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Published on 30 October 2012

30 October 2012

University of the Sunshine Coast academic Dr Mark McKean has been elected to a national council which oversees the registration of exercise professionals.

The USC Research Fellow has just returned from Adelaide where he met the five other members of the newly formed Fitness Australia REPs (Registered Exercise Professionals) Council.

Dr McKean said he was excited about this new appointment.

“The council’s role is to inform the setting of policy and standards in relation to professional registration, and to provide advice in regards to industry trends, needs and opportunities that will enhance professional and industry development,” he said.

“This will provide assurance and confidence to consumers, employers and health professionals that all registered exercise professionals are qualified and have the knowledge, skills and competence to perform specific roles.”

Dr McKean said USC students were set to benefit from the knowledge and experience he will gain from being appointed to the council.

“If USC graduates choose to make careers in the fitness industry, they will have to be part of the Fitness Australia REPs organisation,” he said.

Dr McKean said the REPs council would work to develop new standards and guidelines to enhance: safe and effective practice and workforce capacity; standards and reputation of the profession; and quality and capacity of the workforce.

“It will also refine the anticipated demand for exercise professionals and help redevelop the continuing education system to maximise capacity building, progression and retention of these professionals,” he said.

— Michelle Widdicombe

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