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Female Performance & Health Initiative

Delivering educational opportunities and resources relating to key female athlete performance and health considerations

The AIS Female Performance & Health Initiative (FPHI) is seeking expressions of interest from female athletes past and present, to become members of the AIS FPHI Athlete Reference Group (ARG). The aim of the ARG is to ensure that FPHI resources are relevant to athletes in the Australian high performance (HP) sport system.


In October 2019, the AIS established the AIS Female Performance & Health Initiative, to address an area of need in the Australian HP sport system. The FPHI aims to benefit Australian athletes, coaches, clinicians and support networks through:

  • Engagement & Leadership - Creating a united and collaborative system supporting Australian female athletes, establishing and maintaining effective relationships within and external to the Australian HP sport system.
  • Education & Resource Development - Developing and delivering evidence-based educational and applied resources for the Australian sporting system.
  • Best Practice & Research - Supporting and encouraging best practice athlete support systems. facilitating and coordinating a national FPHI research agenda.

Athlete Reference Group responsibilities

The Athlete Reference Group (FPHI ARG) will meet quarterly via teleconference, and ad hoc as required, with the AIS FPHI Project Lead, Dr Rachel Harris, AIS Professional Networks Manager, Miranda Menaspà and other relevant persons. The duration of meetings would a maximum of two hours.

ARG members will ideally:

  • Have experience as an elite athlete
  • Have experience in or an understanding of the Olympic/Paralympic/Commonwealth Games HP system in Australia
  • Have an interest in female athlete health and performance considerations
  • Identify as being female
  • Have the ability to engage in ARG meetings on a quarterly basis and ad hoc if required

ARG members will ideally come from a diverse range of backgrounds and personal experiences, representative of the wider Australian HP sport community.

Membership of the ARG is on a voluntary basis. Term of membership of the ARG will be for a period of one year, expiring June 30th 2022, at which point further expressions of interest will be called for.

Express your interest

Please email Dr Rachel Harris, FPHI Project Lead, with a brief expression of your interest in being a member of the FPHI ARG.

Your email should include:

  • A brief summary your sporting background
  • Reasons that you are interested in being involved.

EOI close 5 pm AEST on June 17th 2021.

The successful members of the ARG will be notified by June 30th 2021.

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