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ESSA welcomes Sport Australia’s National Sport Plan

Earlier today the much anticipated National Sport Plan was released, encouraging Australians to be more active, more often to ensure we are the world’s most active and healthy nation, known for our integrity and sporting success.

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) welcomes the Australian Sports Commission’s change of name to Sport Australia and, more importantly, its long overdue expanded scope to include physical activity in the new Sport 2030 – National Sport Plan to build a more active Australia.

“ESSA is looking forward to partnering with Sport Australia, the AIS and the Federal Government “to drive awareness, inspiration and behaviour change” to reach the target of reducing inactivity by 15% by 2030 through ESSA’s evidence based resources and programs,” says Anita Hobson-Powell, ESSA Chief Executive Officer.

These include:

  • Exercise Right – a website for the public to learn more about the benefits of exercising;
  • Exercise is Medicine® – a program ready-made for primary healthcare providers to support more Australians to engage in physical activity; and
  • Healthy Eating Activity and Lifestyle™ – a lifestyle modification program that supports Australians to develop lifelong healthy eating and physical activity habits.

Pleased to see the plan continues Australia’s focus on a fair, safe and strong sport sector which can protect athletes and the integrity of Australian sport, ESSA looks forward to continuing its role as the accrediting body for sports scientists, and supporting sports scientists to deliver services to high performance athletes at the highest possible industry standard.

“By applying these high industry standards in sport, the entire Australian sport industry is making it crystal clear that we collectively stand for integrity in sport. Athlete health and well-being is a priority, and we will do everything within our power to ensure Australian athletes receive professional and ethical advice,” adds Ms Hobson-Powell.

ESSA also notes the importance of physical literacy and will be seeking ways to involve its members in upskilling those who work in early childhood and schools about physical literacy.

“It’s great to see the link between inactivity and chronic injuries and conditions such as obesity, diabetes, cancer and mental illness, all conditions which Accredited Exercise Physiologists use exercise to provide treatment for. ”

“The National Sports Plan is a breakthrough for engaging Australians to be more active as it encourages preventative health promotion through engaging in all forms of physical activity, not just organised sport.”

With 50% of Australians having at least 1 of 8 common chronic conditions (cancer, cardiovascular disease, mental health, arthritis, back pain, lung disease, asthma, diabetes), it’s important that Australia has a plan to address the decline in physical activity participation levels and to ensure we continue to enjoy a healthy and active nation in the years to come.

“The Sport 2030 – National Sport Plan recognises the preventative health contributions sport and physical activity make to our nation, and aims to improve the physical health of Australians, grow personal development, and strengthen our communities.”