About

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 intradialysis 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.

Teaching
  • SP4103: Clinical Exercise Physiology 1 (Level 4; TSV)
  • SP4104: Clinical Exercise Physiology 2 (Level 4; TSV)
Interests
Professional
  • Health service Management
Research
  • Exercise an as effective therapy in mental health.
  • The benefits of exercise intervention in cancer treatment.
  • Exercise as a relapse tool in substance abuse.
Teaching
  • Authentic student learning experiences
  • Clinical Education
Experience
  • 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
Honours
Memberships
  • 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)
Other
  • 2012 to 2015 - Master Health and Human Services Management
Publications

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Current Funding

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

QLD Department of Science, Information, Technology and Innovation - Advance Queensland Knowledge Transfer Partnerships - Contract Research

Integrated online platform for delivery of digital health services by a multi-disciplinary team of allied health professionals

Indicative Funding
$10,800
Summary
This project aims to create an integrated online platform for multi-disciplinary allied health professionals to provide evidence-based digital health support and services to communities, organisations and clients, especially those in rural and remote communities, vulnerable groups and/or those who would otherwise not be able to access quality health services within Queensland, Australia and other countries. This project provides solutions to challenges associated with a sustainable design for service delivery compared to current models that involve significant funding in order to access these populations. This project has the potential to reach these geographically dispersed communities while reducing costs through decreased travel.
Investigators
Ruth Barker, Lisa Simmons and Glen McIntyre (College of Healthcare Sciences and Agapeflows Pty Ltd)
Keywords
Student-led; Allied health; Rural and remote; Telehealth; Industry partnership

Townsville Health Service District - Study Education Research Trust Account

'Let's get active at Dialysis', an Exercise Physiology led activity program at North Ward Haemodialysis centre

Indicative Funding
$9,585
Summary
This study will aim to answer the research question: Is exercise performd during dialysis sufficient to improve clinical outcomes of haemodialysis patients? The aim of the study is to measure the effect of progressive resistance training during dialysis on HD patients.
Investigators
Katharine Clifford, Lisa Simmons, Sally Smart and Tilley Pain (Townsville General Hospital and College of Healthcare Sciences)
Keywords
Exercise; Renal; Haemodialysis

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

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

Indicative Funding
$31,005 (administered by Townsville Hospital)
Summary
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.
Investigators
Hana Grigg, Lisa Simmons, Patricia Husband, Elderene Brostrom, Tilley Pain and Alex Tan (The Townsville Cancer Centre and College of Healthcare Sciences)
Keywords
Exercise; Prostate Cancer; Cancer Treatment

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