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Dr David Hughes

Dr David Hughes
Position/Title
Chief Medical Officer
Academic Qualifications: B.Med.,
Diploma in Sports Medicine (London),
FACSP,
FFSEM (UK)
Duties/responsibilities:

Oversees the day-to-day functioning of the Department of Sports Medicine
Collaborating with national and international sporting organisations in the formulation of policies related to sports medicine, sports science and medical integrity
Medical Director, Australian Olympic Team for Rio 2016

Research interests:
The role of iron in high-performance exercise
Genetic predisposition of bone and tendon overload injuries

Dr Greg Lovell

Position/Title
Sports Physician
Academic Qualifications: Fellow of Australasian College of Sports Physicians
Fellow of Australian Sports Medicine Federation
Diploma of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine
MBBS (Adelaide University)
Duties/responsibilities:

Clinical management of athlete injuries
Research
Clinical teaching

Research interests:
Groin pain in athletes
Concussion
Bone and tendon injuries in athletes
Iron deficiency in athletes

Dr Stephan Praet

Position/Title
Sport and Exercise Physician
Academic Qualifications: MD - Medicine, Vrije University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
MSc - Human Movement Sciences, Vrije University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
PhD - Clinical Exercise Physiology, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Netherlands Institute for the Training of Specialist in Sports Medicine
Fellow of European Board of Sports Medicine
Fellow of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians
Duties/responsibilities:

Clinical management of athlete injuries and illnesses
Research
Clinical teaching

Research interests:
Overuse injuries, metabolic stress and nutrition
Imaging of musculoskeletal injuries
Cardiovascular response to exercise
Lower limb and foot biomechanics
Exercise and chronic disease

Dr Lisa Elkington

Position/Title
Sports Doctor
Academic Qualifications: Bachelor of Medicine, University of Newcastle
PhD Candidate, University of Canberra (Concussion)
Duties/responsibilities:

Clinical management of injuries and illnesses in athletes
Research

Research interests:
Concussion
Exercise immunology
Research ethics

Ruth Fazakerley

Position/Title
Registered Nurse
Duties/responsibilities:

Provide Nursing support to athletes visiting the Sports Medicine Clinic.
Manage the handling and storage of medicines provided by Sports Medicine.
Conduct immunisations for athlete travel.
Manage first aid supplies for athletes and teams.

Professional interests:

Wound management.
Athlete travel health.

 Research interests
Collaboration in Infection Control Quality Assurance in Clinical research

Rebecca Marshall

Position/Title
Coordinator
Duties/responsibilities:

Provide coordination and administration support to the Chief Medical Officer and staff within the Department of Sports Medicine
Manage day-to-day office operations of the Department


Nicole Vlahovich

Position/Title
Exercise and Genetics Research Manager
Academic Qualifications: PhD (University of Western Sydney)
BSc Biomedical Science (Honours) University of Western Sydney
Duties/responsibilities:

Management of the AIS arm of the Collaborative Research Network for Advancing Exercise and Sports Science: The genetics of exercise-induced injuries in tendon and bone

Research interests:

Genetics and injury
Muscle biology
Genetics and ethics


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