Doctor Emma George

Doctor Emma George

Senior Lecturer, Physical Education - Pdhpe,
Dean's Unit - School Of Science And Health

Senior Lecturer, Physical Education - Pdhpe,
Dean's Unit - School Of Science And Health

Biography

Dr Emma George is a Senior Lecturer in Health and Physical Education at Western Sydney University. Emma joined Western Sydney University in September 2013 and completed a BHSc (PDHPE), BHSc (Honours Class I) and a PhD at Western Sydney University in 2009, 2010 and 2014, respectively.

With a background in physical activity and health promotion, her research aims to promote lifelong physical activity and improve health outcomes. Emma’s research expertise includes health promotion intervention design, implementation and evaluation, mixed methods research, men’s health, epidemiology and physical activity measurement. Her research has involved working with middle-aged men, sport fans, older adults, emergency service volunteers, youth in organised sport and culturally diverse populations.

Emma is currently working with a range of community and industry partners including the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, the South-Western Sydney Primary Health Network, White Ribbon Australia and Blooms the Chemist. By working closely and collaboratively with community and industry, her research is embedded within the community and positioned to have an ongoing, meaningful impact on health and wellbeing. Emma is passionate about men's health, community engagement and health promotion, and uses sport as a vehicle to engage men in health promotion initiatives. She is the lead investigator on the Active Breed men's health program, which was co-created with sport, health and industry partners and is delivered through the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs National Rugby League Club. 

Emma coordinates and teaches across a range of undergraduate Health and Physical Education units, with a focus on physical activity, sport and health promotion. Emma's Higher Degree Research students are working across a range of topics including physical activity promotion in culturally and linguistically diverse groups, girls' sport participation, community engagement in sport and reducing sedentary behaviour.

This information has been contributed by Doctor George.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • BHSc(Hons) University of Western Sydney
  • BHScPDHPE University of Western Sydney

Awards

  • School of Science and Health Conference Travel Grant 2014-03-24
  • School of Science and Health Conference Travel Grant 2015-04-21
  • Joint Winner, Western Sydney University Research Impact Competition 2018-10-23
  • Researcher Development Strategic Initiative Funding - ECR Grant 2016-01-05

Interests

  • Men's health
  • Community Engagement
  • Health Promotion
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Activity
  • Public Health
  • Sedentary Behaviour
  • Sport as a vehicle for health promotion
  • Workplace Health

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School Of Science And Health
  • Dean's Unit - School Of Science And Health

Committees

  • Western Sydney University Senate Research Committee
  • School of Science and Health Research and HDR Committee

Contact

Email: E.George@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 47360 052
Mobile:
Location: K.G.06
Penrith (Kingswood)
Website:

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Teaching

Current Teaching Areas

  • 400870 Population Health and Society

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 400863 Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice, 2014
  • 400867 Approaches to Health Promotion, 2014
  • 400870 Population Health and Society, 2014
  • 400870 Population Health and Society, 2015
  • 400870 Population Health and Society, 2016
  • 400870 Population Health and Society, 2017
  • 400892 Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health, 2015
  • 400892 Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health, 2016
  • 400892 Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health, 2017
  • 400892 Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health, 2018

Publications

Chapters in Books

  • McBride, K., MacMillan, F., George, E. and Steiner, G. (2019), 'Health promotion and social determinants of health', Social Determinants of Health, Oxford University Press 9780190313524.
  • McBride, K., MacMillan, F., George, E. and Steiner, G. (2019), 'Health promotion and social determinants of health', Social Determinants of Health, Oxford University Press 9780190313524.
  • Parry, K., Rowe, D., George, E. and Hall, T. (2018), 'Healthy sport consumption : moving away from pies and beer', Sport and Health: Exploring the Current State of Play, Routledge 9781138290228.
  • Macmillan, F., McBride, K., George, E. and Steiner, G. (2018), 'Conducting a systematic review : a practical guide', Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences, Springer 9789811052507.
  • McBride, K., Macmillan, F., George, E. and Steiner, G. (2018), 'The use of mixed methods in research', Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences, Springer 9789811052507.

Journal Articles

  • McBride, K., Fleming, C., George, E., Steiner, G. and MacMillan, F. (2019), 'Double discourse : qualitative perspectives on breast screening participation among obese women and their health care providers', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol 16, no 4 .
  • El Masri, A., Kolt, G. and George, E. (2019), '[In Press] Country of birth differences in lifestyle-related chronic disease among middle-aged and older adults of Lebanese ethnicity', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, .
  • El Masri, A., Kolt, G. and George, E. (2019), '[In Press] Physical activity interventions among culturally and linguistically diverse populations : a systematic review', Ethnicity and Health, .
  • MacMillan, F., George, E., Feng, X., Merom, D., Bennie, A., Cook, A., Sanders, T., Dwyer, G., Pang, B., Guagliano, J., Kolt, G. and Astell-Burt, T. (2018), 'Do natural experiments of changes in neighborhood built environment impact physical activity and diet? : a systematic review', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol 15, no 2 .
  • Steiner, G., Dubois, S., Ee, C., McBride, K., George, E., MacMillan, F., Karamacoska, D., Singh, K., Harley, A., McDonald, K., Derrett, A., Chow, J., Kohler, F. and Hohenberg, M. (2018), 'Co-creating a model of care for a new multidisciplinary memory clinic in South Western Sydney', Australasian Journal on Ageing, vol 37, no Suppl. S2 , pp 77 - 77.
  • Johnson, T., Harrison, L., George, E., Shi, K., D'Souza, S., Akwari, J., Hohenberg, M. and Steiner, G. (2018), 'Venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk screening in residential aged care facilities post-surgery', Australasian Journal on Ageing, vol 37, no Supplement S2 , pp 89 - 89.
  • Bennie, A., Apoifis, N., Caron, J., Falcao, W., Marlin, D., Garcia Bengoechea, E., Koh, K., MacMillan, F. and George, E. (2017), 'A guide to conducting systematic reviews of coaching science research', International Sport Coaching Journal, vol 4, no 2 , pp 191 - 205.
  • Kolt, G., George, E., Rebar, A., Duncan, M., Vandelanotte, C., Caperchione, C., Maeder, A., Tague, R., Savage, T., Van Itallie, A., Mawella, N., Hsu, W., Mummery, K. and Rosenkranz, R. (2017), 'Associations between quality of life and duration and frequency of physical activity and sedentary behaviour : baseline findings from the WALK 2.0 randomised controlled trial', PLoS One, vol 12, no 6 .
  • El Masri, A., Kolt, G., Astell-Burt, T. and George, E. (2017), 'Lifestyle behaviours of Lebanese-Australians : cross-sectional findings from The 45 and Up Study', PLoS One, vol 12, no 7 .
  • MacMillan, F., Karamacoska, D., El Masri, A., McBride, K., Steiner, G., Cook, A., Kolt, G., Klupp, N. and George, E. (2017), 'A systematic review of health promotion intervention studies in the police force : study characteristics, intervention design and impacts on health', Occupational and Environmental Medicine, vol 74 , pp 913 - 923.
  • Guagliano, J., Lonsdale, C., Kolt, G., Rosenkranz, R. and George, E. (2015), 'Increasing girls' physical activity during a short-term organized youth sport basketball program : a randomized controlled trial', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, vol 18, no 4 , pp 412 - 417.
  • George, E., Kolt, G., Rosenkranz, R. and Guagliano, J. (2014), 'Physical activity and sedentary time : male perceptions in a university work environment', American Journal of Men's Health, vol 8, no 2 , pp 148 - 158.
  • Duncan, M., Vandelanotte, C., Kolt, G., Rosenkranz, R., Caperchione, C., George, E., Ding, H., Hooker, C., Karunanithi, M., Maeder, A., Noakes, M., Tague, R., Taylor, P., Viljoen, P. and Mummery, K. (2014), 'Effectiveness of a web- and mobile phone-based intervention to promote physical activity and healthy eating in middle-aged males : randomized controlled trial of the ManUp Study', Journal of Medical Internet Research, vol 16, no 6 .
  • Guagliano, J., Lonsdale, C., Rosenkranz, R., Kolt, G. and George, E. (2014), 'Do coaches perceive themselves as influential on physical activity for girls in organised youth sport?', PLoS One, vol 9, no 9 .
  • George, E., Kolt, G., Rosenkranz, R. and Guagliano, J. (2014), 'An intervention to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary time in middle-aged males : ManUp UWS', Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, vol 46, no 5S Supplement 1 , pp 105 - 105.
  • George, E., Rosenkranz, R. and Kolt, G. (2013), 'Chronic disease and sitting time in middle-aged Australian males : findings from the 45 and Up Study', International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, vol 10 .
  • Taylor, P., Kolt, G., Vandelanotte, C., Caperchione, C., Mummery, W., George, E., Karunanithi, M. and Noakes, M. (2013), 'A review of the nature and effectiveness of nutrition interventions in adult males - a guide for intervention strategies', International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, vol 10 .
  • Vandelanotte, C., Caperchione, C., Ellison, M., George, E., Maeder, A., Kolt, G., Duncan, M., Karunanithi, M., Noakes, M., Hooker, C., Viljoen, P. and Mummery, K. (2013), 'What kinds of website and mobile phone-delivered physical activity and nutrition interventions do middle-aged men want?', Journal of Health Communication, vol 18, no 9 , pp 1070 - 1083.
  • Guagliano, J., Lonsdale, C., Rosenkranz, R., Kolt, G. and George, E. (2013), 'Can coaches act as physical activity promoters for girls in organised youth sport? [Abstract]', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, vol 16, no Supplement 1 , pp 34 - 34.
  • George, E., Kolt, G., Rosenkranz, R. and Guagliano, J. (2013), 'Assessing physical activity and sedentary time after a 12-week intervention for male university staff : initial findings', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, vol 16, no Supplement 1 , pp 45 - 45.
  • George, E., Rosenkranz, R. and Kolt, G. (2013), 'Male perceptions of physical activity and sedentary behavior in a university work environment', Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, vol 45, no 5S Supplement 1 , pp 48 - 48.
  • Caperchione, C., Vandelanotte, C., Kolt, G., Duncan, M., Ellison, M., George, E. and Mummery, W. (2012), 'What a man wants : understanding the challenges and motivations to physical activity participation and healthy eating in middle-aged Australian men', American Journal of Men's Health, vol 6, no 6 , pp 453 - 461.
  • George, E., Kolt, G., Duncan, M., Caperchione, C., Mummery, W., Vandelanotte, C., Taylor, P. and Noakes, M. (2012), 'A review of the effectiveness of physical activity interventions for adult males', Sports Medicine, vol 42, no 4 , pp 281 - 300.
  • George, E., Jorm, L., Kolt, G., Bambrick, H. and Lujic, S. (2012), 'Physical activity and psychological distress in older men : findings from the New South Wales 45 and Up Study', Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, vol 20, no 3 , pp 300 - 316.
  • Duncan, M., Vandelanotte, C., Rosenkranz, R., Caperchione, C., Ding, H., Ellison, M., George, E., Hooker, C., Karunanithi, M., Kolt, G., Maeder, A., Noakes, M., Tague, R., Taylor, P., Viljoen, P. and Mummery, W. (2012), 'Effectiveness of a website and mobile phone based physical activity and nutrition intervention for middle-aged males : trial protocol and baseline findings of the ManUp Study', BMC Public Health, vol 12 , pp 656 - 656.

Conference Papers

  • McBride, K., Fleming, C., George, E., Steiner, G. and MacMillan, F. (2018), 'Obesity as a barrier to participation in breast screening : insights from Australia', NCRI Cancer Conference, Glasgow, U.K..
  • George, E., Rodas, A. and Parry, K. (2017), 'Mind and body : academic engagement with industry', Sporting Traditions Conference, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • George, E., MacMillan, F. and Townsend, K. (2017), 'Let's get physical : exploring the perceptions of physical activity participation and counselling among Australian medical students', International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity. Annual Meeting, Victoria, Canada.
  • George, E., MacMillan, F. and Kolt, G. (2016), 'Occupational sitting, lifestyle behaviours, and body mass index in middle-aged and older adults : findings from The 45 and Up Study', International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Annual Meeting, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • El Masri, A., George, E., Kolt, G. and Astell-Burt, T. (2016), 'Physical activity, sitting time, and cardiovascular disease among Lebanese-Australian adults : a cross-sectional study', International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Annual Meeting, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Kolt, G., George, E., Rebar, A., Duncan, M., Vandelanotte, C., Caperchione, C., Maeder, A. and Rosenkranz, R. (2015), 'Associations between quality of life, physical activity, and sedentary behaviour : an examination of continuous and bout measures of activity and sedentary behaviour from the Walk 2.0 trial', International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity. Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • George, E., Kolt, G., Rosenkranz, R. and Guagliano, J. (2015), 'Comparing perceived and objectively measured changes in physical activity and sedentary time after a 12-week Internet-based intervention', International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity. Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Kolt, G., Duncan, M., Vandelanotte, C., Caperchione, C., Rosenkranz, R., Maeder, A., Savage, T., Tague, R., Van Itallie, A., George, E., Rebar, A. and Mummery, K. (2015), 'The walk 2.0 study : the relationship between physical activity and health-related quality of life', World Confederation for Physical Therapy. International Congress, Singapore.
  • Duncan, M., Vandelanotte, C., Kolt, G., Rosenkranz, R., Caperchione, C., George, E., Karunanithi, M. and Mummery, K. (2014), 'Effectiveness of a web- and mobile phone-based intervention to promote physical activity and healthy eating in middle-aged males : outcomes of the ManUp Study', International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Annual Meeting, San Diego, Calif..
  • George, E., Kolt, G., Rosenkranz, R. and Guagliano, J. (2014), 'Engaging male university employees in an intervention targeting PA and sedentary time : results from the ManUp UWS process eval', International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Annual Meeting, San Diego, Calif..
  • Guagliano, J., Lonsdale, C., Kolt, G., Rosenkranz, R. and George, E. (2014), 'Increasing girls' physical activity and reducing inactivity during an organised youth sport basketball camp : a randomised controlled trial', International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Annual Meeting, San Diego, Calif..
  • Kolt, G., Caperchione, C., Vandelanotte, C., Duncan, M., Mummery, W., Ellison, M. and George, E. (2011), 'Examining what men really want when it comes to promoting physical activity and nutrition using information technology : Findings from the ManUp Study', 2011 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Victoria, Australia.
  • George, E., Kolt, G., Duncan, M., Caperchione, C., Mummery, W. and Vandelanotte, C. (2011), 'The ManUp Study - Physical activity interventions for middle-aged men : A review of what does and does not work', 2011 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Victoria, Australia.
  • Kolt, G., George, E., Jorm, L., Bambrick, H. and Lujic, S. (2010), 'Physical activity and psychological distress in older men: Findings from the NSW 45 and Up Study', 2010 Asics Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, Port Douglas AUS.

Other Publications

  • 2012, 'ManUp: Final Report', Research Report

Dr Emma George's research is focused on promoting lifelong physical activity and health. She is particularly interested in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion programs aimed at enhancing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour, and the potential impact of such programs in community, club and workplace settings. Emma's research has involved working with middle-aged and older men, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, university employees, and youth in organised sport.

This information has been contributed by Doctor George.

Current Projects

Title: Active Breed: Improving men's health in South-Western Sydney
Funder:
  • South Western Sydney Primary Health Network Ltd
Western Researchers: Emma George
Years: 2018-07-01 - 2019-12-31
ID: P00025129
Title: Improving health and wellness through Rugby League
Funder:
  • Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Rugby League Club
Western Researchers: Emma George and Keith Parry
Years: 2017-08-17 - 2019-12-31
ID: P00024178
Title: Active Breed
Funder:
  • ClubsNSW
Western Researchers: Emma George
Years: 2019-07-11 - 2020-12-31
ID: P00025992
Title: Active Breed: Improving Men's Health in South-Western Sydney
Funder:
  • South Western Sydney Primary Health Network Ltd
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Emma George
Years: 2019-07-01 - 2020-12-31
ID: P00025941

Previous Projects

Title: Increasing breast screening participation among obese women and women with type 2 diabetes in Western Sydney
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • WentWest Limited
Western Researchers: Freya Macmillan, Kate Mcbride, Emma George and Genevieve Steiner
Years: 2016-08-20 - 2017-08-19
ID: P00023557
Title: Active Breed: Improving Men's Health in South-Western Sydney
Funder:
  • ClubsNSW
Western Researchers: Emma George
Years: 2017-07-12 - 2018-08-31
ID: P00024030
Title: Revolutionising dementia care in South Western Sydney: Local requirements for a multidisciplinary memory clinic
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • South Western Sydney Primary Health Network Ltd
Western Researchers: Genevieve Steiner, Mark Hohenberg, Carolyn Ee, Kate Mcbride, Freya Macmillan, Emma George and Amit Arora
Years: 2017-05-01 - 2019-03-30
ID: P00024052
Title: Sport, Health and Education (SHE) Summit
Funder:
  • Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Rugby League Club
Western Researchers: Emma George
Years: 2018-08-01 - 2019-06-30
ID: P00025270

Supervision

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Developing a Systematic, Evidence Based Model for Health Interventions Using Sport
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and health among Lebanese-Australians
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Exploring the Barriers and Facilitators to School and Club Sport Participation for Adolescent Girls in Greater Western Sydney: A Mixed Methods Study
Field of Research: Sport And Recreation Not Elsewhere Classified

Media

Title: Western Sydney residents call for internationally renowned arts hub to rival Sydney Opera House
Description: Hills-Shire Times
Title: Should the Commonwealth Games come with a health warning?
Description: The Conversation
Title: Sitting Down For Too Long Linked To Chronic Disease, Study
Description: Asian Scientist 25/02/13
Title: Can Sitting Give You Diabetes?
Description: Daily Rx 18/02/13
Title: Time spent sitting may raise chronic disease risk
Description: NHS Choices UK 21/02/13

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