Love sport, exercise, health and fitness? Turn it into a career! – by Professor Peter Reaburn, head of exercise and sports science, Bond University

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“When I left school, I had no idea what I wanted to do. My friends were going to University, studying at TAFE, taking on apprenticeships, or getting jobs in areas they hated just to earn money. Nobody had told me I could study exercise and sports science and make a career out of my passion [Read More…]

ADNet to accelerate research for the prevention and treatment of Dementia

Australian Dementia Network ADNet

On 2nd July 2018, the Turnbull Government announced plans of the establishment of the Australian Dementia Network (ADNet). ADNet, once established will be considered as the largest single research program to be funded to date through the Government’s Boosting Dementia Research Initiative. Spearheaded by Professor Christopher Rowe of Austin Health, ADNet commits to facilitate high-quality [Read More…]

20% voluntary sugar reduction regulation for soft-drink businesses to solve the problem of obesity in Australia? Dietitians, doctors and public health advocates not convinced

sugar tax Australian health industry views

The announcement of major beverage companies to reduce sugar across the industry by 20% by 2025 in an attempt to support healthier lifestyles has been met by an overall sense of underwhelm from industry bodies across the country. The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) stance is that although they support a “sugar tax” on sweetened [Read More…]

ATAR and OP List for 14 courses Australia-wide

atar for all courses

Dentistry  It takes a minimum of 5 – 7 years to become a dentist in Australia. Currently, there are six universities who take undergraduate students directly into their dentistry courses while three courses have pathways available for high achieving year 12 students. Each University have different admission requirements to qualify. Some require an UMAT, some [Read More…]

Exercise science university courses and their ATAR requirements

atar for exercise science

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 of 2018, the 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

atar for exercise physiology

There are 12 accredited undergraduate exercise physiology courses in Australia and 17 postgraduate courses. There are two accredited online courses, one undergraduate and one postgraduate. For entry into an exercise physiology course commencing in 2018, the ATAR ranged from the mid-60s to the mid-90s. Please note that Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) are the [Read More…]

Australian, American, British and New Zealand organisations join forces to close the life expectancy gap of the mentally-ill

exercise for mental illness

In mid-May of this year, Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA), the American College of Sports Medicine, the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science, and Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand officially released the first joint international consensus statement dubbed as “The Role of Sport, Exercise, and Physical Activity in Closing the Life Expectancy [Read More…]

Is mindfulness “right” for you? Here’s how it transformed my practice – by Amanda Griffiths, founder MHC


I’m not here to say whether mindfulness may be right or wrong for you. Only you can explore that for yourself. However, I would really, really like to share the stuff I’ve come across during my mindfulness journey in the hope that it will give you a greater understanding of what mindfulness is and isn’t. [Read More…]

Practitioner-patient pairs to conspire for the future of health care

collaborative pairs

A new initiative designed to recruit 4 pairs of professionals and patients is expected to pave the way for a better health care system in Australia. “The Collaborative Pairs” program made possible through the joint effort of Consumers Health Forum and the program’s developer King’s Fund of London will run the trial period for two [Read More…]

How to gain employment in sports science and strength and conditioning – by Dr Justin Keogh, Bond University

Bond Uni Master of Sports Science students

Bond University’s Master of Sports Science program offers an innovative, accelerated program that involves two semesters of internship in high-performance sport. It has been offered since 2015 and as a result of the outstanding learning opportunities provided by the internship, it has helped students gain employment in high performance sport and into applied PhD programs associated with high-performance sport teams.  The program will enable its [Read More…]

Different health industry sectors recognize the importance of codeine restriction for pain management

codeine restriction for pain management

In February, the Therapeutic Goods Administration implemented its decision to make codeine-based medications available only to consumers with prescription. Evidence backing the risks and side effects of taking codeine-based medications specifically for pain management pushed United General Practice Australia (UGPA) member organisations and other health industry sectors to affirm Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) decision on [Read More…]

Measuring love for work – By Anna Roberts and Jennifer Smallridge

Anna Roberts

What do exercise physiologists love about their job? What keeps them able to inspire their patients to live healthy lives? AEPs Anna and Jennifer share what they love most about their jobs….. Anna Roberts, accredited exercise physiologist at Life First said: “I think some people who come to Life First for a health assessment are [Read More…]

What it’s like being a health professional with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – by Amanda Griffiths, founder MHC

AMG PAH with MHC poster

The two things that distressed me the most with respect to my professional life were my fears. I was scared to death that I was going to make a mistake that would lead to the harm of a patient. I was freaking out that I was going to cause someone to become vision impaired, blind, [Read More…]

Is it about time we had an active nation? ESSA thinks so and is asking for your support!

ESSA for an active nation

In a continued campaign to raise awareness on the benefits of being physically active, Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) launched its new advocacy platform on December 11, with the theme ESSA for an Active Nation. The move calls into action all levels of government, industry stakeholders, and the community to participate in building a [Read More…]

2017 – My year in review – by Amanda Griffiths, founder My Health Career

Heart Reef

2017 literally started off with a bang. And ash. Funnily enough it was the ash that made the experience what it was…… I went to the New Years’ Eve Gala at the Opera House, and so saw Sydney’s incredible fireworks display right in the thick of things. The finale of the fireworks was so spectacular [Read More…]

COSA recommends exercise as part of the standard of care for beating cancer

COSA exercise for cancer patients

The importance of exercise, and referral to physiotherapists experienced in working with cancer patients, has been highlighted in a new position statement released by Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA). COSA is recognising the importance of exercise to help counteract the adverse effects of cancer and its treatment. It then assigned its Exercise in Cancer [Read More…]

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


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…]

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

Click here for our most recent exercise physiology ATAR 2017 article. Click here for our exercise physiology ATAR 2016 article. 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 [Read More…]

ATARs for every exercise science course in Australia

exercise science ATAR

Click here for our latest article on ATARs for exercise science in 2017. Click here for our article on ATARs for exercise science in 2016. 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 [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   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…]