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Biography

Narelle Eather completed her undergraduate degree in Human Movement and Health Education at the University of Sydney before obtaining her Masters of Education (Physical Education) through the University of New England and a PhD through the University of Newcastle. Narelle teaches and co-ordinates a range of health and physical education courses in both the primary and secondary teacher education courses at the undergraduate level at the University of Newcastle. The focus of Narelle's research is the promotion of physical activity and physical fitness among children and youth, and with the development and evaluation of theoretically driven interventions in the school setting. Narelle is an active researcher and has published in peer-reviewed international journals.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 18/09/2014
  • Bachelor of Education, University of Sydney, 31/12/1997
  • Master of Education (Physical Education), University of New England, 12/04/2003

Research

Research keywords

  • Children & Youth
  • Curriculum Development
  • Physical Activity
  • Physical Fitness
  • School-based interventions
  • Sports Coaching

Research expertise

Dr. Narelle Eather is an active member of the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition, is a lecturer in Health and Physical Education at the University of Newcastle and is currently working on several school-based and community-based research projects. The focus of Narelle's research is the promotion of physical activity and physical fitness among children and youth, and with the development and evaluation of theoretically driven Health and Physical Education interventions in the school setting. More recently, Narelle’s research also includes the development of physical fitness and psychological health in adolescents, and in the development of health through family-based physical activity programs.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111712Health Promotion40
130105Primary Education (Excl. Maori)40
130210Physical Education And Development Curriculum And Pedagogy20

Appointments

Program Convenor Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) / Bachelor of Health and Physical Education
The University of Newcastle (Australia)
01/01/2012

Awards

Recognition.

2014Faculty of Education and Arts RHD Publication Prize 2014
The University Of Newcastle (Australia)
Faculty of Education and Arts RHD Publication Prize 2014 - Runners Up
2013Best Published Paper Award 2013
Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Best Paper Award 2013: The University of Newcastle PRC for Physical Activity and Nutrition Theme: Obesity
2012Best Published Paper Award 2012
Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Best Paper Award 2012: The University of Newcastle PRC in Physical Activity and Nutrition Theme: School-based Interventions in Physical Activity and Nutrition
2011Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence
The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Teaching Excellence
20113min Thesis Competition
The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Finalist in The University of Newcastle 3min Thesis Competition
1996Dean's List of Scholars
The University of Sydney (Australia)
Recognition for academic excellence throughout an undergraduate degree.

Research Award.

2011Research Award
Sports Medicine Australia (Australia)
Research Award 2011 Sports Medicine Australia for the Fit-4-Fun study

Collaboration

I am currently working in collaboration with memebers of the Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle on:

1) The Fit-4-Fun research project -Narelle Eather, Prof. Philip Morgan & A/Prof. David Lubans

2) Cross Fit Teens - Narelle Eather, A/Prof. David Lubans,Prof. Philip Morgan

3) PLUNGE - Dr. Andrew Miller, A/Prof. David Lubans, Dr. Erin Christensen, Dr Wendy Miller, Narelle Eather

4) TERN - Dr. Erin Christensen, Suzanne McQueen, Narelle Eather, Tracey Kelty

5) Switch of for Healthy Minds - A/Prof.David Lubans, Prof.Ron Plotnikoff, Prof.Philip Morgan, Narelle Eather, Mark Babic, Dr. Louisa Peralta, Prof. Amanda Baker, Dr. Jeffery SKinner.

6) DADEE- Dads and Daughters Enjoying Exercise - A/Prof.David Lubans, Prof.Philip Morgan, Narelle Eather, Alyce Cook.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Narelle Eather is the current Program convenor for the Bachelor of Teaching (secondary) / Bachelor of Health and Physical Education and is an active member of the Teaching and Learning Committee, Secondary Management Group and Primary Management Gropups in the Faculty of Education and Arts at the University of Newcastle. She is also a representative of The School of Education on the FEDUA Teaching and Learning Committee.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Coaching
  • Health & Physical Education (Primary)
  • Health & Physical Education (Secondary)
  • Physical Fitness
  • Sport Education
  • Teaching and Learning in PDHPE

Teaching expertise

Narelle Eather is a lecturer in Health and Physical Education at the University of Newcastle. Narelle has been lecturering at the university as both a full-time and part-time employee for the past 9 years and co-ordinates a number of Secondary and Primary Teacher Education Courses. Narelle is also the current Program Convenor for the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) / Bachelor of Health and Physical Education at the University of Newcastle.

Narelle also has 10 years teaching experience in secondary schools as a PDHPE teacher, sport organiser and pastoral care leader. In this role Narelle specialised in teaching Senior PDHPE, Sport Leisure and Recreation and Sport Science, and also co-ordinated courses in Outdoor Education, Junior PDHPE and Gifted and Talented Physical Education. Narelle also taught in Primary Schools as both a generalist and PDHPE specialist prior to taking on a lecturing role at the University of Newcastle. Narelle has extensive experience in coaching and training children of all ages in a range of sports and physical activities. She also has extensive experience in the development of physical fitness for groups and individual of all ages and backgrounds.

Course Co-ordination:

Secondary

EDUC1014

EDUC1016

EDUC4015

EDUC2057

Primary

PUBH2030

EDUC2515

EDUC2514

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Eather N, Morgan PJ, Lubans DR, 'Social support from teachers mediates physical activity behavior change in children participating in the Fit-4-Fun intervention', International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 10 (2013) [C1]
2013Eather N, Morgan PJ, Lubans DR, 'Improving the fitness and physical activity levels of primary school children: Results of the Fit-4-Fun group randomized controlled trial', Preventive Medicine, 56 12-19 (2013) [C1]

Publications

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Journal article (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Smith JJ, Eather N, Morgan PJ, Plotnikoff RC, Faigenbaum AD, Lubans DR, 'The health benefits of muscular fitness for children and adolescents: a systematic review and meta-analysis.', Sports medicine (Auckland, N.Z.), 44 1209-1223 (2014) [C1]
2013Eather N, Morgan PJ, Lubans DR, 'Improving the fitness and physical activity levels of primary school children: Results of the Fit-4-Fun group randomized controlled trial', Preventive Medicine, 56 12-19 (2013) [C1]
2013Eather N, Morgan PJ, Lubans DR, 'Social support from teachers mediates physical activity behavior change in children participating in the Fit-4-Fun intervention', International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 10 (2013) [C1]
2013Eather N, Morgan PJ, Lubans DR, 'Feasibility and preliminary efficacy of the Fit4Fun intervention for improving physical fitness in a sample of primary school children: a pilot study', PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORT PEDAGOGY, 18 389-411 (2013) [C1]
2011Lubans DR, Morgan PJ, Callister R, Plotnikoff RC, Eather N, Riley N, Smith CJ, 'Test-retest reliability of a battery of field-based health-related fitness measures for adolescents', Journal of Sports Sciences, 29 685-693 (2011) [C1]
2011Eather N, Morgan PJ, Lubans DR, 'Improving health-related fitness in children: The Fit-4-Fun randomized controlled trial study protocol', BMC Public Health, 11 902 (2011) [C3]
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Conference (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Eather N, Morgan PJ, Lubans DR, 'Improving health-related fitness in children: The Fit-4-Fun randomized controlled trial', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Sydney, Australia (2012) [E3]
2011Eather N, Morgan PJ, 'The Fit 4 Fun Program: promoting fitness and health in primary school children', 2011 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) eProceedings, Melbourne, VIC (2011) [E3]

Co-authors: Philip Morgan

2010Eather A, Morgan PJ, 'The Fit 4 Fun Program: A curriculum-based approach to promoting health-related fitness in primary school children', Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, Sydney, NSW (2010) [E3]

Co-authors: Philip Morgan

2009Eather N, Morgan PJ, Lubans DR, 'Rationale and intervention description of a health-related fitness program for primary school children.' (2009) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants7
Total funding$386,313

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2014 (4 grants)

Engaging dads and daughters to increase physical activity and social and emotional well-being in pre-adolescent girls: The DADEE (Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered) program$327,813
Funding Body: Port Waratah Coal Services Limited

Project Team
Professor Philip Morgan, Associate Professor David Lubans, Mrs Alyce Barnes, Doctor Narelle Eather, Mr Myles Young
SchemeRole
Community Investment and Partnership ProgramInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$327,81320142016
GNo:G1401411

Engaging fathers to improve physical activity levels and social-emotional well-being in their daughters: The DADEE (Dads And Daughters Enjoying Exercise) study$25,000
Funding Body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Project Team
Professor Philip Morgan, Associate Professor David Lubans, Doctor Narelle Eather, Mrs Alyce Barnes
SchemeRole
Youth Research Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$25,00020142014
GNo:G1301335

Evaluation of a multi-component intervention to reduce screen-time in adolescents: The ‘Stand Up for Healthy Minds’ study$25,000
Funding Body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Project Team
Associate Professor David Lubans, Professor Ronald Plotnikoff, Professor Philip Morgan, Professor Amanda Baker, Doctor Geoffrey Skinner, Doctor Narelle Eather
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$25,00020142014
GNo:G1301432

AISEP World Congress 2014, Auckland New Zealand, 10-13 February 2013$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Narelle Eather
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020142014
GNo:G1301241

2013 (1 grants)

The effects of a resistance training program (Cross-Fit Teens) on physiological and psychological health in adolescents: A randomized controlled trial.$3,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Narelle Eather
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$3,00020132013
GNo:G1300089

2011 (1 grants)

The Fit-4-Fun Program: promoting fitness and health in primary school children$2,000
Funding Body: Sports Medicine Australia

Project Team
Professor Philip Morgan, Associate Professor David Lubans, Doctor Narelle Eather
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,00020112011
GNo:G1100582

2010 (1 grants)

The Fit-4-Fun RCT: Promoting health and physical fitness in primary school children.$2,000
Funding Body: Sports Medicine Austrlaia

SchemeRole
Pilot Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,00020102011
GNo:118140168
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.

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Dr Narelle Eather

Work Phone(02) 4921 6232
Email
PositionProgram Convenor
Physical Education
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaEducation
Office
HPE310,
Health and Physical Education HPE,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/narelle-eather