About AUSactive

AUSactive. The united body for Australia’s health and well-being.

AUSactive is the united bodyfor Australia's health and well-being.

AUSactive is the peak Health and Exercise Industry Association with the largest register of exercise professionals & facilities across Australia. AUSactive want to activate the nation through empowering and representing excellence, innovation, standards and leadership across all exercise and wellness modalities.

AUSactive. Activating every body.

Whatever your age, shape or size. Wherever you come from. Whatever your fitness level. No matter how big, small or niche your organisation is. We’re here to provide the confidence to activate as many human and health industry bodies as we can.

AUSactive. Activating every way.

From step-class to sprint training to surfing, line dancing, yoga or taking the dog for a walk, we’re qualified to maximise your every move. Whether it’s by improving your own health or that of your business, we want to raise Australia’s well-being every way we can.

AUSactive. Activating every day.

The countless physical and mental health benefits that quality exercise brings, make us relentless in its promotion and innovation. That’s why we’re driven to support Australians and all the health businesses that support them every single day.

Our Partners

AUSactive would like to thank our partners for providing information and support for the benefit of the fitness industry.

Our Board of Directors

The Board is AUSactive linkage to the wellness and fitness industry. The Board is responsible for providing strategic leadership of the organisation within a framework of prudent and effective controls and establishing the organisation's vision, mission, values, and standards of conduct in the interests of industry members, stakeholders and the communities in which it operates. 

It has an obligation to fulfill fiduciary responsibilities, guard against undue risk, determine governing policies and program priorities and monitor and assess executive performance.

Jayne Blake

Jayne Blake

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Jayne Blake

Jayne has managed her own consultancy business, JBC International since 2009, specialising in assisting people and organisations to effectively plan for, and drive personal and business growth.  Through JBC, Jayne has achieved success in coaching and consulting assignments in the Corporate, SME and Not-For-Profit segments.

Jayne has also successfully performed Board roles including Chair, and Chair Audit and Risk and other Board Committees, she is currently a Director HeartKids, an organisation which aims to conquer Congenital Heart Disease, the single biggest cause of death of Australian babies.

In her corporate career, Jayne worked for Vodafone Group in various General Manager roles in the UK and Australia, in Finance, Commercial and Customer Service functions, until becoming Sales Director in 2004.

Chris Hicks

Chris Hicks

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Chris Hicks

Chris was the former Chief Executive Officer of Newcastle University Sport (NUsport), a not for profit company that manages aquatic, gymnasium, group fitness, sporting, and recreational facilities and services in support of the University of Newcastle and the wider community.

Chris has a Bachelor of Commerce and has over 20 years’ experience in the fitness, health and recreation industry and brings a range of skills including financial management, strategic planning and business administration gained from his existing role but also from previous roles in the hospitality, retail and building industries. He has served on Boards and numerous Committees involved in promoting improvement in community health and well-being.

Chris is an active participant in sport and fitness and has a vision that sees the industry engaging with increasing numbers of people to encourage and support participation in regular exercise and other services that improve their well-being.

Chantal Brodrick

Chantal Brodrick

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Chantal Brodrick

Chantal Brodrick worked for 15 years in senior sales and marketing roles in the media industry before transitioning careers.

In 2008 she became a qualified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor.

Soon after she combined her corporate background with her love of fitness and became a Fitness Business Coach.

In 2015 Chantal became the host of The Fitness Business Podcast - the world's leading podcast for fitness business owners and managers. Chantal has interviewed over 300 fitness industry leaders, coaches, consultants and authors.

In 2019 Chantal was recognised as 1 of 20 'Women Who Inspire' by IHRSA's Club Business International Magazine and this year (2019) she is a featured speaker and MC at industry events across the world including, IHRSA, FILEX, IDEA, Athletic Business Show and FITEX.

Jen Dugard

Jen Dugard

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Jen Dugard

Jen Dugard is the founder of the Body Beyond Baby brand, creator of Fitness Professional education Safe Return to Exercise and author of the book How to Love your Body as much as your Baby.

Jen has over 13 years’ experience within the Fitness Industry in a range of roles from Personal Trainer, Outdoor Group Fitness business owner, mentor, educator and presenter.

Jen’s personal mission is to raise the standard of the fitness industry through education and collaboration and has been executing this for many years within the pre and postnatal space. Positioning herself as a specialist both in working with women and training the trainers that work with women, she is a huge advocate of strengthening relationships between the fitness industry, allied health and medical industry.

Jen shares her knowledge and experience by regularly presenting at key industry conferences including FILEX in Australia, ExPro in Singapore and later FITEx in New Zealand. She also writes regularly for What’s New in Fitness and Women’s Health Australia.

Justin McDonell

Justin McDonell

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Justin McDonell

Justin is the Co-Founder & Chairman of the Collective Wellness Group.

The Collective Wellness Group (CWG) is a multi-brand franchiser of market leading fitness brands in Australia including Anytime Fitness and XTEND Barre.  CWG is incredibly passionate about ensuing their franchisees are engaged and profitable. It is through their success, the brands can deliver our products and experiences to the Australian communities. We offer compelling value propositions for our franchisees, and create customer experience for health outcomes.

Justin has over 25 years’ experience in the fitness industry in a range of facilities, including small owner operated, family owned and larger chains.

With a passion for developing business, Justin is a shareholder of Anytime Fitness in the United Kingdom and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Kate Corkery

Kate Corkery

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Kate Corkery

Kate is a lawyer, mediator, director and governance professional with a background as a litigator at one of Australia’s major regulatory organisations (ASADA); & ACT Office of the Director of Public Prosecution.  She is an experienced Executive Officer and National Board Chair with a reputation for using advocacy and communication to build organisational culture, governance reform and strategic transformation.  Kate is currently the Director of Sport Governance & Strategy at Sport Australia and the Chair of Judo Australia and an appointee to the International Judo Federation Gender Equity Commission. Kate sits on the judiciary of Basketball ACT and Softball ACT. She is a group fitness instructor teaching Les Mills programs in Canberra.

Kate’s reputation is for achieving outstanding financial results, governance improvement, staff and volunteer engagement and for being an inspiring leader. The breadth and depth of her experience with national and state sporting organisations, government stakeholders and community organisations has ensured she is sought out to work broadly across all areas of the sporting, fitness and community sectors to grow organisational results, profile and participation and to lead change.

Tim Firth

Tim Firth

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Tim Firth

Tim Firth is a Solicitor of Leora Rose Law. He holds five postgraduate degrees, including a Juris Doctor; Master of Laws (international commercial law and dispute resolution); Graduate Diplomas in Strategic Leadership; Management (Education); and Legal Practice.

Having owned and managed several successful businesses since 2008, Tim utilises his passion, practical commercial knowledge, and experience to provide strategic business and risk management advice to start-ups, SMEs, and large corporations, from fitness centres to registered training organisations to ASX listed companies.

Tim has been involved with the fitness industry since 2007. He launched Brisbane's first 24-hour gym, owned and operated a large fitness centre on the Gold Coast, and delivered personal training qualifications for two of Australia's leading education providers.

Tim is the Chair of an Indigenous charity and holds Fellowships with the Governance Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Management. He regularly presents to medical professionals, university students, teachers, and fitness professionals domestically and internationally. Tim is also an accredited player agent with the AFL.

Edwina Griffin

Edwina Griffin

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Edwina Griffin

Edwina has owned fitness centres from 1995 to 2012 and continues to do some personal training and run Fitmum Accreditation Programs with local councils in Queensland and NSW. Edwina has worked in national franchises as national training, national business development and programs manager roles at Jetts Fitness and Fernwood Fitness.

More recently, Edwina’s company has trained fitness professionals in communication, dispute resolution and emotional intelligence and provides stress management solutions to the corporate sector including meditation and mindfulness programs and technologies.

Edwina currently works with an international allied health company, Konekt Workcare as the Head of Government Relationships and Licensing which involves maintaining Customer contacts for our allied health professional work (OTS, exercise physiologists, physiotherapists and psychologists, and NDIS work nationally throughout Australia). She also facilitate mediations for workers compensation claims.

Greg Oliver

Greg Oliver

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Greg Oliver

Greg Oliver is Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Fitness and Lifestyle Group, being appointed at its formation in 2016. The Group’s brands include Fitness First Australia, Goodlife Health Clubs Australia, Jetts Fitness, Zap Fitness, Barry’s Bootcamp Australasia, Hypoxi, Kubofit and Loup. With more than 500 clubs across Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia, FLG has over 720,000 club members across the globe and more than 300,000 digital subscribers on the Loup digital content platform.

With a career in the Fitness Industry spanning 40 years, Greg is regarded as one of the world's most respected fitness industry executives. Greg's experience includes the ownership and management of multi-club gym chains, corporate health practices and the start-up to divestment of one of the country's largest membership billing and software services. Greg has significant experience in M & A activity, across the Fitness Industry in both club and Global brand acquisition.

Along with his operational experience Greg has held board positions and company directorships with a number of respected bodies including Fitness Australia, Fitness Victoria and Belgravia Health and Leisure Group.

Barrie Elvish

Barrie Elvish - CEO

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Barrie Elvish CEO of AUSactive

Barrie brings over 20 years’ CEO experience of successful organisational change, strategic development and business growth across a range of sectors such as Education, Health and Community Services.

You’ll regularly hear Barrie talking about his passions and experiences including surfing, Triathlons, keeping his mental health and wellbeing strong through exercise, trekking the Kokoda Trail and Macchu Pichu, Led Zeppelin and Hot Rods - all for the purpose of making meaningful connections. Barrie has a longstanding personal and professional interest in adventure play for children and is currently completing a Doctorate in Early Childhood Education.

Today Barrie is proud to be the CEO of  AUSactive, the peak national health and fitness industry association activating everybody, every way, every day.

Our Industry Standards Council

Advisory Council to the Fitness Australia Board of Directors

The Australian Fitness Industry Standards Council is an entity that will help to advance and elevate Australia’s fitness industry. The council’s objectives are to develop, manage, promote and review a suite of standards, codes, guidance materials to assist the fitness industry to manage safety and improve service quality.

The council boasts a unique and diverse range of experts (in fitness service delivery, education, law and business) who will contribute to the future positive direction of the fitness industry.

Dr. Betul Sekendiz

Dr. Betul Sekendiz

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Dr. Betul Sekendiz

Dr. Betul Sekendiz obtained her PhD in Sport Management from Bond University on the Gold Coast, specialising in risk management and minimisation of legal liability issues in the health and fitness industry. Her doctoral research was a catalyst for a nationwide research project (Australian Fitness Industry Risk Management [AFIRM] Project) funded by the Australian Research Council and industry partners Fitness Australia and Sports Medicine Australia that has informed industry policy and practices. Sekendiz has been presenting in international congresses and publishing in leading peer-reviewed academic and trade journals in the areas of risk management, work health and safety, emergency preparedness and legal liability issues in the health and fitness industry that reflects on her experience in the industry both as a professional and an international athlete in bodybuilding. Sekendiz is an award winning academic for her outstanding contributions in higher education and has been recognised for her expertise through media citations and interviews. Sekendiz has been an expert witness on high profile legal liability cases and disseminates her expertise through her risk management consultancy business for fitness service providers.

Prof. Patrick Keyzer

Prof. Patrick Keyzer

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Prof. Patrick Keyzer

Professor Patrick Keyzer is Dean of Law and Professor of Law and Public Policy at Australian Catholic University. His research considers risk management in a variety of domains. Professor Keyzer was the lead Chief Investigator on the Australian Fitness Industry Risk Management (AFIRM) Project, which was funded by the Australian Research Council, Fitness Australia and Sports Medicine Australia. Professor Keyzer was the first Chair of the Australian Fitness Industry Standards Council. He is the author or editor of thirty books and monographs and has over 80 refereed journal articles and book chapters. Professor Keyzer is also a barrister, and represented one of the rookies at the Essendon Football Club during the supplements scandal.

Simon Bishop

Simon Bishop

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Simon Bishop

Simon Bishop is the Head of Integrity at Basketball Australia. Simon joined Basketball Australia in 2016 and worked closely with the National Integrity of Sport Unit and Sport Australia to develop Basketball Australia’s National Integrity Framework. This Framework applies across all levels of the sport from elite to grassroots and covers a broad range of issues including gambling and match-fixing, anti-doping, sports science and sports medicine, illicit drugs and member protection.

As Head of Integrity, Simon is responsible for the implementation and management of the National Integrity Framework, including monitoring wagering markets, managing intelligence and investigations and delivering participant education. Simon also oversees Basketball Australia’s Security Framework.

Prior to joining Basketball Australia, Simon analysed integrity issues and risks, particularly in relation to sports wagering, at the sub-elite level of Victorian sport for Sport and Recreation Victoria.

Dr. Elisabeth Wilson-Evered

Dr. Elisabeth Wilson-Evered

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Dr. Elisabeth Wilson-Evered

Dr. Elisabeth Wilson-Evered is a Research Fellow with the Institute for Health and Sport and honorary Professor at Victoria University (V.U) where she is involved in research projects and supervising doctoral students. She has been a registered and practicing psychologist since 1987 and worked across industry sectors, public, private, government and military as a researcher, clinician, leader, and project manager. At VU, Elisabeth has been Head of the School of Management and Information Systems and Director of the Victoria Graduate School of Business (VGSB). She has also held the role of Director of Research and Research Training. Elisabeth has continuously consulted with and conducted research for diverse industries since for over 25 years.

Elisabeth’s expertise is in areas of mental health and physical activity, sport leadership and integrity, technology adoption and innovation, health services research such and process evaluation in RCTs which implement interventions in complex systems.

She studies mental health and physical activity, leadership and sport and health business performance. Her industry work is change management, leadership development, sport integrity, project management of information systems implementation, managing mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, team development, coaching, mentoring military psychology. Apart from the Standard's Council of Fitness Australia (AFISC), Elisabeth has a number of board memberships.

Dr. Dan Jolley

Dr. Dan Jolley

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Dr. Dan Jolley

Dr. Dan Jolley is an Accredited AusREP and lectures in Certificate III and IV in Fitness at South Metropolitan TAFE, in Perth. He has been studying and working in the fitness and sports industries since 1997. He has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, and a master’s in exercise physiology. His doctorate in education psychology examined the knowledge, and critical thinking skills, of Australian fitness students and professionals. Dan previously worked as a strength and conditioning coach for several successful teams, including the Perth Scorchers (WBBL), and in the Western Australian Football League competition. He was also the head of strength and conditioning for the Australian national gridiron team for two world championship campaigns.

Christie Boucher

Christie Boucher

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Christie Boucher

Christie Boucher is the Risk Services Manager at Guild Insurance. Christie has over 20 years’ experience as an educator having started her career as a secondary school health and physical education teacher.  For about 15 years Christie’s career has been focused on developing risk management education resources and programs for various professionals. Christie has a keen interest in the role education can play in managing risk by raising awareness and changing behaviour.

Cheye Hill

Cheye Hill

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Cheye Hill has been actively involved in the health and fitness industry for over twenty years in a variety of leadership roles in facilities both on the east and west coast of Australia, which include the multi-award winning Goldfields Oasis, Kalgoorlie – Boulder and the Cockburn ARC. Currently, Cheye is the Manager of Leisure Services at the Town of Port Hedland whilst maintaining a directorship role at Genesis Fitness Parramatta. Cheye is passionate about providing accessible exercise opportunities for all Australians especially those from regional and rural locations.

Chris McLellan

Dr. Chris McLellan

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Dr. Chris McLellan

Dr. Chris McLellan is Head of School, Health and Wellbeing at the University of Southern Queensland. With a diverse skill set that includes a PhD in Exercise & Sports Science and Strength & Conditioning, Masters of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Exercise Science, Professor McLellan complements his formal qualifications with nationally and internationally accredited Health and Fitness and Strength & Conditioning Specialist accreditations. Professor McLellan has a comprehensive track record that includes over 17 years in academia and over 26 years of applied high-performance Strength & Conditioning and Sports Science roles in professional team sports and individual elite athlete preparation internationally. Professor McLellan’s research areas of interest include acute and chronic adaptation to strength and power training, hormonal adaptation to blunt force trauma and collision during contact sports, applied immune-surveillance, body composition & fibre type analysis and adaptation. Professor McLellan holds editorial board and reviewer positions with numerous international scientific journals and his research has resulted in over one hundred published works in peer reviewed journals, published abstracts and presentations at national and international conferences. Whilst predominately delivering education to the higher-education sector, he has also delivered many Continuing Education Courses to VET trained exercise professionals in the fitness industry.

Gavin Aquilina

Gavin Aquilina

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Gavin Aquilina

Gavin Aquilina is the Chief Operations Officer for Reunion Group Training and the Head of Athletic Conditioning for Northern Suburbs Rugby’s Shute Shield team. For the past 25 years Gavin has been a guest coach for the Australian Institute of Fitness and a Global Master Trainer for Life Fitness/Hammer Strength for the past 20 years. Gavin holds the powerful combination of a Bachelor of Human Movement/Sports Science and a Masters in Human Nutrition. His Master’s thesis was, ‘A complex systems model approach to fat loss”.

Gavin has experience as an owner, trainer and manager in fitness. He has completed 1000’s of presentations in 43 countries over the past 30 years, making him one of the World’s most experienced global fitness professionals. This led to him founding the Fitness Professionals Global Summit, a free summit for fitness professionals. Over the 4 Summits hosted, he had more than 17,000 trainers from around the globe attend.

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