Victoria University is committed to creating no boundaries for women and girls in sport and physical activity.

Find out about our work aimed to advance women and girls in sport and physical activity based on five objectives to impact change:

  • create research insights and action
  • strengthen industry alignment and collaboration
  • build career pathways
  • advance workforce development
  • invest in women in sport.
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Victoria University supports the Sustainable Development Goals.

Proud partners of Women in Sport

  • Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation
  • Tobin Brothers Funerals: ‘Do what you want to do, Be what you want to be – now’.

Research turned into practical action

We welcome opportunities to collaboratively partner with public and private sectors to provide global and local evidence-based knowledge to help drive action.

See examples of our research from 2019–2020 and feel free to contact the lead researcher of a project to learn more.

  • Women's Participation in Sport and Active Recreation in Melbourne's West: Action Plan for Change. Professor Ramon Spaaij, Professor Clare Hanlon, Dr Fiona McLachlan, Professor Rochelle Eime.
  • Longitudinal trends in sport participation and retention of women and girls. Professor Rochelle Eime, Dr Jack Harvey, Melanie Charity, Professor Hans Westerbeek.
  • Barriers to adolescent female participation in cricket. Professor Rochelle Eime, Jenna Fowlie, Katrina Griffiths.
  • The implications of female sport policy developments for the community-level sport sector. Professor Rochelle Eime, Dr Meghan Casey, Jenna Fowlie, Melanie Charity, Dr Jack Harvey.
  • Sport participation in Victoria, 2019. Research Summary. Professor Rochelle Eime, Melanie Charity, Professor Hans Westerbeek, Dr Aurlie Pankowiak, Dr Jack Harvey.
  • What girls need in uniforms to feel comfortable to play sport and physical activity in school and sport settings. Professor Clare Hanlon, Associate Professor Zali Yager, Dr Elliott Flowers, Dr Kara Dadswell.
  • Physical literacy for girls: The need for schools to develop girls who are physically literate. Professor Clare Hanlon.

  • Co-designing sport programmes with African Australian refugee-background young women to name, critique and transform the barriers they face in sport. Dr Carla Luguetti, Loy Singehebhuye and Professor Ramón Spaaij.

  • Review on the need for a centre of excellence in women sports. Professor Clare Hanlon, Associate Professor Popi Sotiriadou.

  • Reconfiguring women’s professional sport on and off the pitch. Professor Tracy Taylor, Professor Clare Hanlon, Professor Kristine Toohey.
  • The needs of players: NRL women’s premiership. Professor Tracy Taylor, Professor Donna O’Connor, Professor Clare Hanlon.
  • Evaluation of Gender Inclusion Strategy and Practices with Wyndham Basketball Association. Associate Professor Brent McDonald, Dr Fiona Mclachlan, Sophie Byrnes.
  • The Change Makers Project: Empowering Football Clubs on the Journey to 50/50. Associate Professor Brent McDonald, Dr Fiona McLachlan, Dr Carla Luguetti.

  • Exercise interventions for improving health in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Dr Alba Moreno-Asso, Rhiannon Patten, Luke McIlvenna and the late Professor Nigel Stepto.
  • Physical Adherence Psychological Health and Immune Outcomes (PAPHIO Study) in women with breast cancer. Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos, Associate Professor Kathy Tangalakis, Dr Susan Irvine, Professor Lily Stojanovska, Professor Remco Polman, Katherine Harkin, Supa Pudkasam.

  • Sex-Specific Epigenetic Adaptations to Exercise Training. Professor Nir Eynon, Dr Sarah Voisin, Associate Professor Severine Lamon, Shanie Landen.
  • The relationship of team and individual athlete performances on match quarter outcome in elite women’s Australian Rules football. Emily Cust, Dr Alice Sweeting, Associate Professor Kevin Ball, Hamish Anderson, Professor Sam Robertson.
  • Biomechanical characteristics of elite female Australian rules football preferred and non-preferred drop punt kicks. Emily Cust, Associate Professor Kevin Ball, Dr Alice Sweeting, Professor Sam Robertson.
Katherin Sloan standing in front of AAMI Park.

Invest in women in sport

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Tobin Brothers are proud partners to help build community and organisational capacity to create inclusive sport environments, with a particular focus on opportunities for women and girls.

Sport strategy & commitment

Victoria University plays a critical role in providing industry-based research nationally and internationally.

One of the seven priority areas in the VU Sport Strategy is Women in Sport.

Download VU's Sport Strategy