Professional Standards Advisory Council (PSAC)

PSAC currently provides independent advice and oversight for the development and monitoring of policies related to:

  • development and review of professional standards
  • development and review of scopes of practice or practice frameworks
  • development and review of standards of ethical and professional conduct


PSAC Members

Chair- Chris Askew

Senior Practitioners – Nathan Harten, Sarah Comensoli

Senior Academic Practitioners – Angela Douglas, Niamh Mundell, Amanda Burdett

Early career practitioner– Aimee Fuller


Associate Professor Chris Askew AES, AEP

Chris is an AEP and Associate Professor – Senior Research Fellow and lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast. His research specialities include cardiovascular disease and chronic disease. Chris has been the Chair of PSAC since its inception in 2015 and is also a past president of ESSA. In addition, he led the 2013 review of the Exercise Science Standards.

Nathan Harten AES, AEP, PhD

Nathan is a Director and Principal Exercise Physiologist at iNform Health & Fitness Solutions, one of Adelaide’s largest Exercise Physiology clinics where he currently manages eighteen staff members. Together with his business partner, Max Martin, they established this clinic in 2002, and have built an effective model of how Exercise Physiologists can work together with Fitness and Allied Health Professionals.

iNform Health & Fitness Solutions is well recognised within the state as a leader in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and has effectively built a referral base from GPs and Allied Health Professionals. Underlying this work is the core belief that everyone deserves to move well, so that they can experience life to their greatest capacity.


Sarah Comensoli AES, AEP

Sarah is an AEP and team leader at BJC Health in NSW, a private multi-disciplinary practise aiming to create best care for those with Arthritis/Inflammatory Disease and has presented at a variety of Rheumatology and Allied Health conferences. Sarah is responsible for recruitment, mentoring, training and managing the continuing education of the EP and Physiotherapy teams across 3 clinic locations.

Sarah recently obtained her MBA.


Angela Douglas AES, AEP

Angela currently works at the University of Canberra, teaching into the clinical areas of the EP degree and managing the clinical placement program. She previously held a similar role at the University of Wollongong. Angela has worked as an AEP since 2006 and has been fortunate to gain a range of clinical practice experience in hospitals, private practice and community program settings. Prior to joining the Professional Standards Council, Angela was involved with the ESSA NSW State Chapter.
Quote to live by:
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou


Niamh Mundell AES, AEP

Niamh is an AEP with a background in private practice and hospital-based practice. Niamh works as a practitioner and as a lecturer for the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology at Deakin University. Interest areas, the role of exercise and nutrition in managing chronic diseases, cancer recovery, mental illness and persistent pain. She is currently undertaking a PhD investigating the benefits of multimodal exercise for cognitive function and mood in men treated with androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer. 


Amanda Burdett AES, AEP

Amanda is the Clinical Practicum Coordinator and Lifestyle Clinic “Strength Clinic” coordinator at UNSW, where she coordinates the placements for final year Exercise Physiology students both internally and externally, as well as providing student supervision in the on-campus EP clinic. She also recently assisted in the development of an App to record UNSW student hours and assess their competencies, which is currently in pilot phase for release to their cohort in 2019. Amanda has worked across a broad range of industries, from private practice to vocational rehabilitation before moving into tertiary education. She feels strongly about the continued development of the accredited exercise industry, which is why she applied to sit on PSAC.

Amanda is a new-ish cyclist, now practicing what she preaches as an AEP by riding/racing around Sydney and wherever she can across Australia!


Aimee Fuller AES, AEP

Aimee graduated from QUT in 2016 and has since worked in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Community Aged Care. Aimee is passionate about exercise and education for our ageing population regarding the power of exercise how it can help them stay independent and in their own homes for as long as possible! Aimee joined QSAC for the opportunity to contribute back to the Exercise and Sport Science Industry and hopes to support ESSA in ensuring that Accredited Exercise Physiologists continue to emerge as a valuable allied health profession by ensuring practitioners are well equipped with the best knowledge and skills possible.

For more information about PSAC, please contact the ESSA Standards Advisor on