• Location: QUT - Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI), Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, QLD 4059

It’s our pleasure to announce our 2019 Queensland State Symposium will be focused entirely on paediatric athletes.

Orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Ivan Astori will lead the symposium with a presentation on paediatric knee injuries sustained in sport. This presentation will be focused on the increasing incidence and severity of these injuries, as well as prevention of these injuries and how treatment differs from the adult population.

This event will focus on two categories – injury and illness, and training loads. Some of the topics that will be covered include:

  • Trauma
  • Asthma
  • Concussion
  • Eating disorders
  • Bone health
  • Exercise guidelines and burnout
  • ACL prehab

Earlybird registrations are available until the 18th of February. Register now


8:30am – 9:00amRegistration and Networking
9:00am – 9:15amWelcome and IntroductionQLD State Council Chair – Steve Manning
Illness and Acute Injury
9:15am – 10:00amKeynote: Paediatric Knee Sports InjuriesDr Ivan Astori
10:00am – 10:30amThe Asthmatic Child in Sport, Exercise and PlayDr Ian Gillam
10:30am – 11:00amMorning Tea and Networking
11:00am – 11:30pmConcussion in the Young AthleteDr Loretta O’Sullivan
11:30am – 12:00pmPANEL DISCUSSION: Risk in Society and Childhood Sports ParticipationDr Ivan Astori, Benita Willis, Dr Ian Gillam, Dr Belinda Beck, Dr Loretta O’Sullivan and Margot Manning. Panel moderator: Steve Manning
12:00pm – 12:45pmLunch and Networking
Training Load – Overuse Injury
12:45pm – 1:15pmRelative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S): Tracking Adolescent Athletes and Timely InterventionAlice Disher
1:15pm – 1.45pmBone Health in the Junior AthleteDr Belinda Beck
1:45pm – 2.15pmReview of Evidence for Exercise Guidelines and Burnout in Junior SportSteve Manning
2:15pm – 2:45pmAfternoon Tea and NetworkingBenita Willis
2:45pm – 3:15pmGuiding Promising Juniors into Elite Athletes
3:15pm – 3:45pmHead Academy Coach and Player from  the Gold Coast SunsDr Chris Vertullo
3:45pm – 4:45pmPANEL DISCUSSION: Training Load for Children?Dr Belinda Beck, Steve Manning, Benita Willis, Dr Chris Vertullo, Alice Disher, Dr Ian Gillam and Andrew Raines
4:45pm – 5:00pmClosing



Dr Astori graduated from The University of Queensland medical school in 1994 and completed his orthopaedic fellowship training in 2003. While working at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Dr Astori developed a particular interest in limb deformity and lengthening surgery using external fixation and hip reconstruction for conditions such as Perthes’ disease, developmental dysplasia of the hip and slipped upper femoral epiphysis.

His other special interests include all aspects of paediatric orthopaedics, adult hip and knee surgery including joint preservation, replacement surgery and sports injuries.

Dr Astori has been an orthopaedic surgeon since 2004 with appointments at Mater Private Hospitals South Brisbane and Redlands and at the Queensland Childrens Hospital. He also provides outreach services in Cairns.

Ian is an accredited exercise physiologist (AEP), a Level 2 sports scientist (ASpS2) and a Clinical and Sports Nutritionist at Noosa Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy.  Ian has worked for over 20 years in large multidisciplinary medical and health clinics in Melbourne and he has a special interest in managing individuals with chronic metabolic and cardiorespiratory conditions.   He completed some of postgraduate research in exercise-induced asthma in the Department of Thoracic Medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital and has published and presented his research internationally.  With a family history of asthma he has an on-going interest in the practical management of asthmatics in exercise and sport.

He was recently the sports nutritionist and sports science consultant to the Drapac Professional Cycling team, the Scotch College Rowing, the AFL Melbourne Demons Football Club an has been the sports science and nutritionist for the current world champion Scotch College schoolboy rowing eight for the past 12 years.  Ian has special interest in assisting with management of individuals with overtraining, chronic fatigue, and related health problems.

He is Fellow of Sports Medicine Australia (FSMA) and Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSAF) and is currently a member of State Council (QLD) for Sports Medicine Australia.

Dr Loretta O’Sullivan-Pippia is a specialists sports physiotherapist, with a sub specialty in adolescents in sport. She completed her clinical doctorate focusing on sports injuries in adolescents. She owns Twelve9teen Sports Physiotherapy for Adolescents within Our Family Health Care at Clayfield. Dr Loretta works with many schools providing on-field and medical room physiotherapy across a variety sports, but mostly rugby union. She also works with Downy Park Netball. She was instrument in setting up concussion procedures for St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace and Padua College in response to the each consensus statement on sports concussion and the IRB/ARU concussion guidelines as these were updated.

Benita started off playing hockey at a national level between 1995 and 1996. After moving to the AIS in Canberra in 1997, Benita took up an athletics scholarship whilst also studying a Human Movement/ Education at the University of Canberra. Benita made her first Australian senior team in 2000, for the Sydney Olympics. She then went on to represent Australia another 25 times at the World Championship level including 4 Olympics (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
She won 4 medals at a World Championship level including a gold medal at the World Cross Country Championships in Belgium, 2004 and a bronze medal at the World Half Marathon Championship in Portugal, 2003. Benita has also won numerous road races including the Great North Run (half marathon), Berlin Half Marathon and Rock n Roll Vegas Half marathon. In 2012, Benita placed 2nd in the Houston marathon. Benita was also Australian Athletics’ Athlete of the Year in 2004.
Since retiring from competition after the London Olympics, Benita started a business in Boulder, Colorado called ‘Working Class Athletics’ and then became director of the running program at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine. She moved back to Australia in 2014 where she took on the role of ‘Recreational Running Manager’ at Queensland Athletics (QA). She is also cross country and athletics head coach at Brisbane Girls Grammar school, fitness director of umpires at AFL Queensland. Benita is currently studying a post graduate degree in Psychology. Benita is an ambassador for the Gold Coast Airport Marathon and Mackay Marina Run.
Benita has also worked with the St Kilda FC at their high-altitude training camp in Boulder in 2012 and 2013 as well as specialist off season fitness coaching with Brisbane Lions players Daniel Rich and Jack Redden.

Former AFL player Andrew Raines should not only be respected for his long AFL career where he is one of few players to be awarded ‘Most Professional Player’ at more than one AFL club, but also, for having the foresight to prepare for life after football and complete a business degree while playing. Since retiring Andrew has also picked up his level 3 AFL coach certification and was quickly picked up to lead the Suns Academy squad. Andrew continues to share his football expertise with the young players but also motivates and inspires many life lessons for beyond the oval.

Alice is an Advanced Sports Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist, who is currently undertaking postgraduate research investigating the effects of hydration on performance. She works with Compeat Nutrition, and consults with the Queensland Academy of Sport, Queensland Rugby League and Swimming Australia, as well as having previously worked at the Australian Institute of Sport.

Alice is on the Board of Sports Dietitians Australia, and also lectures and supervises practicum placements for QUT’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. Ali has a keen interest in endurance and combat sports.

Belinda Beck is a Professor in the Griffith University School of Allied Health Sciences (Gold Coast, QLD) and the Menzies Health Institute Queensland. She heads the Griffith University Bone Densitometry Research Laboratory and co-founded The Bone Clinic, an innovative translational research facility and clinical practice providing evidence-based exercise for patients at risk of osteoporotic fracture.

She graduated from The University of Queensland (BHMS[Ed]) and the University of Oregon (MSc and PhD) and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Stanford University School of Medicine (CA, USA). Her work, primarily related to the effects of mechanical loading on bone, has involved both animal and human models, from basic to clinical research. Her particular focuses have been exercise interventions across the lifespan for the prevention of osteoporotic fracture, and the management of bone stress injuries in athletes and military recruits.

Steve Manning is a full time Associate lecturer in Clinical Science (Podiatry) at QUT.  He is unit coordinator of the Sports Medicine unit and has begun research in his special area of interest of footwear biomechanics.  Steve has previously been President of SMA QLD and is the current chair of the QLD State Council of SMA.  He is the founder of the intraining Running Centre, the intraining Running Injury Clinic and the intraining Running and Triathlon Club which has over 1000 members.  He has been an elite runner and  has coached thousands of athletes of all levels of ability including five national junior champions.  He has been the race director of many of Brisbane’s largest running events including the Brisbane Marathon, the Twilight Run Series and the Brisbane Sport-Aid Race.  Steve’s mission is to share the joy of running with the community in every way possible.

Register now to save $20 off your registration with our early bird rate (available until 18th February)

  • SMA Member – $55
  • Non-Members – $70
  • SMA Student Member – $45
  • Non-Member Student – $60