Klaus Gebel is a Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator at Australian Catholic University in Sydney, an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the School of Public Health of the University of Sydney and an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences at the Cairns campus of James Cook University. He has master degrees in exercise science from the German Sport University Cologne and Victoria University, Melbourne, where he specialised first on exercise for rehabilitation and then on physical activity and public health. In 2009 he completed his PhD at the School of Public Health of the University of Sydney under the supervision of Professors Adrian Bauman and Neville Owen. His main research areas are the relationship between built environments and physical activity and health effects of physical activity. Klaus has studied and worked at seven universities in three countries and has received multiple grants, scholarships and awards. Through the media his 2015 paper in JAMA Internal Medicine reached more than 1.1 billion people and he was also invited to present the findings from this study in a TEDx talk. Recently, Klaus co-edited a book entitled "Walking: Connecting Sustainable Transport with Health", which brings together experts from urban planning, transportation and public health.

Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2010 - Oded Bar-Or International Scholar Award from the American College of Sports Medicine for post doctoral training at San Diego State University, USA.
  • 2009 - Best oral presentation by a student at the annual conference of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Lisbon, Portugal.

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Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 28+ research outputs authored by Dr Klaus Gebel from 2007 onwards.

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Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

Culturally-based physical activity interventions in Indigenous populations

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Physical inactivity is significantly higher among Indigenous populations and is a strong predictor for chronic disease which affects Indigenous people disproportionately. The aim of this study is to evaluate a culturally tailored 8 week physical activity intervention among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults in rural communities. The objectives will be to measure overall levels of physical activity and step counts, metabolic markers, perceived quality of life and other health behaviours and outcomes before, immediately and 1 weeks after the intervention. As well, a cost benefit analysis will be conducted to determine if the project was 'value for money'.
Ashleigh Sushames, Klaus Gebel and Robyn McDermott (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Indigenous; Chronic Disease; Health Promotion; Health; Physical Activity

Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

Objective measurement of activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for a culturally-based physical activity intervention for Indigenous Australians

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This project will use 25 Fitbits, a novel physical activity monitor, to objectively assess data on activity and sedentary behaviour in an intervention to promote physical activity in young Indigenous Australian adults living in remote communities in Far North Queensland. After this project the activity monitors will be used for other projects in the future in public health and exercise science.
Klaus Gebel and Ashleigh Sushames (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Physical Activity; Accelerometry; FitBit

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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.

  • Evaluation of a pragmatic community-tailored physical activity program with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (2018, PhD , Primary Advisor)

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