The Centre for Sport and Society, UQ will host a discussion on accreditation in higher education degrees for allied health professionals.

Accrediting bodies are an important part of programs in the UQ School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences (HMNS). Aligning degree outcomes with accreditation processes ensures that HMNS graduates are equipped with strong applied and professional practice skills. At HMNS, Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) provides accreditation for sport and exercise science and exercise physiology degrees. The ESSA accreditation process highlights the often-complex relationship between bio-scientific and socio-cultural critique. In this symposium, we will consider how social and cultural approaches contribute to undergraduates’ development into critical and innovative health professionals who are able to adapt their knowledge to treat diverse clients and patients.

This event, hosted by the Centre for Sport and Society (CSS), brings together teachers and researchers from a variety of sociocultural fields, including: history, cultural studies, sociology, pedagogy, sports coaching, sports psychology, and medical humanities. Speakers include scientists and practitioners who recognise the importance of sociocultural thinking in allied health higher education, including: exercise physiology, sport science, medicine, physiotherapy, and nursing. The goal of this symposium is to work collaboratively toward a written statement that highlights to accrediting bodies two key points:

  1. The importance of sociocultural knowledge in developing well rounded and competent allied health professionals
  2. The impact of the current professional accreditation process on the ability of HMNS to imbue graduates with this knowledge

The CSS welcomes attendees interested in the role of accreditation in higher education degrees for allied health professions.

Sport, Exercise and Culture: Curriculum Innovations and Provocations

Fri 6 Dec 2019 9:30am4:30pm


Building 33
Union Road
St Lucia campus
The Viewpoint Room


9:30 – 10:00am: Registration (tea and coffee provided)

10:00am – 10:30am: Welcome

10:30am – 12:00apm: Session 1 // Theory and Practice

The production of knowledge in sport and exercise science, and a discussion of accreditation issues in diverse health professions. (Chair: Dr Rebecca Olive)

  • Dr Brent McDonald, Senior Lecturer, College of Sport & Exercise Science, Victoria University
  • Dr Jenny Setchell, NHMRC Early Career Fellow, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, UQ
  • Dr Bryan Mukandi, Lecturer, UQ Faculty of Medicine and Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
  • Donata Sackey, Director , Mater Refugee Health Service & Associate Director Mater/UQ Centre for Integrated Care and Innovation

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch (provided)

1:00pm – 2:30pm: Session 2 // ESSA Guidelines in Context

History and context of the current guidelines, and a discussion of the role of the guidelines in teaching in the HMNS degrees and in students’ professional lives. (Chair: Dr Stephen Townsend)

  • Associate Professor Louise McCuaig, Health, Sport and Physical Education, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
  • Dr Emma Beckman, Exercise Physiology and Paralympic Classification, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
  • Professor Tim Carroll, Exercise Science and Integrative Neuroscience, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
  • Professor Murray Phillips, Sport History and Sociocultural Studies, School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences

2:30pm – 3:00pm: Afternoon tea (provided)

3:00 – 4:00pm: Session 3 // Workshop: Developing a statement of recommendation to ESSA

Delegates work in small groups to draft a written statement that highlights for ESSA the issues discussed throughout sessions 1 and 2. (Chair: Dr Leigh Sperka)

4:00 – 4:30pm: Final remarks by Emeritus Professor Richard Tinning

For further information regarding this event, please contact Dr Stephen Townsend -