The Australian Cycling Team is seeking a part-time (0.4 - 0.6 Full Time Equivalent) Sport and Exercise Physician (FACSEP), or SEM Registrar, to fulfill the role of Chief Medical Officer (CMO).
Working as part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team, the CMO will provide leadership and strategic direction in the provision of high-quality interdisciplinary sports medicine support at an individual and team level to Australian Cycling Team members across the disciplines of Olympic and Paralympic Track, Road, BMX and Mountain bike. It is the CMO’s responsibility to oversee the application of best practice, contemporary and evidence-based sports medicine, with the ultimate aim of maximising athlete availability to train, race and perform to their best. Keeping abreast of anti-doping and health regulations and contribute to research and best practice guidelines, aligned with Australian Cycling Team strategic objectives will be fundamental to the successful delivery of this role.
A competitive remuneration commensurate with experience, circa $220,000 - $250,000 p.a. Full Time Equivalent, pro-rata, and relocation assistance if required, will be offered.
The CMO will have the primary responsibility to lead medical strategy and delivery for the Australian Cycling Team. Providing strategic input and direction into the execution of an evidence-based athlete health and availability program across Olympic and Paralympic cycling disciplines, the CMO will provide physical and mental health referral support and delivery to athletes and staff based from the Australian Cycling Team HQ at the Adelaide Super-drome.
Attendance and provision of medical support at key domestic and international cycling camp and competition major events will also be required, and includes, but is not limited to, UCI World Cup and World Championships, Commonwealth, Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The CMO will initiate and maintain key relationships within Adelaide, South Australia, National and International medical specialists and research networks, Australian Sports Institutes network (High Performance Network – HPN) and other relevant institutions. They will be a key member of the Cycling Australia (CA) Supplements Standards and Policy Committee, which oversees the CA HPN Supplement Program and the delivery of the CA HPN Supplement Provision Protocol, and be responsible for monitoring of Anti-doping and health regulations to ensure athletes and staff are aware of changes, and facilitate education as required, not limited to annual athlete orientation.
The CMO will require an excellent understanding of the standards and demands placed on athletes and coaches within high performance sport in both a domestic and international context. Excellent communication skills and a track record of being an effective, collaborative team member, delivering outstanding academic and applied practice of performance medicine support and training and experience of General Practice, will be viewed highly.
The ability to embrace a mixture of musculoskeletal and general medicine exposure in a high-performance sport environment, with an appreciation for strength and power athletes, will be critical. Supported by an advanced competency in clinical examination, functional assessment and medical management of sport illness and injury, the CMO will have the skill to effectively and appropriately modifying training in consultation with coaches and athletes. This includes appropriately contributing to or leading rehabilitation programs according to clinical need and in collaboration with coaches and athletes, and being available for out of hours consultation, and for extended travel to competitions and or training camps. An interest in cycling and experience with strength and power sports will also be highly valued.
Degree and Education Requirements:
With a minimum of 3 – 5 years’ experience in sports medicine and general practice, along with demonstrable sound theoretical and practical knowledge of sports medicine in the field, the CMO will hold Postgraduate Sport Medicine qualifications, with a minimum third ACSEP or SEM Registrar.
The CMO position is based in Adelaide, South Australia, for a fixed term 4-year position from 2021 to 2024 (with scope to extend), culminating in team delivery at the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. With opportunities to facilitate links with leading Adelaide local sports medicine clinics to supplement Australian Cycling Team role, and encouragement to join the Australian High Performance Sport CMO’s group, including attendance at an annual meeting, and peer Sport and educational cross pollination between sports, the CMO will play a key role in Australia’s high performance sport system.
The CMO can expect to travel an average of 4 to 10 weeks per year. A range of professional development opportunities will be provided, along with access to online journal retrieval system via Sport Australia Clearinghouse for Sport https://www.clearinghouseforsport.gov.au/about. The CMO position has become available due to retirement of a long-standing incumbent.