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ASPA Inaugural Conference

19th November 2021



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An exciting webinar organised by ASPA’s Southeast Asia committee, aiming to facilitate the research exchange among scholars from Asia and beyond!

Date: 21 October 2021

Keynote speaker:

Are web-based personally tailored physical activity videos more effective than personally tailored text-based interventions?
Results from the three-armed randomized controlled Taylor Active trial

Dr. Corneel Vandelanotte, Professor, Central Queensland University, Australia

Invited speakers and presentations:

Active ageing in China: Senior physical fitness and its associated factors

Dr. Yanan ZHAO, Associate Professor, School of Sports Science and Physical Education, Nanjing Normal University, China

Long-term trends in physical activity among Japanese using data from national surveillance system

Dr. Shiho AMAGASA, Project Lecturer, Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Tokyo Medical University, Japan

Bio-secure bubble in sports

Dr. Arjuna P De SILVA, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Adapted physical activity in older adults and people with physical disabilities

Dr. Ka Man Carman LEUNG, Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Physical Education, Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Association of timing-specific physical activity and sedentary behavior with physical function in older adults

Dr. Yung LIAO, Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Health Education, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

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Date: Friday, 1 October 2021 Time: 7.30am – 8.30am (AEST) Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Hobart.
Note: Perth & Hong Kong: 5.30am – 6.30am Adelaide:7.00am – 8.00am New Zealand: 9.30am -10.30am


As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, significant attention has been given to identifying the risk factors for severe infection, such as advanced age, being male and certain underlying comorbidities. Until recently, the role of physical inactivity has been somewhat overlooked.

Some questions to be explored will include:
1) Can we use the experience of recent lockdown restrictions to enhance the promotion of physical activity for physical and mental health post-pandemic?
2) What are the benefits of physical activity in the management of both the short-term and long-term implications of COVIDinfection?
3) Can we learn from the successes that other countries have achieved in primary care and allied health during the pandemic?

The Panel:
Jim Sallis

James F. Sallis, Ph.D is Professorial Fellow at Australian CatholicUniversity, Melbourne and Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health at the University of California San Diego. Current research interests promote physical activity and understanding policy and environmental influences on physical activity, nutrition, and obesity. Author of over 750scientific publications, he is one of the world’s most-cited authors and is now focusing on using research to create healthier cities.

Garry Jennings

Garry Jennings AO is CEO of the Heart Foundation, Associate Editor of Hypertension, and is Honorary Professor at Monash and Sydney Universities. Research achievements include landmark studies on exercise, sympathetic pathophysiology, cardiac hypertrophy, and indigenous health, with well over 600 journal publications cited over 30,000 times.

Hugh Seward

Dr Seward is a Sport and Exercise Physician and GeneralPractitioner. He is Chair of Active Geelong which promotes Physical Activity in the Geelong region. He holds senior Medical roles in WorkSafe Victoria and the TAC, and is a conjoint Senior Lecturer at Deakin University.

Andrew Maiorana

Professor Andrew Maiorana is a research academic with the school of Allied Health, Curtin University, and a Clinical Exercise Physiologist at Fiona Stanley Hospital, where he manages cardiac rehabilitation programs for people following an acute coronary syndrome, and with chronic heart failure. Andrew’s research focuses on improving cardiovascular health outcomes through adherence to healthy lifestyle, with a focus on physical activity and exercise training.

Host. David Dunstan

David is Head of the Physical Activity laboratory at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne and is a Professorial Fellow at the Mary MacKillop Institute forHealth Research, Australia. He is the Vice-President of ASPA and Co-Chair of ASPA’s Partnerships committee.

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Physical Activity Advocacy Workshop- ASPA members as agents of change

With the aim of supporting the physical activity advocacy efforts across Australasia and following on from our last webinar on the ‘Eight Investments That Work for Physical Activity’, ASPA will be hosting an online advocacy workshop to build capacity for our members. This session will be all about mobilising ASPA members as change agents and will introduce advocacy key concepts, as well as provide some examples of what can be done for those working in physical activity.

All are welcome on Tuesday 24th August 2021!

Session structure

  • Introduction of session and purpose + Advocacy key concepts 20-30 mins
  • Key Advocacy Questions for Break out rooms 30-40 mins
  • Report back, discussion + questions 20 mins

Potential breakout room topics include;

  • Establishing national policies on PA
  • Getting more children walking and cycling to school
  • ‘Building a tribe’ – working collaboratively across sectors to find common advocacy opportunities
  • National Active Travel frameworks to improve PA
  • Walking Strategies for all ages and abilities

Eight Investments That Work for Physical Activity

ISPAH’s #8Investments are a call to action for everyone, everywhere, including professionals, academics, civil society and decision makers, to embed physical activity in national and sub-national policies.

Too few people around the world are physically active enough to reap the public health, wealth, and wellbeing benefits. As a result, everyone everywhere must unite around a shared goal to get the world moving. A key tenant for successful advocacy is gaining consensus on what works for increasing physical activity and the recent launch of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Eight Investments that work for Physical Activity is the answer.

The Eight Investments that work for Physical Activity document and resource kit were launched in November 2020 and provide a summary of eight areas for action, all evidence based and have worldwide applicability.

This webinar provided a synthesis of the evidence behind the 8 Investments, discussing the process of its development, diving deep into each of the 8 Investments and critically exploring how the ASPA community can be advocates.

Session outcomes
• What are the 8 Investments and the background to the tool developments
• A summary of best practice across the 8 Investments.
• Key recommendations for increasing population physical activity
• What is advocacy, the levels of advocacy and practical skills for being an advocate

Key Information
• Description of the 8 Investments, its background , development process and tool aims.
• Summary of best practice evidence across the 8 Investments.
• Key recommendations for policymakers, practitioners and academics.
• Background review of PA advocacy – what it is and the different levels.

In case you missed the event please check out the recording below:

Physical Activity Debate

It’s time to come together, to have some fun and talk about what really matters! We are bringing together great minds working in the field of physical activity across Australasia for the inaugural ‘Physical Activity Debate’ at 3 pm (AEST) on the 27th May, 2021. The debate topic is: “A 15% reduction in physical inactivity will be achieved in Australasia by 2030”. The topic refers to the global target in the World Health Organisation’s Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030. Two teams (Affirmative and Negative) will use their expertise, charisma, and sharp rebuttals to persuade you that their team is correct. Debates a healthy part of the science and practice of physical activity.


ASPA Promotion-Online Forum in Southeast Asia

With the aim of supporting the promotion of ASPA in Asian regions and increasing regional membership and participation, All are welcome on Wednesday 26th May 2021!
Times:  4:30 pm – 5:15 pm (AEST) 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm (JST) 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm (HKT) 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm (IST)
Guest Speakers: 
Jo Salmon, PhD
ASPA President
Professor, Deakin University, Australia
Verity Cleland, PhD
Chair of ASPA Membership Committee
Associate Professor, University of Tasmania, Australia
Yanping Duan, PhD
Chair of ASPA SE Asia Committee
Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China

1. Welcome by Yanping Duan
2. Introduction to the ASPA
3. ASPA membership and registration
4. Introduction to the ASPA SE Asia committee

Special Interests Groups (SIG) launch event

To celebrate the launch of our Special Interests Groups (SIG) we introduced our the Scaling up Physical Activity #ASPASUPASIG & the Physical Literacy #ASPAPLSIG on Friday 16 April at 3pm NZST/1pm AEST/11am CST.

In case you missed the event please check out the recording below:


The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The Australasian Society for Physical Activity Ltd (ASPA), (ACN 635 761 527) was held on Thursday 25 March 2021. 

For a recording of the session, please follow the link to our YouTube channel below: