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Clinical Exercise Physiology Research Grant

Clinical Exercise Physiology Research Grant in 2016

ESSA Congratulates the 2018 Clinical Exercise Physiology Research Grant Winner

ESSA wishes to congratulate the winner of the 2018 Clinical Exercise Physiology Research Grant, Claire Munsie
Details of Claire’s winning application:

Investigator: Ms Claire Munsie

Project Title: FiGHTING F!T: A randomised controlled trial of a supervised exercise intervention during treatment for cancer in adolescents and young adults

Summary: This study will evaluate the impact of a 10-week supervised exercise program on physical condition, psychosocial functioning and chemotherapy treatment adherence in adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer. The rigorous study design will allow for direct comparison of patient outcomes between exercise and control groups in this cohort. 

Associate Investigators:
Prof Tim Ackland
Dr Jay Ebert
Prof David Joske

Administering Organisations: WA Youth Cancer Service, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital; and North Metropolitan Health Service

Congratulations to Claire and her team.


This year, the Research Committee have granted the following application Highly Commended:

Investigator: Dr Martin Schultz

Project Title: Exercise Physiology in the Identification and Control of high Blood Pressure (the EPIC-BP pilot study)

Summary: Exercise blood pressure reveals information about cardiovascular disease not detected by standard resting screening methods. Exercise physiologists are the health professionals perfectly placed to identify increased cardiovascular risk via measurement of exercise blood pressure, but also to provide frontline intervention to reduce risk, which is the aim of this study. 

Associate Investigator:
Prof James Sharman

Administering Organisation: Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania



About the Grant

ESSA is offering the Clinical Exercise Physiology Research Grant in 2018, to encourage members to engage in clinical exercise physiology research, in association with a relevant organisation/association or university, as appropriate, which will encourage participation in exercise or physical activity leading to better health outcomes. 

The aim of the grant is to:

  • Support research to develop clinical exercise physiology practice
  • Encourage applied research in the field of clinical exercise physiology that will encourage participation in exercise or physical activity leading to better health outcomes

Applications for up to $16,000 (AUD) will be considered and the selection of successful applicants will be based on merit and meeting the eligibility criteria. The project will be funded based on consideration of the proposed budget. 

The grant may be used for any purpose associated with achievement of the aims of the research project. This may include participant reimbursements, small items of equipment, laboratory fees and consumable costs, any required travel and accommodation directly related to the project and any required laboratory or administration fees. The grant may not be used to fund any staff costs or any expenses associated with presentation of any aspect of the project at a conference. 

To be eligible for the grant, the principal investigator of the research team must have been a financial member for the past two years and the team must include an AEP. ESSA National Board members, ESSA Research Committee members, ESSA staff and student members are not eligible to apply.