New accreditation for sports science and high performance management

ESSA’s new accreditation

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) has released its new Sports Science and High Performance Manager (Sports Science/Sports Medicine) Accreditation following the Senate Inquiry into the Practice of Sports Science in Australia. There were concerns that individuals describing themselves as sports scientists are continuing to perform a role within sporting organisations and clubs without appropriate [Read More…]

Are athletes psychologically ready to return after severe injury?

athletes-psychological-readiness-to-return-to-sport-after-injury

The psychological readiness of athletes to return to sport after severe injury is more difficult to predict than physical readiness. While physical aspects can be dictated by exact measures, such as tissue healing, psychological scarring can have a long-term effect on function and performance. An athlete could be considered ready if they have realistic expectations, [Read More…]

Research revealed four types of sport and exercise to promote longevity

sports-to-lower-premature-death-risk

According to an international research collaboration, there are three sports that could prevent premature death from cardiovascular disease (CVD). They are racquet sports, swimming and aerobics. Cycling, swimming and running were not shown to have a significant association with reduced CVD mortality. The study investigated the associations of those six different types of sport/exercise with [Read More…]

The rate of diabetes in patients presenting to emergency deparments

glycated-hemoglobin-detect-undiagnosed-diabetes

A team of researchers led by Dr Dr Tien-Ming Hng of Western Sydney Local Health District conducted a study to test whether targeted glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) testing of high-risk populations could enhance the detection of diabetes and prediabetes. The study was conducted in the Blacktown-Mt Druitt Hospital, which located in an area of high diabetes [Read More…]

ATARs for every exercise physiology course in Australia

raining ATARS

As of September 2015, there are 11 accredited undergraduate exercise physiology courses in Australia and 16 postgraduate courses, with the addition of a new master program from La Trobe University. There are two accredited online courses, one undergraduate and one postgraduate. For entry into an exercise physiology course commencing in 2016, the ATAR ranged from [Read More…]

ATARs for every exercise science course in Australia

raining ATARS

There are accredited undergraduate exercise science courses in most states in Australia and 2 postgraduate courses in Western Australia, with two accredited online courses at University of New England. As 0f 2017, three universities offer new exercise science courses. They are La Trobe University (Bachelor of Exercise Science), Edith Cowan University (Bachelor of Science – [Read More…]

Media ramps it up from amplifying body fads to straight out misrepresentation of dietitians

misleading health information in the media

The latest craze, the “ab crack” is “whack” according to Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). ESSA Spokesperson, Katie Lyndon says that for a lot of people the ab crack will be unattainable, even with a low body fat percentage, and that abs are usually influenced by genetics, not how much you do of a [Read More…]

Exhilarating! My week with the Royal Flying Doctor Service – by Rebecca Irwin – medical student and NRHSN Chair

Rebecca Irwin RFDS week

The unique exhilarating experience of flying to remote communities and stations to provide health care is unparalleled by anything I have experienced thus far. I loved flying with the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) to remote locations, hopping from station to station, community to community, providing health care as we went. Occasionally we were diverted [Read More…]

The impact of food and beverage consumption on rehydration following exercise.

food and drinks post-exercise

It has long been believed that the lost body fluid we secrete through exercise has to be replaced by either sport drinks or milk-based beverage. But which one is the best to optimise the fluid restoration after exercise? Are there any influences the food has in fluid recovery? Inspire magazine’s winter edition has featured a [Read More…]

Is there a role for direct to consumer genetic testing in predicting future sports performance?

no role for genetic tests in athletic talent identification

While direct-to-consumer marketing of tests to identify children’s athletic talents continue to emerge, we need to consider whether this kind of test really does have a role in deciding whether certain children have a potential to be great at sports. A consensus statement, as published in the British Journal of Sport Medicine, stated that there [Read More…]

Are you really listening? A view from the other side. By Gitte Backhausen – patient

Gitte Backhausen profile

Okay, so I know it’s practitioner month on My Health Career in May and that most of what we’re doing is sharing stories about the inspiring things health professionals are up to. When I got this article through from Gitte, I literally felt a bit sick in my stomach reading about everything she’d been through. [Read More…]

Tennis player perceptions on difference court surfaces

how tennis players perceive court surfaces

A UK study has found an association between tennis court surfaces and player perceptions as well as biomechanical response. The study also aimed to evaluate the influence of prior clay court experience. It involved two groups of player, high-experience and low-experience with clay court, to perform a 180° turning movement. Researchers collected three types of [Read More…]

Research confirms the effectiveness of exercise for lower back pain prevention.

exercise to prevent back pain

What happens when you put together a team of researchers who conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of 23 published reports including 30,850 participants in 21 different randomized clinical trials to see if there were any clear recommendations for the prevention of low back pain (LBP)? You get a result…….. The study found that exercise [Read More…]

Framework and recommendations to safeguard children in sport

safeguarding children in sport

A review by Dr Margo Mountjoy et al published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine has attempted to introduce a framework to clearly define and categorise these threats and to provide safeguarding recommendations for sports organisations regarding children in sport. The paper serves as the basis for the recommendations included in the International Olympic [Read More…]

ESSA calls for expansion of allied health including exercise physiology in the delivery of MBS items

Expansion of MBS items

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) has called for greater engagement and support of allied health professionals, such as accredited exercise physiologists, in the delivery of Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items. They have lodged a formal submission to coincide with a review of the MBS by the federal government.   ESSA Senior Industry Development Officer, [Read More…]

Exercising in early life increases gut microbes involved in overall health

exercise increases gut microbes

People who started exercising in their early life tend to have healthier brain and metabolic activity in their lifetime, according to research from the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA. The effect of exercise to increase gut bacterial species involved in promoting psychological and metabolic health was examined in the study. The human guts contain [Read More…]

Healthy Food Partnership to tackle obesity and poor health due to nutrition

Healthy Food Partnership

The Healthy Food Partnership held its first meeting in Canberra on 13 November 2015. The meeting was chaired by Rural Health Minister Fiona Nash, and brought together preventative health groups, food industry bodies, and government. It was determined that initiatives under the Partnership would be voluntary in nature and that they would focus on making [Read More…]

The effects of intensified training on sleep quantity and quality

sleep disturbance in intensively training athletes

Several studies have shown numerous beneficial effects of sleep on exercise performance, and equally positive effects of exercise on sleep physiology. Yet, new research published in the Journal of Sports Sciences has found that intensified training in athletes resulted in a significant and progressive decline in sleep quality, mood state, and maximal exercise capacity. The [Read More…]

$250 million for translating medical research into real benefits

Biomedical Translation Fund

The Australian Government will invest $250 million over two years to help translate Australian health and medical research into commercial reality as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). This investment will provide the funds to improve the quality of life of Australians. The Biomedical Translation Fund alongside the Medical Research Future Fund [Read More…]

10 year road map for Closing the Gap

ten year road map to close the gap

Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash has launched an Implementation Plan as a further commitment to Closing the Gap. The Implementation Plan is a ten-year road map: a strategy to better health for Indigenous children, Indigenous youth and Indigenous adults. The Coalition decided to adopt and build on the 10 year National Aboriginal and Torres Strait [Read More…]

Exercise interventions in chronic disease management are proven to be cost effective

underutilising exercise physiologists

Overqualified and overlooked? The interventions of accredited exercise physiologists are largely underutilised in the prevention and management of chronic disease. A report by Deloitte Access Economics showed that almost 50% of Australians are living with some form of chronic disease and as many as 13 millions people are at risk of chronic disease. However, it [Read More…]

There is life after stroke

7 steps to stroke recovery video

Stroke Recovery Association of British Columbia has released “7 Steps to Stroke Recovery” educational video to answer often asked questions about what’s next for stroke survivors. The video features stroke rehabilitation professionals such as doctors, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and speech pathologists. They give detailed and helpful suggestions for each step according to their expertise.   [Read More…]

The health industry responds to “Wasted” – the 4 Corners report on overdiagnosis and treatment in medicine

4 Corners Wasted health care system

Following the airing of the Four Corners report “Wasted” on 29th September, which featured commentary on the over diagnosis and over treatment of common health complaints including back pain, knee pain, chest pain and prostate testing, the conversation about inappropriate tests and procedures has gone well beyond the medical profession. “Wasted” implied that doctors are [Read More…]

Mo Farah’s achievements and running technique

Mo Farah's running technique

Mo Farah, the double Olympic & double world champion middle distance runner has had his running technique featured in a British Journal of Sports Medicine podcast. Stephen Aspinall, Chairman of the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT), interviewed Andy Cornelius, a Graduate Sport Rehabilitator and head running coach who works in private clinics, [Read More…]

First registration for dietetics, exercise physiology and sports science graduates

registration for dietitians and exercise professionals

Although many health professions in Australia are regulated through the National Registration & Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) which is administered by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), some professions such as dietetics, exercise physiology and sports science have different governing bodies.   Dietetics The credential for a dietitian in Australia is the Accredited Practising Dietitian [Read More…]

Cardiopulmonary exercise testing can detect diseases relating to exertional dyspnea.

diseases relating to exertional dyspnea

A review article published in the Annals of Thoracic Medicine has raised the issue of cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) being underutilized in finding the underlying cause for dyspnea on exertion. The authors commented on resting tests such as pulmonary function tests and echocardiograms being non-diagnostic at times. The article authors encourage practitioners to consider that [Read More…]

ATARs for every exercise physiology course in Australia

exercise physiology ATAR

As at September 2015, there are 11 accredited undergraduate exercise physiology courses in Australia and 15 postgraduate courses. There are two accredited online courses, one undergraduate and one postgraduate. For entry into an exercise physiology course commencing in 2015, the ATAR ranged from the mid-60s to the mid-90s. Please note that Exercise & Sports Science [Read More…]

ATARs for every exercise science course in Australia

exercise science ATAR

As at September 2015, there are accredited undergraduate exercise science courses in most states in Australia and 2 postgraduate courses in Western Australia. There are two accredited online courses. For entry into an exercise science course commencing in 2015, the ATAR ranged from the mid-60s to the mid-90s. Some courses give a qualification as both [Read More…]

Under-reporting of self-reported symptoms in post-concussed athletes

Athletes reporting of symptoms post-concussion

Athletes’ self-reported symptoms post-concussion related to sport are underreported, according to a study which was published in Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport recently. Symptom reporting in concussed athletes was examined in two different testing environments. Athletic team trainers used the ImPACT Post-Concussion Scale to collect data on self-reported symptoms, which were compared to [Read More…]

The effects of aerobic exercise on the risk of cancer in postmenopausal women

statistics on exercise reducing cancer risk in post-menopausal women

A study published recently in JAMA Oncology involving 400 inactive postmenopausal women suggested that 5 hours of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise per week is effective for reducing total fat and other adiposity measures. The additional benefit for those who increase their exercise is potentially also a lower risk of postmenopausal breast cancer. The study [Read More…]

The secret to Usain Bolt’s speed may lie in synchronicity

Manuel Varlet, University of Western Sydney Usain Bolt is one of the greatest athletes of all time. He is the fastest man in the world, holding the 100 metre sprint record of 9.58 seconds, which he achieved at the final of the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin. Bolt’s growing collection of world records and [Read More…]

Moderate exercise for pregnant women

exercise during pregnancy

A Spanish study has found that exercise in pregnant women reduced the risk of gestational diabetes mellitus and diminished excessive maternal weight gain. The paper was a meta-analysis of 13 randomised controlled trials and involved 2873 pregnant women. It was shown that exercise reduced the risk of gestational diabetes by more than 30%. Women who [Read More…]

Allied health misses a guernsey in the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce – by Amanda Griffiths

Medicare Benefits Scheme Review Taskforce

It’s been about a month since Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced the members of the Federal Government’s Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce and the Primary Health Care Advisory Group (PHCAG). Although the PHCAG is made up of members from a number of health professions including physiotherapy, medicine and pharmacy, it is blatantly obvious [Read More…]

Do walking groups really have health benefits?

Are walking groups effective

So, do walking groups really have health benefits? The answer is yes. Researchers from Norwich Medical School in the UK have performed a systematic review of the evidence on outdoor walking groups, and have found that they have wide-ranging health benefits with good participant adherence. The review was of papers published in English, focusing on [Read More…]

#WhyWeDoResearch campaign – by Cheryl Prescott and Claire Gibbs

Claire Gibbs and Abby Greaves

“The #WhyWeDoResearch campaign was conceived and launched via Twitter by Claire Gibbs, Senior Clinical Research Nurse (@ClaireGibbsUK) and Abby Greaves, Research Administrator, (@JPUHResearch) at the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in December 2014. Their intention was to use the hashtag #WhyWeDoResearch as a way to introduce core research team members to the public, [Read More…]

To stretch or not to stretch? Static stretching before sport

is static stretching effective for athletes

The Aspetar Sports Medicine Journal has published a review questioning whether static stretching is useful in athletes. Static stretching is commonly practice as an integral part of athletic preparation, which aims to improve flexibility, enhance physical performance, prevent injury to the musculotendinous unit (MTU), and improve the speed of return to sport after injury. The [Read More…]

Over prescribed and under used: corticosteroid inhalers in Australia

use of asthma inhalers in Australia

The Australian Centre for Airways disease Monitoring (ACAM) has reported that prescription respiratory medications are being over-prescribed and under-used in Australia. The report shows that in 2013, prescription respiratory medications were dispensed to over 2 million people (about 9% of the population) but most only used them occasionally. Professor Guy Marks, Director of ACAM said, [Read More…]

New dairy recommendation for endurance athletes from AIS

dairy reccomendation for endurance athletes

A study by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in conjunction with Monash University and the University of Queensland has found that eating a dairy based meal before cycling reduces bone breakdown during and after exercise. Endurance athletes, such as cyclists, are at risk of low bone mineral density causing poor bone health. Professor Louise [Read More…]

How phytoestrogens decrease symptoms of menopause – by Melanie McGrice AdvAPD

Melanie McGrice Headshot

Melanie McGrice (AdvAPD) is one of Australia’s best known dietitians. She is a highly respected author and health presenter on nutrition and dietary issues – and a lover of great food! Learn more about dietary recommendations for menopause or other health conditions or join her free nutrition and wellbeing network at www.melaniemcgrice.com.au   Did you [Read More…]

From Allied Health Assistant to private practice Accredited Exercise Physiologist – Rebecca Hallam’s career journey

exercise physiology career tips

Exercise and Sports Science Australia have published an article about Rebecca Hallam, Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) who recently put her hat in the ring of private practice. Having always dreamed of starting a private practice, Ms Hallam qualified in the early days of AEP in 2001 and started as an Allied Health Assistant (AHA). Early [Read More…]

Call for health professionals to be more aware of signs of child sexual abuse surfaces during royal commission

child sexual abuse in institutions royal commission

The ABC has again reported on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. They recently published revelations by psychologist Terence Kirkpatrick that he was sexually abused by a psychologist at the Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) in 1967 when he had been referred to the clinic to be treated for what was [Read More…]

New Look Healthy Eating Pyramid Released by Nutrition Australia

Healthy Eating Pyramid 2015

In an effort to combat growing nutrition confusion and risky fad diets, Nutrition Australia has released a new Healthy Eating Pyramid for the first time in 15 years. Lucinda Hancock, Executive Officer of Nutrition Australia’s Victorian Division said “The new Pyramid cuts through the misleading information and fad diets that are getting so much attention, [Read More…]

My rant following the most recent round of careers expos….

The dark side of career expos

I have just returned from a series of 4 careers expos in the New South Wales towns of Young, Forbes, Dubbo and Bathurst. Although this website was started especially for high school students considering a career in health and has lots of resources such as videos from real health practitioners and pathways information, there are [Read More…]

Pre-budget submission from DAA, ESSA and ADEA calls for no change to Medicare for diabetes care

Diabetes model of care Australia

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) are calling for no changes to be made to the current model of care for health services for patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. This has come following the suggestion from the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association [Read More…]

Polio Australia: Improving Health Outcome for Australia’s Polio Survivors

Polio Australia

Many thanks to Mary-ann Liethof, National Program Manager of Polio Australia for contributing this valuable information for health professionals. Acute Polio Australia experienced waves of polio epidemics throughout the 20th century. However, with the introduction of the Salk and Sabin vaccines, polio was an uncommon infection in Australia by the early 1960s. According to the [Read More…]

Announcement of successful applicants for Primary Health Networks

Medicare Locals to Primary Health Networks

Minister for Health Sussan Ley has announced the successful applicants to run the 31 Primary Health Networks which will replace the 61 Medicare Locals from 1st July. In a statement from The Department of Health, the Primary Health Networks will “replace Labor’s flawed Medicare Local system of 61 fragmented regions, which were found by an [Read More…]

Data collection software to support injury and concussion in athletes

sports injury and concussion software

The InjuryEdata Project has been launched, which involves a new software to record and collate data about injuries and concussions across all levels of sport. The ACT Branch of Sports Medicine Australia (SMA-ACT) collaborated with RecordPro to develop this support tool. The data collected by the software would be used to analyse the relationship between [Read More…]

Sprint mechanics for better performance

sprint mechanics in world class athletes

The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports has published a study presenting what could be new insights into aspects of the biomechanical limits of human locomotion. The objective of this study was to characterize the mechanics of maximal running sprint acceleration in high-level athletes. It involved four elite and five sub-elite sprinters to [Read More…]

The effectiveness of tailored hand exercises for the rheumatoid hand

hand exercises for arthritis

The Lancet has published a study by the Strengthening and Stretching for Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hand (SARAH) Trial Team in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) on tailored exercises to improve the function of the rheumatoid hand. The study estimated the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of tailored hand exercise in addition to usual care for [Read More…]

We need to take physical inactivity as seriously as smoking and alcohol abuse

take physical activity as seriously as smoking

Physical inactivity should be given equal priority to smoking and alcohol abuse, according to leading doctors at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. In 2012, the medical journal The Lancet has labelled a lack of physical inactivity as a “pandemic” which accounts for more than five million deaths around the world every [Read More…]

Sleep patterns and sports performance

sleep pattern and sports performance

A research team at the Univesity of Birmingham found that sporting ability is impacted by the circadian phenotype. That is, the internal body clock. The study led by Dr Roland Brandstaetter took 20 female hockey players who asked to perform a series of 20m runs at six different times of day between 07:00 and 22:00. [Read More…]

Movement of the human foot in 100 pain free individuals

normal feet

The Journal of Foot and Ankle Research has published a study by researchers from the University of Salford, UK about the movement of human foot in 100 pain free individuals. The study was based on understanding that the motion in a normal healthy foot is a prerequisite for understanding the effects of pathology on foot [Read More…]

Cardiologist in a truck becomes the Heart of Australia

Heart of Australia

The Heart of Australia is a 25 metre clinic on a truck that is the brainchild of Dr Rolf Gomes, a Brisbane cardiologist. He had been moved by his concern about the lack of cardiac care in rural and remote areas, and the difficulties undertaken by rural people to access adequate health service. Compared to [Read More…]

Are plain cigarette packs really making a difference?

plain cigarette packaging study

On 1 December 2012, Australia became the first country in the world to introduce mandatory plain cigarette packaging. Cigarette manufacturers were required to produce plain cigarette packs with a large of coloured graphic health warnings (GHW). The purposes of the legislation are: Reducing the appeal of tobacco products to consumers Increasing the effectiveness of health [Read More…]

Upskilling online made possible by Monash University

Monash Online courses for health professionals

The health industry is incredibly rewarding yet can be a mentally draining area to work in. Take it from Natasha Jennings of the Alfred Hospital’s Emergency and Trauma Centre, who shared her typical day online at Health Victoria. Her exhausting day begins at 5am and she is seeing patients as soon as she steps into [Read More…]

What’s the best diet? Free public event in Brisbane run by Dietitian Connection

Dr Joanna McMillan

Dietitian Connection has put together a world-class program of speakers so that your patients / clients and any member of the public can go along and hear about what they should REALLY be eating. With the theme “What’s the best diet? Paleo? Gluten-free? Sugar-free?” the event is sure to do some major myth-busting about what [Read More…]

Pharmacist disqualified for 30 years….

pharmacist disqualified for 30 years

A pharmacist, Mr Frank Balestra, has disqualified for 30 years by the The State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia for professional misconduct of dispensing drugs for non-therapeutic reasons. At the tribunal hearing, Mr Balestra admitted that he has dispensed clomiphene, androgenic steroids, stimulants and human growth hormone to patients even though he knew the risks [Read More…]

Are your clients gluten free for the right reasons? by Sally Marchini APD

Sally Marchini dietitian

Accredited Practising Dietitian Sally Marchini was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes almost 40 years ago and then coeliac disease 13 years ago. It was that second chronic disease diagnosis that inspired her to go to university to become a dietitian, both to benefit her own health and lead by example to help others to enjoy [Read More…]

Exercise Science Courses in Australia

exercise science courses in Australia

  Exercise science degrees are available in most states and territories throughout Australia. Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) has published a list of accredited undergraduate exercise science courses, as follows: Australian Catholic University (Mount St Mary, NSW; St Patrick’s, VIC; McAuley, QLD) University of Queensland Griffith University University of Sunshine Coast Central Queensland University [Read More…]

Exercise Physiology Courses in Australia

exercise physiology courses in Australia

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) has published a list of NUCAP accredited courses in exercise physiology in Australia. We have divided the courses in Undergraduate and Postgraduate categories: Undergraduate James Cook University Queensland University of Technology University of Sunshine Coast University of Queensland University of New England University of New South Wales University of [Read More…]

Too few exercise physiologists in Australian hospitals

Exercise physiologist workforce in hospitals

Less than 5% of Australian Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are employed in Australian hospitals, and industry body Exercise & Sport Science Australia (ESSA) has called on the hospital sector to increase engagement with AEPs. ESSA released its Exercise Physiology Health Service & Workforce Planning Document 2014 in December, and following its release, ESSA is calling [Read More…]