Professor Gregory Kolt – Dean of Health Sciences, Western Sydney University (NSW)

Professor Gregory Kolt is the Dean of Health Sciences, Professor of Health Science, and Lead Dean (Workforce Development) at Western Sydney University. He has an academic background that spans several disciplines including psychology, physiotherapy, sport and exercise science, and education. He holds a PhD in Psychology, is a Registered Psychologist, and has worked extensively in academic, research, and practice settings in Australia and New Zealand. Professor Kolt has been awarded Fellowships of the Royal Society of New South Wales, the American College of Sports Medicine, the Australian Sports Medicine Federation, and the Asian-South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology. He is Chair of the Board of Directors for Sports Medicine Australia, Chair of the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia, and an Executive Member of the Australian Council of Deans of Health Sciences. Professor Kolt is an internationally recognised researcher, and has been the editor of a number of academic publications, including SMA’s own Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.

Deputy Chair

Kay Copeland – Specialist Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist (VIC)

Kay Copeland is a Specialist Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapy in 2018) who has worked in elite sport for over 30 years in water polo, tennis and basketball and practices at Alphington Sports Medicine Centre. Kay has been involved in SMA since 1985 when she joined the SMA-Victorian State Council Sports Trainers Committee. Kay has held many roles within SMA her most recent being 7 years as Chair of the SMA Conference. Kay has a strong background in business and governance and has served on the Board of national sporting organisation.


Professor Garry Allison – Sports Physiotherapist, Researcher, Academic, Curtin University (WA)

Garry Allison is Professor of Neurosciences and Trauma Physiotherapy, a Titled APA Sports Physiotherapist, a former AIS Research fellow and a ASMF Fellow. He has human movement qualifications and is currently Associate DVC-Research Excellence at Curtin University. In recent years he has been on various boards and executive committees including living with Autism CRC, Childrens’ Research Strategic Council, National Drug Research Institute and the SMA Conference Committee / Chief judge. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and brings business skills sets including risk, management and strategy.

Michelle Bergeron –  Physiotherapist (VIC)

Michelle Bergeron is a Physiotherapist with over 14 years experience and a specific interest in foot and ankle injuries, exercise, and sports injuries, with a clinical background in elite sport and performing arts. Michelle has worked with athletes and performers from the The Australian Ballet, Melbourne Football Club, Ultimate (Frisbee) Australia, Cirque du Soleil, Volleyball WA and Professional Golfers Association (PGA). Michelle served as the Chair of the SMA Victorian Sate Council (2018) and played a pivotal role in developing strong professional networks throughout her time as Chair.



Dr Anita Green – Sports Doctor and General Practitioner (QLD)

Dr Anita Green is a Sports Doctor and General Practitioner with over 25 years’ experience organising and providing sports medicine coverage. Anita was the Chief Medical Officer at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and has volunteered at the Sydney Olympic Games, Melbourne Commonwealth Games, and Sydney Invictus Games as well as 15 years’ experience as a senior lecturer in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences at the University of Queensland. Anita has been an SMA member for 25 years as well as serving on both the National SMA board and Queensland Sate board.

Gary Nicholls – Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist (VIC)

Gary Nicholls is a Sport and Exercise Physiotherapist with 30 years’ experience in sports medicine, ranging from running his own sports medicine clinic to working with professional high performance teams, state and national representative sides and community sport. Gary is the Chair of the AFL Physiotherapist Association and a member of the Advisory Committee for Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) National Conferences.


Associate Professor Julie Cooke – Discipline Lead Sports and Exercise, University of Canberra (ACT)

Associate Professor Julie Cooke is an Associate Professor of Anatomy & Physiology at the University of Canberra.  A/Prof Cooke has held a number of academic positions lecturing Anatomy & Physiology and has 15 years teaching experience at all levels in the tertiary education system and is also experienced in teaching the International Baccalaureate (Biology).  She is a member of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ), Australian & New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science (ANZSRS), Australian Lung Foundation and a Director on the Sports Medicine Australia National Board.



Tim Pain – Podiatrist (TAS)

Tim has over 25 years’ experience as a podiatrist and has over 20 years experience running a private practice. Along with being a member of the Sports Medicine Australia Board, Tim has also been the State President of the Australian Podiatry Association of (Tas).