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General enquiries

Office: T3.29
Tel: +61 7 5456 5127
Fax: +61 7 5459 4880

Street address

Sports Tower
90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs
Queensland  4556

Postal address

Cluster for Health Improvement (ML33)
School of Health and Sport Sciences
Locked Bag 4

Our people


  • Dr Ross Clark


Student members

  • Amanda Cavalcanti
  • Andrew Dingley
  • Mitchell Naughton
  • Adam Zemski
  • Vicki Tuchtan
  • Janelle White
  • Lorraine Josey
  • Kira Sutherland
  • Stephen Gurr
  • Robyn Saxon
  • Yvette Wareham
  • Kelli Dendle
  • Claire Huxley
  • Catherine Moyes

Adjunct members

  • Dr Sally Sargeant
  • Fi Graham
  • Adam McKenzie
  • Gino Medoro
  • Andrea Winters

Research Assistants

Membership application form

Management team

Researchers in the Cluster for Health Improvement management team include leaders in the areas of allied health, public health, health promotion and sport and exercise.

Professor John Lowe (Leader)

Professor John Lowe is an eminent researcher who has over 200 publications and has attracted more than $50 million in research funding in the US and Australia. He is part of a team (CIC) of investigators that have recently funded NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (A$2.4M). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Health Behaviour and the Health Promotion Association of Australia. Professor Lowe’s research focuses on physical activity and nutrition as a way of controlling obesity has obvious synergies with the work of the sports performance / nutrition team members. His presence in the Centre is an obvious asset to building capacity in the research team and members as a whole.

Current collaborative projects include:

  • CREMARA – The Centre for Research Excellence in Minimising Antibiotic Resistance from Acute Respiratory Infections.
  • chronic disease behaviour of family physicians, interns and paediatricians in the Ukraine.
  • smoking prevention among Indigenous children.

Professor Marion Gray

Professor Marion Gray was a past postdoctoral fellow with the American Registry of Pathology / Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, through which she gained a grant via the Department of Defence, USA, Congressionally directed Medical Research Programs to examine prostate cancer and metal ions. This grant has led to a long standing relationship with researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and USGS. These collaborations led to the publication of the first paper to show an association between low zinc and low iron prostate tissue levels and biochemical recurrence in prostate cancer. This finding is potentially significant in the diagnoses and treatment of more aggressive forms of prostate cancer and will lead to further research into this important area. As well as her expertise in applied clinical research, she also has research experience in the area of chronic disease management (eg COPD), disability (including neglected tropical diseases) and health services research.

Current collaborative projects include:

  • the effectiveness of a home based individually tailored program for promoting healthier dietary and exercise behaviours in people with mental health conditions living at a Mental Health Community Care Unit.
  • physical activity, quality of life and prostate cancer survivorship.
  • iBreathe; rehabilitation for people with COPD.

Professor Brendan Burkett

Professor Brendan Burkett has a longstanding involvement with Australian athletes at an Olympic level provides a reflection of the importance of their work and the esteem that they are held in nationally and internationally.

Current collaborative projects include:

  • understanding and enhancing High Performance Paralympic Swimming.
  • fitness in exercise: protocols and programs.
  • computational fluid dynamics in Olympic and Paralympic swimming.
  • effectiveness of a dry land programme on improvements in strength, power and movement patterns in athletes.
  • asymmetry in Olympic and Paralympic Swimming.
  • development and application of wearable micro technologies for the assessment of human movement.
  • understanding and enhancing OzTag.
  • developing an evidence base for the International Paralympic Committee swimming classification.

Associate Professor Chris Askew

Associate Professor Chris Askew is an exercise physiologist with a particular interest in the pathophysiology and treatment of exercise intolerance in people with chronic disease. Much of his research has focused on the acute and chronic physiological effects of ischaemia, and how these relate to the mechanisms of exercise intolerance in peripheral arterial disease (PAD). He has published a number of clinical studies investigating the effects of exercise rehabilitation in PAD, and these studies are underpinned by experimental investigations of muscle metabolism and morphology, microcirculation and angiogenesis, limb blood flow, endothelial function and muscle fatigue.

Current collaborative projects include:

  • effects of surgery, exercise therapy and medical interventions on exercise tolerance and cardiovascular health in patients with peripheral arterial disease.
  • impact of cardiovascular disease on skeletal muscle capillaries and the angiogenic responses to exercise.
  • effects of exercise therapy and physical activity on cardiovascular function and health in older adults and those with chronic disease.
  • effect of fish oil supplementation on cardiovascular responsiveness and health in people with cardiovascular disease.
  • exercise safety and efficacy in patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Ms Andrea Winters

Ms Andrea Winters Clinical Director — Clinical Support Services Group Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service.