athlete in multiple sports. She is an Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) Professional Coach (PCAS-Elite) and Board Member, National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with distinction (CSCS*D) and Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) Level 2 Accredited Sports Scientist (ASpS2) and High Performance Manager (AHPM). The NSCA, ASCA and ESSA have given recognition for her research and practice translation efforts, most recently being awarded the 2017 Female Leader in Exercise & Sports Science by ESSA, ECU’s Vice Chancellor Staff Award for Inspirational Individual (Personal Excellence) in 2016, NSCA Terry J Housh Outstanding Young Investigator (2014) and the ECU Vice Chancellor’s Staff Award for Excellence in Research (2014). She has been an invited presenter and researcher nationally and internationally and has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles and several book chapters on the topics of athlete testing, sport technology and sports biomechanics.


Session: Current Topics in Team Sports Panel Discussion
When: Wednesday, 28 March 2018 at 2.30pm – 3.00pm
Co-Panelists: Dr David T Martin, Dr Stuart Cormack and Jonathan Bartlett

Mr Tim Oostenbroek

Wesley Hospital Rehabilitation Centre


Tim Oostenbroek graduated from the University of Queensland as a physiotherapist in 1997. He subsequently completed his Masters in Physiotherapy (Sports) and is a registered APA Sports Physiotherapist.

Tim currently holds the position of Clinical Lead at the Wesley Hospital Rehabilitation Centre in Brisbane with the primary focus of his work on the rehabilitation of post-surgical orthopaedic patients.

Prior to this position, Tim worked extensively in professional sport and private practice.

He was the Head of Medical and Physiotherapy Services at Brisbane Roar from 2009 – 2015. During this period, the club was successful in winning two (2) A-League premierships and three (3) A-League Championships and broke the record for the longest period without losing in Australian domestic sport. He has also worked with Queensland cricket, the Queensland Reds and with several National teams with Football Australia. Tim is also a published co-author in Injury Prevention.

Tim has worked with many athletes post-ACL reconstruction from the stage of preliminary rehabilitation through to late stage return to sport protocols. He has a strong and ongoing clinical interest in this area and is passionate about helping clients achieve their rehabilitation goals using progressive exercise interventions and evidence based return to sport guidelines.


Session: Returning to sport after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: the when, if and how?
When: Wednesday, 28 March 2018 at 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Co-Panelists: Dr Peter D’Alessandro, A/Prof Kate Webster & Mr Mick Hughes

Mr Daniel Ryan

Bodytrack Exercise Physiology


Daniel is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and owner of the highly successful private clinic, Bodytrack Exercise Physiology. In 2017 Daniel celebrated 10 years as director of Bodytrack, a career which has seen him working with all populations from chronic health and rehabilitation, to strength and conditioning for Olympic athletes. The recent relocation of Bodytrack into a state of the art facility has strengthened their approach of applying research into practice to optimise the health and lives of the community.  Daniel has worked closely with The University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology, advising on panels to shape the education and future of Exercise Physiologists. He now focuses his time on complex clinical cases and a has passion for transitioning athletes back from rehabilitation to peak performance. Daniel has strong business vision to create opportunities for Exercise Physiologists to reach their full potential as practitioners.


Session: Flexing Your Metabolic Muscle: Exercise Prescription For Metabolic Flexibility
When: Wednesday, 28 March 2018 at 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Presenters: Dr Jonathan Little, Prof David Bishop and Dr Andy Philp

Dr. Robert Sallis

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center


Dr. Sallis is a family physician practicing at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, California, where he serves as Co-Director of their Sports Medicine Fellowship program.  He is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) School of Medicine.  He is a Past-President of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and currently chairs Exercise is Medicine™, a joint initiative of ACSM and the American Medical Association.  He also chaired the Healthcare Sector of the U.S. Physical Activity Plan and is the physician spokesperson for the “Every Body Walk!” campaign.

Dr. Sallis received his Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy (where he played intercollegiate basketball) and his Medical Degree from Texas A&M University.  He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, CA, where he served as chief resident. He is the head team physician at Pomona College and Chairs the Ironman Sports Medicine Conference in Kona, Hawaii.  He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and also holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine.

Among his professional awards, he received the 2008 Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the 2009 Leonardo da Vinci award for international leadership in sports medicine from the Italian Federation of Sports Medicine (FMSI) and the 2011 Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Sallis was the founding editor-in-chief of ACSM’s clinical journal Current Sports Medicine Reports and currently serves as section editor for this journal.


Session: Exercise is Medicine in Australia Panel
When: Tuesday, 27 March 2018 at 10.00am – 10.30am
Co-Panelists: Mr David Beard, Mr Chris Tzarimas and Dr Melainie Cameron


Session: Exercise Science & Sciencey Stuff: Fats, Fiction & the Media
When: Thursday, 29 March 2018 at 12.00pm – 12.30pm
Co-Panelists: Prof Louise Burke, Prof Martin Gibala and Dr David T Martin

Mrs Katie Stewart

The Thrive Clinic


After graduating from Southern Cross University in 1996 with a degree in human movement Science Katie went to work for High performance triathlon coach Kieran Barry in Bondi, Sydney. This lead to her establishing her own personal training business in Fox studios.  Her husbands work lead her to Perth in late 2000 where she quickly established The Beach Lifestyle Club in Cottesloe. One of Perth’s first health studios to successfully offer exercise physiology and sports science focused services ranging from weight loss programs to sports specific training.


In 2010 she sold The Beach Lifestyle Club when she fell pregnant with her fourth child. Katie embarked on a new challenge of managing consultant of Crowns towers new 17 million dollar health and wellness offering ISIKA, which was successfully completed in 2012.  After three years of intensive research Katie started The Exercise Therapist in 2014 and The Thrive Clinic quickly followed in 2015. The Thrive Clinic uses a unique protocol of treatment that effectively removes psychological objections to exercise, improving adherence and capacity for work once engaged in exercise.  This protocol has improved patients exercise medicine HIIT tolerance resulting in significant reductions in combined mental and physical symptoms of all chronic conditions treated. The Thrive Clinic has quickly grown with the support of local GPs and specialists.


With a research paper pending publication looking into ‘The Removal of Psychological Objections for effective administration of Exercise as Medicine in the treatment and prevention of chronic illness’, under the supervision of Biostatician Michael Phillips and Chief Scientist of WA Dr. Peter Klinken, Katie has a clear focus on servicing the gap in chronic mental and physical illness and injury in the Public and private primary health care sectors.


Session: Mental Health
When: Tuesday, 27 March 2018 at 11.00am – 12.30pm
Presenters: Prof Alexander Parker, Dr Robert Stanton and Dr Megan Teychenne

Dr Ryan Timmins

Australian Catholic University/Melbourne Victory Football Club


Ryan Timmins is a Lecturer at the Australian Catholic University (Melbourne) as well part of the High Performance team at the Melbourne Victory Football Club. Prior to moving to Melbourne, Ryan held various roles with the Queensland Academy of Sport Mens Football Program, Brisbane Strikers and Brisbane Roar. During his now 10 years in elite sport, Ryan has been mainly working on athlete injury prevention and rehabilitation as well as facets of strength and conditioning. Ryan completed his PhD at the Australian Catholic University in 2016, focussing on factors which are associated with an increased likelihood of injury and potential interventions to mitigate these risks. Ryan is also a Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association and part of the Professional Standards Advisory Council, Course Accreditation and the Ethics and Disciplinary Committees of ESSA. Ryan continues to undertake research within injury prevention and rehabilitation, with a focus now being on programs which can be implemented in elite sporting environments.


Session: The Conundrums on Concurrent Training
When: Thursday, 29 March 2018 at 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Co-Panelists: Dr Vernon Coffey, Dr Donny Camera & Dr Jonathan Bartlett

Mr Grant Turner

Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service & Griffith University


Grant is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist which has worked within the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service since 2004. Commencing as a Cardiac Scientist then transitioning to the role of an exercise physiologist within the chronic disease and post acute program for the last 11years. He has worked across all chronic disease areas within public and private clinical environments.  He has published research, is the current Statewide Exercise Physiology chair for Q health and lectures at Griffith University on the topics of cardiac, diabetes and MS.


Session: Mechanisms of Exercise Intolerance in Chronic Disease
When: Thursday, 29 March 2018 at 9.00am – 10.30am
Presenters: Dr Erin Howden, A/Prof Chris Askew and A/Prof Andre La Gerche

Mrs Joanne Turner

NuActive Health


Joanne Turner is an award winning accredited exercise physiologist, accredited practicing dietitian, and advanced sports dietitian, with a double Masters of Science degree. She is the Director of health consultancy company NuActive Health® with her team of exercise physiologists, dietitians, psychologists, general practitioners and medical specialists helping tens of thousands of individual, corporate and athletic clients. Joanne personally consults to over 100 clients per week with a range of clinical interests, combining her skills in diet and exercise lifestyle modification.

In 2010, Joanne won corporate sponsorship to build a state of the art teaching kitchen. In 2011, Joanne won the Dietitians Association of Australia young achievers award, her practice won the Local Business award for outstanding Medical services and she was shortlisted in Telstra businesswoman’s award and HESTA’s health professional of the year award.

Joanne was the exercise physiology manager and health programs manager at Diabetes Australia NSW for many years, setting up exercise and health interventions across NSW and ACT. She was the first exercise physiologist to be employed by Diabetes Australia and won a major government tender to employ many more. Joanne was the dietitian and exercise physiologist to Diabetic Living and Better Homes & Gardens magazine for 10 years. She has published over 250 health related articles, 3000 recipes and contributed to 4 books. Joanne is an advanced sports dietitian to many elite sporting teams including her current role with Golf Australia. Joanne is a regular media consultant appearing on many television and radio stations.


Session: Polycystic ovary syndrome & exercise
When: Thursday, 29 March 2018 at 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Presenters: A/Prof Nigel Stepto and Dr Trine Moholdt

Mr Chris Tzarimas

Lifestyle Clinic


Chris is recognised nationally for his contribution to both the exercise physiology profession and the broader health sector. Among the numerous national and state-based health initiatives that Chris coordinated, he was the principal negotiator with the Commonwealth Department of Health for the inclusion of Exercise Physiology services within the Medicare Enhanced Primary Care scheme, as well as the introduction of a regulatory framework for Exercise Physiology services within the Workers Compensation scheme.

Chris held several positions within ESSA over a period of 11 years, including National Board Director, Marketing Director and Past-President (NSW). He was the recipient of the inaugural President’s Award for services to the industry during the period which saw its most rapid growth.

Professionally, Chris Tzar is the (founding) Director of the Lifestyle Clinic – a leading allied-health service and the largest clinical training facility of Exercise Physiologists in Australia. He is also a Board Director of the Central & Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network (CESPHN) and the Chair (Multi-Disciplinary Group) of the Translational Cancer Research Network (TCRN) in Sydney. His previous posts include Chair, Exercise Is Medicine – Australia (the Australian arm of the global health initiative), Board Director of the Eastern Sydney Medicare Local (ESML), Executive Committee of the NSW Cancer Survivors Centre and the primary care representative to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC). An editorial board member for HeartWise, Chris is also the chief author of the ‘EIM Physical Activity in the Workplace’ resource.


Session: Exercise is Medicine in Australia Panel
When: Tuesday, 27 March 2018 at 10.00am – 10.30am
Co-Panelists: Dr Robert Sallis, Mr David Beard and Dr Melainie Cameron