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Physical inactivity is a key risk factor for non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. Physical inactivity is worsening worldwide. Globally, one in three adults is not active enough.

Our researchers in physical activity, lifestyle, ageing, and wellbeing focus on combining exercise, and other health behaviours to prevent chronic disease and improve rehabilitation.

They are exploring metabolic, physiological, public health, environmental, musculoskeletal and clinical aspects of exercise and physical activity as well as nutrition and human motor control.

Research highlights

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Meet our researchers

Professor Lindy Clemson

Professor Lindy Clemson

Theme leader

Professor Lindy Clemson is a specialist in public health research on ageing and an occupational therapist with a PhD in epidemiology. She leads the Participation, Safety and Ageing Research Team, investigating ways to improve the independence and quality of life of older people and to prevent falls. Her specific focus is on the physical environment, functional capacity and adaptation, daily life activity, enabling participation and preventing falls with older people.


Meet our research students

Nathan Morris

Nathan Morris

“My research topic is to develop low-cost interventions to be used by individuals in heat-wave conditions. Air-conditioning is very expensive so many people do not have it, or if they do have air-conditioning, it is too expensive to turn it on,” say Nathan.

Nathan is completing his PhD and his research is conducted in the Thermo-Ergonomic Laboratory simulating an Australian heat-wave at 48 degrees celsius and 10% relative humidity.


Yareni Guerrero Ayala

Yareni Guerrero Ayala

“I am a PhD student and my research project is focused on knee osteoarthritis in older people. I use infra-red cameras and reflective markers to build the knee of research participants in a computer program and analyse the ground platform force and loading over the knee,” say Yareni.

Yareni Guerrero Ayala's research is conducted in the Biomechanics Laboratory investigating ways to reduce damage caused by osteoarthritis.


Our research facilities

Shayan Quinlan

Biomechanic Laboratory

“The Biomechanic Laboratory has 16 LED cameras designed to pick up fast moving frames per second creating 3-D images, calculating angle of movement through actions such as running and walking,” says Shayan Quinlan.

Shayan is completing a PhD degree at the Faculty of Health Sciences looking at changing the way childrens school shoes are designed by investigating the biomechanics of the child’s foot within school shoes.


Will Casasda

Thermo-Ergonomic Laboratory

"I actively pursued placement at the University of Sydney, I had heard how good the research facilities are for the exercise and sport science field,” says Will Casasola.

Will is on a professional training year from the University of Exeter conducting research in the Thermal Ergonomics Laboratory. His research is investigating how pregnant women thermo-regulate at set heat productions of 350 W and 5 W/kg, mimicking moderate intensity exercise.


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