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Associate Professor Suzanne Broadbent

PhD (ExSc) Griff., BExSc (Hon) Griff., BEd Newcastle(NSW), AEP ESSA

  • Associate Professor, Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • School of Health and Behavioural Sciences
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Sunshine Coast
Suzanne Broadbent

Associate Professor Suzanne Broadbent has a Bachelor of Exercise Science (Hon) and PhD from Griffith University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Newcastle (formerly CAE), NSW. She is also an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Exercise Scientist (ESSA).

Prior to commencing at USC as Associate Professor in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science, Sue was the program leader in the Exercise Science program at Massey University, Wellington NZ (2005–2008) and Senior Lecturer in the Masters of Clinical Exercise Rehabilitation at Victoria University, Melbourne (2008–2011), before relocating to head the Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology program at Southern Cross University, Lismore NSW (2011–2017).

Sue’s research initially focused on the effects of long-term endurance training on lymphocyte function and haematology in older men and women, and also in Ironman triathletes compared to sedentary men. Her research has expanded to include immune system function (in high-intensity cycling and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME); intermittent and graded exercise for CFS/ME; higher intensity exercise for cardiac patients; exercise rehabilitation for prostate cancer survivors and pulmonary patients; the use of supplements and “immune system boosters” for athletes and sportspeople; use of Nintendo Wii for falls prevention and balance training for older adults with chronic conditions; vibration treatment for muscle soreness after eccentric training and downhill running.

Sue also has interests in the delivery and evaluation of clinical exercise physiology programs with student-led clinics and programs, especially in rural settings.

Research areas

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME exercise management, intermittent and graded exercise
  • CFS/ME aquatic exercise rehabilitation
  • Exercise effects on lymphocyte and NK cell function
  • Effects of immune system “boosters” in athletes
  • Exercise programs for cancer survivors (prostate cancer, leukemia)
  • Indigenous dance for maintaining bone density and functional movement in post-menopausal women
  • Exercise for cardiac and pulmonary conditions
  • Hamstring injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise rehabilitation
  • Exercise rehab for Parkinson’s Disease patients

Teaching areas

  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Science

Program coordinator

Associate Professor Suzanne Broadbent’s specialist areas of knowledge are exercise immunology; clinical exercise physiology; exercise for cardiac, pulmonary, cancer and musculoskeletal rehabilitation; Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Fibromyalgia; exercise for Parkinson’s Disease.

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