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Exercise Research Group

Investigating the role of exercise in healthy ageing and prevention and management of chronic disease.

Research by this group focuses on the role of exercise in healthy ageing, and in the prevention and management of chronic disease.
The group is experienced in conducting observational and short and long term exercise intervention trials taking a range of physiological and biochemical measures. Members of the group regularly collaborate with other research groups within HLS, the university, and external organisations.

Examples of recent study areas include:

  • Examinations of the effects of exercise on vascular function in healthy ageing and in patients with established cardiovascular disease.
  • Various studies investigating the benefits of different exercise modalities including resistance training, flexibility training and Pilates on falls risk factors in independent living older individuals.
  • Translational research examining the effect of exercise physiology counselling on lifestyle change and clinical outcomes in a range of disease states including cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.
  • The potential use of new technologies to assist clinician/client interactions in a clinical exercise setting.

Major Achievements and Grants

  • $116,925 over 3 years (2016-2018) from ESSA to investigate The effectiveness of Clinical Exercise Physiology Services in the Ongoing Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes.
  • $18,663 from the National Stroke Foundation (2014) to evaluate the use of the Jintronix Stroke Rehabilitation System

Members of the Exercise Group regularly receive funding from Clifford Craig Medical research trust The group has won three community engagement awards for work performed through the Exercise Clinic:

  • 2013 University of Tasmania Vice-Chancellor's Community Engagement Award
  • 2013 Tasmanian Allied Health Professionals Advancement Committee Award for Connecting with the Community
  • 2014 Medibank Active Tasmania Inspiration Award

HDR Students

Name Qualification Project
Mr Daryl Foy PhD Towards a Behavioural Model for Online Exercise Communities
Ms Katie-Jane Brickwood MSc Improving Physical Activity Levels post participation in the Strength2Strength Program
Mr David Carter MSc Dynamic Balance and Locomotion is Affected During an Exercise Task in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Ms Sonia Schlotzer MSc Does Reverse Dieting Provide Restoration of Any Metabolic Downregulation and Increases in LBM Whilst Minimising or Moderating Fat Accretion in the Physique Athlete Population?


Key Information

Contact details:

For further information on current and/or future projects, please contact Dr Andrew Williams.

Research theme areas:

  • Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease