Steve is the retired Chair in Clinical Exercise Science at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. In retirement he continues to teach, research and practice as a cardiac exercise physiologist, and he much prefers these to fishing, golf or doing nothing! But he loves keeping fit, bushwalking and skiing. He keeps up to date by reading and writing and participating in a wide range of academic activities, and frequently attends and presents at national and international conferences. Steve describes himself as a ‘pracademic’, someone who has successfully been able to bridge academic work with practice.
Steve is passionate about using exercise to improve the lives of his clients who have serious heart disease. He has found a way to provide a special service for his cardiac clients, and part of this is his commitment to measuring fitness properly and programming precisely for each individual’s needs.
Steve gets a lot of satisfaction in helping his clients to improve not only their health and fitness, but also their quality of life. Many of his clients seek his advice and support following ‘scary’ cardiac events such as a big heart attack, and Steve has been able to help give his clients self-confidence so that they can again lead physically active lives. This was the genesis of fit.test which is now an app for any exercise professional who is interested in providing a premium service to their clients of any age or condition.
Steve has been a long time servant of Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA), contributing as a Director on its Board since 2005, and twice led peak national advisory groups to write the ESSA Professional Standards for Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP). The professional standards covered by the work of Steve and his colleagues span the period 2008-2021. Together with his cardiologist colleagues, Steve conducted one of the first studies in the world on the benefits of muscle training for people living with chronic heart failure, and this work has been cited in the American Heart Association Statement on Exercise and Heart Failure. Steve was first author on ESSA’s Position Statement on Exercise Training and Chronic Heart Failure and was the senior author on a recent publication in the international journal, Sport Medicine, on the topic ofpre-participation health screening for clients who wish to commence exercise.
Steve’s academic leadership has been recognised by many Awards, including a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence and a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in E-learning, and a National (Australia) Citation for an Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. In 2010, he was honoured to receive the ESSA President’s Award for services to clinical exercise physiology. In 2016, he was named as one of the “top 25 influencers of exercise and sports science in Australia” as part of the 25 year celebration of ESSA.