ACSEP One-Day Online Conference

Moving through COVID implications for sport and exercise medicine

Join us for a one-day online conference taking the theme, Moving through COVID implications for sport and exercise medicine.
2020 has been a unique year and ongoing challenges are ahead of us. This conference will see a diverse range of experts on subjects that touch all of us in sports; Managing teams in bubbles, Immunity updates for health and performance, Managing the COVID positive athlete and RTP, Preparing for international competition and the Olympics, Immunisations, Ethics of sport in times of pandemics, and much more. More conference and presenter information coming soon

When: Saturday 13 March
Time: 12.00pm–5.00pm AEDT
Where: Online

To register click here.


CPD Information

Eligible members will be able to apply to ACSEP for CPD points for this event. A total of 5 points may be accrued for this event. Please note RACGP accreditation does not apply to this One-Day Conference. 



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Speakers and Presentations


Being a good sport during a pandemic - The ethics of allocating finite resources when facing COVID-19

Prof Erwin Loh

Overview: The current global pandemic has raised many difficult ethical issues in health. This brief talk covers some of these concerns, including the role of elite sport in the midst of lockdown, the tension between public health and the economy, the power of social media and misinformation, and how vaccines are being distributed globally and locally.

Bio: Professor Erwin Loh is national Chief Medical Officer and Group General Manager Clinical Governance for St Vincent's Health Australia, the nation’s largest not-for-profit health and aged care provider, with 36 facilities. He has qualifications in medicine, law and management. He has worked as a full-time lawyer at Sparke Helmore, and is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia. He is Honorary Clinical Professor with the title of Professor at the Department of Medical Education, University of Melbourne, Adjunct Clinical Professor at Monash University, and is Honorary Professor at Macquarie University at the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research.


The Role of Healthcare in Olympic Preparation during a Pandemic

Dr David Hughes and Dr Bruce Hamilton

Dr David Hughes           Dr Bruce Hamilton

Overview: This collaborative talk will address the complex role that healthcare providers play in preparing for the 2021 Olympic Games. Considering  many of the technical and operational complexities, as well as the ethical conundrums facing sports medicine and sports organisations in 2021, the presentation will potentially pose as many questions, as present answers.

Bio: Dr David Hughes is a Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician with 25+ years experience working in high performance sport. He is currently Chief Medical Officer of the AIS and Medical Director for the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo 2020/2021. Experience includes Super Rugby, NRL and English Premier League football. He attended London 2012 with the Opals and Rio 2016 as Olympic Team Medical Director. He is a former President of the Australasian College of Sport & Exercise Physicians (ACSEP). Dr Hughes’ current work focus is on system-wide protocols to optimise athlete health & safety, and ethical/integrity challenges in high performance sport. 

Bio: Dr Bruce Hamilton has led the NZ Olympic Committee Medical service since 2014. Despite completing a Diploma in Tropic Medicine and Hygiene from the esteemed Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in 1998, the rapidly changing world of infectious disease has meant that this has been of remarkably little use as the NZ teams have battled Zika, Norovirus, Mumps and now the COVID-19 pandemic (whilst there has been little demand for his highly coveted expertise in shistosomiasis and Trypanosomiasis Gambiense). 


Mental Health and Detraining Concerns in U.S. Collegiate Athletes During COVID-19

Dr Rajat Jain

Overview: The objectives of this talk are to describe NCAA Division 1 Collegiate COVID-19 experience in relation to the psychological and detraining impact on the student-athletes, as they continue to deal with COVID-19 quarantines and prepare for competitive seasons.

Bio: Dr. Raj Jain has been a member of the Northwestern University Sports Medicine Department since 2014.  Northwestern University competes in Division I NCAA Athletics for all sports, as part of the Big Ten Conference. He is the primary team physician for the women’s soccer, women’s fencing, men’s and women’s tennis and softball teams, while also the co-physician for the Northwestern football team.

Dr. Jain graduated from The Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio with a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2002. He stayed at Ohio State and earned his medical degree from the College of Medicine and Public Health in 2006. He did a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at Case Western Reserve University Hospital and Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, OH. During his residency, he was named Resident of the Year in 2009. Dr. Jain moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for his sports medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, finishing in June 2011. Dr. Jain is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Sports Medicine.

Dr. Jain practiced pediatric sports medicine for three years and was the team physician for a local high school in Pittsburgh before moving to Northwestern. Dr. Jain resides in a Chicago suburb with his wife and 5 year old twins, all of whom are Australian citizens!


The role of vitamin D in sport and performance

Prof Pamela von Hurst

Overview: In this session we will examine the evidence for the relationship between nutrition and stress fractures, optimum levels of vitamin D for muscle strength and performance, and the role of vitamin D in reducing the risk of respiratory infections, including COVID 19. We will also look at optimum vitamin D status, how to achieve it, and who is at risk of deficiency.

Bio: Dr Pamela von Hurst PhD is the Professor of Human Nutrition at Massey University. She has an extensive track record in vitamin D research, and is Director of the Massey University Vitamin D Research Centre. She has a number of publications on nutrition for sport and performance, and has taught this topic for many years in the Massey BSc programme.

Dr von Hurst is currently president of the Nutrition Society of New Zealand, and the New Zealand representative on the International Union of Nutrition Sciences.

Changes to the World Anti-Doping Code  and Prohibited List–  a 2021 update

Dr Susan White

Overview: the WADA Prohibited List is updated annually on January 1st but the Code only changes every 6 years. The changes in 2021 are substantial and have implications for doctors managing elite athletes

Bio: Dr Susan White AM MBBS FACSEP
Chair, Australian Sports Drug Medical Advisory Committee
Member, WADA TUE Expert Group
Chief Medical Officer, Victorian Institute of Sport and Netball Australia