Darren John Capalb

Darren John Capalb

Doctoral Student at La Trobe University

Melbourne, Australia
Higher Education

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Darren John Capalb's Overview

  • Lab Technician Grade 1 at CSL

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Darren John Capalb's Summary

Researcher with focus on non participants in organised sport among adolescents, children, and parental perspectives. An holistic perspective to unveil the profound perspectives of parental, and non participants adolescents, and children to shed some light, on these fundamental key factors.

I have reliased with regard to my own propensity, that I have an insatiable thirst for disseminating knowledge, teaching, research, and making a difference to student learning processes.

Key Achievements:
Bachelor of Health Sciences with Honours (First Class H1, 2010)

Peer Review Journal Article (CSIRO)
Why older people engage in physical activity: an exploratory study of participants in a community-based walking program Darren J. Capalb A, Paul O’Halloran A B and Pranee Liamputtong A
A School of Public Health, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Vic. 3086, Australia.
B Corresponding author. Email: P.O’halloran@latrobe.edu.au

Public Health, Motivation, Physical Activity, Recreation Management

Darren John Capalb's Experience

Sessional Tutor

Victoria University

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

February 2013June 2013 (5 months) Ballarat Road, Footscray

i. Undergraduates students were taught in the subject matter of sport and recreation management within an Australian context and how these sport services fits in within the wider political, government, community and business context;
ii. Students were presented with sport and recreation definitions, theories, paradigms, philosophical and how these concepts were integrated and related to sport and recreation programs, and services in an Australian context;
iii. Managed students academic progress, and resolved any issues’ or concerns that students had and were presented with, in the subject matter;
iv. Students were given case studies to illustrate how the role of government and its agencies are influenced with regard to the development of sport and recreation within an Australian context;
v. Students were taught how to adapt the correct methods approaches with regard to sourcing credible academic peer reviewed journals which are common practices and are salient at tertiary education institutions, and professional organisations;
vi. Students were taught how to construct and formalise reports and its uses in pragmatic professional applications and its applications;

Honours Research Student

La Trobe University

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

February 2010November 2010 (10 months) La Trobe University Melbourne Area, Australia

Older people are not sufficiently active in Australia and therefore compromise their physical and mental health and well-being. My honours project sought to better understand physical activity behaviour in older adults. To this end, my project, which I designed and carried out, examined reasons why older adults participate in community, based physical activity programs. Based on identified gaps in the research, the project-examined reasons why older adults commence physical activity, why they maintained physical activity, and if they relapse for any length of time what were the factors involved for them to recommence physical activity. A key finding to emerge from the study was the importance that friendships plays in reasons older gave for both maintaining their involvement and resuming their involvement in physical activity community based program.

Managing Director

Guard Protective Services P/L.

March 1992October 2002 (10 years 8 months) Melbourne, Australia

Managing Director
Pivotal leadership role, building business from ground up, through steering all aspects of business operations. In my capacity of managing director, I oversaw and trained 40 staff members in the arena of conflict resolutions and risk managing protocols encompassing staff, managers, and safety of patrons in diverse environments, addressing management issues and resolutions through weekly staff meetings.
Key Achievements:
 Boosted team morale and overall performance and added 4% to revenue totals within first six months by streamlining office procedures and introducing weekly staff meetings.

Lab Technician Grade 1


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; Pharmaceuticals industry

January 1987September 1988 (1 year 9 months)

I was employed by Commonwealth Serum Laboratory(C.S.L.,1987) as a laboratory technician in the manufacturing of influenza virus vaccine. I have played a major role in the incubating, and infertility screening of 150,000 chicken eggs per week. Moreover, I have also assisted in inoculating the fertile eggs with the influenza virus under sterile conditions.

Darren John Capalb's Honors and Awards

  • PhD Full Scholarship

    La Trobe University
    • January 2014

    I would like to profess that, I am an honoured individual who were bestowed with such honour approximately over four years from La Trobe University ( Higher Research Scholarship Department).

Darren John Capalb's Publications

  • Why older people engage in physical activity: an exploratory study of participants in a community-based walking program

    • CSIRO Publishing
    • December 17, 2012
    Authors: Darren John Capalb, Dr Paul O’Halloran, Professor Pranee Liamputtong

    While older people experience substantial physical and mental health benefits from regular physical activity, participation rates among older people are low. There is a need to gather more information about why older people do and do not engage in physical activity. This paper aims to examine the reasons why older men and women chose to engage in a community-based physical activity program. Specific issues that were examined included reasons why older people who had been involved in a community-based program on a regular basis: commenced the program; continued with the program; and recommenced the program after they had dropped out. Ten participants (eight females and two males) aged between 62 and 75 years, who had been participating in a community-based physical activity program for a minimum of 6 months, were individually interviewed. Thematic analysis was used to analyse the data. Three major themes emerged, including ‘time to bond: social interaction’ with sub-themes ‘bona fide friendships’ and ‘freedom from being isolated’; ‘I want to be healthy: chronic disease management’; and ‘new lease on life’. Two of the primary reasons why older people both commenced and recommenced the program were the promise of social interaction and to be able to better manage their chronic conditions.

Darren John Capalb's Languages

  • Romanian

  • German

Darren John Capalb's Skills & Expertise

  1. Teaching English
  2. Qualitative Research
  3. Effective Communication
  4. Research
  5. Teaching
  6. Public Speaking
  7. Physical Activity
  8. Motivation
  9. Lifestyle Coaching

Darren John Capalb's Education

La Trobe University

Bachelor of Health Sciences with Honours, Public Health


Grade: A

(First Class Honours, H1)

Activities and Societies: Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA).

Victoria University

Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment, Training and Assessment


Victoria University

Bachelor of Recreation Management, Recreation Administration


Grade: 75% grade point average over three years (3.5 GPA).

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