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Membership: Leading the World

Sports Medicine Australia is the sum of its members. SMA members are the reason Australia is regarded by the rest of the world as the leader in sports medicine. SMA members come from all walks of life – from pre-eminent academics and practitioners to sports trainer members who help make sure that everyone playing sport is playing safely. SMA members are literally the ‘team behind the teams.’

Sports Medicine Australia prides itself on being a truly multidisciplinary organisation, bringing together the various sports science and medicine discipline groups in Australia under one common umbrella.

Members, Research and Education

A large part of SMA’s activity is devoted to ensuring members have access to quality education, networking and professional development opportunities. Head to our Professional Development Calendar for information on upcoming events. Membership of Sports Medicine Australia is open to anyone with an interest in sport and physical activity.

Publications

Sport Health has become bigger, brighter and better this year. With a re-vamped look and new Editorial team, Sport Health continues to be the industry mag for the latest in sports medicine and science research, and health and wellbeing for the general community. Sport Health is now an online magazine only without any hardcopies available.

The Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (JSAMS) continues to grow. The 2008 Impact Factors saw a amazing rise for JSAMS with an Impact Factor of 1.913 (compared to 1.091 in 2007). This has brought the journal up from a position of 39 out of 72 Sports Science journals in 2007 to a position of 16 out of 71 journals in 2009. We are now in the top 25% of journals in this category, and getting very close to other journals such as British Journal of Sports Medicine (IF = 2.126, ranked 10th). JSAMS increase appears to be the largest increase of any journal in this category from 2007 to 2008. Headed by new Editor-in-chief, Greg Kolt looks to have a promising future. www.jsams.org

The British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) online subscription is provided to all SMA professional members as part of their SMA membership. BJSM is a multi-media information portal that provides original research, reviews and debate relating to clinically-relevant aspects of sport and exercise medicine. BJSM contributes to innovation (research), education (teaching and learning) and knowledge translation (implementing research into practice and policy). BJSM uses web, print, video and audio material to serve the international sport and exercise medicine community. BJSM’s blog and twitter account both feature in the top 10 of Webicina’s Top 100 Sports Medicine Social Media Channels. BJSM’s 2011 Journal Citation report impact factor is 4.144.

Member Services

SMA is pleased to provide a member discount program, SMA MemberBenefits. The MemberBenefits program provides access to a range of benefits for you, your family and your business. These include discounts on accommodation, travel, car hire, experiences and gifts, movie tickets, electrical appliances, new motor vehicles, fuel card, computers, telecommunications, insurances for travel, health, car & home, life insurance and home loans. Providers include names such as Virgin Australia, Intrepid Travel, Accor Hotels, Best Western Hotels, Chartis Travel Insurance, Latrobe Health Services, Dell, Lenovo, Vodafone, RedBalloon, Harvey Norman Commercial and many others. Members are still able to obtain special membership discounts for State and National Conferences, SMA workshops and seminars along with other education opportunities at a discounted price.

Links to Government

SMA continues to work to increase its links and profile with all levels of government to better serve the needs and interests of members. This work has included briefing Ministers and senior public servants about the work of SMA and direct lobbying on behalf of discipline groups.

Links to Sport

National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) have been made a priority for receipt of increased information on SMA services, policies and projects.

Information Technology

The SMA member database is about to be upgraded which will allow more efficient servicing of members’ needs, while the various SMA websites are being consolidated and enhanced with a new range of member and community services and information.

Practice Branding

Many SMA members have taken the opportunity to use the SMA logo and name on practices and business cards to boost their profile and encourage referral.

Member Directories

SMA’s online member directory is available through the following link. Some state branches continue to provide a printed directory for referral and networking opportunities. Pleaese contact the SMA office in your state for more information.

For further enquiries about SMA membership please contact our Membership team on 03 9674 8701 or email members@sma.org.au