Lisa completed a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science from James Cook University in 2005 and a Master in Health and Human Services Management through Deakin University in 2015. Areas of completed study include exercise physiology, mental health, public health, health promotion, epidemiology, health policy evaluation, health economics, population nutrition and management of health services. Previous to working at James Cook Univeristy, Lisa worked in many areas of clinical exercise physiology including musculoskeletal rehabilitation, occupational and vocational rehabilitation, mental health, substance abuse and clinical education. 

Lisa is the Course Coordinator for the Bachelor Exercise Physiology (Clinical) and the Clinic Manager of the JCU Exercise Physiology Clinic and has been successful in the development of key relationships between JCU and The Townsville Hospital and Health Service. These research collaborations have included projects on the benefits of exercise interventions in cancer treatment, exercise as a relapse tool in substance abuse, exercise an as effective therapy in mental health and intradyalisis exercise interventions in end stage kidney disease.

The JCU Exercise Physiology Clinic provides student led services to the local community. This clinic focuses on providing opportunities for research in the areas of clinical exercise physiology and exercise interventions for various medical conditions. The current research focus of the clinic centres on the benefits of exercise in post-menopausal women, men’s health interventions, the benefits of exercise intervention in cancer treatment and an inter-professional healthcare model in renal rehabilitation.

  • SP4103: Clinical Exercise Physiology 1 (Level 4; TSV)
  • SP4104: Clinical Exercise Physiology 2 (Level 4; TSV)
  • SP5104: Clinical Exercise Physiology 2 (Level 5; TSV)
  • Health service Management
  • Exercise an as effective therapy in mental health.
  • The benefits of exercise intervention in cancer treatment.
  • Exercise as a relapse tool in substance abuse.
  • Authentic student learning experiences
  • Clinical Education
  • 2015 to present - Course Coordinator - Clinical Exercise Physiology, James Cook University (QLD, Australia)
  • 2014 to present - Clinic Leader - JCU Exercise Physiology Clinic, James Cook University (QLD, Australia)
  • 2012 to 2014 - Clinical Educator - Clinical Exercise Physiology, James Cook Universty (QLD, Austalia)
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2015 - Member of the Exercise and Cancer group with Clinical Oncology Society Australia (COSA)
  • 2006 - Member and Accredited Exercise Physiologist with Exercise And Sport Science Australia (ESSA)
  • 2012 to 2015 - Master Health and Human Services Management

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Townsville Health Service District - Private Practice Study, Research & Education Trust Fund

Effectiveness of exercise intervention on improving psychological effects in prostate cancer patients

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$31,005 (administered by Townsville Hospital)
This study aims to detemine whether implementing an exercise program for localised prostate cancer patients at the Townsville Cancer Centre will be an effective tool in reducing the side effects of treatment and improving mental health.
Hana Grigg, Lisa Simmons, Patricia Husband, Elderene Brostrom, Tilley Pain and Alex Tan (The Townsville Cancer Centre and College of Healthcare Sciences)
Exercise; Prostate Cancer; Cancer Treatment

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