ESSA Publications Committee

The Publications Committee has been established to oversee ESSA’s positions statements, consensus statements and guidelines, and to collaborate with other organisations on the development of joint documents.

Publications Committee Members

  • Chair – Associate Professor Robert Stanton
  • Deputy Chair - Associate Professor Olivier Girard
  • Members – Dr Kim Way, Professor Benjamin Dascombe, Dr Thomas Doering, Associate Professor Suzanne Broadbent, Dr Samuel Chalmers, Dr Marc Sim, Dr Paul Goods, Dr Jonathon Headrick

Associate Professor Robert Stanton, AES, AEP

Robert is an Associate Professor in exercise science at Central Queensland University, and has over 30 years experience in the sport, health, fitness and rehabilitation sectors. He received his PhD in 2015 and was awarded the ESSA Medal that same year. In addition to lecturing in clinical exercise science in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science course, Robert is Chair of Central Queensland University’s Human Research Ethics Committee, and Head of Course for the Bachelor of Science

(Honours). His main research focus centres on exercise and mental health, and the physical healthcare of people with mental health conditions. He is Editorial Board member for the journal; Mental Health and Physical Activity, and collaborates with Australian and international colleagues for the implementation of exercise as part of routine care for people with mental illness. 

Associate Professor Olivier Girard

Dr Olivier Girard ( is an associate professor in human performance and the research director of the ‘sport science exercise and health’ department within the school of human science at the University of Western Australia in Perth (Western Australia). He spent nearly 20 years in the field of exercise physiology and sport biomechanics on developing and facilitating performance outcome-based solutions for elite athletes, coaches and the rest of their support team. The main focus of his research is to elucidate the mechanisms and adaptations that modulate human performance and health during exercise and physical activity with environmental stress (heat and altitude).

Dr Kim Way, AES, AEP

Dr Kim Way is a Lecturer in Exercise Physiology at Deakin University and a Clinician Researcher with the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition. She is also an Affiliate Researcher at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Kim is Accredited Exercise Physiologist with 9 years experience who specialises in cardiac rehabilitation and exercise for metabolic diseases. Further, she currently serves on the Exercise Guidelines Committee for the Canadian Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation.

Professor Benjamin Dascombe, ASpS 

Ben is an Accredited Sports Scientist and Professor of Sports Physiology at University of Western Sydney University, Australia. Ben has more than 20 years’ experience working with athletes of all levels from grassroots to international representatives. He consults with numerous sports organisations to provide professional sports physiology services. Ben has more than 110 peer-reviewed publicatios in esteemed journals including Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports, International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, and Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Ben currently supervises 9 Research Higher Degree students across a range of topics. Bens’ research interests include team sports, masters athletes, and performance testing protocols.

Dr Thomas Doering, AES, AEP, ASpS2

Tom is a lecturer in the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences at Central Queensland University. Tom is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with over 10 years' experience, and an Accredited Sports Scientist currently working with rugby league. Tom’s main research interests are in applied sports sciences and sports nutrition, as well as the regulation of skeletal muscle atrophy and hypertrophy in both sporting and clinical populations. 

Associate Professor Suzanne Broadbent, AES, AEP

Associate Professor Suzanne Broadbent has a PhD and Bachelor of Exercise Science (Hon) from Griffith University, Qld Australia, and a Bachelor of Education (University of Newcastle). She is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Exercise Scientist with Exercise & Sports Science Australia. Dr Broadbent is currently the Associate Professor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at University of the Sunshine Coast, Qld, with previous academic positions at Southern Cross University, Victoria University and Massey University (New Zealand). Her specific research interest is exercise immunology and fatiguing illnesses. Suzanne’s research interests currently focus on ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; exercise rehabilitation and preventative exercise for orthopaedic conditions; chronic conditions (cancer, autoimmune, cardiopulmonary-metabolic, musculoskeletal, neurological); and the nexus between diet, nutrition and exercise. Current projects include pre- and post-surgery physical, functional and psychological outcomes for orthopaedic patients; physical activity and dietary interventions for oncology patients; aquatic rehab for Parkinson’s Disease and other chronic conditions; and rehabilitation exercise interventions for ME/CFS. She is a member of the NHMRC committee for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ESSA Publication Committee and is a reviewer for the Australian Research Council and Cochrane Collaboration. Research publications include both quantitative and qualitative research. 

Dr Samuel Chalmers, AES, ASpS1

Dr Chalmers is a Lecturer at the University of South Australia and an ESSA accredited Applied Sport Scientist. He has a keen and active interest in exercise physiology, particularly relating to how humans interact with the environment from both a safety and performance perspective. In particular, I have a research and industry focus in the development of extreme heat policies for sport and exercise. Secondly, I am involved in youth sport injury prevention research, ranging from injury surveillance projects through to testing the efficacy of injury screening tools. Dr Chalmers is an editorial board member of Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (JSAMS).

Dr Marc Sim, AES, ASpS2 

Marc is a Senior Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University within the Nutrition and Health Innovation Research Institute (ECU Staff Profile). He obtained his PhD in exercise physiology (iron regulation for athletes) in 2015 from The University of Western Australia. Marc currently holds a Career Advancement Fellowship from the Royal Perth Hospital Research Foundation and an Emerging Leader Fellowship from the Department of Health, Western Australia. His primary research area evaluates and develops better evidence for identifying risk factors, muscle biomarkers and modifiable lifestyle factors (diet and exercise) to prevent falls and fractures. Marc’s work is underpinned by his experience as a registered nutritionist as well as exercise and sport scientist, who previously worked as a physiologist at the Western Australian Institute of Sport.

Dr Paul Goods AES, ASpS2 

Paul is a Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Physiology at Murdoch University. Prior to working in Academia, Paul spent over 10 years working as a sport scientist at the East Perth football club, and then the WA Institute of Sport. Paul remains actively involved in the WA Institute of Sport High Performance Research Centre and is also a member of the Murdoch University Centre for Healthy Ageing. Paul’s primary research interests are related to the applied use of hypoxia to enhance human health and performance.

Dr Jonathon Headrick AES, AspS1

Jon is a Lecturer and Researcher in the Exercise & Sport Discipline at Griffith University (Griffith Experts Profile). Jon is also an accredited Exercise and Sport Scientist with experience supporting and servicing high performance programs at national and state level sporting organisations. His primary area of interest and expertise is skill acquisition in sport,  incorporating the domains of motor learning, motor development, psychology, and sport performance. Jon has also held the role of section editor for the European Journal of Sport Science (EJSS) since 2019.

For more information about the Publications Committee, please contact Jessica Muir, ESSA's Policy & Advocacy Project Coordinator: [email protected]