I am the Head of the Sport and Exercise Science Discipline and an Exercise Scientist with more than 25 years of experience working in sport and exercise settings. I trained in movement analysis and exercise physiology and received my PhD from James Cook University in 2008. I have undertaken research in stabilisation & fatigue rates during dynamic movement. I also undertake research in exercise intervention for healthy populations and those with chronic disease.

I specialise in exercise for older women. I have a particular interest in exercise participation for improving the health and well-being of postmenopausal women. My research is predominantly conducted in North Queensland and incorporates physiological and psychosocial interventions.

Currently my teaching is research and evidence-based in the Sport and Exercise Science Discipline. This includes a research project subject for third year students and a clinical exercise physiology subject for fourth year students. My teaching-research nexus continues with the supervision of honours and higher degree research students.

  • SP1002: Sport and Exercise Nutrition (Level 1; TSV)
  • SP2010: Principles of Motor Learning and Motor Control (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • SP2207: Dynamics of Sport and Exercise Behaviour (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • SP3014: Independent Project in Sport and Exercise Science and Clinical Exercise Physiology (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • Exercise intervention for healthy populations & for those with chronic disease
  • Exercise behaviour & self efficacy
  • Health & well-being of Postmenopausal women
  • To enhance student learning through research and evidence based-practice
  • 2014 to present - Head of Sport & Exercise Science Discipline, James Cook University (Qld, Australia)
  • 2012 to 2014 - Senior Lecturer & Deputy Head of Discipline, Institute of Sport & Exercise Science, James Cook Unversity (Qld, Australia)
  • 2009 to 2012 - Senior Lecturer, Occupational Therapy Discipline, James Cook University (Qld, Australia)
  • 2004 to 2008 - Lecturer, Occupational Therapy Discipline, James Cook University (Qld, Australia)
  • 2002 to 2003 - Research officer/Associate lecturer, Institute of Sport & Exercise Science, James Cook University (Qld, Australia)
Research Disciplines
  • Australasian Menopause Society
  • Exercise & Sports Science Aust (ESSA)
  • Sports Medicine Australia (SMA)
  • Clinical Oncology Society of Australia
  • European Menopause & Andropause Society
  • Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association
  • 2012 - Chair of School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine & Rehabilitation Science Teaching & Learning Committee

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 54+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Fiona Barnett from 2005 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Incorporating social determinants of health into individual care for people with type 2 diabetes. (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Normative Grip and Pinch Strenght of Australian Adults, Background on Grip Strength,The Importance of Grip Strength. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Evaluation of a University based, Student-Led Health Clinic (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Diagnosing Mild Cognitive Impairment: From Theory to Clinical Practice (Masters , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Community-driven strategies for using exercise to improve mental health in rural and remote Queenslanders (Masters , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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