Peak professional body rewards significant achievements at Notre Dame

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Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 13-1-2011

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The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Campus

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Early January saw peak professional body, Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA), award The University of Notre Dame Australia’s (UNDA) School of Health Sciences full accreditation for its Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science and the Graduate Diploma of Exercise Science courses.

Full accreditation for a period of five years will allow UNDA graduates to be automatically registered with ESSA as exercise professionals. The Bachelor degree graduates become registered as Exercise Scientists and those completing the additional Graduate Diploma year will be registered as Accredited Exercise Physiologists.

“Being awarded full accreditation is a major achievement for Notre Dame and shows we provide quality professional training in exercise science and exercise physiology that is benchmarked across the nation,” said Dean of Health Sciences, Professor Helen Parker.

“This achievement is testament to the hard work by Course Coordinator Associate Professor Hugh Pinnington and his colleagues who developed the courses to meet the rigorous standards required by ESSA.

“I am pleased that our students will now graduate with a nationally recognised professional qualification and that they are qualified to provide exercise and health management in healthy individuals as well as those with chronic conditions for which exercise is a proven treatment.”

At the time of notification, UNDA was the 10th university in Australia to gain Exercise Science accreditation (for the undergraduate degree) and only the 6th university to gain Exercise Physiology accreditation from 27 universities across Australia that offer an Exercise Science program.

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