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 Samuel Chalmers, Dr Marc Sim, Dr Paul Goods, Dr Jonathon Headrick, Associate Professor Kellie Toohey, Dr Jodie Cochrane Wilkie

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, ASpS2

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 publications 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 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. 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. 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.

Associate Professor Kellie Toohey, AES, AEP

Associate Professor Kellie Toohey, an expert in Clinical Exercise Physiology with over a decade of experience, is a clinically active Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) and a dedicated health teaching and research faculty member at Southern Cross University. With a passion for training future clinical exercise physiologists to implement evidence into practice, she has collaborated with researchers from eight countries and 15 universities, specialising in cancer research. Emphasising interdisciplinary relationships, Toohey works determinedly to translate research findings into practical applications, leading to advancements in the field. With extensive expertise and leadership in cancer care and clinical exercise physiology, Associate Professor Toohey's influence also extends beyond academia. She actively supports strategic initiatives to embed exercise as a fundamental aspect of cancer treatment through her role on the Exercise Executive Committee at COSA. Toohey's collaborative approach and commitment to interdisciplinary research shape the landscape of Clinical Exercise Physiology and cancer care, advocating for comprehensive approaches that prioritise patient health and well-being. Keen to share her knowledge and expertise, Kellie Toohey looks forward to contributing to the ESSA Publications committee, furthering her commitment to advancing evidence-based practice in the field.

Dr Jodie Cochrane Wilkie, AES, AEP

Dr Jodie Cochrane Wilkie is a Senior Lecturer at Southern Cross University, a seasoned sport scientist and biomechanist, and an accredited exercise physiologist. She brings over 15 years of experience in sport science, including significant contributions at the Australian Institute of Sport and with various national teams, including roles at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, as well as 15 years in academia. Her research, recognised both internationally and nationally, focuses on optimising human movement and function for diverse populations, from elite athletes to individuals with clinical conditions. Dr Cochrane Wilkie has led pioneering work in exercise interventions for musculoskeletal injury prevention, particularly focusing on ACL injuries, and has developed specialised programs for individuals with cancer and neuromuscular conditions. As co-founder and former director of the ECU Children’s Physical Activity Hub, she led innovative programs that significantly contributed to the integration of clinical practice with academic learning, especially in facilitating participation in physical activities, exercise, and sport for children facing challenges.

For more information about the Publications Committee, please contact ESSA's Research Team.