Chris Askew is an Associate Professor of Clinical Exercise Physiology. He holds a conjoint position with the University of the Sunshine Coast and the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, where he leads the VasoActive research group. He is an accredited exercise physiologist with a particular interest in the pathophysiology and treatment of chronic age-related cardiovascular and neurodegenerative conditions. His research group has published many clinical studies investigating the effects of exercise and dietary interventions, and these studies are underpinned by experimental investigations of exercise capacity, cognitive performance and vascular function. Chris is a past President (2012-14) and board member of ESSA, and he was the Inaugural Chair of the ESSA Professional Standards Council.
Michael Baker - 2019
Dr Michael Baker is currently the Chair of Research Ethics and Integrity, and Associate Professor of Clinical Exercise Physiology, at the Australian Catholic University. His research, clinical, and teaching career has focused on the integration of exercise, medicine, and behaviour change as a means to improve quality of life, particularly among older adults. His research focusses on clinical populations including those with cancer, osteoarthritis, type 2 diabetes, osteopenia, and cognitive decline. He has developed and taught courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate level at a number of universities and coordinated ACU's Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology.
Dr Baker’s commitment to service is evidenced by his roles on a number of administrative, research and advisory committees. He has served on the ACU’s Human Research Ethics Committee since 2014. During his time as a member of ESSA, he has devoted time to advance the profession. He has served on ESSA’s Accreditation Council, Research Review Committee, Cardiovascular Special Interest Group, Exercise Science Advisory Committee, WA State Chapter, and was the inaugural Chair of the Exercise Science Advisory Group which developed the first Scope of Practice for Exercise Scientists. Dr Baker is currently the Chair of ESSA’s Accreditation Council, overseeing the accreditation framework for individuals and universities.
Dr Mike Climstein is an accredited exercise physiologist who completed his Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral degrees in the United States. Mike then completed a postdoctoral research fellowship which had clinical (Department of Cardiology, Lidcombe Hospital) and academic (Cumberland College) positions. He developed and was director of chronic disease rehabilitation for a large community rehabilitation program for residents on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Currently, Mike is an Adjunct Associate Professor within the Exercise Health & Performance Faculty Research Group, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney. He is also the course coordinator for the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology program at Southern Cross University. He has 106 peer reviewed scientific publications, 11 book chapters, over 100 national/international conference presentations and in excess of $7.8 M in grant funding. Mike has been awarded 10 scientific research awards and his academic and clinical accomplishments have been peer recognized having been awarded Fellowship by Exercise and Sports Science Australia, Sports Medicine Australia (FASMF) and the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM). He has served on numerous university and professional association committees, presently he is a member of ESSA’s Ethics and Disciplinary committee.
Kevin’s belief is that if you want to be taken seriously as a professional then you need a professional body to represent you and that is why he joined AAESS (former name of ESSA) in the early 90s while studying. Kevin has been involved at all levels of ESSA due to this belief and the desire for the profession to become a group of professionals. Kevin is the CEO, MD, and founder of KINNECT a national Occupational Health services company. KINNECT make people at work, Healthy, Safe and Productive. Kevin's why is to Help people and is the fundamental driver for everything he does!
Angela has been an Accredited Exercise Physiologist since graduating from University of Wollongong in 2005. She has served on the ESSA Standards Council since 2015 and was a representative on the NSW State Chapter for 7 years prior. Angela has enjoyed being an advocate for the industry and the association, and has represented ESSA at local, state and national stakeholder events and meetings. She has been an assessor for NASRHP since 2017 and was an invited allied health representative for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Medicare Local Establishment Council. Angela has worked as a lecturer in clinical exercise physiology for past 12 years (University of Canberra, University of Wollongong), teaching across the AEP clinical domains and professional practice areas, managing the clinical placement programs and developing curriculum in line with course accreditation for exercise science and exercise physiology degrees. She values the opportunity to be part of educating future health professionals through fostering connections between clinical education and community; and supporting meaningful student engagement to facilitate real-world impact. Angela completed her Masters (Research) in the area of glycaemic control during pregnancy, and has a strong interest in mental health and reducing service access disparity, true person-centred care and the role of therapeutic relationships, sustainable community impact and emerging student placements in critical areas. She has presented at a range of conferences, including BASES, ESSA, Australian College of Mental Health Nursing and Engagement Australia; and has presented professional development workshops on clinical supervision, competency assessment, women’s health, gestational diabetes, mental health, and professional practice.
Professor Robert Newton is Associate Dean, Medical and Exercise Sciences and Research Professor, Exercise Medicine Research Institute at Edith Cowan University Perth, Western Australia. Current major research directions include: reducing decline in strength, body composition and functional ability in cancer patients; cancer related fatigue and the influence of exercise; exercise medicine and tumour biology. Professor Newton also has active research interests in development of human performance through physical training in particular strength and speed.
Professor Newton has published over 370 refereed scientific journal articles, 450 conference abstracts and papers, two books, 16 book chapters and has a current Scopus h-Index of 73 with his work being cited 17,600 times. As of 2019 his research had attracted over $35Million in competitive research funding. In 2018 he received the career achievement award from the Cancer Council WA and was a finalist for Western Australian of the Year and finalist for the Premier’s Science Award. Professor Newton is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction with the NSCA, Fellow of Exercise and Sports Science Australia and Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Tony Parker - 2002
Tony is also a current Life member of ESSA
Rebecca Sealey - 2017
Since joining ESSA (formerly AAESS) in 2000, Associate Professor Sealey has made a significant and sustained academic and service contribution to ESSA and to the field of allied health education. Associate Professor Sealeys’ distinguished career in learning and teaching involves leadership and scholarship in innovative curriculum development and assessment practices and leadership in quality enhancement, student support and peer review initiatives. These achievements have been recognised nationally with an ALTC citation and her current leadership appointment as Associate Dean Learning and Teaching at James Cook University. Following early service on the QLD Chapter and the university liaison network, Associate Professor Sealey served ESSA as a member of the ESSA Research Committee and as a media spokesperson throughout 2009-2016. In 2013, she joined the ExEd national clinical education group, leading and assisting with evidence-based development of national curricular and clinical education priorities. Associate Professor Sealey has also substantially contributed to contemporary research, as highlighted by 80+ research outputs across applied sport and exercise science/clinical exercise physiology, and allied health education and practice.
Steve Selig - 2010
Professor Steve Selig is the retired Chair in Clinical Exercise Science at Deakin University, was an academic in cardiovascular exercise physiology for 32 years, and is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Cardiology, The University of Melbourne. Since 2005, he has served as Director on the National Board of Exercise & Sport Science Australia (ESSA), and during most of that time he chaired two peak national advisory groups for ESSA. In addition, Steve twice led national initiatives to review and restructure the ESSA Professional Standards for Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP). The professional standards covered by the work of Steve and his colleagues span the period 2008-2021. You could say that ESSA is one of Steve’s hobbies in retirement, along with keeping fit! In retirement, Steve continues to be passionate about the work that ESSA does on behalf of its members, and spends at least one day per week on ESSA matters. He maintains his AEP accreditation by continuing part-time practice and research in cardiovascular exercise physiology. He is a frequent presenter of cardiovascular exercise physiology research and practice, including guest lectureships at five Australian universities and conducts professional development courses for ESSA.