• Location: Zoom Webinar

Sport participation in extreme heat conditions can result in significant health risks and potentially life threatening heat illness’, making it extremely important participants have an accurate understanding of the contributing factors (nature of the sporting activity, environmental conditions and individual human factors) to ensure safe sport participation for all.

Join us on Wednesday September 8 where we will be joined by this expert panel of speakers Professor Ollie Jay and Dr Paul Bloomfield where they will take a deep dive into the Extreme Heat Policy which was released earlier this year and it is operationalised in practice.

This informal online event will outline SMA’s new heat policy and discuss how the heat policy has been used in elite sport including the NRL. Practical elements of the policy will be presented as well as the differences/similarities between the NRL elite policy and the SMA community policy.  After our speakers present there will be an interactive Q&A and discussion where the audience can raise their questions with the speakers.


Professor Ollie Jay is a thermoregulatory physiologist and Professor of Heat & Health at the University of Sydney. He is Director of the Thermal Ergonomics Laboratory research team, Lead Researcher of the Charles Perkins Centre Research Node on Climate Adaptation & Health, and Director of the new Sydney Heat & Health Research Centre. He is visiting fellow at Loughborough University (UK), and an advisor to several national and international organisations on extreme heat health policies.

Ollie has led several large-scale projects that have directly influenced international public health heatwave policies in the United States (CDC), Europe (WHO) and Australia. He has also led extreme heat policy development for Sports Medicine Australia, the National Rugby League/2017

Rugby League World Cup, Tennis Australia (Australian Open), and Cricket Australia. His research program was featured in a 2020 Special Issue of Science (Cooling in a Warming World) highlighting its lead global contribution to protecting society’s most vulnerable to the heat.

To date, Ollie has a career total of >160 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as JAMA, Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, Lancet Planetary Health, Nature Communications, Journal of Physiology (London), Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, and Journal of Applied Physiology. He has received funding as CIA from organisations such as the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Wellcome Trust (UK), the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, and Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia. One of his on-going NHMRC projects seeks to develop an evidence-based extreme heat policy for child and youth sport in Australia.

Ollie is Deputy Editor for Sport Science in Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, and also an Editorial Board member for Journal of Applied Physiology, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (MSSE), Temperature, and Energy & Buildings. In 2017, he was the recipient of a 2-year University of Sydney Research Accelerator (SOAR) Fellowship, and the Vice-Chancellor’s Award For Excellence: Outstanding Research and Teaching.

Dr Paul Bloomfield is a Specialist Sport and Exercise Physician who has been involved with many elite and professional sports including football (Soccer), volleyball, triathlon, mountain biking, skateboarding, rugby union and rugby league. He was the chief club medical officer (Club Doctor) for the NRL Manly Sea Eagles from 2000 to 2012 and was the Sports Physician consultant and co-Club Doctor for the NRL St George Illawarra Dragons for the 2013 season. He was also involved with the St George Dragons from 1994 to 1998 as the junior representative’s team doctor and assisted with the 1st grade team at that time.

Dr Bloomfield has also had recent extensive involvement with medical policy development to improve player welfare and safety in rugby league over the last 6 years (2015 to April 2021) in his role as the NRL Chief Medical Officer. During that time he was also the RLWC2017 (Rugby League World Cup 2017) chief medical officer. Under his guidance, the NRL introduced a new Elite heat policy with the assistance of Prof Ollie Jay. This policy, which is similar to the new SMA policy, was used successfully during the RLWC2017 during the months of October to December for matches played across Australia (including Cairns and Townsville), New Zealand and PNG. The NRL heat policy has continued to be used for the elite NRL competition, both in matches and for training; and it has also been modified for the NRLW (Women’s) elite competition.

  • Free for SMA Members
  • Non-Member – $25