Dr Sonja Coetzee - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Sonja Coetzee

PhD Biokinetics NWU, GradCert HEd SCU, MSc (HMS) NWU, Hons(Biokinetics) NWU, BSc Human Movement Sciences NWU

  • Lecturer, Clinical Exercise Physiology – Professional Practice
  • School of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 5456 5307
Office location
Sunshine Coast
Dr Sonja Coetzee


Sonja Coetzee contributes to teaching, research and work integrated learning (WIL) in the School of Health and Behavioural Sciences at USC. She teaches in the Clinical Exercise Physiology program with a focus on evidence-based professional practice and applied clinical skills training for students. Sonja is also the practicum coordinator for the final year Clinical Exercise Physiology students and engages with and supports both external supervisors and students during the WIL experience.

Prior to her current appointment Sonja held academic positions at Southern Cross University in NSW (2012-19) and the North-West University in South Africa (2004-2011), where she was also a Captain and practicing Biokineticist in the South African Military Health Service.

Sonja is an accredited exercise physiologist and an ISAK Level 3 Anthropometrist and has an interest in exercise as medicine in the management of various chronic conditions as well as exercise rehabilitation for musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Her research initially focused on metabolic conditions but has expanded to include the areas of WIL, exercise interventions for musculoskeletal injuries, body composition and its relation to health and assessment, and more recently ; aquatic exercise in the management of chronic conditions like ME/CFS and Parkinson’s Disease.

Professional Memberships 

Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Professional Social Media

ORCID identifier: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0980-063X

Research Grants

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Funding body & A$ value


Focus (of research grant)

A six-month aquatic programme for individuals with ME/CFS: potential benefits for symptoms, health and physical capacity.

Dr S. Coetzee

A/Prof. S. Broadbent

Judith Jane Mason and Harold Stannett

Williams Memorial Foundation



Aquatic exercise in the management of ME/CFS

Aquatic therapy as treatment intervention for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a pilot study

Dr S. Coetzee


Southern Cross University



Pilot study: Aquatic exercise in the management of ME/CFS

Research areas

  • Exercise as medicine in the management of metabolic conditions
  • Exercise rehab for musculoskeletal injuries and conditions
  • ME / CFS aquatic exercise rehabilitation
  • Exercise rehab for Parkinson’s Disease patients
  • Body Composition in Health and Exercise

Teaching areas

  • Clinical Exercise Physiology Professional Practicum
  • Exercise in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Skills for Exercise Physiology