Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) is a peak national multi-disciplinary member organisation that provides leadership in the areas of sports exercise and medicine, sports injury, physical activity, sports exercise and science, and the healthy performance and participation of Australians in physical activity and sport. SMA is widely acknowledged internationally as a leading multi-disciplinary sports medicine body.
SMA draws together all sports medicine, sports science and healthcare professionals including orthopaedic surgeons, physicians, doctors, physiotherapists, public health specialists, accredited exercise physiologists, dietitians, academics, sports scientists, exercise scientists, optometrists, dentists, podiatrists, psychologists, nurses, teachers and chiropractors.
SMA provides expert information, advice and commentary on a diverse range of issues. These range from government policy and funding for sports medicine and community programs to prevent chronic diseases, through to specific projects focusing on sports health, health promotion, gender equity, older people in sport, safe sport for children, and drugs in sport.
SMA plays an active role in educating professionals and community members about safe participation in sport, recreation and physical activity. At a community level this is achieved through the delivery of the Safer Sport Program which provides parents, officials, coaches, trainers, teachers and participants with essential training and educational resources.
SMA 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.
“Healthy participation and performance in sport and physical activity for all.”
SMA 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
“Provide leading information and expertise on sports medicine, exercise science, sports injury and physical activity.”
Our Organisational Culture and Values
SMA values all of its members and recognises the contribution each member makes to its continued success. SMA will seek to build relationships that are respectful and value the contribution made by its members, employees and volunteers. SMA will strive to be an open, accountable and approachable organisation, encouraging the sharing of information and knowledge. SMA believes in the application of science and research to underpin and steer best practice in sports medicine and physical activity. As a not-for-profit organisation, ongoing financial sustainability must be ensured. SMA will work to build strong and valuable, long-term relationships with stakeholders, while delivering on its vision and mission.
The key values that define our culture and are drivers for our behaviour are:
SMA’s constitution, known as the Memorandum of Association of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation Limited, can be downloaded from the following link – SMA Constitution (.pdf)
Our Strategic Objectives
In accordance with our strategic business plan, SMA’s key strategic priorities for 2015-2018 are:
- Recognition as a thought leader in sports medicine, safety and injury prevention in sport and physical activity
- Provide the highest quality relevant professional development, education and training possible.
- Retain and grow our membership across all categories.
- Improve our product and service delivery by embracing innovation and maximising our use of online and mobile technology.