Bonnie Furzer, AEP

Dr, BSc BA PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M408), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Bonnie is a teaching and research academic within the School of Human Sciences (Exercise & Sport Science) at the University of Western Australia (UWA). In addition to her academic role, she also maintains a clinical service role as a Senior Exercise Physiologist at Fremantle Hospital Mental Health Service, and as the Founding Director of Thriving Exercise Rehabiliation Inc.  Recent achievements include awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (2021), and ESSA Practice of the Year 2020 (Thriving Inc).

She is heavily involved in the teaching and training of postgraduate students working towards the attainment of accreditation as Exercise Physiologists (allied health), and is active within the exercise and health industry holding a number of industry roles.

Research interests

Exercise to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people with unique needs.

Current projects include:

  • Thriving Families: family-based education program to support children and their families to engage with community-based physical activity initiatives
  • Exercise for children with neurodevelopmental, emotional and/or behavioural disorders
  • Development of pre-exercise screen system for children and young people
  • Reliability of fitness assessments in children with complex conditions

Co-lead of "Mental Health & Exercise Research Group (MHEX)"

Broadly, this research group is exploring the role of exercise in the management of physical and mental health outcomes for those living with, or at risk of, mental ill health.

Current projects include:

  • Move Your Mind: exercise to support the physical and mental health outcomes and quality of life of individuals living with mental illness
  • Exercise & Substance Use Disorders in Youth
  • The ‘Thriving’ Seafarer
  • The co-design and pilot of a sport-based mental health intervention for children at risk of mental illness
  • Stride: An on-campus referral-based exercise program from students with mental health problems
  • Exercise in the management of compensable psychological injuries

Exercise to improve outcomes in chronic &/or complex conditions.

Current projects include:

  • Exercise Oncology 
  • Musculoskeletal Function, Health & Patient Rated Outcomes in Active Adults

Teaching overview

Bonnie coordinates the Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology, and is the Director of Teaching & Learning within School of Human Science (Exercise & Sport Science).

She teaches across units related to Clinical Exercise Physiology primarily at the Postgraduate level including:

  • Exercise Rehabilitation for Chronic & Complex Conditions 1 & 2 (incl cancer, pulmonary, severe mental illness, osteoporosis, dementia)
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology Industry Practice & Work Integrated Learning
  • Advanced Exercise Rehabilitation
  • Neurological Rehabiliation

Bonnie has been awarded Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy, and continues to play a role in the mentor and assessment activities regarding to the Academcy Fellowship Scheme at UWA. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Senior Exercise Physiologist, Fremantle Hospital

15 Jan 2019 → …

Industry keywords

  • Health
  • Children and Young People

Research expertise keywords

  • Exercise physiology
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Exercise rehabilitation
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Mental illness
  • Children's physical activity
  • Adolescent substance use
  • Paediatrics


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