Researcher

Dr Belinda Jane Parmenter

My Expertise

Exercise and cardiovascular risk factors, exercise prescription to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and exercise training for people with cardiovascular disease.

Fields of Research (FoR)

Exercise Physiology, Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases), Human Movement and Sports Science

Biography

A/Prof Belinda Parmenter is Head of School, Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine & Health and Acting Head of the UNSW Medicine & Health Lifestyle Clinic. She is the EMCR Co-Chair of the SPHERE Cardiac and Vascular Health Clinical Academic Group Focus Area: Protecting the Community from Cardiovascular Disease, a member of the UNSW Medicine and Health Cardiac, Vascular and Metabolic Medicine Steering Committee and co-founder of the...view more

A/Prof Belinda Parmenter is Head of School, Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine & Health and Acting Head of the UNSW Medicine & Health Lifestyle Clinic. She is the EMCR Co-Chair of the SPHERE Cardiac and Vascular Health Clinical Academic Group Focus Area: Protecting the Community from Cardiovascular Disease, a member of the UNSW Medicine and Health Cardiac, Vascular and Metabolic Medicine Steering Committee and co-founder of the Australian Cardiovascular Alliance Peripheral Artery Disease Working Group. She is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) with over 25 years’ clinical experience in prescribing and delivering exercise for patients with cardiovascular disease. Her experience includes a specialisation in assessment, prescription, implementation and supervision of exercise for patients with peripheral artery disease. Her PhD investigated the use of high-intensity progressive resistance training for patients with intermittent claudication from peripheral artery disease for which she was awarded the Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) Medal for the most outstanding thesis in the field of Exercise and Sports Science. Belinda is an invited member of the NHMRC funded National Centre for Research Excellence for Peripheral Artery Disease and continues her research in this field with a primary interest in the effect of cardiovascular disease on aerobic capacity and muscle strength and endurance, as well as the effect of exercise on reducing symptoms from and risk of cardiovascular disease across the lifespan. Some of her current projects include investigating ways to improve participation in physical activity in early childhood, to promote continued participation across adolescence and into adulthood. She also currently is working with the Matilda Centre at Sydney University on developing eHealth intervention programs for adolescents to increase physical activity levels and reduce sedentary behaviour. She continues to investigate optimal exercise prescription for the amelioration of cardiovascular risk (metabolic syndrome), as well as for the treatment of peripheral artery disease.


My Grants

  1. 2021 Philanthropic Gift UNSW Medicine & Health Lifestyle Clinic $1,060,000.00

  2. 2021 National Heart Foundation Strategic Grant: A randomised controlled trial to test if a novel remotely supervised program (PAD-medical) improves delivery of key secondary prevention treatments, risk factor control and health-related quality of life of people with peripheral artery disease CIB $1,000,000.00

  3. 2021 UNSW Medicine & Health Cardiac, Vascular and Metabolic Medicine (CVMM) Theme Big Ideas and Networking Seed Grant: Uptake and effectiveness of a UNSW Lifestyle Clinic exercise physiologist intervention for improving physical activity and reducing high blood pressure: A randomised controlled efficacy trial $150,000.00

  4. 2021 Deans of Health Sciences: Developing a Framework for Implementation of Infection control in an Educational Framework $50,000.00

  5. 2021 Tyree Institute of Health Engineering Catalyst Awards: Improving Exercise Physiology Outcomes through Reinforcement Learning at UNSW Medicine & Health Lifestyle Clinic $30,000.00

  6. 2020 Maridulu Badyari Gumal Implementation Science Strategic Platform Seed Grant Funding Scheme: Virtual Cardiac Rehabilitation on Development and Initial User Testing $30,000.00

  7. 2020 Maridulu Badyari Gumal Implementation Science Strategic Platform Seed Grant Funding Scheme: Implementation of WalkingTall against Vascular Disease for at-risk patients in a vascular clinical practice $20,000.00

  8. 2020 Maridulu Badyari Gumal COVID19+ Beyond Rapid Response Scheme: A clinical trial of a scalable Virtual Outpatient Rehabilitation program for cardiac patients. $30,000.00

  9. 2019 UNSW E/MCR Medicine Seed Funding Improving outcomes in peripheral artery disease using the cardiac rehabilitation model $50,000.00

  10. 2018 UNSW and University of Sydney Seed Funding Progressive Resistance Training as Adjunctive Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder and Mental Health Co‐morbidity $20,000.00

  11. 2017 The Paul Ramsay Foundation (2017-2022) Health Lifestyles program: An innovative online primary and secondary prevention intervention. $6,230,000.00

  12. 2015 Exercise Physiology in Practice: Evidence-Based Practice Grant Exercise and Sports Science Australia $116,925.08

  13. 2014 NHMRC Project Grant APP1063476 The BIP Study: A brief behavioural intervention for Peripheral Arterial Disease $662,912.00

  14. 2013 Australian Catholic University Faculty Research Grant Physical Activity in Type 2 Diabetes: Pathways to Exercise Physiology Services $16,000.00

  15. 2010 Exercise and Sports Science Australia Tom Penrose Grant Alternative Exercise for intermittent claudication $10,000.00


My Qualifications

2012 PhD University of Sydney, NSW, Australia

1996 Bachelor of Health Science (Exercise and Sports Science) Griffith University Gold Coast, Qld, Australia


My Awards

    1. 2019 Paper of the Month  UNSW Sydney: School of Medical Sciences

  • Paper of the month for Mayt 2019 for the publication “Resistance training as treatment for older persons with peripheral arterial disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

    2. 2016 Supervisor of UNSW Exercise Physiology Best Student Research Awardee

  • Aerobic vs. Resistance Exercise for Non-Specific Chronic Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

    3. 2015 Best Research Poster award World Congress on Active Aging, Melbourne

  • Effects of Progressive Resistance Training on Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Older Adults

4. 2015 Supervisor of UNSW Exercise Physiology Best Student Research Awardee

  • Validating Commercial Physical Activity Monitors: Which Monitor should you use?

    5. 2012 ESSA Medal  ESSA: Exercise and Sports Science Australia

  • Most Outstanding PhD Thesis submitted in the field of Exercise and Sports Science

My Research Activities

Lower Limb Rehab: The feasibility of a hospital-based secondary prevention program for persons with peripheral artery disease. 

Health4Life: Healthy Lifestyles Program: An innovative online primary and secondary school prevention intervention.

Diabetes Clinic: Feasibility and Acceptability of an Exercise Physiology delivered type 2 diabetes group service for older adults

STREss less Exercise for Blood Pressure: The effects of isometric STREngth Exercise for blood pressure in adults.

UPLIFT: Progressive resistance training as an adjunctive treatment for alcohol use disorder and mental health co-morbidity.

The BEST Study: Exercise Physiology in Practice: Evidence-Based Practice for persons with Type 2 Diabetes

The BIP Study: A brief behavioural intervention for persons with peripheral artery disease.


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

Exercise for the prevention or treatment of cardiovascular disease


Currently supervising

Diabetes Clinic: Feasibility and Acceptability of an Exercise Physiology delivered type 2 diabetes group service for older adults

STREss less Exercise for Blood Pressure: The effects of isometric STREngth Exercise for blood pressure in adults.

UPLIFT: Progressive resistance training as an adjunctive treatment for alcohol use disorder and mental health co-morbidity.

The BEST Study: Exercise Physiology in Practice: Evidence-Based Practice for persons with Type 2 Diabetes

 

 

 

 


My Teaching

Course Convenor: HESC3504 Physical Activity and Health 

Bachelor of Exercise Physiology

Course Outline: The focus of this course is on the effects of exercise on apparently healthy populations and those with increased cardiovascular risk across the lifespan. Psychological aspects of exercise, including the application of behaviour change and self-management strategies, comprise a significant component of this course. The literature addressing the impact of physical activity on cardiovascular risk reduction and the prevention of disease will be discussed in detail by examining the mechanisms by which exercise alters metabolic, vascular, muscular and cognitive function, both chronically and acutely. Health-based screening and intervention techniques (including basic nutrition assessments) will be applied with students undertaking a supervised lifestyle change project. 

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Location

Department of Exercise Physiology
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine and Health
Room 234, Level 2 East
Wallace Wurth Building
UNSW Sydney
Randwick NSW 2031



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Contact

+61 2 9065 7411