Our research in Physical Activity and Health is concerned with understanding, measuring, and promoting physical activity and related health behaviours.

This involves examining population trends, as well as the sociodemographic, psychological, social and environmental factors that influence behaviour at different life stages.

Our researchers work on the development of new measures to improve understanding of the links between physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health and well-being. We use a multi-disciplinary approach and concepts from epidemiology, health promotion, public health, and exercise science to design, implement, and evaluate innovative interventions.

These interventions aim to promote physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour across the lifespan.

Current and previously funded research projects (led by HMNS)

Current projects 



Funding Scheme


Building workplace capacity to take up and deliver a sit less, move more
workplace program: BeUpstanding e-learning

Ana Goode

Samantha Stephens

Genevieve Healy

UQ Knowledge Exchange & Translation Fund,

in partnership with Kin8

Supporting adults to sit less and move more for chronic disease prevention and managementGenevieve HealyNHMRC MRFF Investigator Grant2021-2025
CATCHing up: A continuation of the Coordination and Activity Tracking
in Children cohort study

John Cairney

Matt Kwan, B. Timmons, W. Terrance, D. Price, S Veldhuizen  & S

Canadian Institute of Gealth Research Project grant, led by Brock University2021-2024
Development and implementation of the BeUpstanding Dashboard to
support Australian workers to sit less and move more

Ana Goode

Genevieve Healy

ActiveKIT Program2021-2022
Sitting, Standing and Moving: Evaluating the impact of health enhancing initiativesBronwyn ClarkeNHMRC Early Career  Fellowships2016-2022

Truck-Fit: Testing of a scalable high intensity interval training program for male long distance truck drivers with cardio-metabolic risks and conditions

Nicholas Gilson,

Wendy Brown,

Mitch Duncan

Guy Wallis

National Heart Foundation Vanguard Grant



Previous projects



Funding Scheme


Active Choices: A 'stepped-down' program to promote group-based physical activity to DVA clients

Nicholas Gilson,

Gregore Iven Mielke,

Catherine Haslam,

Jonas Fooken,

Wendy Brown

Department of Veterans'



Physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour across the lifespan: health effects, temporal trends, and innovative approaches to improving global levels of physical activity

Gregore Iven Mielke

Wendy Brown

UQ Development Fellowships


A sustainable strategy for improving school physical activity practices


Michalis Stylianou, Leon Straker,

N. Schranz

Sjaan Gomersall

M. Rosenberg


Healthway Project with Curtin University – UQ component


A longitudinal multilevel study of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and physical function in mid-to-late adulthood


Wendy Brown,

Nicola Burton,

G. Turrell,

B. Giles-Corti,

A. Barnett

Nancy Pachana


Project Grant administered by Deakin University


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