Fully qualified medical practitioners can take a four-year training course to become a specialist sports physician.
The advanced training program in Sport and Exercise Medicine SEM) is conducted by the Australasian College of Sports Physicians (ACSP). ACSP conducts the only specialist level clinical training program in Sport and Exercise Medicine in Australasia.
The training program culminates in the award of a Fellowship of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians (FACSP). A doctor awarded the FACSP is recognised by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) as a specialist Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician.
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Department of Sports Medicine is an accredited training post for the ACSP advanced training program. ACSP Registrars can train for one or two years in this post. The post is co-funded by the AIS and the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) with a particular focus on Paralympic Medicine
This position provides Registrars an opportunity to work with some of Australia's leading sport physicians in a supported and learning-oriented environment. Registrars are also able to broaden their knowledge through collaboration with highly skilled practitioners in the fields of physiotherapy, nutrition, physiology, sports psychology, recovery, biomechanics and strength and conditioning.
Apart from clinical interaction with high performance athletes, Registrars have the opportunity to experience team travel, working closely with eminent coaches and team personnel.
The Department of Sports Medicine has a strong culture of teaching with weekly tutorials, supportive supervision and regular educational sessions with local medical imaging groups. Registrars have access to a vast array of online educational resources.
The Department of Sports Medicine provides regular clinical placements for doctors and medical students. Unfortunately, due to the popularity of such placements, not all requests for clinical placements can be accommodated.