2019 Symposium – Sporting Lower Limb

Melbourne 23-24 March 2019

Sporting Lower Limb
Injury Management & High Performance




Learn from the world’s thought leaders in injury management and high performance in our latest symposium combining a series of lectures, hands-on workshops and case studies. Develop your own practice with the latest theory and research, as well as, practical skills in assessment and rehabilitation. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from the best.

To see a preliminary* timetable CLICK HERE
*this is just a preliminary timetable and is subject to change.

Suitable for students, recent graduates as well as the most experienced injury manager.


Saturday – $420
(Early Bird before 8 February 2019 – $370)

Saturday & Sunday – $820
(Super Early Bird – $650 before 31 December 2018, Early Bird before 8 February 2019 – $720)


Email courses@physiosports.com.au for a registration form or to find out more.

Dr Tim Gabbett

Sports Scientist & Coaching Consultant

Dr. Tim Gabbett has over 20 years experience working as an applied sport scientist with athletes and coaches from a wide range of sports.

He holds a PhD in Human Physiology and has completed a second PhD in Applied Sport Science, with special reference to physical demands, injury prevention, and skill acquisition.

Tim has worked with elite international athletes over several Olympic Games cycles and continues to work as a sport science consultant and advisor for several high performance teams around the world. Tim has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles and has presented at over 400 national and international conferences.

He is committed to providing ‘real world’ support for coaches and athletes. To contact Tim visit www.gabbettperformance.com

Adjunct Professor Craig Purdam

(DSc FACP) 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.

Mr Andrew Wallis

Sports & Manipulative Physiotherapist

Andrew Wallis is currently employed as the head physiotherapist at St. Kilda Football Club, a position he has held since 2007. Privately, he works at Lifecare Malvern Sports Medicine Centre and Melbourne Orthopaedic Group in association with several of Melbourne’s leading surgeons and sports physicians. He is also a clinical supervisor on the Master’s program at La Trobe University.

Over the last 20 years, Andrew has developed a special interest in hip and groin pathology having worked in both a clinical setting and within the elite sporting environment with Melbourne Victory, Adelaide Thunderbirds, SACA Redbacks, V8 Supercars, triathlon and athletics.

Andrew has developed an evidence based assessment and treatment model for pathology related to the hip and groin. He also enjoys treating problems related to lower limb biomechanics and muscular injury, in addition to knee, ankle and foot pathology.

His qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), Master of Physiotherapy (Sports & Manipulative) and an APA Sports & Manipulative Physiotherapist.

Mr Andrew Russell

Director of High Performance

Andrew Russell has recently been appointment the role of Director of High Performance at the Carlton Football Club.

Highly regarded as one of the elite operators within High Performance in the industry, Andrew has been involved in six AFL premierships, including four at the Hawthorn Football Club between 2008 - 2015.

Andrew has worked in the AFL system for more than 20 years, first with Essendon Football Club where he was part of the Bombers’ premiership in 2000. He then moved to Port Adelaide as Head Fitness Coach, where he was part of another premiership in 2004. From there, Andrew joined the Hawthorn Football Club as its Elite Performance Manager, where he has been instrumental in the contribution of winning a further four premierships.

Andrew studied a Graduate Diploma of Psychology at Flinders University, where he moved on to a Bachelor of Human Movement (Sports Science) at the University of Ballarat. In 2010 Andrew completed his Postgraduate Diploma of Management at Swinburne.

Mr Simon Kearney

Sports Science & Innovation Manager – St Kilda FC (AFL)

2012-Current: Sports Science and Innovation Manager – St Kilda FC (AFL)
2010-2012: Sports Science Manager – Melbourne Storm Rugby League (NRL)
2005-2010: Strength & Conditioning Manager – Tennis Australia
2006-2008: Physical Trainer to Alicia Molik (WTA)
2001-2005: Head of Strength & Conditioning – Melbourne Tigers Basketball Club (NBL)