Exercise to Decrease Cardio-Metabolic Disease Risk Webinar

Exercise to Decrease Cardio-Metabolic Disease Risk Webinar

Exercise to Decrease Cardio-Metabolic Disease Risk Webinar

Cardiometabolic health (CMH) is an umbrella term encompassing risk factors of the cardiovascular and metabolic systems that contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes (T2D). Currently, each condition affects an estimated 1.2 million Australians. Exercise is a well-established management strategy for CMH, with Accredited Exercise Physiologists specialising in the delivery of exercise interventions for the prevention and management of cardiometabolic disease. This webinar will explore the research of Dr Kelly McLeod’s thesis, focusing on an investigation of exercise interventions for the management of CMH in older adults in research and clinical environments, including those made available through the Australian national health care scheme Medicare. The webinar will explore the thesis’ research which aimed to identify evidence-based features of exercise interventions that optimally improve CMH in older adults and to identify factors that optimise the delivery of and compliance to individualised exercise therapy in a community setting. Firstly, the outcomes of a systematic review and meta-analysis of the evidence for different exercise modalities for CMH in older adults will be explored. The meta-analysis showed that exercise modalities including high-intensity interval training, progressive resistance training (PRT) and a combination of the two improved CMH in older adults with cardiometabolic risk. This will be followed by an evaluation of a community Strength Clinic program within the UNSW Medicine and Health Lifestyle Clinic. The Strength Clinic analysis found moderate to high intensity whole body PRT at least once a week over 17 weeks improves muscle strength, blood pressure, and other health outcomes in older adults. This then helped to inform the development of the Diabetes Clinic project which the webinar will discuss in detail. This clinical trial was a Medicare funded group exercise physiology program for older adults with T2D, along with the outcomes of a focus group where older adults with diabetes provided their beliefs regarding their needs, barriers, and enablers for participating in a diabetes education and exercise program. The Diabetes Clinic was feasible and acceptable with participants attending, reporting enjoyment, and gaining improvements in secondary CMH outcome measures. This webinar will demonstrate the evidence base for exercise benefits on CMH implemented in community settings that is delivered by trained clinicians. 

Presented by Dr Kelly McLeod, AES, AEP

Dr Kelly McLeod is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and practicum supervisor with over 13 years of clinical and teaching experience within the UNSW Medicine & Health Lifestyle Clinic. McLeod's PhD, EXCITE: Exercise to decrease Cardio-Metabolic Disease Risk was awarded in July 2023, investigating exercise and lifestyle interventions for older adults cardiometabolic health. In August 2023, McLeod commenced a Lecturer position within the UNSW Medicine & Health School of Health Sciences, Exercise Physiology discipline. Following a successful Accredited Exercise Physiologist delivered type 2 diabetes feasibility and acceptability pilot ‘The Diabetes Clinic’, incorporating participant feedback, the research gap evaluating multidisciplinary Medicare group diabetes services remains. McLeod is the chief investigator for the ‘Meta-Health Clinic’ project, further evaluating the existing Medicare group type 2 diabetes service items. This project sees the expanded focus of multidisciplinary care with added Accredited Practicing Dietitians services and co-morbidity management seeking participants with type 2 diabetes and osteoarthritis. The project also included undergraduate allied health practicum students within the UNSW Medicine & Health Lifestyle Clinic to provides a platform for new cost-effective practice models to be evaluated.


Tuesday, 5 March 2024
11:00am - 12:30pm AEDT

Please note, the times listed are in Australian Eastern Daylight Time. 
Your local time will be: 
 ACT:          11:00am - 12:30pm 
 NSW:    11:00am - 12:30pm
 NT:    9:30am - 11:00am
 QLD:    10:00am - 11:30am
 SA:    10:30am - 12:00pm
 TAS:    11:00am - 12:30pm
 VIC:    11:00am - 12:30pm
 WA:    8:00am - 9:30am
Please note: This is a live webinar and needs to be watched at the specified time above. If you are unable to watch the webinar live, it will be produced as an online activity and can be purchased within the following month.

Rates per person

ESSA Member   $33.00 
Non-Member       $55.00
ESSA Student Member            $16.50
Student Non-Member    $27.50 
ESSA Member PD+   $29.70
Non-Member PD+   $49.50
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Access to Webinar

You will be emailed a link to access the webinar approximately one hour prior to the scheduled start time.

Target Audience

Any Accredited Exercise Physiologist



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