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About Dr Brendon P Hyndman

Dr Brendon Hyndman BEd(PhysEd) Upper Class Honours (UB), GradCertEd(TerEd)(UB), PhD (HPE)(RMIT)

Dr Brendon Hyndman is currently a Senior Lecturer and Course Director of Postgraduate Studies in Education in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Charles Sturt University. He has previously worked in the School of Education at RMIT University, Charles Darwin University and Southern Cross University with roles that have included the Manager of the Bachelor of Teaching & Learning (Pre-service), Chair of School Board (Education), Coordinator of Secondary PDHPE, Coordinator of Primary PDHPE and Lecturing roles in Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) across over a dozen units in primary and secondary school teacher education. Dr Hyndman has widespread experience both advancing (as a researcher) and applying educational knowledge (as a qualified & registered school teacher) across a diverse range of primary, secondary and tertiary settings. He has been involved in teacher education for over 10 years. As of February 2018, Hyndman had generated a total of 50 peer reviewed publications (accepted, published or in press), 12 education practitioner publications and had presented 25 conference presentations locally, nationally and internationally. He has received approximately $170,000 in university research funding. In 2017, he had his biggest research year to date producing 30 high ranking peer reviewed publications.  A major contributor in the prestigious publication The Conversation, he recently proposed a heat protection policy for Australian schools which had 35,000 readers within two weeks of publication.

Dr Hyndman's research has been focused on schools as a crucial setting to develop students' physical activity participation, health and wellbeing. His research has been guiding teacher awareness of the range of influences and strategies to develop students' engagement in physical activities via both informal, pedagogical and curricular approaches. The originality, innovation and impact of Dr Brendon Hyndman's research is showcased by the media interest in his studies both nationally and internationally. He has developed national policies related to health, one of his latest research projects into heat influences informed the Department of Education (NT) School Heat Policy Guidelines and his simulation pedagogy project for online pre-service teachers ( received a letter of recognition from the Prime Minister's office. He is the editor and primary author of the book 'Contemporary school playground strategies for healthy students' and co-editor of the upcoming book titled 'Health and Education Interdependence' . As of February 2018, his work had been cited almost 300 times.


July 2016 - October 2017 Academic in Health and Physical Education (PDHPE), Southern Cross University School of Education
July 2014 - July 2016 Academic, Charles Darwin University, Australia ‐ School of Education
January 2013 - December 2013 Academic, RMIT University ‐ School of Education

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Honors and Awards

  • Best Presentation Award (Postgraduate category). University of Ballarat Annual Research Conference 2008, Crossing Boundaries: connectivity, collaboration and confluence. Ballarat, Australia. November 5, 2008.
  • 2015 Nominee: Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Exceptional Performance in Research (Individual Emerging Researcher category), Charles Darwin University
  • Golden Key International Society Certification for being in top 15% of Higher Education results, University of Ballarat (now Federation University Australia)
  • 2015 Nominee: Federation University Australia Alumni Award for Outstanding Academic or Research Achievement
  • Conference presentation award (Best Poster): 30th ACHPER International Conference 2017, Canberra, Australia
  • Conference promotion award (Twitter): 30th ACHPER International Conference 2017, Canberra, Australia
  • 2016 Nominee: Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Individual as part of group)
  • Funding/Grants Awarded (Below)
  • OLT Grant. Geng, G., Midford, R., Hyndman., B., et al. (2014). $5000. Tapping into the teaching experiences of fourth year pre-service teachers to increase support & reduce stress for students in their first year (successful)
  • LEBA Small Grant. Mathur D, Hyndman B. $5000. Preventing obesity by design intervention: Outdoor play areas and physical activity levels in preschool children (successful). Charles Darwin University.
  • Developing Areas of Research Strengths (DARS) Grant. Te Ava, Hazelwood, Hyndman, Fry. $14,000. ‘Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (successful).
  • Developing Areas of Research Strengths (DARS) Grant. $24,038. ‘The Cooling in Darwin Schools Physical Activity’ (CIDS-PA) Study (successful)
  • Other Awards
  • HECS exemption scholarship for Graduate Certificate of Education (Tertiary Education) (2011-2012)
  • 2012 Highest article downloads for refereed journal article within the Environmental Public Health Sciences Commons (from a total of 281 authors)
  • RMIT University Doctoral Scholarship (2011-2013)
  • Federation University Australia Doctoral Scholarship (2009-2010)
  • Confirmed Federation University Australia PhD Candidate-without revisions (2009)
  • Honours research recommendation for top higher education results (2006)


  • EDU10692: Physical Education Studies II: Dance & Gymnastics (2017)
  • EDU10693: Promoting the Health and Wellbeing of Young People (2017)
  • EDU01021: Curriculum Specialisation in PDHPE 1 (2017)
  • EDU10694: Contemporary Health Issues for Young People (2017)
  • EDU16191: Physical Education Studies I: Athletics and Aquatics (2016/2017)
  • EDU01022: Curriculum specialisation in PDHPE 2 (2016/2017)

Contact Information

Gold Coast, Queensland


Journal articles (53)