Professor Warren Payne

Professor Warren Payne

PhD Kent State University, MA Kent State University, BSocSc (PE) Footscray Inst of Technology

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Research Training

Professor Payne has 20 years of experience in the tertiary sector and has researched and taught in a variety of exercise science and health promotion areas.

He has published over 150 refereed publications, conference proceedings and major industry reports.

His work with industry has resulted in significant changes to a range of industry groups and has received a number of awards. Since 2003, he has been awarded grants for consultancy-based research totalling over AUD $5 million for work in physical performance test development and health program evaluation.

Professor Payne has worked extensively with a range of organisations within the sports industry. He has also been associated with a range of professional organisations.

He is Deputy Chair of the WestVic Academy of Sport, Vice-President (Science) Sports Medicine Australia Fellows and is a member of advisory panels for Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and Sport and Recreation Victoria.

He was a founding executive member of the Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science and has established a range of commercial and academic links in countries such as China, Sri Lanka, USA and UK.

Recent publications

Book chapters

Casey, MM., J.T. Harvey, A. Telford, R.M Eime, A. Mooney and W.R. Payne. Effectiveness of a school- community linked program on physical activity levels and health-related quality of life for adolescent girls, in Hassan, A. (Ed.). School Nutrition and Activity: Impacts on Wellbeing. CRC Press. 45-74, 2015.

Casey, M, W.R. Payne and R. Eime. Organisational readiness and capacity –building strategies of sporting organisations to promote health, in Weed, M. (Ed.) Sport and Leisure Management Vol 1. Dimensions of Sport and Leisure Management. Sage, 2013.

Harvey, J., J. Culvenor, W. R. Payne, S. Cowley, M. Lawrance, and R. Williams. Dragging sheep: an Ig Nobel winner, useful physics and easier workplaces, in Serway, R., Jewett, J., Wilson, K. and Wilson, A. Physics Vol. 1 Asia-Pacific Edition. Melbourne: Cengage Learning, 2013. 

Published refereed papers

Eime, R., M.M. Casey, J.T. Harvey, N.A. Sawyer, C.M. Symons and W.R. Payne. Socioecological factors potentially associated with participation in physical activity and sport: A longitudinal study of adolescent girls. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (In Press) SciMago Q1.

Eime, R.M, M.J. Charity, J.T. Harvey and W.R. Payne. Participation in sport and physical activity: Associations with socio-economic status and geographic remoteness. BMC Public Health 15(1), 434, 2015. SciMago Q1.

Young, J.A., C.M. Symons, M.D. Pain, J.T. Harvey, R.M. Craike and W.R. Payne. Role models of Australian female adolescents: A longitudinal study to inform programs designed to increase physical activity and sport participation. European Physical Education Review, 1356336X15579574, 2015. SciMago Q2.

Phillips, M., W. Payne, K. Netto, S. Cramer, D. Nichols, G. McConell, C. Lord and B. Aisbett. Oxygen uptake and heart rate during simulated wildfire suppression tasks performed by Australian rural firefighters. Occupational Medicine and Health Affairs, 3(2), 2015.

Eime, R.M., N. Sawyer, J.T. Harvey, M.M. Casey, H. Westerbeek and W.R. Payne. Integrating public health and sport management: Sport participation trends 2001-2010. Sport Management Review 18(2), 207-217, 2015. SciMago Q1. 

Major industry reports

Eime, E.M., J T Harvey, C M Symons, M J Craike, N A Sawyer, M Moore and W.R. Payne. Factors Influencing Participation in Physical Activity and Sport by Adolescent Females. Sport and Recreation Victoria, Department of Planning & Community Development. 2012.

W.R. Payne, J T Harvey and S C Dharmage. Immigrant Physical Activity Study. Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, 2011.

W.R. Payne, J.T. Harvey, and K.R. Stock. Green Gym Program New South Wales: Evaluation of Phase 2008-2009. Ballarat: University of Ballarat, 2010. 

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Successful research grants & tenders

(Chief Investigator unless otherwise indicated)

  • 2013-2014 - Bushfire CRC ($199,425)
    Title: Enhancing Incident Management: A Human Factors Perspective.
    Project Members: Dawson, Ferguson, Aisbett, Payne, McLennan, Thomas, Owen and Bearman
  • 2011 - Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment ($30,000)
    Title: Nutrition and firefighting performance
  • 2011 - Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment ($50,000)
    Title: Fit for work: Fire tower observers
  • 2009-2012 - Australian Research Council Linkage Grant ($452,000 including partner contributions)
    Title: Promoting physical activity and wellbeing of rural- and regional-living girls
  • 2009-2010 - Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Innovation Grant ($107,500)
    Title: Enhancing participation in sport and physical activity by first generation migrant communities at high risk of cardiovascular disease
  • 2009-2010 - UB-Deakin Research Program and Victorian Health Promotion Foundation ($50,000)
    Title: Factors affecting participation in physical activity for men of low socioeconomic position

Other major research achievements

  • Established the Sport, Physical Activity and Health Research Centre at the University of Ballarat
  • Member of the Victoria Health Promotion Foundation Research Advisory Board.
  • Member of the Sports Medicine Australia Research Foundation Board
  • Chief Judge, Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, 1994-2003

Postgraduate research students and fellows

9 PhD, 9 Masters, 5 Honours

    Contact details

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    Valencia Adams
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    Email: valencia.adams@vu.edu.au