Adjunct Professor Craig Purdam
University of Canberra, La Trobe University
Craig Purdam has recently retired after 35 years as the Deputy Director of Athlete Services and the Head of Physical Therapies at the Australian Institute of Sport.
Craig has worked as a clinician in elite sport for nearly 40 years and has been a physiotherapist to five Olympic Games (1984-2000) and physiotherapist to the Australian National Men’s Basketball team over that period. He has also had other associations with the Australian Athletics, Swimming and Rowing teams.
He was awarded the Australian Sports medal in 2000. In 2009 he was appointed an adjunct Professor to the University of Canberra. In 2018 Craig was also appointed to an adjunct Professor position at La Trobe University.
His undergraduate qualification was gained in 1975, a postgraduate diploma in Sports in 1992, a Master’s in Sports in 2000. He was awarded specialist status in Sports Physiotherapy through Fellowship of the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2009. In 2018 Craig was awarded an honorary DSc at LaTrobe University.
Craig Purdam’s major clinical and research interests are in the fields of tendinopathy, chronic hamstring injury and tissue loading, adaptation and healing mechanisms. He has co-authored over forty papers across these areas during the period of 1982-2018 and consults regularly to many professional and Olympic sports.
Dr Ebonie Rio
La Trobe Sport & Exercise Medicine Research Centre
Ebonie is a post doc researcher at La Trobe University and has completed her PhD in tendon pain, Masters Sports Phys, B. Phys (Hons) and B. App Sci. Her clinical career has included Australian Institute of Sport, Australian Ballet Company, Australian Ballet School, Melbourne Heart Football Club, Alphington Sports Medicine Centre, Victorian Institute of Sport, 2006 Commonwealth Games, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics, 2012 London Paralympics, 18 months travelling with Disney's The Lion King stage show (Melbourne and Shanghai tour).
Dr Andrew Rotstein
Victoria House Medical Imaging
Dr Andrew Rotstein is the clinical director of MRI, CT and Nuclear medicine at Victoria House Medical Imaging. Andrew has a keen interest in musculoskeletal radiology and is a local expert in Radiology guided musculoskeletal and spinal injections.
Andrew is a Monash University graduate and a former Melbourne University anatomy tutor. Andrew trained as a Radiologist at Royal Melbourne Hospital and subsequently completed fellowships in Neuroradiology, Breast imaging and Musculoskeletal imaging.
Andrew has given numerous radiology presentations at national conferences and is actively involved in 3T MRI and ultrasound research. Andrew is a Radiology specialist for athletes of AFL teams, Cricket Australia, Australian Open tennis, VIS, Rugby and A-league soccer teams.
He was an official Radiologist for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and has an ongoing involvement in trainee education at Victoria House Medical Imaging and Melbourne University.
Podiatrist - Hawthorn Football Club
Nicki has been working as a Podiatrist since 2001, and specialises in the assessment, diagnosis and management of sporting injuries of the lower limb and foot.
She has been the Podiatrist for the Hawthorn Football Club for 15 years and consults in private practice in Sandringham.
She has a diverse knowledge of all sports, and has treated Olympic track and field Athletes, international soccer players, AFL footballers from numerous clubs, national tennis players, national netballers, Victorian cricket players and NRL players.
Paula Baird-Colt graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and began her professional dance career with the West Australian Ballet before joining The Australian Ballet.
After 17 years as a professional dancer, Paula retrained in the Pilates Method and commenced teaching at the Australian Ballet School a dance specific conditioning program (2001 – 2007). A member of The Australian Ballet’s multidisciplinary medical team (2006 – 2019) as body conditioning specialist, Paula innovated and delivered injury prevention, rehabilitation and repertoire specific conditioning programs. Paula extended her role at The Australian Ballet to work in the Education Unit (2008 – 2015) under Education Consultant Helen Cameron on the company’s education partnerships and outreach program ‘Out There, The Australian Ballet in schools’.
Paula’s special interest areas are hips, lower legs, pointe work, dance footwear and the use of real time ultra sound as a biofeedback movement education tool.
Her teaching practice combines visual, auditory, and tactile cues naturally and a capacity to individualise a range of exercises from various movement methods.
In addition to her work with professional dancers Paula’s expertise is sought by elite athletes. A member of the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science she has presented internationally and here in Australia.
Head of Strength and Conditioning, Australian Institute of Sport
Ross has been a member of the AIS S&C team since 2004, previously working at NSWIS and in professional sports and as an athletics coach. Ross has over 20 years’ experience in coaching working across a broad cross section of sports both team and individual. Professional interests focus on speed and power development, movement pattern development and athlete rehabilitation. Ross is on the executive panel of the AIS Intensive Rehabilitation Centre working in collaboration with all AIS service disciplines on multiple complex rehabilitation cases overseeing the S&C component from injury to return to competition.