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BASES Student Webinar Series – How to keep calm and carry on coping

Wednesday, 28 February 2024 13:00 - 14:00 GMT


Sport and study are both goal-oriented contexts characterised by moments of intense pressure as well as ongoing demands. We can all benefit from taking time to stop and reflect on the stressors we might face in pursuing our goals, as well as how we typically cope with these. 

This webinar is intended to be of value for BASES student members, and students generally in supporting the management of stress and achievement of goals.  

First, we will examine what stress is, how it comes about, and ways of coping with it. We will do this with the help of research findings and anecdotes to illustrate key points. We will then walk through a stress and coping review, and in doing so, we will address some of the key considerations in improving stress management and goal attainment.

Exercise in the Management of Metabolic-Associated Fatty Liver Disease (MAFLD) in Adults Webinar

Friday, 8 March 2024 1:00pm - 2:30pm AEDT


A Position Statement from Exercise and Sport Science Australia

Metabolic-associated fatty liver disease (MAFLD, formerly known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease/NAFLD) affects up to one third of Australians (recent estimate are as high as 39%!) and is becoming more prevalent with the global escalation of obesity-related chronic disease. In addition to increasing risk of end-stage liver disease and liver cancer, MAFLD plays a central role in the development and worsening of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and extrahepatic cancers. Given the lack of approved pharmaceutical agents, lifestyle therapy is the cornerstone of management for all people with MAFLD. It is now established that exercise is an effective therapy for reducing liver fat, even in the absence of weight loss. 

Exercise professionals play a central role in the multidisciplinary integrated approach to MAFLD management. This webinar will showcase the key recommendations and clinical implications reported in the recently published ESSA Position Statement. In addition to highlighting principals of prescription (and the underlying evidence), the PD will examine the key considerations for implementation of the guidelines.  

Prescriptive targets, outcome testing and evaluation, and special considerations will be discussed for practitioners working in clinical practice. Additionally, insights from people living with MAFLD will be explored giving a unique insight into challenges and opportunities for exercise care in people with MAFLD. 

Presented by Dr Shelley Keating, AES, AEP

Exercise to Decrease Cardio-Metabolic Disease Risk Webinar

Tuesday, 5 March 2024 11:00am - 12:30pm AEDT


Cardiometabolic health (CMH) is an umbrella term encompassing risk factors of the cardiovascular and metabolic systems that contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes (T2D). Currently, each condition affects an estimated 1.2 million Australians. Exercise is a well-established management strategy for CMH, with Accredited Exercise Physiologists specialising in the delivery of exercise interventions for the prevention and management of cardiometabolic disease. This webinar will explore the research of Dr Kelly McLeod’s thesis, focusing on an investigation of exercise interventions for the management of CMH in older adults in research and clinical environments, including those made available through the Australian national health care scheme Medicare. The webinar will explore the thesis’ research which aimed to identify evidence-based features of exercise interventions that optimally improve CMH in older adults and to identify factors that optimise the delivery of and compliance to individualised exercise therapy in a community setting. Firstly, the outcomes of a systematic review and meta-analysis of the evidence for different exercise modalities for CMH in older adults will be explored. The meta-analysis showed that exercise modalities including high-intensity interval training, progressive resistance training (PRT) and a combination of the two improved CMH in older adults with cardiometabolic risk. This will be followed by an evaluation of a community Strength Clinic program within the UNSW Medicine and Health Lifestyle Clinic. The Strength Clinic analysis found moderate to high intensity whole body PRT at least once a week over 17 weeks improves muscle strength, blood pressure, and other health outcomes in older adults. This then helped to inform the development of the Diabetes Clinic project which the webinar will discuss in detail. This clinical trial was a Medicare funded group exercise physiology program for older adults with T2D, along with the outcomes of a focus group where older adults with diabetes provided their beliefs regarding their needs, barriers, and enablers for participating in a diabetes education and exercise program. The Diabetes Clinic was feasible and acceptable with participants attending, reporting enjoyment, and gaining improvements in secondary CMH outcome measures. This webinar will demonstrate the evidence base for exercise benefits on CMH implemented in community settings that is delivered by trained clinicians. 

Presented by Dr Kelly McLeod, AES, AEP

Live Chat with Q&A: Understanding Redundancy for Employees

Tuesday, 27 February 2024 11:00am - 12:00pm AEDT


We are in a climate where redundancy is happening every day. It is important for employees to understand their rights and obligations when they find themselves in a situation where their position is no longer required by their employer. W will cover:

• What is redundancy, and how does it work?
• What do employers need to do to meet their obligations under law?
• What should I understand and ask?
• How do I move forward?

Carli Saw

ACSM-ACS Cancer Exercise Specialist Course



The ACSM-ACS Cancer Exercise Specialist Course is for healthcare and fitness practitioners looking to provide safe, effective and individualized exercise programs to anyone living with or beyond a cancer diagnosis. 

Why This Course? 

Currently, there are approximately 18 million cancer survivors in the U.S., and according to the National Cancer Institute that number is expected to increase to 20.3 million by 2026.  Cancer treatments result in many acute, chronic or late-appearing toxicities that can negatively impact the quality of life of those living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis. Over the past two decades, convincing evidence has emerged on the ability of exercise and physical activity programs to provide significant physical and psychological benefits, reduce many cancer treatment side effects, and potentially reduce the risk of cancer recurrence.   

The American College of Sports Medicine® (ACSM) Cancer Exercise Trainer certification program has now been revised and expanded, in partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and CanRehab®. This new ACSM-ACS Cancer Exercise Specialist Course is designed to increase the number of competent practitioners able to provide advice and deliver safe, effective and individualized exercise and physical activity programs based on the most current evidence.  

Building Your Online Presence Webinar

Thursday, 29 February 2024 3:00pm - 4:30pm AEDT


This comprehensive webinar is designed specifically for health professionals wanting to create a thriving private practice. 

In an era where the majority of healthcare decisions begin online, having a compelling online presence is no longer optional but a necessity for private practitioners.  It offers a deep dive into the crucial aspects of establishing and enhancing an online presence. Across several modules, participants will gain actionable insights and strategies to effectively market their services in the digital realm.

The content covers all aspects of building and maintaining a dynamic online presence, including practical advice on developing a cohesive brand identity that resonates with patients. 

The webinar addresses the key components of creating a professional and engaging website, essential for a strong online presence. It includes the Search Engine Optimisation essentials and strategies to rapidly get your website on the front page of Google. 

The webinar will guide participants through selecting appropriate social media platforms, creating relevant and engaging content, and using these tools to build a community and foster patient engagement.

Additionally, the webinar incorporates the value of an email list as a direct and personal way to communicate with patients. It offers strategies for growing and effectively utilising this list to not only inform but also to engage and convert subscribers into patients.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be equipped with a clear understanding of the digital landscape and practical skills to enhance their online presence. This knowledge is indispensable for growing a private practice in today’s digital-first healthcare environment. Participants will leave with the confidence to implement these strategies, ensuring their services are visible, attractive and accessible.

Presented by Miranda Smith, BMgt(Marketing) MMktg

ACSM/NYSHSI Youth Fitness Specialist Certificate

On demand


13 CECs

The NYSHSI/ACSM Youth Fitness Specialist Certificate online course is designed for professionals who want to better understand the unique exercise physiology and needs of children and young athletes.

The course draws from the text ACSM’s Essentials of Youth Fitness and comprises three parts divided into a total of 16 modules, with the end goal of providing course-takers with the information they need to help youth of all ages and abilities participate in evidence-based training programs.

HFJ: Jan – Feb 2024 CEC Course #4: Social Connections

On demand


By Nico P. Pronk, Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP 

The emergence of remote work has opened the talent pool for companies since access to top talent is no longer limited to local or regional workers. However, to successfully recruit top virtual talent, companies will have to make supporting remote workers a strategic priority. The challenges associated with remote work include social isolation and loneliness. To counteract such challenges, companies need to invest in structures and relationships that prioritize and optimize belonging. 

HFJ: Jan – Feb 2024 CEC Course #3: Risk Management Audit

On demand


By JoAnn M. Eickhoff-Shemek, PhD, FACSM, FAWHP and Ron Betta, CFSM, ACSM-CPT 

From a safety perspective, risk management (RM) can be defined as a “proactive administrative process that will help minimize legal liability exposures facing exercise professionals and fitness facilities”. Legal liability exposures are situations that create a risk of injury or reflect noncompliance with federal, state, and local laws. RM strategies that minimize injuries from occurring in the first place are referred to as loss prevention strategies. Fitness facilities have faced negligence and wrongful death lawsuits for failing to properly carry out medical emergency procedures after an injury. To enhance safety and minimize legal liability, this article provides an RM Audit containing 10 questions designed to assess the effectiveness of your facility’s medical emergency action plan (EAP).  

HFJ: Jan – Feb 2024 CEC Course #2: Low- and High-Glycemic

On demand


By Stella Lucia Volpe, Ph.D., RDN, FACSM, ACSM-CEP 

Low and high glycemic index foods seem to have different benefits for different types of exercise performance. Based on the research presented in this Nutritionist’s View column, it appears that low glycemic index foods are better to consume prior to longer duration events, while high glycemic index foods seem to fare better for shorter distances and intermittent activities. Nonetheless, these statements are broad, and even within the articles presented, there were variations. These variations certainly depended on how the food was given (bar or meal), how much was consumed, when the food was provided, and what type of activity was performed.