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Course Accreditation Reviewers

Course Accreditation Reviewers

The course accreditation reviewers are a group of experienced academics and practitioners from which application review teams are selected. A review team is responsible for assessing a course accreditation application, conducting a site visit, and recommending an application outcome for approval. 

There are two membership categories – academic and practitioner. An academic member must be a Level C academic with expertise in the field of exercise and sports science. A practitioner member must be considered senior in the field, and have a working knowledge of higher education provider practicum programs. Panel membership vacancies are advertised to the ESSA membership and academic units. 


Course Accreditation Members

All enquiries regarding course accreditation should be directed to the Accreditation Manager, Rachel Holmes.


Member Profiles

Professor Tim Ackland

Professor Tim Ackland Profile PhotoDr Tim Ackland is Professor of Applied Anatomy & Biomechanics in the School of Human Sciences at The University of Western Australia. Tim is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and of Sports Medicine Australia. He has research interests in the mechanics of human movement with themes spanning exercise rehabilitation, high performance sport and human performance in industry. Prof. Ackland has published over 140 peer-reviewed papers as well as 6 academic books and 35 book chapters. He has served as a Director of Sports Medicine Australia and was a member of the IOC Medical Commission’s working party on Body Composition, Health and Performance. Tim also chaired the Scientific Program Committee for the 5th IOC World Congress on Sport Sciences for the 2000 Olympics, and was Conference Co-chair for Sports Medicine Australia in Perth, 2001.


Professor Rod Barrett

RodBRod is a Professor in Biomechanics and current Head of Exercise Science and Sport within the School of Allied Health Sciences at Griffith University. He was awarded his PhD in biomechanical modelling of the musculoskeletal system in 2003 and has gone on to publish extensively in the area of musculoskeletal biomechanics, most notably on muscle and tendon pathology and falls in older adults. He has been a chief investigator on multiple NHMRC and multiple ARC grants and has supervised over 30 higher degree research and honours students to completion. Rod has served as President of the Australian and New Society of Biomechanics and is an editorial board member for several leading journals in his field. 


Dr Amanda Benson

Amanda_Benson PhotoAssociate Professor Amanda Benson is the Course Director for Exercise and Sport Science at Swinburne University of Technology and is an ESSA-accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) and a registered teacher (VIT). She has considerable experience in curriculum development within Australia and New Zealand in exercise science and physical education. Her teaching interests are in clinical exercise physiology, physical activity and technology. Her research interests are in using exercise and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease across the lifespan, with specific interest in cardiac rehabilitation, type 2 diabetes, resistance training and wearable and sensor technology.


Mr Marc Brown 

Marc Brown is a lecturer in the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health at the University of Wollongong (UOW) and is also the course coordinator for both the Bachelor of Science (Exercise Science) and the Bachelor of Exercise Science and Rehabilitation courses. In addition, he has supervised the clinical placement program at UOW and contributed to continuing education sessions for clinical supervisors as well as AEP’s. He has also lectured and contributed to curriculum development at both the University of Western Sydney and Sydney University, and has provided curriculum advice to other Universities and professional organisations. Marc is an accredited exercise physiologist with ESSA and was an accredited exercise specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine in the USA. He has an extensive background in clinical exercise physiology, specifically cardiorespiratory rehabilitation. He was the exercise physiologist and program supervisor for the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital in California for several years, was an exercise physiologist for the Central California Heart Institute, and was an exercise test technologist and exercise physiologist at the Orange County Cardiovascular Foundation in North Carolina before that. Marc has a Masters degree in exercise physiology and is in the process of finishing his PhD at the University of Wollongong. His research interests focus on exercise testing and programming for patients with systemic pathology; specifically cardiorespiratory issues and those with severe fatigue and exercise intolerance.


Ms Sharrie Carter
Ms Sharrie Carter was an academic staff member within Curtin University from 2006 – 2008 and Edith Cowan University from 2006 – 2009 where she lectured in Sport Psychology. She has also been a committee member of the Exercise and Sport Science Course Consultative Committee with Edith Cowan University since 2009. Additionally she has over 5 years experience working as an accredited Exercise Physiologist and is the clinic manager of a rehabilitation practice. In this role she is also a supervisor for Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology and Exercise Practicum students from ECU, Curtin and Notre Dame Universities. Community activities have included a 10 year association with the AFL industry as an allied health professional focusing on injury rehabilitation and individual sport psychology. Ms Carter is currently completing a master’s degree with the aim of further studies within the Exercise Physiology field. Research interests include the role of mental imagery on the sport performance and sport anxiety and cardio respiratory disease.


Ms Wynter Chan

Ms Wynter Chan is an ESSA-accredited Exercise Physiologist and Sport Scientist. Formerly an academic at Victoria University within the Masters in Exercise Physiology and Bachelor in Sport and Exercise Science programs, she was also the former national strength and conditioning coach and rehabilitation co-ordinator for Badminton Australia. At Victoria University, her focus was on co-ordinating the undergraduate practicum program and promoting opportunities for students to develop their work experience with a wide range of organisations. Ms Chan is now the owner of Melbourne Yoga and Pilates, a holistic space in the CBD that aims to allow people to exercise safely and effectively. She consults privately in the area of musculoskeletal rehabilitation and her specialties are in Clinical Pilates and strength and conditioning. 


Dr Rosanne Coutts
Dr Rosanne CouttsDr Rosanne Coutts is accredited with the Exercise and Sports Science Australia as an Exercise Physiologist and Sport Scientist (Sport Psychology). She practices in Exercise Physiology and teaches Sport and Exercise Psychology at Southern Cross University. Her clinical practice has a particular expertise in rehabilitation following fatiguing illness.She has been involved in a number of investigations into the efficacy of physical activity for special populations. Her development of graded walking as an activity for individuals diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has been incorporated into the current Australian Medical Guidelines. Her approaches to practice include the construction of evidence-based interventions for the use of physical activity and exercise approaches that further enhance behavioural change towards a lifestyle approach to health and well being.


Professor Andrew Cresswell

Professor Andrew CresswellProfessor Andrew Cresswell, is Professor and Head of School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences at The University of Queensland (UQ). He completed his medical doctorate in Neuroscience from the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, in 1993 and returned to Australia in 2005 as Professor in Biomechanics/Neurophysiology at UQ. Andrew’s research interest is in the integration of neurophysiology and biomechanics to investigate the control of human movement. He has co-authored more than 160 peer reviewed publications in leading scientific journals with more than 4,500 attributed citations. He has been awarded major research grants from the Swedish Research Foundation, the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council and the Australian Research Council. He is Section Editor for the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports and serves on the Editorial Boards for Acta Physiologic and Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports. He is currently President of the International Society of Biomechanics, a Fellow of Sports Medicine Australia and a Past-president of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics.   


Dr Robert Crowther

Dr Robert Crowther is a Senior Lecturer at the University of South Australia (UniSA) and Accredited Exercise Physiologist with over 10 years of experience in both tertiary teaching (face to face and online) and clinical experience. He currently teaches biomechanics of human movement and applied biomechanics at UniSA. He has teaching interests in motor learning and control, exercise assessment and prescription and clinical exercise physiology, with a particular interest in the neuromusculoskeletal aspects. Dr Robert Crowther is also the principal/owner of a specialised clinical exercise physiology clinic in Adelaide (Smart Movement) foucing on health and fitness, gait analysis and restringing and basketball skill and conditioning. Additionally Smart Movement runs national continuing education courses to ESSA members and non-members. He has been a NUCAP review team member since 2014 and assisted in the development of the Exercise Science standards and the current NUCAP accreditation application documentation and processes.



Dr Maarten Immink

Maarten Immink profile (2)Dr Maarten Immink is Senior Lecturer in Human Movement at the University of South Australia.  He coordinates motor learning and control and motor neuroscience undergraduate courses for the University’s Human Movement and Clinical Exercise Physiology degree programs.  Between 2010 and 2013, Dr Immink was Program Director for the Human Movement degree and then the Clinical Exercise Physiology degree, the latter of which Dr Immink developed, launched and submitted ESSA course accreditation application documentation for ES and EP accreditation. Dr Immink’s research focuses on the neurocognitive processes that underlie skilled movement learning and performance.  Part of this research aims to further our understanding for how training can be structured so as to enhance motor learning outcomes.  He also investigates approaches to enhancing the individual’s capacity for motor skill learning and performance through mental training techniques including meditation. 


 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. He is a former international and national basketball referee and an avid sports fan.


 Professor Peter Milburn

Peter MilburnProfessor Peter Milburn is the former Head of the School of Allied Health Sciences at Griffith University on Australia’s Gold Coast. He has a long and distinguished career as an educator, researcher, and administrator, who was originally trained in Physical Education and then undertook graduate study at the University of Illinois. His first employment was as a high school teacher, and subsequently an academic staff member at two universities in New Zealand and Australia, before taking up the position at Griffith. As a result, he has a broad view on curriculum issues relating to the preparation of exercise science professionals. His research interests are measuring stresses on human structures using non-invasive biomechanical modelling techniques and was recently made an inaugural Fellow on the International Society of Biomechanics.

Mr David Nunn

David Nunn is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist on the Sunshine Coast, where he currently runs his award winning Private Practice, provides student clinical supervision and also sessional lectures to the University of the Sunshine Coast on Neurological Rehabilitation. He has a broad range of practical experience with working for Queensland Health, private practice, gyms and physiotherapy/multidisciplinary clinics, rural and remote settings and cardiac testing. With a desire to assist with providing a strong skill set for the next generation of Exercise Science / Exercise Physiology graduates, he is excited about the opportunities with ESSA course accreditation. Personally he would also like to put more time into documenting unique outcomes with rare movement disorders and intends to practice as a clinician for a long time.


Associate Professor Leonie Otago
Associate Professor Leonie OtagoAssociate Professor Leonie Otago is the retired Head of the School of Human Movement & Sport Sciences at the University of Ballarat and is currently doing consulting with a number of Australian Universities and sporting organisations. More recently she has been teaching at ACU until 2015. She was a member of the ALTC project group working on Curriculum renewal and Chair of the Sports Injury conference for Sports Medicine Australia. Leonie is a leading researcher into injury prevention and risk management in sport and the biomechanics of injury. Studies have included the development of criteria for playing Australian Rules football and cricket on synthetic turf grounds and developing a strategic plan for research in Netball for Netball Australia. She has worked with organisations such as Sports Medicine Australia (National and Victorian branches), Smartplay Victoria, Tennis Australia, Netball Victoria, Netball Australia and been awarded grants from Sport and Recreation Victoria, Department of Human Services and VicHealth. She has also extensively researched the prevention of knee and ankle injuries and presented at both National and International conferences. 


Associate Professor Kate Pumpa

Dr Kate Pumpa2Associate Professor Kate Pumpa is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Accredited Practicing Sports Dietitian who teaches Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition at The University of Canberra. Kate is the convenor of the Bachelor of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation degree within the Discipline of Exercise and Sport Science, and the current Performance Dietitian for the Australian Rugby Union Wallabies. Kate completed her PhD at the Australian Institute of Sport in 2008 before consulting as a Sports Dietitian to Leinster Rugby Club based in Dublin, Ireland. In 2010 Kate was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the University of Canberra, where she is currently employed in a teaching and research position. Kate has been an AEP and APD since 2003, working in private practice and within the University of Canberra’s student-led Exercise Physiology Clinic. Kate’s research focuses on two distinct areas; the evaluation and application of assessing energy expenditure in athletes to assist with nutrition prescription and body composition manipulation, and the evaluation of different exercise interventions to improve outcomes in cancer patients.


Dr Jacqueline Raymond

JD2A7130_croppedDr Jacqueline Raymond is a Senior Lecturer in Work Integrated Learning at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney.  Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Wollongong and she completed her PhD at the 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 neuromuscular 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 also the current chair of ClinExEd, a national group of practicum coordinators, university academics and practitioners with an interest in clinical and workplace education. 


Associate Professor Annette Raynor

Associate Professor Annette RaynorAssociate Professor Annette Raynor is currently Associate Head (Academic) in the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia, and Program Director for the Human Movement and Health Studies programs. In her role as Associate Head she works closely with program directors from a range of allied health disciplines including Podiatry, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Medical Radiation and as such has knowledge and experience in curriculum development and the associated accreditation requirements in a wide range of allied health areas.Her primary area of teaching and research is in the area of Motor Learning and Control, with research interests in the control and learning of skilled movement, the processes underpinning expert decision making and the development of expertise. Her research has spanned the continuum of motor learning, from children with Developmental Coordination Disorder to expert performers in netball. Other research interests include the role of physical activity in Type 2 diabetes and in particular the effect on proprioception and lower limb complications.Annette completed all her academic qualifications at the University of Western Australia, before taking a position in 1994 as a Lecturer in Motor Learning and Control at the School of Physical Education, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.  Associate Professor Raynor returned to Australia in 2000 to take up a lecturing position at the University of South Australia.


Dr Peter Sinclair

Peter SinclairPeter is currently Associate Professor in the Discipline of Exercise and Sport Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Sydney. Peter has worked in this faculty since 1990; before which he was at Kuring-gai College of Advanced Education (now UTS) and the University of Western Australia. Peter has been a member of ESSA since 1997 and previously served on the AAESS Accreditation Committee – Curriculum. His primary teaching focus is in the field of Biomechanics where he has taught a full range of units from early undergraduate through to high level postgraduate; in courses such as Exercise Science / Exercise Physiology, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Secondary Teaching (PDHPE) and Primary Teaching. Peter has supervised fifteen PhD and Masters students through to completion and have about 50 publications in peer reviewed journals. He is a director of the International Society for Biomechanics in Sports.


 Dr Ryan Timmins

Ryan TimminsRyan Timmins is a Lecturer at the Australian Catholic University (Melbourne) as well part of the High Performance team at the Melbourne Victory Football Club. Prior to moving to Melbourne, Ryan held various roles with the Queensland Academy of Sport Mens Football Program, Brisbane Strikers and Brisbane Roar. During his now 10 years in elite sport, Ryan has been mainly working on athlete injury prevention and rehabilitation as well as facets of strength and conditioning. Ryan completed his PhD at the Australian Catholic University in 2016, focussing on factors which are associated with an increased likelihood of injury and potential interventions to mitigate these risks. Ryan was also awarded the ASICS Medal for the Best Paper of the Conference at the Sports Medicine Australia Conference on the Gold Coast in 2015. Ryan is also a Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association and part of the Professional Standards Advisory Council, Course Accreditation and the Ethics and Disciplinary Committees of ESSA. Ryan continues to undertake research within injury prevention and rehabilitation, with a focus now being on programs which can be implemented in elite sporting environments.


Associate Professor Margaret Torode

margAssociate Professor Margaret Torode has been a lecturer in the area of allied health for thirty years. She brings to course accreditation years of curriculum development experience across the allied health professions predominantly medicine, physiotherapy and exercise science. Having provided leadership (Head of Department) in three universities, Margaret also adds a sound understanding regarding the diversity of constraints determining or limiting curriculum development. Margaret served as project manager on the Carrick discipline based Investigation “Meeting the challenges of clinical exercise science and practice” and “Curriculum renewal in Exercise Science”. She was also a principal investigator on the $8.2 million International Centre of Excellence in sports science and management, for the development of education resources relevant to this discipline. Margaret is a Fellow of the professional bodies Sports Medicine Australia and Exercise & Sports Science Australia aligned to this discipline and hence can provide the perspective of the industry, practitioner and academic. Margaret is currently transitioning to retirement with a fractional position at Charles Sturt University, while additionally serving on numerous external advisory committees for exercise science programs across Australia.  


Dr Stuart Warmington 

Stuart Warmington003Dr Stuart Warmington is a Senior Lecture in Exercise Physiology and the current Course Director for the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University. Stuart graduated with a PhD in Physiology from the University of Melbourne and has subsequently accumulated some 18 years of University academic experience that commenced with a 10 year post within the Department of Physiology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland with roles that included Coordinator of the Masters in Exercise Physiology and Deputy Head of Department. Stuart’s research is focused on exercise for health and is currently exploring the application of blood flow restriction exercise to improve muscle health in older adults and dialysis patients. In addition, Stuart is investigating athlete health using heart rate metrics during recovery with a focus on disturbances to sleep. Stuart has supervised 5 PhD students and 7 MSc students to completion as well as some 30 Honours student. He is a current member of the Physiological Society and the Australian Physiological Society and prior Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, while currently an external advisor for the Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Activity, Health and Wellness) within the Institute of Sport and Adventure, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand.


Dr Andrew Williams

Profile PictureDr Andrew Williams is a Senior Lecturer, Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Head of the Discipline of Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Tasmania. He is the coordinator of the Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Professional Honours) in the School of Health Sciences and Director of the University Exercise Physiology Clinic. His main research focus is in the role of exercise in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease with particular emphases on the effects of a range of exercise treatments on cardiovascular health, and the role of technology in encouraging healthy lifestyle behaviours. He is an ESSA Fellow (2014) and a former National Director, Research Committee Chair, and member of the conference organising committee for Exercise & Sports Science Australia. Dr Williams also serves on the Primary Health Tasmania Social Determinants of Health Steering Group.