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SASMA is proud to present a fantastic line up of presenters for the 2018 SASMA Members Conference. Below is a profile on each of the presenters:


Professor Tim Nokes

Professor Timothy Noakes is a South African scientist, and an Emeritus Professor in the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the University of Cape Town. He is also a member of the National Research Foundation of South Africa. He is known for his support of a low-carbohydrate, high-fat (LCHF) diet.

He is a leading researcher on the condition now known as exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH). He first recognized this condition in a female runner during the 1984 Comrades Marathon, and published his findings in 1985 in the Journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Noakes hosted the 1st International Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia Consensus Development Conference in Cape Town in May 2005.

Dr David Opar

Dr David Opar completed his undergraduate degree in Human Movement at RMIT University in 2008 and later commenced his doctoral thesis (PhD) at the Queensland University of Technology in 2010 in the area of hamstring strain injuries. Soon after its completion he joined ACU as a Lecturer in the School of Exercise Science. Dr David Opar is part of the ACU High Performance Sport lecturing team and manages the ‘Performance and Injury: prevention and management’ unit. He also heads up the ACU Hamstring Injury Group and is leading the way in hamstring injury research. David and his team are in close consultation with professional sporting codes both nationally and internationally to deliver evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies for their athlete group.

Professor Jack Anderson

Professor Jack Anderson joined Melbourne Law School in 2017. Previously, he taught at the University of Limerick from where he was appointed a Senior Research Scholar by the Irish Research Council for Humanities & Social Sciences in 2002. Prof Anderson’s primary research interest is the relationship between sport and the law and he has published widely in the area. He is the author of over 100 peer reviewed articles, international conference papers and other seminars on the topics of sports law. Jack is also a member of a number of sports dispute resolution tribunals in the UK and Ireland. In 2016, he was appointed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and appeared on the list of arbitrators of the CAS Ad hoc Division for the UEFA EURO 2016 (European football championships).

Professor Gary Wittert

Professor Gary Wittert is a graduate of Johannesburg’s University of Witwatersrand and underwent his postgraduate training at Christchurch Hospital and Otago University, in New Zealand, at the Harvard Medical, Boston and Oregon Health Sciences University. He is the Mortlock Professor of Medicine, and Head of the Discipline of Medicine at the University of Adelaide, Senior Consultant Endocrinologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and Director of the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and Senior Principal Research Fellow at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). He is a past President of the Australasian Society for the Study of Obesity, and is currently vice president of the Asia Oceania Association of the Study of Obesity. He initiated and leads a cohort study of one of Australia’s largest and most intensively studied male cohorts.

He co-founded the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health and the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Nutritional Physiology. He has been Principle Investigator of phase I and II studies of drugs for the obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and androgen replacement.

Dr Geoffrey Verrall

Dr Geoffrey Verrall is a Sports and Exercise Physician (Specialist) with over 25 years of experience working in full time sports medicine involving clinical consultations for sports injuries and other activity related medical and musculoskeletal problems. His special interest include activity related groin or hip injury, muscle and tendon injuries (especially hamstring and Achilles), gluteal and buttock Injuries, back injuries (non-surgical management) and arthritis of the back, hip, knee and ankle. He has also published world leading research in groin injuries as well as muscle and tendon injuries.

Dr Matt Hutchinson

Dr Matthew Hutchinson is an Orthopaedic Surgeon, Adult and Athlete Specialist. He is one of the few orthopaedic surgeons in Australia with advanced, sub-specialist training in the treatment of both adult and paediatric patients. This gives him a unique insight and skill set to treat patient of all ages. He works privately at SPORTSMED SA and is a Visiting Medical Specialist at the Women's & Children's Hospital, Adelaide. Dr Hutchinson has a special interest in ACL reconstruction in both adult and paediatric patients and also performs hip and knee replacements, and treats sporting injuries of the hip, knee and ankle. Matthew is currently the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Director of Training for South Australia, overseeing surgical training for all orthopaedic surgery trainees in the state.

Dr Alyson Crozier

Alyson joined the School of Health Sciences as a Lecturer in 2016, and in 2018 became the Program Director for the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science suite of programs. She completed her Bachelor and Master of Human Kinetics in Kinesiology at the University of Windsor. She then completed her Ph.D. at the University of Saskatchewan, where she specialized in health, exercise and sport psychology. Her research and teaching cover aspects of sport, exercise and health psychology. More specifically, she is interested in group dynamics, such as the examination of social influence (e.g., social norms) and group perceptions (e.g., cohesion, groupness), and how they relate to individual behaviour, such as sport and exercise involvement.  Alyson also is interested in examining how to reduce the decline in physical activity during the transition to university from high school, through the use of social cognitions (i.e., self-efficacy), and how messages  targeting health behaviours (e.g., point-of-decision prompts, mass media) influence subsequent health behaviour decisions. 

Professor Amanda Page

Professor Amanda Page has established herself as a leading authority on vagal innervation of the gut, and how this relates to major disease states including obesity and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. This has involved pioneering studies on the phenotypic specialisation of vagal sensory endings and a classification of gastrointestinal sensory nerves that has been adopted world-wide. One of her major findings, that GABAB receptor agonists inhibit peripheral gastro-oesophageal vagal afferent endings, prompted 2 full scale drug development programs and the production of 5 patents. Investigation of the effects of different nutritional states (for example: food restriction and excess) on these afferents has resulted in major contributions in the understanding of gastric satiety signalling.

Dr Jonathan Heysen

Dr Heysen graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and went on to complete the South Australian Radiology Training Program between 1994 and 1999. In 1999, Dr Heysen was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand college of Radiologists (FRANZCR). In 2000, he worked in the United Kingdom as a traveling Fellow in Radiology at Guys and St. Thomas Hospitals in London and at Kent and Sussex District General Hospital in Kent. Upon his return to Adelaide in 2001, Dr Heysen was employed full time as Staff Specialist at Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Dr Heysen has worked for Dr Jones & Partners since 1999 and works at several of our clinics throughout South Australia. In 2003, Dr Heysen completed an Advanced Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course, with high distinction, at University of South Australia. Dr Heysen specialises in Musculoskeletal Imaging, Cross Sectional Body Imaging, Bone and Joint MRI and General Radiology. He also has an interest in Sports Medicine imaging.

Mr Michael Nitschke                                                                                                          

Michael Nitschke is a Certified Sports Podiatrist, Level 2 Advanced Athletics Coach and passionate runner, Michael Nitschke is the founder of The Runner’s Pod. With a decade of clinical experience in private practice and exceptional anatomy and biomechanics knowledge Michael now specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of running injuries. As an accomplished track athlete Michael is well versed in working with amateur, junior and elite athletes. However Michael’s passion for the sport has grown beyond that of just the competitive side. Michael is now committed to growing the entire running community in South Australia by providing an innovative running service accessible to all runners, recreational and elite.