Professor Ron Plotnikoff

Professor Ron Plotnikoff - Cardiovascular Researcher

Professor Ron Plotnikoff is a world leader in developing and delivering healthy lifestyle interventions

Research Program:
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What are your research interests?

Primarily I am interested in physical activity and the aerobic and resistance components of exercise. I am trying to reduce sedentary behaviour in a range of population groups and also promote healthy nutrition. 

These lifestyle factors are very important in the field of public or population health as there is a strong link to chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease as well as mental health and wellbeing.

I have been involved in various programs in schools, workplaces, communities and clinics where we are able to target a vast array of population groups including adolescents, older people and patients of chronic disease including cardiovascular disease.

Ultimately, I am trying to put these interventions into real life settings that are translatable, sustainable and cost beneficial to the community. 
 

Why did you get into research?

I loved sports as a kid and was fascinated by the fact that my mother was a triathlete and my father was a 'couch potato'. I wanted to unravel this family mystery about why some people are drawn towards physical activity and others are not.

Today, I love research in terms of trying to uncover the reasons why people behave the way that they do in trying to have a healthier population. There are vast complexities in human behaviour regarding healthy and unhealthy choices and my research helps me feel like I am making a difference to people’s lifestyles. 

What would be the ultimate goal for your research?

The ultimate goal for my own research is to find innovative and practical interventions that can get people more physically active in our communities. The idea of creating these strong building blocks for future research by our next generation of researchers is very gratifying and is a key goal for my research. With over half the Australian population now estimated to do little or no exercise, the need for evidence-based physical activity and nutrition interventions has never been greater.

Biography

Canadian-born Professor Ron Plotnikoff is co-leader of the HMRI Cardiovascular Program and the Director of the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition since 2010. Since moving to Australia in 2009, Professor Plotnikoff has contributed significantly to the field of cardiovascular health through promoting effective prevention and healthy lifestyle tools.

Professor Plotnikoff’s research focuses on promoting physical activity behaviours for the prevention and management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease as well as the promotion of healthy body weight and general health of the population. By working with multiple different sectors and groups, Professor Plotnikoff is able to harness the capabilities of public health authorities, the education and government sectors, schools, workplaces and health care organisations to work together in improving the cardiovascular health of a variety of different population groups. 

He has been the successful recipient of many prestigious research awards and grants over the years including a Senior Health Scholar Award from the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research and the Canadian Psychiatric Association Council of Psychiatric Continuing Education Annual Award. He leads a team of talented researchers at the University of Newcastle in the priority research centre for physical activity and nutrition including postdoctoral research fellows and PhD students alike.

His multi-disciplinary training background includes Kinesiology, Education (2 Masters Degrees), Behavioural Epidemiology (PhD) & Community Medicine (Post-doc). His interdisciplinary research and publications over the past 15 years cross the fields of public health, health psychology, health promotion/education, exercise psychology, and behavioural epidemiology. In 1998 he was recruited as the founding faculty for University of Alberta's Centre for Health Promotion Studies.

Since 2004 Professor Plotnikoff has helped secure over $35 million in funding for 55 projects, completed 40 supervisions and has 9 ongoing. He has contributed to over 285 journal articles and presented at more than 90 conferences throughout the world.

Specialised / Technical Skills

  • Chronic disease prevention
  • Interventional studies
  • Physical Activity
  • Exercise

Affiliations

  • HMRI Program: Cardiovascular
  • Subgroup: Physical Activity and Population Health
  • PRC: Physical Activity and Nutrition

2018

The feasibility and preliminary efficacy of referral to exercise physiologists, psychologists, and supplementary physical behaviour change strategies for school teachers 'at risk' for Type 2 Diabetes
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Professor Ronald Plotnikoff, Wendy Brown, Kerry Courneya, Ronald Sigal, Associate Professor Erica James, Professor David Lubans, Kristen Cohen

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People who are 'at risk' of type 2 diabetes, or have pre diabetes, or have type 2 diabetes comprise a significant proportion of the Australian population and this health issue in increasing at a very significant rate.

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2017

The feasibility and preliminary efficacy of referral to exercise physiologists, psychologists, and supplementary physical behaviour change strategies for school teachers 'at risk' for Type 2 Diabetes, with pre diabetes or with Type 2 Diabetes
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Researchers:

Prof Ronald Plotnikoff, Wendy Brown, Kerry Courneya, Ronald Sigal, Erica James, David Lubans, Kristen Cohen

2016

The feasibility and preliminary efficacy of referral to exercise physiologists, psychologists, and supplementary physical behaviour change strategies for school teachers 'at risk' for Type 2 Diabetes
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Professor Ronald Plotnikoff, Wendy Brown, Kerry Courneya, Ronald Sigal, Associate Professor Erica James, Professor David Lubans, Kristen Cohen

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People who are 'at risk' of type 2 diabetes, or have pre diabetes, or have type 2 diabetes comprise a significant proportion of the Australian population and this health issue in increasing at a very significant rate.

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2015

The feasibility and preliminary efficacy of referral to exercise physiologists, psychologists, and supplementary physical behaviour change strategies for school teachers 'at risk' for Type 2 Diabetes
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Professor Ronald Plotnikoff, Wendy Brown, Kerry Courneya, Ronald Sigal, Associate Professor Erica James, Professor David Lubans, Kristen Cohen

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People who are 'at risk' of type 2 diabetes, or have pre diabetes, or have type 2 diabetes comprise a significant proportion of the Australian population and this health issue in increasing at a very significant rate.

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The feasibility and preliminary efficiacy of referral to exercise physiologists, psychologists, and supplementary physical behaviour change strategics for school teachers 'at risk' for Type 2 Diabetes, with pre diabetes or with Type 2 Diabetes: a pilot st
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Professor Ronald Plotnikoff, Wendy Brown, Kerry Courneya, Ronald Sigal, Erica James, David Lubans, Kristen Cohen
 

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People who are 'at risk' of type 2 diabetes, or have pre diabetes, or have type 2 diabetes comprise a significant proportion of the Australian population and this health issue in increasing at a very significant rate.

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2014

The impact of high intensity interval training on physical and psycho-social outcomes in low-active adolescents: A randomised controlled trial
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Considerable evidence exists supporting the health benefits of youth engaging in regular physical activity yet physical inactivity in adolescence remains widespread.

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The Supporting Children's Outcomes using Rewards, Exercise and Skills (SCORES) study
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One third of Australian children are not sufficiently active of good health and this is particularly true of children from disadvantaged schools.

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2013

Long-term follow up of the PULSE Type 2 Diabetes prevention program for men
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Type 2 Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic disease in Australia.

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The Effectiveness of Feasible Physical Activity Population-based Approaches for Inactive Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: A Pilot Study Assessing Tailored and Preference Modes of Delivery.
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Finding the right approach to help patients with type 2 Diabetes become active

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Evaluation of a multi-component intervention to reduce screen-time in adolescents: The ‘Stand Up for Healthy Minds’ study
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Children’s screen-time is high. The time that young people spend sedentary, especially the time they spend alone watching television and using computers, is a major public health issue.

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Translation of the Healthy Dads Healthy Kids program in local communities: Transitioning for sustainability
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Transition of HDHK program from researcher-run model to a community-run model over 12 months.

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The Supporting Children's Outcomes using Rewards, Exercise and Skills (SCORES) study
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One third of Australian children are not sufficiently active of good health and this is particularly true of children from disadvantaged schools.

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The Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids community program: Promoting family health through sustainable school and community partnerships
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In 2008-09, a rigorous, randomised controlled trial of the Healthy Dad, Healthy Kids (HDHK) program was conducted at the University of Newcastle.

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2012

Evaluation of a workplace-based weight-loss program for men: The POWER (Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit) trial at Tomago
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The Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids community program: Promoting family health through sustainable school and community partnerships
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The Supporting Children's Outcomes using Rewards, Exercise and Skills (SCORES) study
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2011

Engaging men to maintain weight loss using innovative and cost-effective interventions: The SHED-IT weight loss maintenance pilot study
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Feasibility and efficacy of a diet and exercise prevention program for men at high risk of Type 2 Diabetes - Lions District 2013 N3 Diabetes Foundation Diabetes Project Grant
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The Supporting Children's Outcomes using Rewards, Exercise and Skills (SCORES) study
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2010

Adult lifestyle incentives for vitality and energy (ALIVE): Supporting health professionals to assist clients with weight management through lifestyle changes
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Dr Suzanne Snodgrass, Professor Clare Collins, Carole James, Ashley Kable, Maya Guest, Samantha Ashby, Ron Plotnikof, Pat McElduff

Evaluation of a workplace-based weight-loss program for men: The POWER (Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit) trial at Tomago
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2009

The Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids community program: Promoting family health through sustainable school and community partnerships
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Evaluation of a workplace-based weight-loss program for men: The POWER (Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit) trial at Tomago
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