• Location: Valentine Sports Park, 257 Meurants Lane, Glenwood, NSW 2768 


We are delighted to announce Professor Tim Meyer, Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (JSAMS) and Chair of both the German Football Association and UEFA’s medical committee, is headlining Sports Medicine Australia’s Football Medicine Forum.

The full-day program for the Sydney event, hosted by sports presenter and commentator, Stephanie Brantz, and supported by Football NSW and Football Australia, features presentations, practical demonstrations, panel discussions, and a Q&A. Joining Professor Meyer on the panel are Dr Kerry Peek, Dr Matt Whalan, Professor Ollie Jay, Andrew Ross, Stella Veith, Georgia Brown, Leah Blayney, Bronwyn Kiceec, and Dean Heffernan.

Professor Meyer and the panellists will share their expertise on injury prevention, heading and concussion, women in football, sudden cardiac events, and exercising in heat.

This event is open to the public, and is a must-attend for physios, doctors, sports trainers, coaches, and conditioning staff.

SMA is excited to host Professor Meyer before he joins the German national football team to attend the FIFA World Cup in Qatar this November.

Please visit the ‘Registration’ tab to view pricing. The detailed agenda/program is available via the ‘Program tab’.

0830 – 0900 Registration
0900 – 0930 Forum open Welcome and introduction MC – Stephanie Brantz, SMA
0930 – 0955 Keynote presentation Sudden cardiac events Professor Tim Meyer
0955 – 1015 Exercising in the heat Practical advice for training in hot weather Professor Ollie Jay
1015 – 1030 Q&A Audience discussion* Professor Tim Meyer and Professor Ollie Jay
1030 – 1100 Morning Tea
1100 – 1115 Injury prevention Why it pays to complete injury prevention programs Andrew Ross
1115 – 1130 Lessons from a high-level youth academy Stella Veith
1130 – 1200 Injury prevention – practical tips and tricks to getting it done Dr Matt Whalan
1200 – 1230 Heading in Football including the player’s voice Strategies for reducing heading burden Dr Kerry Peek and Dean Heffernan
1230 – 1300 Injury prevention panel Panel discussion* Professor Tim Meyer, Andrew Ross, Dr Matt Whalan, Stella Veith, Dr Kerry Peek, Dean Heffernan, and Bronwyn Kiceec
1300 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1430 Women in football Why women are not small men Georgia Brown
1430 – 1500 Coaching women and girls Leah Blayney
1500 – 1600 Working in elite sport Panel discussion* Professor Tim Meyer, Dr Matt Whalan, Leah Blayney, Dean Heffernan, Trevor Morgan (TBC)
1600 – 1700 Networking

*Panel discussions and Q&A to be facilitated by MC (plus questions from the audience)


Prof. Dr (med) Tim Meyer is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (JSAMS), JSAMS Plus and joint Editor-in-Chief with Prof Franco Impellizzeri (University of Technology, Sydney) of the Journal Science and Medicine in Football.

Prof Meyer started as a physician at the Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine (Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany) in 1996 and completed his PhD in 1997. In 2007 he became Chair of Sports Medicine at the University of Paderborn (Germany) and was appointed Chair of the Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine at Saarland University the following year. The Institute of Sports and Preventive Medicine hosts an international PhD program on ‘Science and Health in Football’ as well as an international master’s course in ‘High-Performance Sport’. Prof Meyer´s research focuses on the medical aspects of football, exercise physiology (particularly recovery), infections in athletes and training prescription. Prof Meyer has over 250 publications as lead or co-author in internationally referenced peer-reviewed journals related to research in elite and community sport.

Since 1999 Prof Meyer has worked as the team physician for the German Football (soccer) Association (DFB), commencing in 2001 as the German men’s national team ‘Die Mannschaft’ physician, including part of the national squad’s medical team for the Football World Cups in 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 as well as the European Championships in 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020 and the Confederations Cups in 2005 and 2017.

Prof Meyer is the current Chair of both the German Football Association as well as UEFA’s medical committee. Prof Meyer currently Chairs the ‘Task Force Sports Medicine/Special Match Operations’ which was responsible for enabling the re-start of the German Bundesliga following the COVID lockdown in 2020.

Kerry Peek, PhD, is a physiotherapist, strength and conditioning coach, behavioural scientist, and sports injury researcher with the University of Sydney.

Her research is focused on mitigating sports-related head and neck injuries with a particular interest towards heading in football. Kerry assisted in drafting UEFA’s Heading Guidelines, released in 2020. She is also an advisory member of UEFA’s Expert Group on Heading, the English Premier League’s Expert Group on Neck Strengthening as well as Football Australia’s Expert Group on Heading.

Kerry has received research funding from Sports Medicine Australia as well as a FIFA Research Scholarship to further explore this area of research. Kerry is currently working on a machine learning project to code match headers with medical researchers from FIFA.

Matt Whalan, PhD, is a physiotherapist, applied researcher and sport scientist from Wollongong, Australia. He is a principal partner at Figtree Physiotherapy and been working in private practice for 18 years.

Matt completed his PhD in injury prevention in football and has published numerous articles in the area of injury prevention, implementation science and risk reduction.

Matt has a role at Football Australia as the Player Availability & Perform+ Coordinator, in addition to working with the Australian national teams, including the Senior Men’s (Socceroos) and Olympic Team (Olyroos), as a team physiotherapist.

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.

Andrew Ross is an experienced physiotherapist and PhD candidate at The University of Sydney.

Andrew’s PhD is focussed on injury prevention particularly the epidemiology and burden of sub-elite football injuries in NSW using sports insurance data to describe the incidence as well as the direct and indirect cost of injury. Andrew has also explored the effect of the COVID-19 lockdown on injury rates. Andrew recently conducted a survey directed at a variety of stakeholders involved with football in NSW to analyse the awareness and usage of injury prevention programs to further inform strategies to improve the uptake of injury prevention initiatives across Australia. Andrew will present the results of his studies at the Football Medicine Forum in Sydney.

Dean Heffernan is a former professional football player and Socceroo. As a left back, Dean scored his first international goal for Australia against Kuwait in November 2009. His senior playing career has spanned over 20 years with appearances for Western Sydney Wanderers, Central Coast Mariners, Melbourne Heart, Perth Glory, Huddersfield Town and a season-long loan to the German Bundesliga club Nurnberg. With the Central Coast Mariners, he scored 8 goals in 24 games (while playing left back)  and was subsequently named in Four Four Two’s A-League dream team and the PFA’s team of the year.

Dean coached the Western Sydney Wanderers women’s team from 2019-2021. He is also co-founder of Heading Pro, a football designed specifically for heading education.

Stella Veith is a physiotherapist from Germany. She trained in The Netherlands before coming to Australia and starting work in private practice and football. After 4 years at Sydney FC, she is now looking after a Women’s League One club based in the Illawarra. She has also been working with the Junior Matilda’s, the U17s National Team, for the past 3 years. Stella is a PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong, looking into injury patterns and injury reduction in adolescent footballers and some of her research has informed the content of Football Australia’s Perform+.

Georgia Brown is the Sport Scientist for the Under 20s Women’s National Football Team (Young Matildas) and a PhD candidate at the University of Technology Sydney. Georgia obtained her Exercise and Sport Science degree from the University of Sydney in 2014, where she was awarded a University Medal. She then completed her Honours at the University of Technology Sydney where she studied the sleep, well-being and physical activity levels of elite youth football players, and was awarded First Class Honours. During this time she also experienced sport science work with Sydney FC’s male youth academy, and the NSWIS swim team in internship roles.

Working in a male-dominated industry with male-dominated research Georgia felt a strong desire to work with, and develop research on, female athletes. Georgia commenced working with the Australian Women’s National Football Teams in 2021 at the same time as commencing her PhD at the University of Technology Sydney. Her research is focussed on “Fatigue, load and recovery and the impact of the menstrual cycle in football players”. She is passionate about developing research that will contribute to educating female athletes and coaches, to better support and empower them.

Registration is essential. Places are limited.

  • SMA Members: $140  
  • SMA Student Members: $120
  • Non-Members: $190
  • FNSW Coaches: $140