Physical Activity Across the Lifespan

About us

Physical Activity in Paediatric Populations:

The Physical Activity in Paediatric Populations research group is a multidisciplinary team which includes clinicians (paediatric sport and exercise medicine physicians, exercise physiologists) and researchers. The primary focus is the role of physical activity in healthy paediatric populations and children with chronic disease and disability. In order to combat the overwhelming incidence of cardiovascular disease in Australia, we aim to improve physical activity levels and instil lifelong exercise habits from childhood. A further aim is to identify the role of gross motor skill development in promoting physical activity levels, reducing sitting and small screen viewing time and reducing the overweight and obesity risk in childhood.

Team:

A/Prof Carolyn Broderick

Carolyn leads a program of research in the area of physical activity, sports injury surveillance and exercise prescription in healthy children and children with chronic disease

A/Prof David Simar

David has 15 years of research experience in the fields of Metabolism, Immunology and Exercise Physiology with an established international research group focusing on immuno-metabolism and exercise physiology

Dr Belinda Parmenter

Dr Parmenter is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with over 25 years’ experience in prescribing and delivering exercise for cardiovascular health. She works in prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease across the lifespan, with her current work in pre-schoolers focussing on fundamental motor skills.

Ms Jessica Bellamy

Jessica is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist specialising in providing physical activity interventions to people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Ms Nancy Van Doorn

Nancy is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist specialising in providing exercise prescription to children with chronic disease.

Dr David Mizrahi

David is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist specialising in providing exercise interventions for children and adult cancer survivors, both during and after treatment.

Physical activity in for adolescents

Dr Belinda Parmenter

Dr Parmenter is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with over 25 years’ experience in prescribing and delivering exercise for cardiovascular health. Her clinical and research experience in adolescents includes a focus on eHealth education to improve physical activity levels and reduce recreational screen time.

Physical activity in older adults

Team:

A/Prof Jeanette Thom

Jeanette has extensive experience of exercise interventions for healthy older adults.

Dr Belinda Parmenter

Dr Parmenter is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with over 25 years’ experience in prescribing and delivering exercise for cardiovascular health. Her clinical and research experience in older adults includes a specialisation in assessment, prescription, implementation and supervision of physical activity and exercise for patients at risk of developing or having cardiovascular disease.

Dr Rachel Ward

Rachel focuses on quantitative analysis of human movement and motor learning. She leads a research program investigating the therapeutic benefits of modified dance classes for older adults.

Ms Meg Letton

Meg Letton is a MSc candidate. Her research relates to biomechanical analysis of human movement. She is currently investigating the therapeutic benefits of classical ballet training for older adults, including both functional and biomechanical outcomes.

Specific research areas include:

  • the role of physical activity in childhood in ameliorating risk of cardiovascular disease
  • interventions to improve participation in physical activity in children and adolescents
  • physical activity and exercise interventions for children with or surviving cancer
  • evaluating the role of exercise in special paediatric populations including children with haemophilia, obesity and insulin resistance, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and the mitochondrial myopathies
  • quantification and analysis of human movement to guide motor skill acquisition
  • assessing interventions to improve fundamental motor skills in young children and their impact on physical activity participation

Team

Students

Alex Engel (PhD)
Sarah Ludowici (MSc)
Lauren Ha (MSc)
Meg Letton (MSc)