Sibella Hardcastle

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Sibella Hardcastle

Sibella Hardcastle

Exercise Physiologist and PEP Coordinator (Ex Sci & Ex Phys)

Room E013, Building E, Newnham Campus

+61 3 6324 4005 (phone)

+61 3 6324 3658 (fax)

Dr Sibella Hardcastle is the Coordinator of the UTAS Exercise Physiology Clinic and of PEP for Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology degrees.

Career summary



Thesis title





Haemodynamic responses to climate variations in healthy individuals and those with type 2 diabetes mellitus

University of Tasmania



BHM (1st Class Hons)

The Effect of Individual Exercise Counselling with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist in Cardiac Rehabilitation

University of Tasmania




Sibella completed her Bachelor, Honours and PhD degrees with the University of Tasmania with an interest in cardiovascular physiology and exercise interventions for managing chronic health conditions

Research Themes

Sibella’s research aligns with the “Better Health” theme. Her research topics include climate and the cardiovascular system, and the impact of targeted exercise for chronic conditions, including cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, cardiovascular diseases, chronic pain, and musculoskeletal disorders.


Professional practice

  • Exercise & Sports Science Australia
  • Exercise is Medicine Australia Network

Administrative expertise

  • 15 years previous administrative experience working with government departments in NSW (Environment Protection Authority and Ministry for the Arts)
  • Set up the UTAS Exercise Clinic in its current location (2013) and currently oversee the management of the clinic with one staff member, and clinical teaching/supervision/assessment of ~13 Ex Phys practicum students per year.  Development and expansion of clinic-based projects and exercise classes.


Have taught (tutorial and lecture) into anatomy and physiology, microbiology, introduction to biochemistry, exercise physiology and nutrition, clinical exercise physiology, practicum in exercise science and clinical exercise practicum units.

Teaching responsibility

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  • Climate variations and haemodynamics
  • Exercise interventions for chronic conditions

Fields of Research

  • Exercise Physiology (110602)
  • Primary Health Care (111717)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics (111199)
  • Biomechanics (110601)
  • Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases) (110201)

Research Objectives

  • Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) (920201)
  • Health (929999)
  • Cancer and Related Disorders (920102)
  • Diabetes (920104)
  • Health Education and Promotion (920205)
  • Cardiovascular System and Diseases (920103)


Total publications


Journal Article

(2 outputs)
2013King SG, Ahuja KDK, Wass J, Shing CM, Adams MJ, et al., 'Effect of whole-body mild-cold exposure on arterial stiffness and central haemodynamics: a randomised, cross-over trial in healthy men and women', European Journal of Applied Physiology, 113, (5) pp. 1257-1269. ISSN 1439-6319 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00421-012-2543-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Ahuja KDK; Wass J; Shing CM; Adams MJ; Sharman JE; Williams AD


2009Hetherington S, King SG, Visentin DC, Bird ML, 'A kinematic and kinetic case study of a netball shoulder pass', International Journal of Exercise Science, 2, (4) ISSN 1939-795X (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Hetherington S; Visentin DC; Bird ML


(1 outputs)
2015Williams AD, Bird ML, King SG, Kirschbaum M, Ogden K, 'Exercise for preventing falls in people with cancer living in the community', The Cochrane Library, (5) pp. 1-9. ISSN 1465-1858 (2015) [Substantial Review]

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Co-authors: Williams AD; Bird ML; Kirschbaum M; Ogden K

Conference Publication

(3 outputs)
2015Van Der Ploeg WJ, Elmer SL, King SG, Williams AD, 'An Exercise in Health Literacy: Fostering the Health Literacy of Clients Attending an Exercise Clinic', Sustainable Healthcare Transformation Conference, 18-20 March, 2015, Hobart, Tasmania (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Van Der Ploeg WJ; Elmer SL; Williams AD

2013Ahuja KDK, Beckett JM, King SG, Ball MJ, 'Chilli intake has beneficial effect on postprandial glucose in people with type-2 diabetes', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia, 4 Dec - 6 Dec, Brisbane, Australia ISSN 1836-1935 (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ahuja KDK; Beckett JM; Ball MJ

2010McCullagh JJ, Singh B, Fell JW, King SG, Aitken J, et al., 'The effect of individualised exercise counselling on rehabilitation following a cardiac event', Proceedings of the 4th Exercise & Sports Science Australia conference and the 6th Sports Dietitians Australia update, 9-11 April 2010, Gold Coast, pp. 97. ISBN 978-0-646-53190-8 (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: McCullagh JJ; Fell JW; Williams AD

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Exercise Physiology in Practice: Development of an Evidence Based Practice Network (2016 - 2018)$116,925
This study aims to: 1) investigate the effectiveness of services provided by Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) using the model of type II diabetes (T2DM) in a primary practice situation on (i) sustained participation in physical activity and (ii) surrogate markers of clinical prognosis such as cardiovascular and metabolic risk in each client; 2) estimate the association between different levels of participation and surrogate markers of clinical prognosis (dose-response); 3) estimate the relative cost-effectiveness of different frequencies of attendance; and 4) establish a methodology for regular surveillance of practice effectiveness. Clients with T2DM will be recruited for this study to one of ten university sites throughout Australia that regularly treat T2DM clients.
Exercise & Sports Science Australia ($116,925)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Williams AD; Selig Steve; Davison K; Kitic C; Brancato T; Parmenter Belinda; Fraser S; Hardcastle SG
2016 - 2018