Senior Performance Physio


  • Sydney New South Wales Australia
  • Contract/Temp
Closing 14 Dec 2018
Applications 0


Key areas:

  • Lead the risk screening process of the AFL and work within the interdisciplinary team to manage and maximise player availability.
  • Within an interdisciplinary framework, provide expert physical therapy services in the planning, coordination and implementation of the rehabilitation management of injured players.
  • Lead and mentor a team of physiotherapists, sports trainers and external providers in the provision of a world-class injury management programme
  • Drive the clinical governance and audit strategy, ensuring all legal and service development obligations are met
  • Appraise, develop and capacity build junior colleagues at the AFL to ensure continued learning and progression in keeping with AFL values

The position responsibilities:

  • Leading the physiotherapy service at the AFL, responsible for the injury risk identification, risk management and active treatment including rehabilitation.
  • Effective and efficient caseload management
  • System and process quality assurance, enabling best practice and optimised decision making with respect to injury diagnosis, management and return to play.
  • Communicating within the APU and with the coaching group regarding player health status
  • Ensuring all clinical documentation is comprehensive and contemporaneous
  • Continual service appraisal and development
  • Provision of outstanding pitch-side medical services at all matches and training sessions
  • Modelling AFL standards regarding continual improvement, accountability and selfless actions
  • Liaising with internal and external service providers to ensure an optimised, efficient and effective medical programme is delivered to the players
  • Assist in the development and implementation of practices that promote an optimised, fair, consistent and safe working environment
  • Supervision of the clinical training of students as required
  • Active participation in the AFL’s personal and professional development programme
  • Coordinate weekly and end-of-season illness and injury reports as a means of communication and identification of areas in which the service can improve
  • Assist in the construction and delivery of programmes for players to complete when away from the AFL
  • Assist in the screening of new and potential players to the AFL to enable management and recruitment decisions to be made with the best available information

Qualifications and Registrations

  • Degree in physiotherapy
  • Postgraduate qualifications in physiotherapy or sports medicine equivalent
  • Current registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Evidence of a carefully curated CPD portfolio showcasing a range of different clinical skills

Experience and skills

  • 8+ years’ experience in elite field-based sports with strong understanding of the sport of Australian Rules Football
  • Strong manual therapist with demonstrated excellence in the provision of clinical and on-field diagnostics and rehabilitation
  • Elite decision maker and problem solver regarding player health on match day
  • Outstanding understanding of the principles of human performance and how sports medicine fits into this paradigm
  • Excellent research skills allowing best practice management to be continually assessed and implemented
  • Strong interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills
  • Ability to exude confidence and calmness in high pressure environments
  • Strong advocate for long-term player health and safety

Essential Requirements

Desirable Criteria

  • Current registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency


Employer and Other Details

The GIANTS are on an exciting journey both on and off the field. With teams in the AFL, the AFL Women’s League and Super Netball competitions, the GIANTS truly are a club like no other.  

On field, the AFL team is growing into one of the competition’s most exciting teams with a number of star players becoming household names across the country. The AFL Women’s team and GIANTS Netball are seeing the club connect with more people than ever before. 

Off field, the club’s exciting, innovative and fresh brand is growing as it engages with members, fans, the community and key stakeholders across Western Sydney, Canberra and nationally.

The GIANTS’ AFL and AFL Women’s teams are based at the club’s elite training and administration facility in Sydney Olympic Park, the WestConnex Centre, with GIANTS Netball based adjacent at Netball Central. 

At the heart of our brand, there’s a GIANT in all of us, is the belief that everyone is a GIANT and by living our values and commitments we will deliver on our purpose:

Our Purpose

To create a great club like no other that delivers the best family entertainment, wins premierships and enriches the lives of people in Western Sydney, Canberra and our broader communities.

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Jody Masina

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