• Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine

    4229 Gold Coast


  • Tactical Research Unit, Health Sciences and Medicine
    2 Promethean Way
    Bond Institute of Health and Sport
    Robina Queensland 4226


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Personal profile

Research interests

I have served in the Australian Army in a full-time capacity for 23 years as an infantry soldier and Defence Force Physical Training Instructor (PTI), a uniformed physiotherapist and Human Performance Officer. During this time my fields of research have included physical conditioning and injury prevention for military personnel, from the initial trainee to the elite warrior, with a key focus on combat load carriage. Serving as the Human Performance Officer for the Royal Military College and Special Operations units before joining the team at Bond University in 2012, I continue to serve in the Army Reserve as a Human Performance Officer and as a sessional presenter.

I serve as director of the Tactical Research Unit at Bond University, an international collaboration exclusively dedicated to research, education, and consultancy for tactical populations. With over 100 tactical publications in peer reviewed journals and 20 technical reports, I run training for military, law enforcement, and fire and rescue agencies across the globe, from Australian and the USA to Singapore and China.  I lead the TRU team to provide consultancy and educational services that have aided tactical populations set fitness standards, reduce injuries, improve rehabilitation, optimise mobility and lethality, and inform equipment purchases (e.g. load bearing vests, thigh holsters etc).  I currently serve on the International Physical Employment Standards Committee and as Chair of the organising committee for the 4th Physical Employment Standards Conference in 2021.

Statement for HDR students

Potential students interested in, or who are currently working with, tactical populations (military, police and firefighters) may find some of the projects on offer to their liking.

Projects include the training and rehabilitation of recruits and serving personnel, optimising selection processes for specialist streams, improving rehabilitation of injured members for return to work and investigating the impact of load carriage on occupational task performances (like mobility and lethality).

Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, PhD, Soldier Load Carriage: A Risk Management Approach, University of Queensland

Award Date: 15 Mar 2013

Physiotherapy, Masters of Physiotherapy Studies, University of Queensland

Award Date: 10 Dec 2005

Education, Bachelor of Further Education and Training

Award Date: 21 Apr 2001

Exercise Physiology, Associate Diploma in Applied Science (Physical Training)

Award Date: 22 Aug 1997

External positions

Editor - TSAC Report, National Strength and Conditioning Association

1 Jan 2015 → …

Human Performance Officer, The Australian Army

29 Mar 1989 → …


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