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.

  • 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)
  • 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

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 65+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Fiona Barnett from 2005 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Cowboys Rugby League Football Limited - Contract Research

The identification and development of regional female rugby league players within an elite talent pathway.

Indicative Funding
$40,000 over 3 years
With the successful emergence of the National Rugby League Women?s (NRLW) elite competition comes a necessity to better understand and prepare young women for the physical requirements needed to achieve this highest level of competition. This project will provide support to a PhD Candidate to undertake research focussing on the pathways available for young girls to progress through the elite rugby league pathway: from local and state-based competitions through to the NRLW. With a focus on the talent development environment and practices, the Candidate will conduct research whilst embedded alongside professional coaches within an elite sporting pathway.
Wade Sinclair, Jonathan Connor, Kenji Doma and Fiona Barnett in collaboration with Larissa Di Bella (College of Healthcare Sciences)
Talent Development; Rugby League; Athletes; Team Sports; Talent Identification; Women in Sport

Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration - Implementing Research Evidence into Practice Grant

FRIEND: Frailty reduction via implementation of exercise, nutritional support and deprescribing project

Indicative Funding
$135,174 over 1 year (administered by The University of Sydney)
The Frailty Reduction via Implementation of Exercise, Nutritional support and Deprescribing (FRIEND) Project will implement our evidence-based, sustainable, multi-disciplinary program to improve frailty in cognitively-impaired residents of aged care. The aim of FRIEND is to establish integrated processes and pathways within a residential facility that enable early identification and effective reduction of frailty.
Fiona Barnett, Trinidad Valenzuela Arteaga, Fiatarone Singh, Carolina Almendrales Rangel, Yorgi Mavros, Michael Inskip, Chidi Njoku and Leonie O'Neill (College of Healthcare Sciences, The University of Sydney and The Good Shepherd Home - Townsville)
Frailty; Aged Care; Multi-disciplinary; Anabolic exercise; Nutrition; Medication optimisation

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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.

  • The development and feasibility of a translational multi-component frailty intervention including optimising medication in residential aged care (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Examining playing performance in Rugby Union via static and dynamic approaches (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Evaluation of a University based, Student-Led Health Clinic (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Transitions of Retiree Migrants in Thailand from an Occupational Perspective (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)

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  • 5+ collaborations
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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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