Early Career Network

The ECN provides networking, mentoring and capacity building opportunities for students, and early career professionals (researchers, practitioners and policy makers) in the physical activity field.

Chair: Bridget Foley, PhD Candidate, The University of Sydney bridget.foley@sydney.edu.au

Members:

  • Sarah Edney, Post-Doc, Physical Activity & Nutrition Determinants in Asia (PANDA), Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
  • Matthew ‘Tepi’ McLaughlin, University of Newcastle, Hunter New England population health & Senior Research Officer, Telethon Kids Institute, Western Australia
  • Louisa Peralta, Senior Lecturer in Health and Physical Education, University of Sydney
  • Jessica Seymour, Exercise Physiologist and Health Promotion Officer, Healthy Cities Illawarra
  • Shariful Islam, Senior Research Fellow, Deakin University

We are a friendly group who meet monthly to develop resources, organise events and contribute to ASPA activities. If you are interested in getting more involved in ASPA, the ECN is the perfect place for early career professionals to start.

Contact or admin@aspactivity.org or bridget.foley@sydney.edu.au to find out more.

Resources for Early Career Professionals

Physical Activity Field Guide

Ahead of the Inaugural ASPA Conference (2021) the ECN crowd sources and produced a Field Guide for Early Career Professionals. The #PAfieldguide provided must-read/watch information on the conference themes.

Physical Activity Debate

In May 2021 ASPA’s Early Career Network and ISPAH brought together physical activity experts in a fun and thought-provoking debate. The topic, the likelihood of achieving a 15% reduction in physical inactivity by 2030, as set out in the WHO’s Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018–2030.
What were the arguments, whose message was funniest and most compelling, and which team was declared winner? Results from the debate were recently published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health.