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.

Externally funded, current and HMNS-led research projects



Funding Scheme


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


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


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


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



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'



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