School of Science, Psychology and Sport

Professor Rochelle Eime

Phone: (03) 53279687
Email: r.eime@federation.edu.au
Room: P 912
Position: Professor
Discipline: Exercise and Sport Science

Qualifications

  • Diploma of Project Management University of Ballarat, Victoria, 2006
  • PhD - Behavioural Epidemiology Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Victoria, 2004
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours)Deakin University

Research interests

Sport and Recreation Spatial

Investigating sport participation and facilities, and health outcomes, for evidence-based decision making across the sport and recreation sector

Publications (last 5 years)

Book chapters

Eime, R., Harvey, J. (2018). Sport participation across the lifespan: Australian trends and policy implications. In: sport and physical across the lifespan. Dionigi, R., Gard, M (editors). Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-48562-5

Casey, MM., Eime, RM. (2015) Sport and Health. Sport Management: An exploration of the field and its value. Bowers, M., Dixon, M (editors). Sagamore Publishing, LLC.

Refereed articles

Eime, R., Charity, M., Harvey, J., Westerbeek, H. (2021). 5-year changes in community-level sport participation, and the role of gender strategies. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living. https://doi.org/10.3389/fspor.2021.710666

Jenkin, C., Van Uffelen, J., O’Sullivan, G., Harvey, J., Eime, R., Westerbeek, H. (2021) Marketing up the wrong tree? Organisational perspectives on attracting and/or retaining older adults in sport. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fspor.2021.772361/full

Eime, R., Charity, M., Foley, B., Fowlie, J., Reece, L. (2021). Gender inclusive sporting environments: The proportion of women in non-player roles over recent years. BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation. 13:58. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13102-021-00290-4

Westerbeek, H., Eime, R. (2021) The Physical Activity and Sport Participation (PASP) framework- a policy model towards being physically active across the lifespan. Frontiers. https://doi.org/10.3389/fspor.2021.608593

Elliott, S., Drummond, M., Prichard, I., Eime, R., Drummond, C., Mason, R. (2021). Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on youth sport in Australia and consequences for future participation and retention. 21:448. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-10505-5 BMC Public Health.

Jenkin, C., van uffelen, J., Westerbeek, H., Eime, R. (2021). How to re-engage adults aged 50+ in community sport? Reasons for drop out and re-engagement in community sports clubs. Leisure Studies. 40:4, 441-453. https://doi.org/10.1080/02614367.2021.1888310.

Eime, R., Harvey, J., Charity, M. (2020). Sport participation settings. Where and ‘how’ do Australians play sport? BMC Public Health. 20:1344. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-09453-3

Eime, R., Harvey, J., Charity, M., Westerbeek, J. (2020). Longitudinal trends in sport participation and retention of women and girls. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living. https://doi.org/10.3389/fspor.2020.00039

Chmait, N., Westerbeek, H., Eime, R., Robertson, S., Sellitto, C., Reid, M. (2020) Tennis influencers: the player effect on social media engagement and demand for tournament attendance. Telematics and Informatics. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tele.2020.101381

Fowlie, J., Eime, R., Griffiths, K. (2020) Barriers to adolescent female participation in cricket. Annals of Leisure Research, 1-19.

Lindsay-Smith, G., Eime, R., O’Sullivan, G., Harvey, J., van Uffelen, J. (2019). A mixed-methods case study exploring the impact of participation in community activity groups for older adults on physical activity, health and wellbeing. BMC Geriatrics. 19, 243. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-019-1245-5

Eime, R., Harvey, J., Charity, M. (2019). Sport drop-out during adolescence: Is it real, or an artefact of sampling behaviour? International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics. Doi 10.1080/19406940.2019.1630468

Hanlon, C., Khoo, S., Morris, T., Eime, R. (2019). Factors influencing women in physical activity programs in Malaysia. Health Promotion International. 34:389-399. https://doi.org.10.1093/heapro/dax093

Casey, M., Fowlie, J., Charity, M., Harvey, J., Eime, R. (2019). The implications of female sport policy developments for the community- level sport sector: A perspective from Victoria, Australia. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics. Doi: 10.1080/19406940.2019.1618892.

Chmait, N., Robertson, S., Eime, R., Westerbeek, H., Reid, M., Sellitto, C. (2019). Tennis superstars: The relationship between star status and demand for tickets. Sport Management Review. In press.

Lindsay-Smith, G., O’Sullivan, G., Eime, R., Harvey, J., van Uffelen, J. (2018). A mixed methods case study exploring the impact of membership of a multi-activity, multicentre community group on social wellbeing of older adults. A mixed methods case study. BMC Geriatrics. 18:226. doi: 10.1186/s12877-018-0913-1

Harvey, J., Charity, M., Sawyer, N., Eime, R. (2018). Non-response bias in estimates of prevalence of club-based sport participation from an Australian national physical activity, recreation and sport survey. BMC Public Health. 18:895. Q1 doi 10.1186/s12889-018-5793-y

Eime, R., Harvey, J., Charity, M. (2018). Girls’ transition from participation in modified sport program to club sport competition – A study of longitudinal patterns and correlates. BMC Public Health. 18:718. Q1. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-5609-0

Eime, R., Harvey, J., Charity, M., Nelson, R. (2018). Demographic characteristics and type/frequency of physical activity participation in a large sample of 21,603 Australian people. BMC Public Health. 18:692. Q1. doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5608-1

Vergeer, I., Bennie, J., Charity, M., van Uffelen, J., Harvey, J., Biddle, S., Eime, R. (2018). Participant characteristics of users of holistic movement practices in Australia. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 31. 181-187. Q1. Doi 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.02.011

Jenkin, C., Eime, RM., Westerbeek, H., van Uffelen, J. (2018) Sport for Adults aged 50+ Years: Participation Benefits and Barriers. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 26.3. 363-371

Robertson, Eime, RM, Westerbeek, H (2018). Community sports clubs: Are they only about playing sport, or do they have broader health promotion and social responsibilities? Annals of Leisure Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/11745398.2018.1430598.

Jenkin, CR., Eime, RM., Westerbeek, H., O’Sullivan, G., van Uffelen, JGZ (2017). Sport and ageing: A systematic review of the determinants and trends in participation in sport for older adults. BMC Public Health. 17:976 DOI 10.1186/s12889-017-4970-8.

Casey, M., Eime, R., Harvey, J., Sawyer, N., Craike, M., Symons, C., Payne, W. (2017) Influence of a Healthy and Welcoming Environment on participation in club sport by adolescent females. BMC- Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation.19:9:12 doi: 10.1186/s13102-017-0076-y.

Vergeer, I., Bennie, GA., Charity, MJ., Harvey, JT., van Uffelen, JGZ., Biddle, SJH., Eime, RM. (2017) Participation trends in holistic movement practices: A 10-year comparison of Yoga/Pilates and T’ai Chi/Qigong use among a national sample of 195, 926 Australians BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 17:296.

Lindsay-Smith, G., Banting, L., Eime, R., O’Sullivan, G., van Uffelen, J. (2017). The association between social support and physical activity in older adults: A systematic review. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.14:56.

Eime, RM., Harvey, JR., Charity, MJ., Casey, MM., Westerbeek, H., Payne, WR. (2017). The relationship of sport participation to provision of sports facilities and socio-economic status: A geographical analysis. Australia and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. Online; doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12647

Grants (last 5 years)

2021 Eime, R., Westerbeek, H., Pankowiak, A., Casey, M. Sport club’s volunteer capacity to drive women and girls’ participation in AFL. AFL Victoria.

2021 Eime, R., Westerbeek, H., Pankowiak, A., Casey, M. Sport club’s volunteer capacity to drive women and girls’ participation in community sport. Office for Women in Sport.

2020 Eime, R. Sport participation in the Yarra Ranges. Yarra Ranges Council.

2020 Eime, R., Westerbeek, H., Charity, M., Pankowiak, A. Sport participation benchmarking: Activate 2020-2030. City of Ballarat

2020 Eime, R., Pankowiak, A., Harvey, J., Charity, M., Westerbeek, H. The growth of female cricket participation through funding initiatives. Cricket Victoria

2020 Pankowiak, A., Woessner, M., Spaaij, R., Parker, A., Eime, R. Building evidence for safeguarding sporting communities: a pilot study on instances of violence against Australian children participating in community sports club. Victoria University

2020 Eime, R., Westerbeek, H., Charity, M., Harvey, J. Participation and retention in cricket. Cricket Victoria.

2020 Eime, R., Westerbeek, H., Fowlie, J., Charity, M. How does access to playing traditionally male dominated sports, affect women and girls’ participation in sport? Victorian State Government.

2020 O’Boyle, I., Karg, A., Eime, R., McDonald, H. Exploring wellbeing outcomes in the aquatic and recreation industry (2020-2022). ARC Linkage $389,261, industry partners $213,250 - Total $602,511

2020 Hanlon, C., Parker, A., Eime, R., Apostolopoulos, V. Changing practice: mental and physical health of women and girls (2020-2022). Commonwealth Government Medical Research Future Fund. $1,000,000

2019-2021 Eime, R., Harvey, J., Charity, M., Westerbeek, H. Sport Participation Research Project 2019-2021. VicHealth and Sport and Recreation Victoria. $345,000

2019 Hanlon, C., Eime, R., Charity, M. VicHealth infrastructure locations. VicHealth.

2019 Eime, R., Harvey, J., Sawyer, N., Charity, M. Measuring the economic value of Melbourne’s parks. City of Melbourne.

2018 Thompson, H., Eime, R. Ballarat Health Service, Data press project- family violence. Ross Trust.

2018 Eime, R., Harvey, J., Charity, M. Netball Victoria- GIS. Netball Victoria.

2018 Eime, R., Harvey, J., Charity, M. Tennis Victoria- GIS. Tennis Victoria.

2018 Eime, R., Harvey, J., Charity, M. AusPlay sport and recreation by target groups. Sport and Recreation Victoria.

2018 Eime, R., Harvey, J., Charity, M. Sports facility requirements calculator. Sport and Recreation Victoria.

2018 Pilcher, S., Featherston, H., Maddison, S., Calder, R., O’Connell, M., Eime, R., Blyth, D. Review of early childhood sector policies and frameworks. Australian Sports Commission.

2018 Spaaij, Hanlon, Jeans, Eime. Women’s participation in sport and recreation in Melbourne’s West: an action for change. Wyndham City Council.

2018 Jenkin, Eime. Walking Basketball evaluation. Basketball Victoria.

2018 Eime, R., Harvey, J., Charity, M. Sport participation in Golden Plains Shire. Golden Plains Shire.

2017 Eime, R., Harvey, J., Charity, M. Value of Sport. Sport participation trends in Victoria. Sport and Recreation Victoria.

2017 Eime, R., Harvey, J., Charity, M. Sport participation in the City of Ballarat. City of Ballarat.

2017 Eime, R., Harvey, J., Charity, M. Competition structures and the association with player retention and attrition. Tennis Australia.

2017-2018 Eime, R., Harvey, J., Charity, M. T. Tennis Victoria- Geographical Information System.

2017 Casey, M, Eime, R., Harvey, J., Charity, M. Female participation in sport and factors influencing participation trends. Federation University.

2017 Eime, R., Harvey, J., Charity, M. Transition of players from school programs to community clubs. Cricket Australia.

2017 Eime, R., Harvey, J., Charity, M. Fisherman’s Bend sports facilities: benchmarks and needs of projected population. Sport and Recreation Victoria.

2017 Casey, M., Eime, R. Create Crate evaluation. Golden Plains Shire.

2017 Eime, R., Harvey, J., Charity, M. Latrobe City Council- sport, health and demographic profile.

Awards (last 5 years)

2021 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research impact and engagement 2020.

2020 Most accessed and cited paper (Federation Uni 2016-2019)

2019 Top 20 – Paper published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health was recognised as a top 20 most read paper 2017-2018.

2019 Finalist - Parks and Leisure National Research Award

2019 Winner - Parks and Leisure Australia (Vic/Tas) Research project award.

2018 Finalist - VicHealth Awards: Sport and Recreation Spatial
Sport Participation Research Project. Research into action.

2017 Winner - Victorian Sport Awards 2016. Sport and Recreation Spatial.
Sport Development Initiative of the Year.

2017 Winner - Women in Sport award: Rochelle Eime.
Outstanding contribution for increasing female participation in sport.

2017 Winner - Parks and Leisure Australia National Research Award.
Sport and Recreation Spatial.

2017 Winner - Parks and Leisure Australia (Vic/Tas) Research Project Award.
Sport and Recreation Spatial.

2017 Winner - Executive Dean’s award for Research.
Federation University Australia Faculty of Health

Research higher degree completions (last 5 years)

Himalaya Singh, PhD- Spatial epidemiology of sports and recreational injuries.

Claire Jenkin, PhD- Sport participation for the elderly.

Jonathan Robertson, PhD- Exploring the social responsibility of sports organisations.

Beth McLeod, PhD- International students and social connectedness: The role sport can play.

Jenna Fowlie, Honours. Barriers to adolescent female participation in cricket.