Cardiovascular & Cardiorespiratory


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a broad term used to describe diseases of the heart and blood vessels. This term covers strokes, heart failures, coronary heart diseases, congenital heart diseases, cardiomyopathies and peripheral heart diseases. CVD is one of Australia’s largest health problems, responsible for almost 1 in 3 (29% with CVD as the underlying cause of death in 2015) deaths and taking an Australian life every 12 minutes.

CVD is preventable in most cases, as a large number of its risk factors are minimised using lifestyle modification such as obesity and being overweight, smoking, hypertension (Chronic high blood pressure), hypercholesterolemia (Chronic high cholesterol), poor nutrition, insufficient physical activity and diabetes.

CVD VS Lifestyle Modification

 Improvement in physical activity and nutritional intake at any level have a proven association with reduced cardiovascular risk. This exercise and diet combination can also act to reverse the severity of almost all risk factors, making it an effective tool for both treatment and prevention of CVD that is available to everyone.

  • Is heart, stroke and blood vessel diseases.
  • Kills one Australian every 12 minutes.
  • Affects one in six Australians or 4.2 million.
  • Most people 65 years or over are currently living with long-term CVD.
  • CVD was the main cause for more than 575,800 hospitalisations in 2016/17.
  • Claimed the lives of 43,477 Australians (nearly 30% of all deaths) in 2017 – deaths that are largely preventable.
  • Lower socioeconomic groups, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and those living in remote areas had the highest rate of hospitalisation and death resulting from CVD in Australia.

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Shane Johnstone

Shane is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist with ten years experience holding a Masters degree in Occupational Rehabilitation and Workplace Injury Management along with a Bachelor of Science (Sport Science), Bachelor of Business (Sport Management), Certificate IV in Safety, Certificate IV Healthcare (Pre-Ambulance) and Certificate IV in Training, Assessment and Evaluation. Shane draws from his diverse previous work experiences as an Exercise Physiologist in a Rehabilitation Clinic, Vocational Rehabilitation, Researcher for Edith Cowan University, Strength & Conditioning coach for WAFL Football and State teams, Lifestyle Coordinator on remote mine sites, Health Consultant for corporate companies and the Content Developer of a Men’s eHealth Network to provide a holistic health approach for his clients.

Shane’s main area of service focus is musculoskeletal injuries under the WA Workers Compensation act.

Shane is also the CEO of Be Inspired Foundation an organisation that aims to improve the health of disadvantaged youth by helping them to engage with appropriate health professionals for diet advice, exercise guidance and adjustment counselling.

Shane is an endurance sport enthusiast, primarily trail running, but also enjoys cycling, swimming and paddling. Shane has trekked to Base Camp of Mt Everest, completed the Kokoda Trail and reached the summit of Mt Rinjani. Shane in April 2018 ran the 1005km Bibbulmun Track from Albany to Kalamunda and recorded the Fastest Known Time - 11 days 7 hours and 8 minutes.

Corrie Johnstone

Corrie Johnstone has been a Triathlon Australia Accredited Development Coach since 2013 and is currently completing her candidacy for the Performance Coach accreditation. Corrie additionally holds Certificates 3 & 4 in Fitness. She has extensive experience in coaching beginner to advanced athletes to multiple personal bests, age group podiums, and World Championship qualification in both Ironman and Ironman 70.3 distances.

A triathlete herself for 4 years, Corrie has personal experience racing various distances of triathlon and has completed eight 70.3 distance triathlons with a number of top 10 age group results, as well placing 3rd in the Overall Pursuit Sprint Series 25-29F in the 2014/2015 season. She is currently an A grade female cyclist in WA, placed 2nd in the State Open/Elite Road Race Championship in 2017, was 1st Female at the ATTA 2018 Hill Climb Championship and Overall Female Winner of the Goldfields Cyclassic 2018.

Mitchell Craig

Mitch is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist holding degrees in both Sport and Exercise Science and Exercise Rehabilitation. Mitch has developed his passion and knowledge in exercise physiology throughout experience providing customised exercise treatment at various sports clubs, gyms, private therapy practices, corporate health companies, onsite and in rehabilitation centers.

Mitch has been dedicated to offering an individualised approach with his treatment, emphasising education to improve functional independence. Mitch shows a particular interest in exercise for improving adolescent mental health and as a conservative treatment modality for over 50’s.

Mitch commits to the “exercise is medicine” philosophy, competing in endurance running, motocross, mountain biking, and powerlifting. He has also completed various local and international trekking adventures taking him through North and South America, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, and indonesia.

Sarah Duinjey

Sarah is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist holding a degree in both Exercise and Health Science and Exercise Rehabilitation, as well as a qualified Pilates Instructor with a Diploma in Pilates Instruction from Pilates Fitness Institute. Sarah integrates her knowledge of the Pilates method into her Exercise Physiology work to ensure the client receives a well-rounded, comprehensive exercise experience.

Sarah is a passionate dancer with 20+ years experience. She has completed all of her CSTD Theatrical and Tapping exams, achieving high results in her Theatrical Performance Shield (2013) and Gold Cross (2016) as well as completing RAD Ballet exams. Sarah has been able to work with many young dancers to help them grow and improve.

Sarah is very passionate about identifying and helping people of all ages to improve any muscle imbalances, strength deficits and flexibility issues to help them achieve their life goals.

Exercise physiology

Prevents, rehabilitates and supports people living with, or at risk of diseases and injuries affecting the heart and lungs, such as heart disease or asthma. Additionally helping patients prepare for or recover from surgery, and prescribe exercises and other interventions to improve quality of life.

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