Accreditation Council (AC)

The Accreditation Council (AC) currently provides leadership, advice and oversight for the ESSA board related to:

  • current and future issues relating to the awarding of accreditation in exercise and sport science
  • governance and oversight for all accreditation activities for ESSA including structures, systems, policies and procedures

AC Members     

Acting Chair - Associate Professor Steve Fraser

Associate Professor Steve Fraser is Discipline Lead: Clinical Exercise in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University. He is also Course Director for Deakin’s Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology. As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Steve Fraser’s work within the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) is centred on the impacts of Exercise Physiologist led intervention for individuals with chronic disease. He has a particular focus on exercise oncology and has considerable experience in the development and implementation of clinical exercise intervention trials, investigating the efficacy of exercise for breast, prostate and adolescent and young adults cancers. A/Prof Fraser also investigates the role of exercise in chronic kidney disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. He has published >45 manuscripts in relation to clinical exercise and regularly reviews for leading cancer journals and reviews grants and marks research theses. He is the current Vice-president of the Council of Heads of Exercise, Sport and Movement Sciences, (CHESMS) and also serves on the ESSA Accreditation Council. He has have previously served as a Director, Continuing Education for ESSA Victoria. Prior to Deakin, A/Prof Fraser was Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator for the Exercise and Sports Science program at RMIT University.       

Member - Dr Robert Mullins

Dr Robert Mullins (Robbie) is the Director of Clinical Servcies and Education, and a Senior Lecturer at QUTs School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. For the QUT Health Clinics he directs the activity of the Exercise Physiology Clinic and the Nutrition and Dietetics Clinic. He specialises in cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic conditions rehabilitation. Robbie is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with over 15 years of clinic practice experience between the hospital and community setting. He is a Fellow of Exercise and Sports Science Australia. and currently a member of the ESA Accreditation Council. He has worked extensively with the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH) as both a clinician and researcher in heart failure, cardiac rehabilitation, type 2 diabetes and more recently post traumatic stress. He has held advisory roles for the RBWH as heart failure rehabilitation coordinator; Queensland Health and Chair State-wide Exercise Physiology Discipline and Chair Clinical Education Training and Advisory Group. Robbie also holds qualifications in teaching in higher education, strength and conditioning and sports medicine. Robbie is currently supervising several research projects and research students at the QUT Health Clinics in diabetes, cardiac rehabilitation and adolescents and young adults with cancer.          

Member - Dr Grant Duthie

Grant has extensive experience working in High Performance Sport starting with a professional honours program at the Queensland Academy of Sport working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Australian Diving team for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. This continued with his involvement in one of the initial Sports Based PhD programs developed between the Australian Institute of Sport Physiology Department, the University of Queensland, and the Australian Rugby Union. Grant’s PhD thesis resulted in 8 peer reviewed Journal Publications investigating the Physiological and Game Requirements of Rugby Union. Dr Duthie has since held positions in Athletic Development roles with Super Rugby teams (ACT Brumbies, NSW Waratahs), Top 14 Rugby teams (Stade Francais), and NRL teams (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Newcastle Knights, Melbourne Storm). He currently consults to the English Rugby Union and holds adjunct positions with the University of Newcastle and Victoria University. His current research is investigating the peak intensities of competition to assist the implementation of tactical periodisation in team sports.  

Member - Associate Professor Lainie Cameron

Melainie (Lainie) Cameron is an Australian exercise physiologist and an osteopath, appointed as associate professor at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). She is coordinator of the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Honours) - Clinical Exercise Physiology at USQ, and also adjunct professor in the research centre for Physical Activity, Sport, and Recreation (PhASRec) at North-West University in Pocthefstroom, South Africa. Lainie has longstanding clinical experience and academic interest in musculoskeletal conditions and chronic, complex diseases, particularly arthropathies. She remains active in clinical practice as well as academic work. Lainie is a passionate educator of AEPs - she has been part of the AEP staff teams at several other Australian universities as well as USQ, and has published materials that are used in AEP teaching in Australia and in equivalent programs overseas. 

Member - Ms Kate Bell

Kate Bell is the Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) and Principal of Total Exercise Physiology. In 2007 Kate finished a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) before a change of career led her to completing a Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2013. Since then her time has been filled with gaining Exercise & Sports Science Australia accreditation, opening Total Exercise Physiology and working at the University of Queensland within the School of Human Movements. Kate's professional interests are chronic disease and community education. 

Member - Dr Jacqueline Raymond

Dr Jacqueline Raymond is a Senior Lecturer in Work Integrated Learning at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney. In her role as Senior Lecturer, Jacqueline facilitates supervisor workshops, assists students' preparation for placements and supports students and supervisors during and after placements. Jacqueline's research interests include the role of exercise in nueromuscular disease and assessment of students on placement. She has worked collaboratively to attract research funding from both national and international sources, including funding from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council which supported two projects in Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology standards and curriculum. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and co-authored three book chapters. Jacqueline is a past chair of ExEd, a national group of practicum coordinators, university academics and practitioners with an interest in clinical and workplace education. 

Member - Associate Professor Anthony Leicht

Associate Professor Anthony Leicht is a senior academic within and former Director (2008-2011) of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science at James Cook University. He is an experienced exercise scientist/researcher with an international reputation and expertise in the responses to exercise with a particular emphasis on cardiovascular physiology including heart rate control. He has been an active member of ESSA since 2001 as a National board member, conference organiser, reviewer of funding and awards, developer of clinical and exercise science criteria, and is a current ESSA Fellow (2007). His research focus include topics that reflect his teaching interests of exercise physiology and exercise testing and he is a current Fellow of the European College of Sport Sciences (2010). He has received several awards (e.g. University of Southern Queensland, International Society for Heart Research, ESSA) and is a current member of several national and international professional bodies associated with exercise science and physiology. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, on several editorial boards, and a reviewer for >20 international sport and exercise science and physiology journals.

Member - Mrs Dawn Foster (Non voting member)

Dawn Foster is an experienced Quality and Accreditation Manager. She comes to ESSA from a range of senior business support and compliance roles within education and a career in Quality Assurance and regulatory control. She sits on the AC as a non-voting skills-based member providing technical and operational advice with regards to regulatory obligations and accreditation best practice. Her specialisations include process efficiency reviews, learning and development, change control, continuous improvement and quality-based auditing. As well as coordinating the activities of the Accreditation Council she manages the operations and development of the Accreditation Service Unit at ESSA, is a member of the ESSA Corporate and Social Responsibility Committee and the ESSA senior management team. 

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