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Developing world-class practitioners for long-term success

06 June 2024

Contributing to every athlete’s success is a dedicated team of Performance Support practitioners helping them stay at the top of their game.

The AIS Practitioner Development Program 2024 cohort.
The AIS Practitioner Development Program 2024 cohort.

That’s why it’s crucial to develop not only the skills of athletes, but also the practitioners who work alongside them such as physiotherapists, dieticians, physiologists, sports scientists, and more.

The Australian Institute of Sport’s (AIS) Practitioner Development Program has been designed to support the team behind the athlete and coach, providing personal and professional development opportunities to fast-track careers by equipping Performance Support staff early in their career or new to High Performance (HP) sport with knowledge and tools to become world-class practitioners.

The 15 practitioners from across the country who are taking part in the program’s third year recently met at the AIS in Canberra to take part in their first in-person workshop.

Carlee Van Dyk, a Sport and Exercise Physician working with Rowing Australia, says the program is perfect to help her with the next step in her career.

“I’m at a really exciting time where I’m looking towards going from being a team physician to taking on jobs like the Chief Medical Officer,” Van Dyk said.

“With that, comes a lot more responsibility and skills beyond just delivering medicine. We’ve had some amazing sessions on effective collaboration, understanding how you think, feel, and react in certain situations and how you might change that using techniques such as asking questions that are less confrontational or less likely to make the other person defensive.

“Those targeted tools we’ve been provided are incredibly useful for those kinds of conversations.”

The six-month course combines individual and group learning activities covering topics such as personal strengths, communication, decision-making, career planning, and wellbeing.

Carlee Van Dyk and Liam Nottle pictured at the Practitioner Development workshop at the AIS.
Carlee Van Dyk and Liam Nottle at the Practitioner Development workshop at the AIS.

For South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) Physiotherapist, Liam Nottle, the networking opportunities are just as valuable as the content.

“It’s been brilliant getting to know everyone in the program. I’m making some good career contacts and companions to move forward in HP sport,” Nottle said.

“A big takeaway has been knowing that there are a lot of people in the network in a similar phase in their careers, along with plenty of resources and developmental tools, to help guide you onto those next stages. It’s making me aware that there are many more things you can do in high performance aside from physio and I think that’s exciting.”

AIS Practitioner Development Program 2024 cohort:

  • Amber Ross, Performance Psychologist, VIS
  • Andrew Cameron, Physiotherapist, VIS
  • Carlee Van Dyk, Sport and Exercise Physician, Rowing Australia
  • Clifford Maina, Leadership and Wellbeing Manager, NTSA
  • Jade Whitton, Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement Coordinator, Hockey Australia
  • Jasdev Sidhu, Physical Preparation Specialist, WAIS
  • Jayden Lowrie, Sports Scientist (Movement Sciences), SASI
  • Karli Musarra, Assistant Physiologist, NSWIS
  • Liam Nottle, Physiotherapist, SASI
  • Liam Geraghty, Sport and Exercise Physician, TIS
  • Samuel Wells, Performance Scientist, Performance Analysis, VIS
  • Stephanie Alberts, Team Physiotherapist, Australian Sailing
  • Sylvia Pfeffer, Sports Performance Dietitian, QAS/Cricket Australia
  • Toni Haddad, Sports Physiologist, SASI
  • Victoria Brackley, Performance Scientist (Biomechanics), VIS
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