Sibella Hardcastle

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Sibella Hardcastle

Exercise Physiologist and Lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physiology

Room C001B , Building C

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Dr Sibella Hardcastle is a lecturer in clinical exercise physiology in the School of Health Sciences, Allied Health discipline, and is a practicing accredited exercise physiologist. Sibella has research interests in the use of exercise to manage and prevent chronic health conditions.


Sibella managed the UTAS Exercise Physiology Clinic from 2013 to 2018. 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

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




Professional practice

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

Administrative expertise

  • 15 years experience working in government departments in NSW (Environment Protection Authority and Ministry for the Arts)
  • Set up the UTAS Exercise Clinic in its current location (2013) and oversaw a team of 5 staff. Undertook clinical education of Exercise Physiology practicum students. Undertook the development and expansion of clinic-based research projects and exercise programs for the local community.


Teaching expertise

  • Sibella has developed and coordinated postgraduate units in musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation, occupational rehabilitation, clinical communication and ethics in exercise therapy.
  • Sibella has contributed to development and taught into postgraduate units including exercise for cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders, exercise for metabolic disorders, kidney diseases and cancers, exercise for mental health, exercise for health and wellbeing and clinical exercise practicum units.
  • Sibella has also contributed to tutoring and lecturing in undergraduate units in anatomy and physiology, microbiology, introduction to biochemistry, exercise physiology and nutrition, clinical exercise physiology, and practicum in exercise science.

Teaching responsibility

Full Coordination

Co-Coordination / Teaching / Development:

Research Invitations

Invited Speaker: Healthy ageing. Rotary Tasmania. March 2018. Launceston

Invited Speaker: Exercise for Myeloma. Leukaemia Foundation. May 2017. Launceston.

Invited Speaker: Exercise for Prostate Cancer. Cancer Council. Dec 2015. Launceston.

Invited Speaker: Strategies to avoid injury during gardening. School for Seniors: Oct 2015. Launceston.

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  • Climate variations and haemodynamics
  • Exercise interventions for chronic conditions (primarily cancers, type II diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions, pulmonary and cardiac conditions)

Research Themes

Sibella’s research aligns with the “Better Health” theme. Her research interests 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.


Sibella is involved in research projects including a multicentre trial looking at the effect of exercise physiology consultations on health outcomes in people with type II diabetes, and has plans in progress for collaborative studies with UTAS staff, looking at the demographics of people who use the UTAS Exercise Physiology Clinic, the effects of app-based exercise prescription in people undergoing treatment for bowel cancer, and the effects of hip position on muscle recruitment during knee extension using dynamometer and EMG.

Fields of Research

  • Exercise physiology (420702)
  • Primary health care (420319)
  • Allied health and rehabilitation science (420199)
  • Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy (390110)
  • Mental health services (420313)
  • Clinical sciences (320299)
  • Higher education (390303)
  • Biomechanics (420701)
  • Pain (320218)
  • Nutrition and dietetics (321099)
  • Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases) (320101)
  • Health psychology (520304)
  • Health counselling (420307)

Research Objectives

  • Clinical health (200199)
  • Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services) (200301)
  • Behaviour and health (200401)
  • Human pain management (200103)
  • Health education and promotion (200203)
  • Evaluation of health and support services (200299)
  • Women's and maternal health (200509)
  • Other health (209999)
  • Provision of health and support services (200399)
  • Sport, exercise and recreation (130699)
  • Evaluation of health outcomes (200202)
  • Mental health services (200305)
  • Nutrition (200410)


Total publications


Journal Article

(8 outputs)
2022Ansari Misha, Radford J, Hardcastle S, O'Brien J, Williams AD, 'Exercise is medicine for people with T2D', Diabetes Management Journal pp. 22-24. ISSN 1833-5365 (2022) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Ansari Misha; Radford J; O'Brien J; Williams AD


2020Bridgman H, Bird ML, Heyworth KJ, Maine G, Hardcastle SG, et al., 'Evaluating an interprofessional workshop on persistent pain: the role of adult learning and social identity theories', Journal of Applied Learning & Teaching, 3, (Special Issue No.1) pp. 129-139. ISSN 2591-801X (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.37074/jalt.2020.3.s1.11 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Bridgman H; Bird ML; Heyworth KJ; Maine G; Murray SL; Radford J; Elmer SL; Norris KA; Dean T; Marlow AH; Williams AD; Todd A


2020Bridgman H, Todd A, Maine G, Hardcastle S, Bird ML, et al., 'Piloting an interprofessional chronic pain management program: perspectives of health students and community clients', Journal of Interprofessional Care pp. 1-10. ISSN 1356-1820 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13561820.2020.1830047 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Bridgman H; Todd A; Maine G; Bird ML; Radford J; Marlow A; Elmer S; Murray S; Norris K; Dean T; Williams A


2020Garrahy E, Davison K, Hardcastle S, O'Brien J, Pedersen S, et al., 'Exercise as cardiovascular medicine', Australian Journal of General Practice, 49, (8) pp. 483-487. ISSN 2208-794X (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.31128/AJGP-03-20-5294 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Garrahy E; O'Brien J; Pedersen S; Williams A; Radford J


2019Kitic CM, Selig S, Davison K, Best TLB, Parmenter B, et al., 'Study protocol for a multicentre, controlled non-randomised trial: benefits of exercise physiology services for type 2 diabetes (BEST)', BMJ Open, 9 Article e027610. ISSN 2044-6055 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027610 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Kitic CM; Cheney M; Palmer AJ; Williams AD


2018Williams AD, Bird ML, Hardcastle SGK, Kirschbaum M, Ogden KJ, et al., 'Exercise for reducing falls in people living with and beyond cancer', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews pp. 1-66. ISSN 1469-493X (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011687.pub2 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 9

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


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 - 8Web of Science - 9

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

(8 outputs)
2021Buchan J, Pitcher C, Sealey R, Ducker K, Pascoe D, et al., 'An analysis of exercise science and exercise physiology work-integrated learning supervision in Australia', Research to Practice 2021, 6 - 8 May 2021, virtual (2021) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: McGowan C

2021Hardcastle S, Davison K, Parmenter B, Cesnick R, Ahuja K, et al., 'The Effectiveness of Clinical Exercise Physiology Services in the Ongoing Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes: Preliminary Regional Results', Research to Practice 2021, 6-8 May 2021, online (2021) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ahuja K; Hodonu J; Cheney M; Kitic C; Williams A

2020Davison K, Selig S, Parmenter B, Best T, Fraiser S, et al., 'Value And Challenges Of Investigating Real-world Effectiveness Of Exercise Physiology Services For Type-2 Diabetes', Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise ISSN 1530-0315 (2020) [Conference Extract]

DOI: 10.1249/01.mss.0000671564.90073.8e [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Cheney M; Hodonu J; Kitic C; Williams A


2019Bridgman H, Bird M-L, Dean T, Elmer S, Hardcastle S, et al., 'Sustaining undergraduate inter-professional practice', The Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) 2019 Conference, 1-4 July, Canberra, ACT (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Bridgman H; Bird M-L; Dean T; Elmer S; Marlow A; Murray S; Norris K; Radford J; Todd A; Williams A

2018Bridgman H, Maine G, Murray SL, Williams AD, Hardcastle SG, et al., 'Evaluation of an interprofessional, student co-facilitated community chronic pain management program', Teaching Matters 2018, November, University of Tasmania, Newnham Campus, Launceston (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Bridgman H; Murray SL; Williams AD; Bird ML; Radford JC; Todd A; Elmer SL; Dean T; Norris K; Marlow AH

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

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
2021Bridgman H, Mawer T, McGowan C, Murray S, Williams A, et al., 'Cornerstone Youth Services Nutrition and Physical Activity Capacity Building Project: Final Report', Headspace, Australia (2021) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Bridgman H; Mawer T; McGowan C; Murray S; Williams A; Kent K

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Cornerstone Youth Services (CYS) Nutrition and Physical Activity Capacity Building Project (2020 - 2021)$47,000
This project aims to increase the capacity of CYS staff to deliver best practice interventions aimed at improving nutrition, physical activity and mental health and reducing obesity risk. This project involves:1). A needs assessment involving:A brief pre training survey instrument and focus group/s to capture CYS staff skills, ability, knowledge and confidence about nutrition interventions for mental health, physical activity and referral activityA focus group/s with the CYS Youth Advisory Group about the nutrition and needs of CYS clients and how to best engage young people about nutrition. A cross sectional survey of CYS youth clients who have accessed CYS in the past 12 months. The survey will measure: diet quality, access to healthy food, understanding healthy food options, where/how healthy food information is accessed, current physical activity levels, barriers to participating in physical activity, awareness of the role of regular physical activity in the maintenance of health, and acceptable information delivery methods. 2). Development of training materials for staff and materials to use with youth clients and delivery of three staff training sessions 3). Collaborative exploration and brief service mapping of potential ongoing referral pathways and partnerships focusing on enabling healthy nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention 4). A brief post training survey instrument and focus group/s to capture change in CYS staff skills, ability, knowledge and confidence about nutrition interventions for mental health, physical activity and referral activity after engaging in the training and accessing materials.
Cornerstone Youth Services Inc ($47,000)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bridgman H; Kent K; Murray SL; Williams AD; Hardcastle SG; Bird ML; McGowan C
2020 - 2021
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 S; Davison K; Kitic C; Brancato T; Parmenter B; Fraser S; Hardcastle SG
2016 - 2018

Research Supervision

Current co-supervisor of a PhD candidate who is comparing the effects of uphill (concentric) and downhill (eccentric) walking on health outcomes in people with type II diabetes.  Project title “A novel method of treatment for Type II Diabetic Patients”




PhDA Novel Method of Treatment for Type II Diabetic Patients2018
PhDExtending the Reach of the Health System into the Community by Providing Physical Activity Programs after a Stroke2020