Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) has received five (5) nominations for three (3) vacant elected Board positions for the Board of Directors Election to be held online during the week prior to the 2020 SMA Annual General Meeting. The SMA Annual General Meeting will be held online at 7.30pm AEST on Thursday November 19th 2020.

Click here to see the 2020 SMA Board Election Candidates.


Prof. Gregory Kolt – Dean of Science and Health, Western Sydney University (NSW)

Professor Gregory Kolt is the Dean of Science and Health and Professor of Health Science and Lead Dean at Western Sydney University. Prior to his current positions, Professor Kolt was Associate Dean (Research), Professor of Health Science, and Founder and Co-Director of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at Auckland University of Technology (NZ). Professor Kolt has been the editor of a number of academic publications, including SMA’s own Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.



Elected Board Members

Dr Julie Cooke – Head of Discipline, Sport and Exercise Science, University of Canberra (ACT)

Julie Cooke

Dr Julie Cooke is Head of Discipline, Sport and Exercise Science, and Senior Lecturer in Anatomy & Physiology at the University of Canberra.  Julie has served as the Chair of the ACT Sate Council, as a member of the ACT SMA Sate board, in addition to holding the Program Director role for the Australian Biology Olympiad program.  Julie has 20 years’ experience in academia and is a current SMA Lecturer and active Sports Trainer.


Dr Deirdre McGhee – Sports Physiotherapist, Educator, Researcher, University of Wollongong (NSW)

Deidre McGhee

Deirdre is a researcher and academic at the University of Wollongong, with a background in sports physiotherapy. Her teaching is based on musculoskeletal anatomy, pathology and treatment to the Graduate School of Medicine and undergraduate health science courses. Her research focus is breast health biomechanics in relation to breast support during exercise to promote physical activity, breast-related musculoskeletal issues and breast injuries in contact sports. Deirdre has broad experience across many levels of SMA over the past 20 years, including Governance at a state level, education of Sports Trainer and Sports First Aid courses, conference presentations and publications and sports coverage.

Tim Pain – Podiatrist (TAS)

Tim Pain has previously served as president of both the National SMA board and the Tasmanian SMA State board, in addition to holding board positions at both levels from 1997 – 2017. He has 23 years’ experience as a podiatrist and business owner of his Hobart-based practice. Tim has volunteered his expertise at various events including at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Polyclinic.



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 Branch 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.


Belinda Hudson – Accountant (VIC)

Belinda Hudson is the Director of Business Advisory and Health Services at William Buck Accountants Victoria. An experienced accountant, Belinda has used her role at William Buck to work closely with the Australian Medical Association (AMA) in Victoria. Belinda is the preferred taxation provider for the AMA and the General Practitioner (GP) Foundation. She has combined a career in finance and accounting with a passion for sports medicine utilising her position at William Buck to help promote good health.


Gary 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.