Sports Medicine Australia is Australia’s peak national umbrella body for the prevention of lifestyle diseases through sports medicine and sports science and injury prevention. Sports Medicine Australia is widely acknowledged internationally as the world’s leading multi-disciplinary sports medicine body.

Sports Medicine Australia through its individual and organisational members is Australia’s peak advisory body on all medical and health issues for active people at all stages of life, with a focus on prevention of chronic lifestyle diseases.  The safe participation of Australians in sport and healthy physical activity to prevent obesity and lifestyle diseases associated with inactivity is the primary concern for all involved with Sports Medicine Australia.

Sports Medicine Australia can provide expert information, advice and commentary on a diverse range of issues. These range from government policy and funding for program and activities which lead to the prevention of chronic diseases, sports medicine and community activity through to sports health, health promotion, , gender equity, participation of the aged in sport, safe sport for children, to drugs in sport problems.

Sports Medicine Australia plays an active role in educating professionals and community members about safe participation in sport, recreation and physical activity to create healthier outcomes to help control and combat preventable chronic disease.

Sports Medicine Australia draws together all sports science and sports medicine professionals. These groups include:

    • orthopedic surgeons
    • physicians
    • doctors
    • physiotherapists
    • population health specialists
    • exercise physiologists
    • dietitians
    • academics
    • sports scientists
    • optometrists
    • dentists
    • podiatrists
    • psychologists
    • nurses
    • teachers
    • chiropractors

At a community level Sports Medicine Australia is responsible for creating a safe playing field in which all Australians can actively and freely participate, encouraging recreational and physical activity for the associated benefits of reducing preventable lifestyle diseases and educating community members about healthy lifestyle choices. The delivery of the Safer Sport message throughout Australia is achieved through the development and design of courses and educational resources for coaches, trainers, teachers and participants.

Sports Medicine Australia works to advance the health and activity of all Australians, and to support the continued professional development of persons interested in sports science, sports medicine and healthy activity.

Vision Statement

Sports Medicine Australia will build a vibrant community, including its members and other parties committed to sharing knowledge, training and information, to enhance the health of all Australians and prevent lifestyle diseases through facilitating their safe participation in sport and physical activity.

Mission Statement

Sports Medicine Australia is a national multidisciplinary organisation of professionals committed to working together to enhance the health of all Australians and prevent lifestyle diseases through safe participation in sport, recreation and physical activity.

Sports Medicine Australia will function as the peak body for:

  • Prevention of obesity and lifestyle diseases associated with inactivity
  • Promotion of well-being and optimal health through safe physical activity
  • Medical and health care of active persons at all levels
  • Medicine and science in physical activity, sport and active recreation


The corporate values governing SMA’s ongoing development will include the following:

  • SMA will always embrace integrity, fairness and equal access for all.
  • SMA will value all of its members and openly recognises the contribution each member makes to the continued success of SMA. Further, SMA will ensure it offers unbiased, multidisciplinary and timely information to its members that compliments knowledge gained by each of the specific disciplines. Membership is bound to SMA’s Code of ethics.
  • SMA will have a transparent relationship with all of its commercial partners to ensure it is professional, ethical, honest and fair, with regular and open communication while meeting all commitments.
  • SMA will seek to build relationships that are respectful while valuing each and every contribution by employees and volunteers. SMA values the passion, integrity, honesty and the highest commitment from this group to drive SMA to success. SMA will strive to be an open and approachable organisation, encouraging the sharing of information and knowledge.
  • As a not-for-profit organisation, ongoing financial sustainability must be ensured. SMA will build strong professional, long-term relationships with stakeholders, while delivering on its promises, being transparent and accountable, and true to SMA’s vision and mission.
  • SMA believes in the application of science and research to underpin and steer best practice in sports medicine and health education.

Strategic Plan

Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) is committed to maintaining a current and eminently usable Strategic Plan. The Plan is designed to facilitate the development of State based strategies in co-operation with the National Strategic Plan. This provides opportunities for collaboration between National and the States to create a unified and progressive organisation.

It is the responsibility of the National Board to set the direction of SMA as it moves forwards. The Board does so with the needs of its members and the community clearly defined.

Key areas for success and outcome objectives have been identified as those vital to ensuring SMA moves forward as a member based organisation in the twenty-first century. These are reviewed on a rotating basis at National Board Meetings, held three times a year. Changes are made as required to accommodate both current ‘Best Practice’ and SMA’s vision for the future.

The Strategic Plan is supported by the ‘Business Plan’ that includes a set of key performance indicators (KPI) and actions for each key success area. It is the role of the Chief Executive Officer and State based executive officers to set attainable and measurable goals to act as KPIs. The KPIs allow for the development of an integrated action plan. These indicators are ratified by the National Board as a measure of positive outcomes, against which we can measure our success. The National Board directs funds in keeping with sound budgetary practice accordingly to allow these objectives to be achieved.

The ultimate outcome of the Strategic Plan is continued growth and development of SMA in a highly competitive marketplace, creating an organisation that is relevant to our members and the community.

Key Areas for Success

  1. Membership
  2. Community Services
  3. Profile
  4. Finances
  5. Structure and Management


The History of Sports Medicine in Queensland

The Beginning

The Australian Sports Medicine Federation was founded in Australia in 1963. The Queensland Branch began in 1970 when a small group of interested medical practitioners convened the inaugural meeting. From this very modest beginning and through the endeavors of a small minority of dedicated persons, the Queensland Branch has grown into the largest, most active and diverse group in Australia.

The late Dr Kevin Hobbs

Dr Kevin Hobbs was a founding member of the Queensland Branch and its President for 16 years. He was twice national President. It was at times a controversial career.

Dr Kevin Hobbs Sports Medicine Achievements

He was an early campaigner against the use of massage as treatment for injury. He advocated the use of ice rather than the hot towels and heat lamps, which were the conventional wisdom of the time. He was responsible in 1985 for the introduction of random drug testing in Queensland Rugby League – the first sport to introduce compulsory tests.

History of  SMA Volunteers – The Major Driving Force

Boasting a truly multi-disciplinary approach, the volunteer efforts of the expanding body of health care professionals soon resulted in Queensland becoming the major driving force in Australian Sports Medicine. Education of the lay community provided the major underlying philosophy and in 1975, a basic course in Sports Medicine was introduced to Queenslanders. This was followed in 1976 by a higher intermediate level course.

The lecture course syllabi were adopted by the National body of Australian Sports Medicine Federation and implemented on a National level. In 1983 the course names were changed to become the National Sports Trainers Scheme and successful candidates were accredited Nationally.

Members – The Spirit that Drives SMA

The initiatives of the Queensland Branch of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation can be traced back to 1970. The drive and enthusiasm of its members has resulted in the development of a strong Statewide body with its headquarters in Brisbane. Sub branches were formed in Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Fraser District, Mackay, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, and Toowoomba to promote sports medicine in these areas. In 2003, the Sub Branches run by volunteers were closed and a North Qld Regional office in Townsville and a Central Qld Regional office in Rockhampton were established employing part time personnel.

Queensland is a sporting State. To ensure safer participation in general and to achieve higher standards for Queenslanders in State and National teams the proliferation of Sports Medicine information is essential.


Today, the Queensland Branch of Sports Medicine Australia has over 1000 members throughout the State and is actively pursuing its mission statement “ to be recognised as the authority of the provision of Sports Medicine Education to Health Professionals and all active Queenslanders”.

Contact Us

Sports House
150 Caxton Street
Milton QLD 4064

Phone: (07) 3367 2700
Fax: (07) 3367 2800

State Council

Julie Gilbert
Maria Constantinou
Steve Manning
Belinda Beck
Ian Gillam
Chris Ball