The ACSEP is the pre-eminent professional body representing Sport and Exercise Physicians and Sport and Exercise Medicine in Australasia. Sport and Exercise Physicians are committed to excellence in the practice of medicine as it applies to all aspects of physical activity. Safe and effective sporting performance at all levels is a major focus. Alongside this is the increasing recognition of the importance of exercise in the prevention and treatment of common and often serious medical conditions, such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and many cancers.
Exercise does not replace traditional measures such as surgery, medication and rest in many of these conditions, but it can improve recovery and greatly improve long term outcomes.
Since its humble beginnings in 1985, from a small group of 19 passionate like minded individuals, as the Australian College of Sports Physicians, the College has always been progressive in its thinking. In 1991, the College awarded its first Fellowships. In 1992, the College began training its own Registrars in private practice, a pioneering training model which continues to this day. In 1993, our New Zealand colleagues joined the College, with the name changing to Australasian College of Sport Physicians in 2005.
Importantly, the College gained speciality recognition in New Zealand in 1998 and then finally in Australia in 2009. The College now numbers 156 Fellows practising in all corners of the globe and a record 60 trainees undergoing a robust training programme in all regions of Australia, New Zealand and beyond.
A special resolution was passed at the Annual General Meeting on 14 February 2016 to change the name of the College to the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP). The members of the College felt that a name change was needed to accurately reflect who we were and what our scope of practice is. Sport and Exercise Physicians work closely with general practitioners, physicians, radiologists, psychiatrists and surgeons, particularly orthopaedic surgeons, as well as our allied health professionals to lead and coordinate rehabilitation and exercise programmes to treat as well as prevent chronic diseases. The goal of all Sport and Exercise Physicians should be to facilitate all members of the community to enjoy exercise safely to 100 years and beyond, knowing that physical activity provides them the ‘best buy’ to prevent chronic disease.
The ACSEP will continue to uphold and advance world leading training and practice in the specialty of Sport and Exercise Medicine. We are perfectly positioned to lead and promote the incorporation
of exercise and physical activity into the daily lives of all members of the community, whether healthy or unwell. We will continue to work closely with our peak sporting bodies and teams, medical and allied health colleagues, as well as the greater community to keep us all active and healthy.
If you have any questions please contact National Office – NationalOffice@acsep.org.au