Dr Belinda Parmenter is Deputy Head of School (Operations) for the School of Medical Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine and is the ECR Co-Chair of the SPHERE Cardiac and Vascular Health Clinical Academic Group Focus Area: Protecting the Community from Cardiovascular Disease. She is an accredited exercise physiologist (AEP) with over 20 years’ clinical experience in prescribing and delivering exercise for patients with chronic disease. Her experience includes a specialisation in assessment, prescription, implementation and supervision of exercise for patients with cardiovascular 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.
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
- 2019 UNSW E/MCR Medicine Seed Funding University of NSW $50,000.00
- 2019 Major Research Equipment and Infrastructure Grant University of NSW $539,980.00
- 2018 UNSW National Travel Grant Parmenter BJ. Exercise and Sports Science Australia National Conference Chair: Heart Health Symposium $800.00
- 2018 UNSW and University of Sydney Seed Funding Mavros, Y. Parmenter, BJ. Fiatarone Singh, MA. Teesson, M. Rooney, K. Freeston, J. Aling M. Progressive Resistance Training as Adjunctive Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder and Mental Health Co‐morbidity $20,000.00
- 2017 The Paul Ramsay Foundation (2017-2022)Teesson M, Newton N, Kay-Lambkin F, Champion K, Chapman C, Thornton L, Slade T, Mills K, Sunderland M, Bauer J, Parmenter B, Spring B, Lubans D, Allsop S, Hides L, McBride N. Associate Investigators: Barrett E, Stapinski L, Mewton L, Birrell L, Quinn C. Health Lifestyles program: An innovative online primary and secondary prevention intervention. $6,230,000.00
- 2016 Major Research Equipment and Infrastructure Grant University of NSW $218,097.00
- 2015 Exercise Physiology in Practice: Evidence-Based Practice Grant Exercise and Sports Science Australia $116,925.08
- 2015 Major Research Equipment and Infrastructure Grant University of NSW $207,236.00
- 2014 NHMRC Project Grant APP1063476 Associate Investigator $662,912.00
- 2014 International Travel Grant School of Medical Sciences, University of NSW $2500.00
- 2013 Faculty Research Grant Australian Catholic University $16,000.00
- 2012 National Travel Grant School of Medical Sciences, University of NSW $800.00
- 2010 Tom Penrose Grant Recipient ESSA: Exercise and Sports Science Australia $10,000.00
Exercise and cardiovascular risk factors, exercise prescription to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and exercise training for people with cardiovascular disease.
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.