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Dr Michael Baker

Dr Michael Baker holds an Adjunct Senior Lecturer position at Exercise Medicine Research Institute, with expertise in the field of integration of exercise, medicine and behaviour change.

Background

Michael is an exercise scientist whose research, clinical, and teaching career has focused on the integration of exercise, medicine and behaviour change as a means to improve quality of life, particularly among older adults. He is a member of Exercise and Sport Science Australia and an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. He has participated in the coordination and implementation of several randomised trials of exercise in clinical populations including participants with osteoarthritis, type 2 diabetes, osteopenia, and cognitive decline. He has published extensively in the area of health implications of exercise and is regularly invited as a reviewer having performed numerous peer-reviews for international journals, as well as external reviews on grant applications for both national and international funding bodies. The translation of this work into clinical practice, international policy and community program implementation is central to his goals as a clinician-researcher. Dr Baker has recently co-authored the Exercise and Sport Science Australia position statement on Exercise Prescription for Patients with Impaired Glucose Tolerance and Type 2 Diabetes. He co-authored the Standards for Lifestyle Modification Programs for the Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes prepared for the Australian Department of Health and Ageing and COAG, which were adopted in 2008 for use throughout Australia.

Research Areas and Interests

Exercise in clinical populations including people with:

  • type 2 diabetes
  • cancer
  • osteoarthritis
  • osteopenia
  • cognitive decline
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