INtegrative approaches for Optimizing Recognition, Management and Education of concussion at the community sports level (INFORMED-1)
The AFL/Monash University seeking expressions of interest from Sports Physicians or Registrars to work as consultants and operate a telephone advice line for concussion management in community football.
The telephone advice line will provide support to game day personnel (Sports Trainers) following head injury and suspected concussion events sustained by players in the VAFA, and undertake some research consent & brief data collection.
Advice will be evidence based and in line with the AFL guidelines for Management of sport related concussion in Australian football. Training will be provided by AFL medical director/consultant and also the lead investigators in the study.
This represents an exciting opportunity to be involved in an AFL research study which is part of a larger MRFF funded research program incorporating telehealth, and rehabilitation for persisting symptoms, along with biomarker and imaging elements, aimed at optimising player care and recovery (Chief Investigator – Professor Biswadev Mitra – School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Monash University).
Hours of service will be from 0900 to 1800 on Saturdays for the duration of the VAFA season with two shifts proposed: 0900-13:30 and 13:30-1800 (commencing 15th of April to 24th of September, 2023).
Doctors can work from AFL house, or based at their home offices, as preferred. They will be expected to remain at the work location for the duration of the shift and be available throughout.
A 1800 phone number will be provided, and internet access is required, as the phone access is app-based.
Doctors are required to be AHPRA registered with current personal indemnity insurance and an ABN.
Please send expressions of interest to Dr Anik Shawdon ([email protected]) or contact on 0412 567871.