Trainers wanted for study on older adults' muscle function and falls


Are you an enthusiastic Exercise Trainer interested in working on a research study being conducted by Deakin University?

The Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University in Burwood is looking to employ an experienced exercise trainer(s) or exercise physiologist to work on a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded project designed to examine the effects of a novel exercise program conducted within retirement villages on muscle function and falls in the elderly.
All exercise training will be conducted within retirement villages at a number of locations throughout Melbourne. The exercise will involve a combination of high velocity resistance training, and balance and mobility activities combined with additional attention demanding cognitive and motor tasks. All trainers working on the study will be provided with a booklet/folder containing an extensive battery of exercises and attention demanding task to prescribe to the older adults. As part of the study you will be required to work closely with the research team at Deakin University. 

Key Responsibilities of the Trainer

  • To conduct exercise sessions at allotted retirement village twice a week for 6 months.
  • To prescribe an individually tailored and progressive exercise program for older adults
  • To maintain regular communication with the research team at Deakin and participate in monthly teleconference calls or face-to-face meetings.

Essential Requirements for Trainers

  • Certified Exercise Trainer (preferably certificate 4) or Exercise Physiologist Current first aid certificate.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with an attention to detail. Current transport (car) and valid driver's licence.
  • Previous experience in prescribing exercise and working with older adults is desirable.

For further information, please contact:
Dr Rachel Duckham. Email: Tel: (03) 9246-8305
If interested in applying for this position please forward your CV to Dr Rachel Duckham.