Michael joined the JCU community in 2020 and is a lecturer and clinical educator in Exercise Physiology. He completed his undergraduate degree in Exercise physiology at the University of Sydney in 2014 and is registered as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.  He was awarded his doctorate (USYD) 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.  Recently, he was conferred the title of honorary associate lecturer in the School of Exercise and Sports Science in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney. 

In his time before joining JCU, Michael has worked as a post-graduate fellow at the University of Sydney and been involved in several clinical trials of exercise in at-risk cohorts in coordination, assessment and interventionalist roles. This includes running the first pilot 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 involved in the facilitatation of the FRIEND project, a DCRC-funded translational, best practice frailty intervention in an aged care facility in Townsville, as part of a team of collaborators from James Cook University and the University of Sydney.

He has spoken about his research nationally and internationally at multiple conferences including symposia on dementia at the American college of Sports Medicine - Exercise is medicine conference, 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.

Michael has a passion for teaching exercise physiology and 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. 


  • SP3017: Principles of Clinical Exercise Physiology Practice (Level 3; TSV)
  • SP4104: Clinical Exercise Physiology 2 (Level 4; 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
  • 2020 to present - 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)
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  • 2022 - Australian Association of Gerontology Student and Early Career group
  • 2020 - Australian Association of Gerontology Member
  • 2016 - International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society Member
  • 2015 - Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) member
  • 2018 to 2020 - committee member - NSW state chapter, Exercise and Sports Science Australia

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  • The Frailty Reduction via Implementation of Exercise, Nutritional Support and Deprescribing (FRIEND) Project (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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