Dr Michael Inskip joined the JCU community in 2020 and is a senior lecturer and clinical educator in Exercise Physiology and the current course coordinator for the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology program. He completed his Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise physiology) at the University of Sydney in 2014 and is registered as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with almost a decade of experience with a strong research and teaching interest in ageing, frailty, neurology and dementia. He was awarded his Doctorate at the University of Sydney in 2020, which explored the relationship between physical activity and cognition, and the effects of robust anabolic exercise on this relationship across the cognitive impairment spectrum in populations with Mild Cognitive impairment and Lewy Body dementia. He remains an Honorary Associate Lecturer in the School of Exercise and Sports Science in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney.

Michael has been involved in several clinical trials of exercise in at-risk cohorts in coordination, assessment and interventionalist roles, including running the first exercise trial (PRIDE) in robust anabolic exercise for Lewy Body dementia. His interest lies in treating the high prevalence of frailty and sarcopenia in older adults, especially those with cognitive impairment and dementia. Currently, he is a coinvestigator and exercise lead on the first-of-its-kind FRIEND project, a federally and philanthropically-funded translational frailty trial taking place in the Good Shepherd Home aged care facility Townsville, as part of a team of collaborators from James Cook University and the University of Sydney. The project is industry-leading in its evaluation of the use of progressive resistance and challenging balance training, medication optimisation and nutritional support to reduce frailty in aged care residents and train staff and caregivers to adopt this best practice treatment into the future. Additionally, he is the Primary supervisor for a Pharmacy PhD candidate on the FRIEND project investigating the effect of multi-faceted frailty interventions of medication optimisation in residential aged care.

He has spoken about his research nationally and internationally as an emerging expert in the field at multiple conferences including multiple symposia on dementia at the American college of Sports Medicine - Exercise is medicine conferences, as part of the junior faculty at the International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society SYNERGIES conference, and at the 4th and 5th International Lewy Body Dementia conference. Additionally, Michael lead symposia at the Inaugural JCU Aged Care Symposium in 2022, has authored several chapters on Lewy body dementia in JCU’s first e-book A Long Goodbye: Ed and Mary's Journey with Lewy Body Dementia, a chapter on dementia for Exercise and Sport Science Australia’s Exercise for Older Adults e-bookand his innovative research and expertise on frailty and dementia has been featured in the Townsville Bulletin, The Everything Townsville Health Chats with Dr Sarah podcast and JCU Discover media.

Michael has a passion for teaching Exercise Physiology as a subject coordinate for several units in the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology course, and was recently awarded a fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, an internationally recognised fellowship for teaching in academia. He aims to broaden the professional scope and assessment capability of exercise physiologists in ageing, frailty, neurology and dementia through the integration of inter-disciplinary allied health and medical knowledge into the curriculum. 

He is currently leading the implementation of a 3-year industry collaboration case study for JCU with The Good Shepherd Home for the National Priorities industry Linkage Fund (NPILF) pilot which aims to produce job-ready graduates for aged care through industry placement, specialist teaching programs, developing a graduate pipeline, and improving resident outcomes in frailty. This program has led to the delivery of over 500 hours of high-quality comprehensive assessment and exercise prescription to residents from TGSH, over 700 hours of industry experience for student placements, and two graduate positions for Accredited Exercise Physiologists in local aged care facilities.

  • SP3017: Principles of Clinical Exercise Physiology Practice (Level 3; TSV)
  • SP4001: Sport and Exercise Science Honours Part 1 of 2 (Level 4; TSV & CNS)
  • SP4002: Sport and Exercise Science Honours Part 2 of 2 (Level 4; CNS & TSV)
  • SP5200: Professional Communication and Practice for Clinical Exercise Physiologists (Level 5; TSV)
  • SP5201: Clinical Exercise Physiology Management of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Conditions (Level 5; TSV)
  • SP5202: Clinical Exercise Physiology Management of Chronic Musculoskeletal Conditions (Level 5; TSV)
  • SP5203: Clinical Exercise Physiology Management of Metabolic Conditions and Kidney Disease (Level 5; TSV)
  • SP5204: Clinical Exercise Physiology Management of Neurological Conditions and Cancer (Level 5; TSV)
  • SP5205: Clinical Exercise Physiology Management of Mental Health and Fatigue Disorders (Level 5; TSV)
  • SP5206: Clinical Exercise Physiology Research and Practice (Level 5; TSV)
  • Cognitive impairment and dementia; Aged care; Frailty and sarcopenia
  • Robust anabolic exercise and exercise physiology
  • Movement disorders, Neurodegenerative disorders
  • Exercise prescription for cognitive impairment, dementia, neurodegenerative disorders, frailty, sarcopenia, and ageing
  • 2024 to present - Research Affiliate, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney (Sydney, Aus)
  • 2020 to 2023 - Honorary Associate Lecturer in School of Exercise and Sports Science, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney (Sydney, Aus)
  • 2016 to 2019 - Post graduate Fellow, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney (Sydney, Aus)
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2024 - Early Career Research Award - Exercise and Sports Science Australia Research to Practice 2024 National Conference
  • 2022 - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • 2024 - Amercian College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) - Member
  • 2020 - Australian Association of Gerontology Member
  • 2016 - International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society Member
  • 2015 - Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) member
  • 2024 to 2027 - Member - American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise is Medicine Older Adults Committee
  • 2024 to 2026 - Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) QLD state chapter committee member
  • 2022 to 2023 - Australian Association of Gerontology Student and Early Career group
  • 2018 to 2020 - committee member - NSW state chapter, Exercise and Sports Science Australia
  • 2022 - Australian Representative for the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society Train the Trainer Program - Abu Dhabi UAE
  • 2022 to 2024 - Chief Co-Investigator for JCU Chiropractic Research Fund ($135,574) Philanthropic Grant - FRIEND project
  • 2020 to 2021 - Associate Investigator on Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) Implementing Research Evidence into Practice Grant ($49,561) - FRIEND project

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

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

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$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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  • The development and feasibility of a translational multi-component frailty intervention including optimising medication in residential aged care (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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