Casey Mainsbridge

UTAS Home Dr Casey Mainsbridge
Casey Mainsbridge

Casey Mainsbridge

Director of Student Engagement
Lecturer in Health and Physical Education

Room G220, Building G, Newnham Campus

+61 3 6324 3471 (phone)

+61 3 6324 3048 (fax)

Casey graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Human Movement Studies in 1999. He has spent seventeen years working in the health and fitness industry as a gym manager, personal trainer, fitness instructor, and industry health presenter. He has experience as a primary school health and physical education teacher, and has also worked with Adult Education as a health professional for the over 50's population.  

Casey has worked at the University of Tasmania in the Faculty of Education since 2003, and in this time has taught into and coordinated several units within the Health and Physical Education and Physical Activity Studies degree programs.


For as long as Casey can remember he always wanted to be a Health and Physical Education teacher. In pursuit of this career he began working in the health and fitness industry in his third year of University study, and quickly developed a passion for helping others to strive for and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. The health and fitness industry incorporated educating broad populations on physical activity, different types of physical activity, nutrition, and teaching swimming; which ultimately led to Casey venturing into primary school teaching and higher education. 

His passion for working in higher education continued to develop, and over the past twelve years he has coordinated a variety of units such as Health and Physical Activity, HPE Pedagogy, Community Sport and Recreation, Motor Learning, and Sport Education. Casey completed a Bachelor of Education (In-service) with Honours in 2005, investigating pre-service teachers' and supervisors' perceptions of the quality of supervision in teacher education. Currently he is undergoing PhD studies, investigating the effect of a workplace intervention to reduce prolonged occupational sitting and increase non-purposeful movement in desk-based employees. 

Casey is the Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education) and Bachelor of Physical Activity Studies programs.

Career summary


  • BEd (Inservice) (Hons) (2005) 'Pre-service teachers' and supervisors' perceptions of the quality of supervision in teacher education' University of Tasmania, Australia
  • BHM (1999) University of Tasmania, Australia


Professional practice

  • Australian Council for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (ACHPER)
  • Fitness Australia
  • Australian Fitness Network
  • Triathlon Australia
  • Active Tasmania - steering committee
  • HealthyU – University of Tasmania staff health and wellbeing program

Administrative expertise

  • Course Coordinator Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education) 
  • Course Coordinator Bachelor of Physical Activity Studies


Health and Physical Activity; Contemporary Health Issues; Organisation in Community Sport and Recreation; Health and Physical Education Pedagogy; Motor Learning; Human Development

Teaching expertise

I have an extensive background in the health and fitness industry exceeding seventeen years. This experience has involved me delivering and educating broad populations in several domains of health, such as: holistic health, nutrition, strength and conditioning, coaching, personal training, exercise design and prescription, injury management and exercise rehabilitation, health assessments, business management as a health professional, event organisation and operation in the community.

Teaching responsibility

ESP114 Health and Physical Activity

ESP322 Organisation in Community Sport and Recreation

ESP180 Applied HPE Pedagogy

Research Invitations

Tasmania Worksafe Week presentation 2012 (Hobart, Mercure Hotel). Presentation on workplace sitting behaviour and the Exertime intervention designed to interrupt prolonged occupational sitting.

View more on Mr Casey Mainsbridge in WARP


  • Sedentary behaviour
  • Habitual behaviour
  • Electronic health
  • Youth physical activity and related strategy to increase physical activity

Research Themes

Casey's research aligns with multiple research themes identified by the University of Tasmania. Most notably his research connects with the Better Health theme, as he has a strong interest in methods to improve population health, to establish lifelong health, and changing health behaviours. Specifically, Casey's PhD research examines prolonged occupational sitting in desk-based employees, and investigates the efficacy of an interactive software intervention designed to reduce sitting and increase movement. Key elements of this research include modifying the physical and social environment to influence health behaviours, along with methods to change and create health habits. These elements of his research align with the Environment, Resources, and Sustainability theme, and also connect with the Creativity, Culture, and Society research theme.  

Another area of Casey's research focuses on community approaches and strategies to increase population physical activity levels, specifically that of youth. This research has addressed political, social, cultural, and geographical issues relating to physical activity in Tasmania, and provides a viewpoint of the current state of affairs. The research themes that this area of research aligns with are Better Health; Creativity, and Society; Environment, resources, and Sustainability; and Data, Knowledge, and Decisions.


  • PhD research project was conducted in collaboration with the Tasmanian Department of Police and Emergency Management (2010 – current).
  • Port Dalrymple School Tasmania (George Town) provided the research site and population for research investigating youth physical activity and interventions (2009).


  • UTAS Trailblazer finalist, second place (2010)
  • Faculty of Education Research Merit Certificate (2014)

Fields of Research

  • Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
  • Human Movement and Sports Science (110699)
  • Learning Sciences (130309)
  • Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy (130210)
  • Primary Health Care (111717)
  • Health Promotion (111712)
  • Continuing and Community Education (130101)
  • Preventive Medicine (111716)
  • Health and Community Services (111708)
  • Exercise Physiology (110602)
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
  • Social and Community Psychology (170113)
  • Specialist Studies in Education (130399)
  • Community Child Health (111704)
  • Secondary Education (130106)
  • Family Care (111707)
  • Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105)
  • Higher Education (130103)

Research Objectives

  • Health Education and Promotion (920205)
  • Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) (920599)
  • Workforce Transition and Employment (939908)
  • Education and Training Systems (930599)
  • Teacher and Instructor Development (930202)
  • Occupational Health (920505)
  • Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect) (930104)
  • Rural Health (920506)
  • Child Health (920501)
  • Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being) (920408)
  • Behaviour and Health (920401)
  • School/Institution Community and Environment (930402)
  • Teaching and Instruction Technologies (930203)
  • Social Structure and Health (920413)


Total publications


Journal Article

(7 outputs)
2016Mainsbridge CP, Cooley D, Fraser SP, Pedersen SJ, 'A workplace intervention designed to interrupt prolonged occupational sitting: Self-reported perceptions of health from a cohort of desk-based employees over 26 weeks', International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 9, (2) pp. 221-237. ISSN 1753-8351 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1108/IJWHM-01-2015-0005 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Cooley D; Fraser SP; Pedersen SJ


2016Pedersen SJ, Kitic CM, Bird M-L, Mainsbridge CP, Cooley PD, 'Is self-reporting workplace activity worthwhile? Validity and reliability of occupational sitting and physical activity questionnaire in desk-based workers', BMC Public Health, 16 Article 836. ISSN 1471-2458 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s12889-016-3537-4 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

Co-authors: Pedersen SJ; Kitic CM; Bird M-L; Cooley PD


2015Bird M-L, Shing C, Mainsbridge C, Cooley D, Pedersen S, 'Activity behaviors of university staff in the workplace: a pilot study', Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 12, (8) pp. 1128-1132. ISSN 1543-3080 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1123/jpah.2014-0259 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Bird M-L; Shing C; Cooley D; Pedersen S


2014Cooley P, Pedersen S, Mainsbridge C, 'Assessment of the impact of a workplace intervention to reduce prolonged occupational sitting time', Qualitative Health Research, 24, (1) pp. 90-101. ISSN 1552-7557 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1049732313513503 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Cooley P; Pedersen S


2014Mainsbridge C, Cooley PD, Fraser SP, Pedersen SJ, 'The effect of an e-health intervention designed to reduce prolonged occupational sitting on mean arterial pressure', Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 56, (11) pp. 1189-1194. ISSN 1536-5948 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000243 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Cooley PD; Fraser SP; Pedersen SJ


2014Mainsbridge C, Swabey K, Fraser S, Penney D, 'Youth physical activity and health interventions: Ineffective and ill-conceived action?', Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport & Physical Education, 5, (2) pp. 133-150. ISSN 1837-7130 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/18377122.2014.906058 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Swabey K; Fraser S


2014Pedersen SJ, Cooley PD, Mainsbridge C, 'An e-health intervention designed to increase workday energy expenditure by reducing prolonged occupational sitting habits', Work, 49 pp. 289-295. ISSN 1051-9815 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3233/WOR-131644 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 20

Co-authors: Pedersen SJ; Cooley PD


Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
2012Pedersen S, Mainsbridge C, Cooley P, 'Interventions and Best Practices', Engaging Wellness: Corporate wellness programs that work, Corporate Health and Wellness Association, R Stephano & J Edelheit (ed), United States, pp. 282-293. ISBN 978-1-61369-002-4 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Pedersen S; Cooley P



(2 outputs)
2010Mainsbridge C, Swabey KJ, Cooley PD, 'Book Review of Sport Studies', Sport, education and society, 15, (3) pp. 388-390. (2010) [Review Single Work]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Swabey KJ; Cooley PD

2009Mainsbridge C, 'Disability and youth sport: International studies in physical education and youth sport', Sport Education and Society, 14, (4) pp. 484-486. (2009) [Review Single Work]

DOI: 10.1080/13573320903239095 [eCite] [Details]


Conference Publication

(4 outputs)
2016Brett P, Kilpatrick S, Fitzallen NE, Mainsbridge C, Reynolds B, et al., 'Evidencing the impact of pre-service teachers: shifting the conversation', Proceedings of the 2016 Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 27 November - 1 December 2016, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pp. 1-13. ISSN 1324-9320 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Brett P; Kilpatrick S; Fitzallen NE; Reynolds B; Kertesz J; Thomas S

2014Bird M-L, Shing C, Cooley PD, Mainsbridge C, Pedersen SJ, 'We should know better - high rates of sedentary behaviours in a University workplace', The Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference, 17-20 October 2013, Melbourne, Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Bird M-L; Shing C; Cooley PD; Pedersen SJ

2011Mainsbridge C, Cooley P, Pedersen S, Fraser S, Cosgrove M, 'The effect of a computer-based workplace health and wellbeing program on workplace health culture', Proceedings of the 2011 Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 27 November - 1 December 2011, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 1-14. ISSN 1324-9320 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Cooley P; Pedersen S; Fraser S


2006Cooley PD, Brooker RA, Mainsbridge C, 'Organisational entry into teaching: The role of knowledge acquisition and the relationship with positive outcomes in pre-service HPE teachers', AARE Conference Proceedings, 27 Nov - 1 Dec, Paramatta, NSW EJ ISSN 1324-9339 (2006) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Cooley PD; Brooker RA

Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
2011Pedersen SJ, Cooley PD, Mainsbridge C, 'Exertime: Getting office employees out of their seats and on the move', Workplace Issues, Workcover Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, December 2010, p. 30. (2011) [Media Interview]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Pedersen SJ; Cooley PD

2010Pedersen SJ, Cooley PD, Mainsbridge C, 'UTAS Trailblazer Finalist, Second Place' (2010) [Award]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Pedersen SJ; Cooley PD

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Promoting Health Literacy in Tasmanian Primary Schools - Evaluating the HealthLit4Kids pilot study. (2017)$9,912
Preventative health project, empowering teachers and students to explore, discuss, design and share resources capable of improving Health/Literacy of Tasmanian school children and their families.The HealthLit4Kids pilot study has been designed and run by the Lead researchers during 2017 in Blackmans Bay Primary School, Tasmania, as part of a planned mixed method, multi-stage project. Health literacy is the ability to access, understand and apply information about healthy lifestyle choices that influence health behaviours and outcomes throughout the life course. Tasmania has low rates of literacy and health literacy; morbidity and mortality statistics are some of the worst in Australia. Therefore promoting and developing Health Literacy at the primary school level is of the utmost importance. This is best done through research partnerships with schools, teachers, parents and community organisations. This project has so far been resourced and supported by the lead researchers, school principal and teachers and a number of local community organisations. Following preparatory teacher workshops a comprehensive School Action Plan was developed. Innovative classroom teaching took place during July, August and September in all year grades, on a variety of Health Literacy topics related the Australian National Curriculum, Health and Physical Education. These classroom activities aimed to introduce to children culturally, socially and age group relevant Health Literacy concepts and their practical applications. Qualitative evidence of students engagement and learning outcomes will be evaluated by teachers and researchers during a Health Literacy competition to be held 24 September to 4 October. Now CCS funding is sought for a paid Research Assistant who is needed in order to help the expanded research team analyse data already gathered and planned, including a parents survey, focus group and final teacher workshop. Lessons learned about effective Health Literacy teaching strategies and resources modelled in the pilot need to be critically examined, analysed and documented in preparation for a broader project to be conducted in other primary schools in 2018, pending external grant funding.
University of Tasmania ($9,912)
Creativity, Culture & Society Research Development
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Nash RE; Elmer SL; Abbott-Chapman J; Gall SL; Mainsbridge C; Patterson KAE
LEAP Evaluation (2009)$19,714
Port Dalrymple School ($19,714)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Penney D; Mainsbridge C; Auckland SRJ
Health Awareness Campaign (2008)$500
McCains Foods ($500)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Mainsbridge C

Research Supervision

Chief supervision of an Honours student in 2009. The topic for his thesis was 'The effects of fitness testing in physical education on the physical self-concept of grade 5 and grade 6 primary school students'.




PhDTo measure school-based character and values education programs and develop an understanding of the relationship between character strengths/values and adolescent developmental outcomes2017
PhDThe Challenge of declining laboratory facilities and increasing students cohorts:First year students perceptions of the use of online microbiology practicals to supplemnt face to face laboratory sessions2017