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Associate Professor Kate Pumpa is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Accredited Practicing Sports Dietitian who teaches Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition at The University of Canberra. Kate is the convenor of the Bachelor of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation degree within the Discipline of Exercise and Sport Science, and the current Performance Dietitian for the Australian Rugby Union Wallabies and the UC Capitals. Kate completed her PhD at the Australian Institute of Sport in 2008 before consulting as a Sports Dietitian to Leinster Rugby Club based in Dublin, Ireland until 2010. Kate joined the University of Canberra in a teaching and research position in 2010. 

Dr Pumpa's research focuses on two distinct areas; the evaluation and application of nutritional interventions and energy expenditure assessment in athletes to assist with nutrition prescription and body composition manipulation, and the evaluation of different exercise interventions to improve outcomes in cancer patients. Current research projects include the evaluation of the efficacy of probiotics for reducing the incidence and severity of illness in elite Australian Rugby Union athletes; and the multi-site project entitled "The efficacy of Exercise during CHemotherapy for Ovarian cancer (ECHO)". 

Dr Pumpa is an assistant editor for the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, and on the editorial board for the Journal of Fitness Research. She has been the recipient of a Vice Chancellors Early Career teaching award in 2013, a Faculty of Health Teaching Excellence award in 2014, received the Young Tall Poppy Science award in 2013 and was named a state finalist for the Fresh Science Awards in 2012. 

Student Projects Available

I will be available to supervise Higher Degree by Research students in 2018 in the following areas:

1. Sports nutrition interventions

2. Exercise physiology - with a focus on sport science or exercise oncology

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Complementary and alternative medicine use among elite Australian athletes and the efficacy of selected complementary and alternative medicines in the prevention and treatment of delayed onset muscle soreness and muscle damage in well trained males, Western Sydney University

Apr 2004Sept 2008

Award Date: 1 Sept 2008

Master, Nutrition Dietetics Exercise Rehabilitation, University of Wollongong

Feb 2002Dec 2003

Award Date: 1 Dec 2003

Bachelor, Exercise Science & Nutrition, University of Wollongong

Feb 1999Dec 2001

Award Date: 2 Apr 2001

External positions

Performance Dietitian, Australian Rugby Union, Sydney, Australia.

2015 → …

Performance Dietitian, Brumbies Rugby Union Club

Oct 2010Jul 2011

Performance Dietitian, Australian Rugby Union, Sydney, Australia.


Performance Dietitian, Leinster Rugby Union Club


Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Rehability



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