Course Accreditation Reviewers
The course accreditation reviewers are a group of experienced academics and practitioners from which application review teams are selected. A review team is responsible for assessing a course accreditation application, conducting a site visit, and recommending an application outcome for approval.
There are two membership categories – academic and practitioner. An academic member must be a Level C academic with expertise in the field of exercise and sports science. A practitioner member must be considered senior in the field, and have a working knowledge of higher education provider practicum programs. Panel membership vacancies are advertised to the ESSA membership and academic units.
Associate Professor Chris Askew
Dr Askew is an associate Professor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). He also holds a conjoint position with the Sunshine Coast Health Institute (SCHI) at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, where he leads the VasoActive research group. He is an accredited exercise physiologist with a particular interest in pathophysiology, prevention and management of chronic age-related cardiovascular and neurodegenerative conditions. Chris is recognised internationally for his research in the area of peripheral arterial disease and exercise, and he has led the development of various guidelines and position statements. Chris is a past-president (2012-14) and national board member of ESSA. He was the inaugural chair of the ESSA Professional Standards Council and has overseen the development and review of standards in exercise science, sport science and clinical exercise physiology. He is a fellow of the European College of Sports Science, and Exercise & Sports Science Australia.
Associate Professor Nick Ball
Nick Ball is an Associate Professor in Sports Biomechanics at the University of Canberra (UC). Nick has over 15 years of experience in academia spanning both the UK and Australia and has previously been the Discipline Lead for Sport and Exercise Science (2014-2018) at UC, before going on to be the Head of School for Health sciences. Nick’s research interests focus on neuromuscular co-ordination and its applications to strength and conditioning and clinical populations. Nick is an Accredited Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach with over 10 years experience and is the current Head of Athletic Performance for the University of Canberra Capitals WNBL team. Nick is also currently on the Council of Heads of Exercise, Sport and Movement Sciences (CHESMS) executive board.
Professor Rod Barrett
Rod is a Professor in Biomechanics and current Head of Exercise Science and Sport within the School of Allied Health Sciences at Griffith University. He was awarded his PhD in biomechanical modelling of the musculoskeletal system in 2003 and has gone on to publish extensively in the area of musculoskeletal biomechanics, most notably on muscle and tendon pathology and falls in older adults. He has been a chief investigator on multiple NHMRC and multiple ARC grants and has supervised over 30 higher degree research and honours students to completion. Rod has served as President of the Australian and New Society of Biomechanics and is an editorial board member for several leading journals in his field.
Professor Amanda Benson
Professor Amanda Benson is the Course Director for Exercise and Sport Science and the Associate Dean Education for the School of Health Sciences at Swinburne University of Technology and an ESSA-accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) and a registered teacher (VIT). She has considerable experience in curriculum development within Australia and New Zealand in exercise science, physical education and health. Her teaching interests are in clinical exercise physiology, physical activity and technology. Her research interests are in using exercise and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease across the lifespan, with specific interest in cardiac rehabilitation, type 2 diabetes, resistance training and wearable and sensor technology.
Professor Timothy Carroll
Professor Carroll is the current program director of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (BExSS) degree program at the University of Queensland. He completed his doctorate in Neuroscience at the University of Queensland in 2001, and has been an Academic and educator working in professionally orientated University degree programs at the University of New South Wales and the University of Queensland since 2003. Associate Professor Carroll's expertise lies in the broad field of integrative human physiology. His work spans the fields of exercise science and integrative neuroscience, with a focus on determining how the central nervous system is reorganised as a consequence of motor learning and exercise. He has a specific interest in the area of strength training. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles and his work has been funded without interruption by the Australian Research Council (ARC) since 2004.
Associate Professor Rosanne Coutts
Associate Professor Rosanne Coutts is accredited with the Exercise and Sports Science Australia as an Exercise Physiologist and Sport Scientist (Sport Psychology). She practices in Exercise Physiology and teaches Sport and Exercise Psychology at Southern Cross University. Her clinical practice has a particular expertise in rehabilitation following fatiguing illness.She has been involved in a number of investigations into the efficacy of physical activity for special populations. Her development of graded walking as an activity for individuals diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has been incorporated into the current Australian Medical Guidelines. Her approaches to practice include the construction of evidence-based interventions for the use of physical activity and exercise approaches that further enhance behavioural change towards a lifestyle approach to health and well being.
Professor Andrew Cresswell
Professor Andrew Cresswell, is a Professor and former Head of School of the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences at The University of Queensland (UQ). He completed his medical doctorate in Neuroscience from the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, in 1993 and returned to Australia in 2005 as Professor in Biomechanics/Neurophysiology at UQ. Andrew’s research interest is in the integration of neurophysiology and biomechanics to investigate the control of human movement. He has co-authored more than 180 peer reviewed publications in leading scientific journals with more than 7,500 attributed citations. He has been awarded major research grants from the Swedish Research Foundation, the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council and the Australian Research Council. He is Section Editor for the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, Associate Editor for the European Journal of Applied Physiology and serves on the Editorial Boards for Acta Physiologic and Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports. He is a former Past-president of the International Society of Biomechanics, a Fellow of Sports Medicine Australia and The International Society of Biomechanics and a Past-president of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics.
Associate Professor Claire Drummond
Claire Drummond is an Associate Professor in Exercise Science at Flinders University and is the Academic Lead of the Exercise Science and Clinical Exercise Physiology courses. Claire is an experienced research leader in community and population health, specifically in the areas of physical activity, body image, gender, and exercise prescription and has extensive experience in qualitative research. Claire carries out performance testing for a range of elite athletes and is the High-Performance lead for Surf Lifesaving South Australia. Previously, Claire was the Associate Head of Faculty for Medicine, Nursing and Health Science (teaching and learning) where she provided curriculum oversight on the range of Health courses in the Faculty; most notably developing and implementing the new courses in Exercise Science and Clinical Exercise Physiology. Claire has a depth of knowledge in the area of quality in learning and teaching and University processes due to her prior role as the Director of the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT).
Dr Peter Edwards
Peter is a Lecturer in the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise and Sport Science at Curtin University, and a Senior Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) for 10 years at Hollywood Functional Rehabilitation Clinic (HFRC). His clinical and research interests span pre- and post-surgery rehabilitation, injury prevention return to sport optimisation, and digital health. He previously served as a senior AEP at the University of Western Australia (UWA) Health and Rehabilitation centre, including a role as a supervising AEP for two years on the paediatric exercise rehabilitation "Thriving" program at UWA.
Associate Professor Kate Edwards
Associate Professor Kate Edwards is currently the Course Director for the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science), in the Sydney School of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney. Kate received her PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK and completed post-doctoral training at the university of California, San Diego, USA. Her travels brought her to Australia to begin teaching exercise physiology in 2011. Kate's research interests focus on exercise immunology and behavioural medicine and have received national and international funding support. In particular, Kate's work is at the forefront of establishing the role of acute exercise as and adjuvant to medical interventions, including vaccination and chemotherapy. Kate's teaching leadership has been recognised by the award of a Senior Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy and appointment to External Program Review Committees at UNSW and WSU. Her commitment to and success in teaching excellence are evidenced by awards from both faculty and the University (Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2017). She has led several education innovation grants and published pedagogical book chapters and journal articles. Kate has been an active contributor to AES and AEP curriculum design and accreditation processes, in addition to coordinating and teaching across undergraduate and post-graduate programs.
Ms Kristy Hastings
Kristy is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and has been practising since 2008. After completing undergraduate studies at Deakin University, Kristy completed post-graduate studies at Victoria University of Technology. A passion in clinical education also led to the completion of a graduate certificate in Health Professional Education at Monash University. During her career, Kristy has worked in a range of public health settings including acute hospital and community rehabilitation settings before transitioning to community health. Kristy currently works in a Specialist Aged Service providing interventions to people living with dementia or cognitive impairment. Kristy is passionate about helping clients to improve their health and wellbeing through formal exercise and informal physical activity to ensure they can live well, in their own home for as long as possible. Since beginning her career, Kristy has provided clinical education to students from various universities and was student coordinator for Monash Health in 2014. In addition, Kristy has held sessional lecturer roles at La Trobe University in Bendigo, teaching Assessment and Exercise Prescription for Neurological Dysfunction. Kristy is passionate about providing a supportive learning environment where a student can develop their skills and achieve their learning outcomes.
Dr Maarten Immink
Dr Maarten Immink is Senior Lecturer in Human Movement at the University of South Australia. He coordinates motor learning and control and motor neuroscience undergraduate courses for the University’s Human Movement and Clinical Exercise Physiology degree programs. Between 2010 and 2013, Dr Immink was Program Director for the Human Movement degree and then the Clinical Exercise Physiology degree, the latter of which Dr Immink developed, launched and submitted ESSA course accreditation application documentation for ES and EP accreditation. Dr Immink’s research focuses on the neurocognitive processes that underlie skilled movement learning and performance. Part of this research aims to further our understanding for how training can be structured so as to enhance motor learning outcomes. He also investigates approaches to enhancing the individual’s capacity for motor skill learning and performance through mental training techniques including meditation.
Mrs Fiona Iredale
Fiona Iredale is the current course director of the Bachelor of Science (Exercise Science and Rehabilitation) and Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science) at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. She has been a tertiary educator in the UK, New Zealand and Australia for over 25 years and her teaching areas currently include musculoskeletal rehabilitation and injury prevention. Her research interests are varied and have recently been focussed on talent identification in football and combat sports. Fiona has been an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) since 2014 and is currently engaged as an AEP for a National Premier League soccer club in WA, overseeing and delivering injury prevention and management programmes and supervising EP and ES students undertaking practicum hours.
Dr Christopher Joyce
Dr Christopher Joyce is a Senior Lecturer and Program Coordinator of Exercise and Sports Science at UNDA. His teaching and research areas include sports biomechanics, team sport, and clinical exercise physiology producing research outputs and collaborations with national and international universities and sports organisations. He has over 10 years of tertiary teaching experience in Western Australia and Singapore and has supervised multiple higher degree research students. Since becoming an AEP in 2008, he has worked in multiple private practice settings, mainly focusing on musculoskeletal rehabilitation and exercise. His current practice is The Golf Rehab Clinic where he provides exercise rehabilitation to referred and private patients, as well as PGA professionals. He has an applied S&C background in state basketball, football (ARF) and rugby union, and is currently an approved education provider Australian PGA.
Mr Thomas Kimmet
Mr Tom Kimmet is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist working within the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Curtin University, Perth. Tom possesses extensive industry experience in exercise science and clinical exercise physiology settings and has spent the past 3 years developing and coordinating exercise clinics at both Curtin University and Victoria University, Melbourne. In his time at both institutions, Tom has been an active contributor to AEP curriculum design and accreditation processes, in addition to coordinating student practicum programs at undergraduate and post-graduate level. A member of ClinExEd, Tom is a passionate educator and has academic teaching experience across a variety of domains, specialising in professional and ethical exercise practice.
Associate Professor Anthony Leicht
Associate Professor Anthony Leicht is a senior academic within and former Director (2008-2011) of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science at James Cook University. He is an experienced exercise scientist/researcher with an international reputation and expertise in the responses to exercise with a particular emphasis on cardiovascular physiology including heart rate control. He has been an active member of ESSA since 2001 as a National board member, conference organiser, reviewer of funding and awards, developer of clinical and exercise science criteria, and is a current ESSA Fellow (2007). His research focus include topics that reflect his teaching interests of exercise physiology and exercise testing and he is a current Fellow of the European College of Sport Sciences (2010). He has received several awards (e.g. University of Southern Queensland, International Society for Heart Research, ESSA) and is a current member of several national and international professional bodies associated with exercise science and physiology. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, on several editorial boards, and a reviewer for >20 international sport and exercise science and physiology journals. He is a former international and national basketball referee and an avid sports fan.
Mr Timothy Miller
Tim Miller is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who has been practising since 2014. Tim has extensive experience across a range of settings including public and private hospitals, private practice and the university sector. He has clinical experience working with a broad range of pathology domains in both an acute and chronic context. As a clinician, Tim has supervised placement hours for many Exercise Physiology students. Additionally, he has experience in the coordination of student placements at both the University of Wollongong and Charles Sturt University. Tim is currently employed as a Lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physiology at Charles Sturt University where he coordinates subjects regarding the management of musculoskeletal, metabolic and renal pathologies, as well as a subject concerning the Australian workers’ compensation schemes. Tim continues to remain clinically active, consulting with a wide variety of clients from a clinic on Charles Sturt University’s Bathurst campus.
Dr Mandy Plumb
Dr Mandy Plumb graduated from the University of Wales, Bangor with a BSc (Hons) degree in Sports Science in 2000. Dr Plumb then gained a PhD (Mechanical & Metabolic Factors in Osteoarthritis) in Orthopaedic Surgery from the University of Aberdeen in 20005. Since then, Dr Plumb commenced a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the School of Psychology and Department of Child Health at the University of Aberdeen, developing an electronic tool to aid diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders in children. In July 2007 Dr Plumb was offered a Sport and Exercise Science Lectureship in the School of Health Sciences at The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Scotland, and in September 2010 joined Oxford Brookes University UK, as Senior Lecturer in Osteopathy as the Research Lead. In 2014 Dr Plumb joined Federation University and took on the role as Program Coordinator in Exercise and Sport Science in 2016. Dr Plumb's main research focus is to understand how children with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) plan their movements, when performing a simple task like reaching and grasping an object, and then a more complex task that requires some kind of choice. By understanding simple and complex motor planning, it may provide some insight into how to tailor appropriate interventions to these children to lessen the negative later life consequences that are currently observed.
Associate Professor Kate Pumpa
Associate Professor Kate Pumpa is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Accredited Practicing Sports Dietitian who teaches Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition at The University of Canberra. Kate is the convenor of the Bachelor of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation degree within the Discipline of Exercise and Sport Science, and the current Performance Dietitian for the Australian Rugby Union Wallabies. Kate completed her PhD at the Australian Institute of Sport in 2008 before consulting as a Sports Dietitian to Leinster Rugby Club based in Dublin, Ireland. In 2010 Kate was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the University of Canberra, where she is currently employed in a teaching and research position. Kate has been an AEP and APD since 2003, working in private practice and within the University of Canberra’s student-led Exercise Physiology Clinic. Kate’s research focuses on two distinct areas; the evaluation and application of assessing energy expenditure in athletes to assist with nutrition prescription and body composition manipulation, and the evaluation of different exercise interventions to improve outcomes in cancer patients.
Associate Professor Annette Raynor
Dr Raynor is an Associate Professor in Motor Learning and Control at Edith Cowan University where she coordinates and delivers units in Motor Learning and Control and through her research aims to improve motor performance in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder and older adults; enhance talent identification in sport; and improve decision making under pressure. Annette graduated from UWA with a Bachelor Physical Education (Hons), Diploma in Education and PhD, before commencing her academic career at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore as a lecturer in Motor Learning and Control and Biomechanics. She took up a similar role at the University of South Australia (2000-2011) and held a number of leadership roles including Associate Head of School and acting Head of School. Annette was Head of School, Exercise and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University from 2012-2015, a founding member of the Council of Heads of Exercise, Sport and Movement Sciences (CHESMS) Executive in 2012 and was elected as President of this Council in 2015. She has contributed to ESSA’s National University Course Accreditation Program since 2010 as both a reviewer and an executive council member and was awarded a Fellow of ESSA in 2020.
Ms Karen Salter
Karen is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) and has been practising since 2009. Karen has extensive industry experience in a range of settings including academic, private hospital, public health and private practice. She currently works in mental health, specialising in severe mental illness, with a focus on the role that movement therapies have in promoting function, personal recovery and community engagement. Karen’s previous clinical experience was in sub-acute rehabilitation, with a focus on neurological rehabilitation including spinal cord injury, stroke and Parkinson’s disease. As part of her role Karen completed the Stepping into Research Program and completed a systematic review and meta-analysis into the benefits of resistance training in the first 3 months after stroke. Karen has experience in academia, having been sessional academic at both Victoria and Deakin University and a full-time academic at Deakin University in the Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology program. Her role at Deakin University as an academic in Clinical Exercise Practice involved development of the student placement program, development of the student clinic and teaching into Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology units of study. Karen is Health at Every Size® (HAES®) aligned in her approach as a practitioner, with a passion for intuitive movement.
Ms Amanda Semaan
Amanda Semaan is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and has been practicing since 2012. Amanda currently works across both the practitioner and education field. Amanda is the co-director of a small allied health business working primarily in disability and mental health in Sydney (founded 2013). Her personal areas of expertise include mental health, intellectual disability and Aboriginal health. Amanda is also employed part-time with the University of Sydney (since 2012) as an Associate Lecturer in Work Integrated Learning. Amanda is a current research student at the University of Sydney. Her thesis title is Knowledge and attitudes of exercise physiology students to the mental health sector.
Dr Kath Shorter
Dr Kath Shorter is a Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Sports Science (Biomechanics) at the University of New England where she is currently Discipline Convenor (Teaching and Learning) and Course Coordinator for both the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science and, Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology. She has extensive teaching experience with a particular interest in the application of digital technologies to enable effective online learning within the field of biomechanics. Kath's main research areas stem from her background as a podiatrist where she is interested in lower limb biomechanics and understanding the pathomechanics of injuries. Kath has applied her expertise as an accredited exercise scientist through providing exercise and sports science support to a range of sporting athletes and teams within both the United Kingdom and Australia.
Dr Ryan Timmins
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 was also awarded the ASICS Medal for the Best Paper of the Conference at the Sports Medicine Australia Conference on the Gold Coast in 2015. 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.
Ms Rachel Venn
Rachel Venn is a Clinical Educator at the University of Canberra (UC) Student Led Clinic and an ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP). Rachel completed a Bachelor in Human Movement Science from Southern Cross University in 2004, a Graduate Certificate in Pain Management from the University of Sydney in 2007 and Paediatric Exercise Rehabilitation (taught in the Masters of Exercise Physiology) from University of Western Australia in 2016. Rachel’s current role as an AEP and Clinical Educator at UC is to provide clinical education and assessment of Exercise Physiology students and to facilitate the transition of theoretical knowledge into clinical practice. In addition to student supervision, Rachel has assumed a position as a panel assessor for UC Exit Exams, lectured as a sessional academic and assisted in facilitating research at the University of Canberra, University of Tasmania and University of Queensland. Rachel has a wide range of practical experience including working as a Student Supervisor and AEP on the University of Western Australia (UWA) Paediatric Exercise Rehabilitation Thriving program and in ACT Health at The Canberra Hospital Exercise Physiology Department. Rachel has also practiced as an AEP in Community Health, Private Practice and Multidisciplinary Pain Management Clinics. Rachel’s clinical experience ranges from working with paediatrics developing fundamental movement skills to specialised exercise prescription, cardiac rehabilitation in a hospital and community settings, chronic disease management (individual and group sessions) and cancer rehabilitation.
Dr Stuart Warmington
Dr Stuart Warmington is Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning in Exercise Science) within the school of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University. A Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology, Stuart was previously Course Director for the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science. Stuart graduated with a PhD in Physiology from the University of Melbourne and has subsequently accumulated over 20 years of University academic experience that commenced with a 10 year post within the Department of Physiology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland with roles that included Coordinator of the Masters in Exercise Physiology and Deputy Head of Department. Stuart's research is focused on exercise for health with a major focus on the application of blood flow restriction exercise to improve muscle health in populations such as older adults, dialysis patients and the wider home-based training community. In addition, Stuart is investigating athlete health using heart rate metrics during recovery with a focus on associations with sleep that extends to first responders (athletes) in military settings. Stuart has supervised 6 PhD students and 8 MSc students to completion as well as 30+ Honours students. He is a current member of the Physiological Society and the Australian Physiological Society and prior Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, and was previously an external advisor for the Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Activity, Health and Wellness) within the Institute of Sport and Adventure, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand.