The Get Active Conversation

Tuesday 5 September 2023
Melbourne Town Hall

What is the get active conversation?

Too few people do enough physical activity to maintain good health. Join us as we share new research and council case studies, plus hear from the experts on ways to get more Victorians moving more, every day. Be inspired with practical tips that you can use in your work.


The half day program features three sessions, each will provide a different perspective on getting inactive Victorians moving more.

Understanding inactive Victorians

Understanding inactive Victorians

Find out how inactive Victorians think and feel about ‘exercise’, what can motivate them to move more and the barriers to being more active.

Presented by Sport and Recreation Victoria.

Join our experts as they rethink ‘exercise’ to overcome barriers to physical activity.

Rethinking ‘exercise’

  • Latest research on the benefits of spreading activity throughout the day.
  • Strategies to break up sitting time.
  • How to implement solutions in practice.


  1. Professor David Dunstan, Head of Baker-Deakin Department of Lifestyle and Diabetes.
  2. Dr Christina Ekegren, physiotherapist and Future Leader Postdoctoral Fellow within the Rehabilitation, Ageing and Independent Living Research Centre, Monash University.
New research from Get Active Victoria plus council case studies that tick the boxes.

Designing active rec infrastructure for inactive Victorians

  • Exercise station features and strategies to increase equipment use.
  • Integrating walking paths into sport complexes to enhance opportunities for inactive Victorians.
  • Council cases studies presented by Hobsons Bay City Council and Mitchell Shire Council.


  1. Cat Banks, Senior Director, Research at SEC Newgate Australia
  2. Alexis Polidoras, Associate Director, Research at SEC Newgate Australia


Professor David Dunstan

Head of Baker-Deakin Department of Lifestyle and Diabetes.

David’s research focuses on understanding the adverse health consequences of too much sitting and the potential health benefits from frequently breaking up sitting time.

Cat Banks

Senior Director, Research at SEC Newgate Australia

Cat is a qualitative research specialist, with 20 years of market and social research experience in Australia and overseas. She also leads SEC Newgate's Behavioural Insights Group.

Dr Christina Ekegren

Physiotherapist and Future Leader Postdoctoral Fellow within the Rehabilitation, Ageing and Independent Living Research Centre, Monash University.

Christina’s research focuses on physical activity in clinical groups, specifically older adults and people recovering from injury.

Alexis Polidoras

Associate Director, Research at SEC Newgate Australia

Alexis is experienced in both qualitative and quantitative research. With a background in psychology, she is passionate about investigating social issues and understanding behaviour.

Anna Bunbury

Recreation and Open Space Planner, Mitchell Shire Council

Anna has worked as a landscape architect and open space planner in both private practice and local government. In her current role, she works to create great parks and places for people, culture and biodiversity in Melbourne’s northern growth corridor as well as in rural and regional townships.

Christa Mitchell

Senior Designer, Active Communities and Assets, Hobsons Bay City Council

Christa is a landscape architect with 17 years’ experience in the local government sector. Designing new and upgrading existing public open spaces, Christa is passionate about providing equitable and accessible open spaces for all.

Join The Get Active Conversation

About get active victoria

Get Active Victoria is a free government initiative dedicated to supporting Victorians to live a more active and healthy life. Our focus is people who are not getting enough physical activity.

Get Active Victoria provides free online tools such as an activity tracker plus a large library of educational resources and online workouts. We also undertake research to understand how we can support inactive Victorians to move more.

Learn more

Frequently asked questions

Who should attend this event?

The event will be of interest to council staff responsible for active recreation infrastructure and open space planning, as well as allied health practitioners with an interest in how to get Victorians more active.

Will the event be livestreamed?

The event is in-person only.

When is the deadline for registration?

Register by 25 August 2023.

I’ve been invited, can I bring someone with me?

Yes, if you have a colleague who you think will find the event valuable, then they can book a ticket too.

I have special accessibility needs/dietary requirements, can you accommodate me?

When you book your ticket let us know your requirements (e.g dietary, Auslan interpreter, etc). We will do our best to accommodate you.

What parking is available near the venue?

Travelling by public transport will be the easiest option for many people but if you need to drive the nearest parking is available at Wilsons Parking at 189 Flinders Lane. For further car parking options located within walking distance visit

What accessibility options are available?

The drop off zone/ loading bay is located on Collins Street (permits may be required for access). Swanston Street is not vehicle accessible, only vehicles holding authorised permits are permitted.

I’ve booked a ticket but can no longer attend, what should I do?

Email Get Active Victoria at [email protected] to let us know you can’t attend so that we can make your place available to someone else.