Associate Professor Anthony Barnett - Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)

Anthony joined the Institute for Health & Ageing in December 2015 from Deakin University where he was Senior Lecturer in Sports Science. His current major research areas of interest are measurement of physical activity in older adults and the effect of the built environment on physical activity in older adults. He has previously worked at the University of Hong Kong, Baylor College of Medicine (USA), University of Queensland, Nottingham Trent University (UK), University of New South Wales, University of Melbourne, Ball State University (USA) and Victoria University.


Phone :8261 (Melbourne)
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Research Interests

Physical activity measurement ; Built environment ; Older adults ; Cognition ;

Methods Expertise

Measurement of physical activity ; Accelerometry ; GPS in physical activity measurement ;

Research Projects

Selected Publications


Neighbourhood environment, physical activity, quality of life and depressive symptoms in Hong Kong older adults: a protocol for an observational study, in BMJ Open


. Validity of treadmill- and track-based individual calibration methods for estimating free-living walking speed and VO2 using the Actigraph accelerometer, in BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation

Neighbourhood environment, sitting time and motorised transport in older adults: a cross-sectional study, in BMJ Open

An in-depth pilot study on patterns, destinations, and purposes of walking in Hong Kong older adults, in Journal of Aging and Physical Activity


Aging in an ultra-dense metropolis: perceived neighbourhood characteristics and utalitarian walking in Hong Kong elders, in Public Health Nutrition


Walking for transportation in Hong Kong Chinese urban elders: a cross-sectional study on what destinations matter and when, in . International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

Socio-economic status, neighbourhood characteristics, and walking within the neighbourhood among older Hong Kong Chinese, in Journal of Aging and Health

Walking for recreation and perceptions of the neighborhood environment in older Chinese urban dwellers, in Journal of Urban Health

Objectively-measured neighborhood environments and leisure-time physical activity in Chinese urban elders, in Preventive Medicine


). Individual calibration for estimating free-living walking speed using the MTI monitor, in Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise