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We've started a movement to get workers moving.

We are world-leading researchers, passionate about creating sustainable change to combat our modern epidemic of too much sitting.

Our story.

Our vision is to change today’s working environment so that sitting less and moving more becomes the new norm for a happier, healthier workplace. Building on over a decade of research into what works to reduce sitting time, we are now dedicating our efforts to impact workplace policy and practice at a national and international level.  

We believe that health promotion programs and workplace health and wellbeing initiatives should be accessible to all workers and workplaces. Our mission is to serve all sectors where desk-based sitting predominates. We seek to empower champions and their work teams to raise awareness, build a supportive culture and create sustainable change.  

Meet our team.

BeUpstanding was created and is led by researchers at The University of Queensland, Australia.

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A/Prof Genevieve Healy

A/Prof Genevieve Healy is the Principal Investigator. She is a world-leading expert in sedentary behaviour. Her work has been seminal to understanding the risks of prolonged sitting and she is a strong advocate for dynamic workspaces to positively impact health, wellbeing, and work outcomes.

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Dr Ana Goode

Dr Ana Goode is the Program Translation Leader. She is an expert in the translation and dissemination of evidence-based health-behaviour change and public health programs into practice. She is passionate about helping people and organisations adopt, deliver, evaluate and sustain programs to improve health and wellbeing.

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Dr Elisabeth Winkler

Dr Elisabeth Winkler is the Data Analyst. She has extensive experience in evaluating behaviour change programs, including those with a focus on prolonged sitting and workplace health and wellbeing.

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Lisa Ulyate

Lisa is a project manager and expert health coach. With a Masters’ degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, she has over 8 years’ experience in health behaviour change coaching. Lisa is passionate about supporting individuals to implement simple and sustainable changes to improve health.

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Jodie Jetann

Jodie is a project manager and expert health coach. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Nursing and a Masters’ degree in Public Health. Jodie has wide expertise in public health and clinical research, policy and practice with the intention of improving the health of communities.

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Dr Samantha Stephens

Dr Samantha Stephens is a project manager and recent PhD graduate in the field of sedentary behaviour. She is an expert in understanding how behaviour change strategies can be used and targeted to achieve effective outcomes in the workplace setting.

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Steve Goodwin

Steve Goodwin is a software developer with broad experience base in software and systems design, development, implementation and installation. Steve enjoys working on projects that deal with psychology, mental and physical health and has contributed his software expertise to several over the years.

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Matthew Frith

Matt is the founder and Managing Director of kin8, a consultancy that delivers innovation and change management projects for private and public sector clients. kin8 works with the BeUpstanding team to design and implement communications strategies and to establish approaches for expanding impact creation and the long term sustainability of the BeUpstanding program.

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Sarah Hyne

Sarah is a designer and user researcher who helps bring to life good ideas for good people. She has a background in visual communication, UX design, anthropology and behavioural science and has worked with start ups, public and private sector organisations and social enterprises.

Joined by some exceptional academic contributors.

None of this would be possible without our academic contributors Professor David Dunstan, Professor Elizabeth Eakin, Professor Anthony LaMontagne, Professor Neville Owen, Professor Marj Moodie, Professor Leon Straker, Adjunct Professor Trevor Shilton, and Associate Professor Nicholas Gilson.

Our research.

BeUpstanding is currently being evaluated as part of a national implementation trial funded through the NHMRC, being conducted in partnership with SafeWork Australia, Comcare, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, VicHealth and Healthier Workplace WA/Cancer Council WA.

For more information about the BeUpstanding Implementation trial, visit NHMRC and ANZCTR.

Research showcase.

Below are seminal research publications, guidelines and reports from our work, aimed at impacting policy and practice at a national and international level.  

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Safe work Australia

Evidence Review of Sedentary Work

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Vic Health

Reducing Prolonged Sitting in the Workplace Series

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Stand Up Australia Sedentary Behaviour in Workers

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Australian Government

Physical Behaviour & Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines

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Heart Foundation

Sitting Less for Adults

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Menu of Potential Strategies to Support Workers to Stand Up, Sit Less and Move More

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Book chapter

Sedentary Behaviour Epidemiology

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Evaluation of the BeUpstanding Toolkit Pilot Study

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Scaling up the Stand Up Australia Workplace Intervention for Translation into Practice

Make a move.

Sitting less has great benefits for your workers’ and your organisation’s health.
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