IHMRI affiliation

Theme:Chronic conditions and lifestyle
Level:IHMRI Senior Fellow

Research focus

  • Physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and gross motor skills in children

Research projects

Publications and funding

Other roles

  • Senior Professor Okely led the research team that developed and recently updated the Australian Physical Activity Recommendations for Children 0-5 years, and the Australian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Children and Young People.
  • He is also part of the Guideline Development Group for the upcoming WHO guidelines on physical activity, sedentary and sleep behaviours in children under 5 years of age.
  • He is leading a proposed international surveillance study of 24-hour movement behaviours in the early years (called SUNRISE) which will involve around 25 countries, more than half of which are either low- or middle-income according to the UN Human Development Index.
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.
  • External Expert on National Heart Foundation of Australia Position Statement on Sedentary Behaviour in Children.

IHMRI research team

PhD candidates

Yvonne Ellis Sitting time in Young Children at Childcare: How much and how to intervene?
Megan Hammersley Time2bHealthy: The effect of an online behaviour change program for parents of preschool- aged children
Lyndel Hewitt Infant behaviour and development - tummy time
Kalina Kazmierska Relationships between gross motor skills and health and developmental outcomes in young children.
Michele Peden The relationship between educator engagement and interaction and children's physical activity in early childhood education and care services
Karen Tonge The relationship between educator engagement and interaction and children's physical activity in early childhood education and care services
Sanne Veldman
Zhiguang Zhang Environmental Features, Quality of the Childcare Practices and Adiposity in Toddlers