Gearing for the Growth of Exercise & Sports Science Professionals

sport and exercise graduates

A significant step towards managing the growth of the Australian sports science industry, Exercise and Sports Science Australia’s (ESSA) Graduate Destination Report on Exercise and Sports Science was released recently. The report, a first for this industry,  was commissioned in order to understand the workforce operation and conditions for  the current sports science graduates and [Read More…]

World-first guide to developing a workplace wellbeing strategy in health service settings launched by beyondblue

beyondblue health workforce mental health

beyondblue has acted on evidence suggesting that health professionals are at a greater risk of experiencing depression, anxiety and suicide, to produce a guide for health services in developing a workplace mental health strategy. There are a number of benefits for health services that focus on creating mentally healthy workplaces. Research suggests that: Patient experiences [Read More…]

The health and well-being of Australian health professionals – by Kay Dunkely

WMHD WORKPLACE

October is Mental Health Month and it is important for all health professionals to focus on their own mental health to ensure they are in a good position to look after others. Two sayings that come to mind are “put on your own oxygen mask first so that you can help others” and “you can’t [Read More…]

ATARs for every exercise science course in Australia

exercise science ATAR 2017

There are accredited undergraduate exercise science courses in most states in Australia , one postgraduate course at the University of Western Australia, and two accredited online courses at University of New England. As 0f 2018, University of Sunshine Coast offers new exercise science course, the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science. For entry into an [Read More…]

ATARs for every exercise physiology course in Australia

exercise science ATAR 2017

There are 12 accredited undergraduate exercise physiology courses in Australia and 15 postgraduate courses as Murdoch University has discontinued their program and the University of South Australia are no longer accepting further student intakes. There are two accredited online courses, one undergraduate and one postgraduate. For entry into an exercise physiology course commencing in 2017, the ATAR [Read More…]

Sedentary lifestyle a factor in university students’ vulnerability to mental health problems

university students physical and mental health

According to Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), Australia as a nation is not exercising enough, largely simply because not being able to find at least the recommended 30 minutes each day. There is known evidence that physical activity significantly related to mental health, and ESSA encourages all university students to include physical activity as [Read More…]

How to be a Happy Health Practitioner – by optometrist Carina Trinh

Carina Trinh

So, there’s this talk that I feel extremely passionate about that I give to the new graduate optometrists who enter the workforce in NSW/ACT each year as part of Young Optometrists Inc. NSW/ACT that covers the importance of self-care for optometrists. But really, it applies to all health care practitioners.   Being a Health Care [Read More…]

Mindfulness for health professionals – by Dr Kathryn Choules (PhD) and Dr Samantha Clarke (PhD)

Kathryn Choules

Due to my own developing interest in mindfulness in my own practice as an optometrist, and for the wider community of health practitioners, I thought it was worth asking mindfulness teachers and psychologists about how health practitioners can be mindful in their practice and interactions with patients. I was fortunate enough to receive responses from [Read More…]

Practicing mindfulness as a health practitioner – by Jennifer Smallridge, AEP

Jennifer Smallridge

As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, I am fortunate enough to have a diverse and physically active day, as I take people through various exercises and forms of physical activity. I first came across mindfulness as part of my personal yoga involvement, and it soon became a necessary element of my work-life balance. When you work [Read More…]

RACGP president hits back at claims that future doctors may not prepared to provide physical activity counselling

physical activity training in medical school curricula

The University of Sydney and Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) collaborated to survey 17 of the 19 medical schools in Australia to assess how physical activity (PA) training is implemented across medical school curricula. The study found that almost half of all medical schools surveyed (42.9%) reporting the level of PA training was “insufficient” [Read More…]

Exercise Physiology interventions give over 10:1 benefit to cost ratio

exercise physiologist interventions save money

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) engaged Deloitte Access Economics to quantify the value of accredited exercise physiologists from the perspective of consumers in Australia. And according to the report, The value of accredited exercise physiologists to consumers in Australia, working with the right expert can not only save lives, but also saves money. CEO [Read More…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

$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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

#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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]