Sydney Health Sciences receives Australia Awards Fellowship funding
Twelve research Australia Awards Fellows from South East Asia will come to the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences this October to learn how to apply physical activity, exercise and sports participation as a tool to improve health in their home countries.
Bringing the emerging career researchers to the faculty has been made possible due to the receipt of an Australia Awards Fellowships overseen by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
This is the first time the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences has received a training grant from DFAT to train researchers in the university’s core values of physical activity promotion and sports participation for healthy ageing within the cultural context of Southeast Asia.
The award of just over $100,000 will be used to bring researchers to Sydney from four universities in Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia. The research will focus on low physical activity uptake in those countries and the real barriers to adults in undertaking physical activity for better health.
The researchers will work with under the supervision of senior professors and alongside PhD students to help them focus their research and give them practical training to use when they return home. After their return, their faculty mentors will continue with the established collaborations is assisting their research activities at their SE Asian universities.
Professors Glen Davis and Patrick Brennan are the chief investigators of the research project.
The group will stay for two weeks of intensive training “to amplify their particular research interests when they go back to their home country” said Professor Davis.
“This is our way of building research bridges with emerging career researchers with their supervisors and mentors from the countries they’re coming from.”
University of Sydney Master of Exercise Physiology
The Master of Exercise Physiology is designed to produce graduates who possess the knowledge, competencies and clinical experience required for safe and effective clinical exercise practice.
Students will explore metabolism and physiology, human motor learning and control, the principles of exercise programming, nutrition and pharmacology, and musculoskeletal principles of exercise. Integrated clinical practice instruction, practicums, and case studies will provide the advanced skills and experience essential for professional practice.
Clinical placements are undertaken in both the public and private sectors. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the career path they have chosen, and its place in the contemporary health system.
Program: Master of Exercise Physiology
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 1, 2015