• Location: Latrobe Performing Arts Centre, Traralgon Little Theatre, Grey St, Traralgon VIC, 3844

Sports Medicine Australia invite you to join us for our annual regional event in Gippsland, Victoria.

This practical, interactive forum is aimed at equipping participants with practical skills and techniques to help keep athletes injury free and performing at their peak.

Learn a range of topics including:

  • Strength and conditioning
  • Load management
  • Injury screening
  • Injury prevention for Australian football, soccer and netball
  • Managing concussion safely
  • Psychology: handling defeat, celebrating success
  • Pitch-side assessment for shoulder dislocation, ankle sprains, hand injuries, and first-aid (bleeding and wound care).
  • Nutrition for recovery and performance
9:15am – 9:30amRegistrations and Welcome
9:30am – 9:55amLoad Management (S&C)Doug Greenbough
9:55am – 10:20amInjury ScreeningSimone Muscat
10:20am – 10:45amInjury Prevention – FIFA, Netball, FootyMichelle Bergeron
10:45am – 11:10amSleepLiv Knowles (Deakin Uni / HFC)
11:10am – 11:40amNetworking and Coffee Break
11:40am – 12:05pmConcussionDr Liam West (Hawthorn FC)
12:05pm – 12:25pmPitch Side Assessment / Top Tips: Ankle SprainKeith De Souza (Melb Uni Blues)
12:25pm – 12:50pmPitch Side Assessment / Top Tips: Fingers, Hand & WristDr Sibon Fuzzard
12:50pm – 13:10pmPitch Side Assessment: Shoulder DislocationTamika Fasoli (Gippsland Power Physio)
13:10pm – 13:30pmPitch Side Management: First Aid (Bleeding)Dr Bryn Savill (Rebels Doctor)
13:30pm – 14:30pmLunch
14:30pm – 14:55pmRecovery – Nutrition and HydrationHelen Doung
14:55pm – 15:05pmPOLICE Protocol
15:05pm – 15:30pmPsychology: Handling Defeat, Celebrating SuccessLirit Janover
15:30pm – 15:55pmGraduated RTP Functional Testing (Soft Tissue)Pat Young
15:55pm – 16:0pmClosing Address


Lirit holds a Masters in Applied Psychology, specialising in Sport & Exercise Psychology. Lirit’s professional experience includes provision of individual and group intervention, program facilitation and clinical assessment. She currently works in private practice, and has been consulting for the AFL Umpires, AFLPA, Racing Victoria’s (RV) Apprentice Jockey Training Program (AJTP), and the Gippsland Sports Academy (GSA). Lirit was previously a Clinician for the Department of Justice & Regulation, where she worked with adult male offenders in the Victorian prison system. In her practice, Lirit fosters a holistic approach, utilising neuropsychotherapy, acceptance commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness practices, and cognitive behavioural therapeutic frameworks. She values, and is committed to nurturing quality, trusting and safe relationships within an enriched, and supportive environment to help her clients thrive.

Michelle Bergeron is physiotherapist and Pilates instructor based in Melbourne. Since 2006, she has been helping elite athletes, performers and clients from all walks of life to reach peak physical condition. Michelle’s approach is to treat effectively so the body restores its complete function and to provide a comprehensive program to help clients achieve their health and fitness goals. This approach has made Michelle a sought-after practitioner in both Australia and Canada.

Michelle’s goal is to share her knowledge and passion for health and well-being with her clients, regardless of their objectives or level of fitness, and to help them be fit and strong for the long-term. Some of Michelle’s exciting career highlights include working with the Australian Ballet, Cirque du Soleil, the World Ultimate Championships and the PanAm Games. She is also currently engaged as part of an expert committee for Ultimate Australia (frisbee) in the development of strength and conditioning program.

Dr Liam West is a Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar based at Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre.

After completing a Sports Science degree with first class honours, Dr Liam West graduated in Medicine from Cardiff University (Wales, UK) in 2013. He then worked in Oxford for two years as a junior doctor and during this period completed a Diploma in Sports & Exercise Medicine. He developed his passion for sports medicine working in various environments including as Team Doctor for the U16 England Football (Soccer) team at the Cerebral Palsy Soccer World Cup and for Birmingham City Ladies FC in the Premier League.

He is currently working with teams which include Hawthorn FC, VIC Country AFL Academy and Melbourne Victory.

Dr West is also a Senior Associate Editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) and in 2017, was elected the President of the Victorian Council of Sports Medicine Australia (SMA). He has multiple publications in respected medical journals, has presented at several international conferences and produces regular BJSM podcasts & blogs with sports and exercise experts from around the world.

Tamika Fasoli graduated with a Masters of Physiotherapy at Flinders University, South Australia in 2014 after having previously studied a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science.
She has undertaken further study in dry needling, cupping, taping and sports level 1. Tamika has a real passion for rural hand therapy, in particular the shoulder and sporting injuries, but still enjoys treating all upper limb conditions.
A sport enthusiast, Tamika is a regular at Gippsland Power Football Club and assists both the women’s and men’s teams as Head Physio. She has been previously involved at Vic Country and VFL level.

Outside of treating humans, Tamika likes to use her skills on training her extended family of greyhounds or hitting the golf course on the Peninsula. If you can’t find Tamika there, she is jet-setting the world finding places to add to her passport

Dr Bryn Savill currently works as head doctor for the Melbourne Rebels and the Flying Fijians Rugby Union sides.

Dr Savill completed his medical training at Cardiff University (Wales, UK) after gaining a Sports Science degree from Loughborough University (England, UK). Following this, he obtained a Diploma in Sports & Exercise Medicine whilst working as a junior doctor in the Oxford deanery. Dr Savill is founder and co-organiser of the annual Wales Exercise Medicine Symposium which has been a huge success for promoting “exercise as medicine” in Wales for the last five years. He worked for London Scottish FC in their English Championship 2015/16 season as a team doctor, and has worked in a variety of other sporting capacities including being doctor for the Wales Women’s football team, and a medical officer at the London Marathon, and horseracing events.

He has always been extremely keen to promote and create educational opportunities within Sport and Exercise Medicine and has served as president of the Undergraduate Sports & Exercise Medicine Society (USEMS), and as a committee member of the European College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ECOSEP) Fighting Inactivity Committee (FIC).

Patrick Young is a sports physiotherapist with over 10 years of experience working in private practice in Melbourne. After graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Melbourne University, his passion for sports physiotherapy led Pat to go on to complete a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University in 2017.

His journey as a physio has seen Pat working with various Australian Rules Football teams from the VAFA, TAC Cup, VFL and AFL competitions. Currently, he is engaged as team physiotherapist for the Northern Blues Football Club in the VFL, which also involves working with the Carlton Football Club.

Pat’s philosophy as a sports physio is to make sure you have the fundamentals in place, and to have a consistent and clear approach in all aspects. Pat has a particular interest in lower limb soft tissue injuries, namely hamstring and groin injuries.

Doug Greenough completed his Master of Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning) at Edith Cowan University in Perth after completing an Undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science) at Deakin University Melbourne.

He is currently the High Performance Manager at the Dandenong Stingrays in the TAC Cup competition and the Physical Performance Coach of the U16 Vic Country State Academy.

Doug also holds positions at Brighton Grammar School and Methodist Ladies College as Senior Athletics Coach and Strength and Conditioning Coach respectively.

With a background is in track and field, Doug still trains and competes, finishing 3rd in the 2010 Stawell Gift and 2nd in the 2012 Stawell Gift.

Olivia Knowles is a current PhD student at the Deakin University School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, having completed her Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Honours) there in 2015. She has previously published research in student-athlete training loads and wellbeing, while her current research investigates the impact of inadequate sleep on resistance training performance and skeletal muscle protein metabolism.

Olivia also takes a special interest in how female athletes can optimise their resistance training performance and how researchers can do more to include females in sport science research. Olivia has worked as a strength and conditioning coach with various elite individual and team sport athletes, and is currently the VFLW high performance coach at Hawthorn FC.

Sibon is a plastics and hand surgery registrar currently working at Northern Health. After completing medical school at the University of Melbourne, she undertook internship and residency at St Vincent’s Hospital prior to commencing work as a registrar. With a passion for football, working as club doctor for the Northern Blues VFL and Carlton VFLW teams has been the perfect way to merge her love of hand trauma and sports medicine. Hand injuries are exceedingly common and with appropriate assessment, these can be well managed to avoid both time out of the game and long-term functional consequences.

Keith De Souza is a physiotherapist based at Lifecare Prahran Sports Medicine and currently holds the position of high performance manager at University Blues Football Club (VAFA A Grade).

After graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Monash University, Keith’s passion for sports physiotherapy led to enrolling in the Masters in Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University, which he is due to complete at the end of this year. As part of his Masters course, Keith has been fortunate to have completed his Masters placement with Phil Glasgow (Irish Rugby Head of Physiotherapy and Rehab, Head Physio Team GB – Rio 2016) and Anthony Schache (Richmond FC Head Physio).

Having also worked with elite athletes in volleyball and hockey, Keith has developed a strong interest in lower limb soft tissue injuries, in particular ankle, lower limb tendon and hamstring injuries.

Registration is essential for this event.

  • SMA Member – $50
  • Non-SMA Member – $100

Alternatively, if you sign up as a new SMA member*,  you will receive FREE access to this event! Just email your membership invoice to events@sma.org.au. For more information on becoming a member, click here.

*Please note: this offer does not apply to membership renewals. Only new sign-ups from 11/08/2018.