Study with Us

At the Holsworth Research Initiative, we want you to pursue your own research interests, under the expert supervision of our academic staff. Below you can explore the work of our graduate researchers so you can see all the benefits of studying for your PhD with us.  If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies with our team, we suggest you first check your eligibility.

Discover your study options

Current PhD research students

Investigation of an integrated community partnership model of recruitment and retention into physical activity programs

Mr Stephen Barrett

The “Healthy 4U-2” project seeks to integrate preventative health interventions into routine care in the Specialist Clinics, with the aim of eliciting positive changes in physical activity and health-related outcomes.

Supervisor: Professor Mike Kingsley

Analysis of On-Court Activity to Improve Performance in Professional Basketball

Miss Jodie Palmer

Monitoring training and match activity in sport is important for prescribing appropriate training loads to maximise performance and minimise fatigue. In basketball, accelerometry has been shown to be useful for monitoring activity due to the quantification of movement in 3-dimensions. While new accelerometry-metrics for quantifying session intensity and volume have been validated, they have not yet been used to monitor training loads throughout a basketball season. This study aims to apply these new methods to a professional basketball setting to help minimise fatigue and improve performance for teams across entire seasons.

Partners: Bendigo Stadium, Bendigo Braves, Bendigo Spirit

Chief investigators: Jodie Palmer (PhD Student), Dr Rodrigo Bini, Dr Daniel Wundersitz, Prof Michael Kingsley

Supervisor: Professor Mike Kingsley

Closing the Performance Gap: Match-play demands of elite junior Australian rules football

Mr Jacob Jennings

In this PhD we will explore the duration-specific running and technical demands of NAB League football to enable coaching staff to better prescribe adequate doses of training and better prepare athletes that make the transition into the AFL.

Supervised by Prof Michael Kingsley

Publications

Does endurance cycling increase susceptibility to cardiac pathologies?

Mr Luke Daly

Exercise conveys a wide range of health benefits that contribute to a decrease in all-causes morbidity and mortality. Despite this well-established positive relationship, in the past two decades evidence has emerged indicating that very high doses of aerobic exercise may confer a benign, or even deleterious effect on the risk of cardiac arrhythmias. The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of a high-volume acute dose of exercise on arrhythmia rate in adolescent cyclists.

Partners: Bendigo Health

Chief investigators: Mr Luke Daly (PhD candidate), Dr Daniel Wundersitz (Holsworth Research Initiative), Dr Brett Gordon (HRI), Prof Michael Kingsley (Auckland University), Dr Voltaire Nadurata (Bendigo Health)

Supervisor: Professor Mike Kingsley

Understanding occupational engagement during the transition from military service to civilian life

Mrs Kylie Carra

The transition from military service is difficult for up to 45% of service members. This project explores how participation in everyday occupations such as employment, exercise, and art, influences health and adjustment among former members of the Australian Defence Force, using both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Supervised by Dr Brett Gordon

Assessment, diagnosis and management of people with acute Charcot Neuroarthropathy

Mr Dimitri Diacogiorgis

Using a knowledge to action translational framework an evidence based clinical pathway for the assessment diagnosis and management of people with acute Charcot Neuroarthropathy will be developed for use in the Grampians region of Victoria.

Supervisor: Dr Byron Perrin

Manipulating the Resistance Training Prescription to Optimally Restore Function

Mr Philip Lyristakis

Accurate prescription of resistant training volume and intensity is important for the design of resistance training programs. However, the most common measure used is to base the number of sets and reps off a percentage of 1RM. This method has been shown to provide questionable accuracy due to differences in participant characteristics. Therefore, further work is needed to understand how manipulation of resistance training prescription can accurately lead to improvements in strength and size of muscles, and overall function.

Chief Investigators: Mr Philip Lyristakis (PhD student), Dr Daniel Wundersitz, Dr Brett Gordon, Dr Emma Zadow.

Supervisor: Dr Brett Gordon

Does caffeine activate central pathways that lead to brown adipose tissue thermogenesis?”

Mr Lachlan Van Schaik

My PhD is concerned with examining the neurobiology and neurochemistry that underlies the physiology of metabolism. My focus is on examining specific neural pathways within the central nervous system that regulate brown adipose tissue (BAT) thermogenesis, or how BAT turns stored energy - body fat - into heat. The more brown adipose tissue a person has the less likely it is that they become obese.The aim is to understand the neurotransmitter systems that control BAT activity in the hope of identifying potential drug targets for external regulation of BAT to assist in management of body weight.

La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science

An antenatal weight management intervention for rural women

Ms Helen Nightingale

This project will evaluate the effect of a behaviour change intervention incorporating cognitive behaviour therapy and motivational interviewing techniques on weight change in pregnancy.

Supervisor: Professor Mike Kingsley

Efficacy and effectiveness of intermittent exercise to enhance cardio-metabolic health

Mr Philip Shambrook

The results from this thesis indicate that 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise either accumulated throughout the day in 10-minute bouts or as a single bout should be promoted to apparently healthy, insufficiently active adults in order to reduce cardiometabolic health risks.

Supervisor: Dr Brett Gordon

Current Masters research students

Development of a Tool to Monitor Bowling Loads in Cricket Fast Bowling

Mr Matt Constable

The purpose of my research is to develop a wearable, field-based tool to improve on current workload management methods and to reduce the risk of injury in fast bowlers without adversely impacting performance.

Supervised by Prof Michael Kingsley

Evaluation of distance running and its impact on foot strike patterns and performance

Dr Stephen Bovalino

This research project assesses the impact that distance has on foot strike patterns and performance for recreational runners, in order to gain an understanding the inter-related nature of foot strike biomechanics and distance running.

Supervised by Prof Michael Kingsley

Prescription of interval exercise for improving metabolic health

Dr Sam Harkin

Can a clinical test of physical function inform exercise prescription and measure change in a population with metabolic disease?

Metabolic disease is a significant contributor to mortality and morbidity amongst the Australian population. This study aims to validate a simple clinical test with which to guide and monitor exercise prescription in people with metabolic disease.

Supervised by Dr Brett Gordon, Dr Stephen Cousins and Dr Simon Locke

Prevalence of Frailty in Community-Dwelling Older People

Mrs Janet Cobden

This project is an AgeAbility Study, a self reporting questionnaire regarding health and activity which is currently being offered to Bendigo based Retirement Village residents. The survey will determine the prevalence of frailty in community-dwelling Retirement Villagers.

Supervised by Prof Michael Kingsley

Detection of Clinical Deterioration for Patients in Hospital Emergency Departments

Mr Gigi Guan

Multiple Early Warning System scores are being used worldwide; my research aims to identify outcome specific scores that best predict patient clinical deterioration in the hospital setting.

Supervised by Dr George Mnatzaganian

An investigation into the effects of hospitalisation on neuromuscular function in adults

Mrs Jane McCaig

The project aims to determine the effects of ward-based hospital admission on neuromuscular function in adult patients.  The feasibility of an on-ward exercise intervention aimed at maintaining or minimising any decline in neuromuscular function will be investigated.

Supervisor: Dr Carolyn Taylor

Are Participants of Balance Programs Achieving and Maintaining a Reduction in Falls Risk?

Mrs Candice Oberholster

This project will explore if people who have attended and completed a balance training program can continue with positive balance behaviours and maintain improved balance and reduced risk of falling.

Supervisor: Dr Brett Gordon