In collaboration with Sports Medicines Australia, the Saudi Cultural Mission in Canberra is pleased to organise a seminar about sports medicine on 14 December 2017 at Saudi Cultural Office in Canberra.  The seminar is a multidisciplinary gathering for professionals with an interests or a specialisation in sports medicine, sports science and sports injury prevention. The seminar is interdisciplinary, and its purpose is to highlight knowledge about sports issues in young people and athletes in Saudi Arabia and Australia. Major topics to be discussed at the seminar including:
1- Issues in sports medicine-individual or environment
2- Challenges in the prevention and management of injuries
3- Current controversies in injury management.

Speakers and participants:

[author title=”Professor Salem Al Zahrani – Saudi Arabia” image=””]

Professor Salem Al-Zahrani a consultant orthopaedic surgeon specialized in sport injuries and sport medicine. He obtained British Fellowship and American Fellowship, and also holds a Diploma in Sport Medicine from France. He was the former head of orthopaedics department at King Saud University. Professor Al-Zahrani is one of the most prominent medical specialists in Saudi Arabia specializing in the treatment and diagnosis of sport injuries, injuries of the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments and knee endoscopes, as well as the treatment of all other sport injuries and fractures. Professor Al-Zahrani provides diagnostic and therapeutic services for patients with joint friction and stiffness.


[author title=”Dr. Rob Reid AM, Sports and Exercise Physician ” image=””]

Dr Reid has been part of the driving force in helping professionals, sports trainers and the wider community to grow the expertise in the field of Sports Medicine. He has played an active part in the implementation of many major initiatives to widen and support the athletes care within the sports medicine community. Rob was awarded Life membership of SMA in 2014 for his twenty years’ service to Sports Medicine. He was a recipient in the Australia Day 2015 Honors list receiving the Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.


[author title=”Dr David Hughes” image=””]

Dr David Hughes is the Chief Medical Officer of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). Dr Hughes oversees the day-to-day functioning of the Department of Sports Medicine at the AIS and is responsible for collaborating with national and international sporting organisations in the formulation of policies related to sports medicine, sports science and medical integrity. Dr Hughes has been a Board Director of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians (ACSP) for a number of years. He has performed the role of ACSP Chairman of Training and is the ACSP President from 2010-1012. Dr Hughes is currently involved in a number of research projects including the role of iron as a metabolic substrate in high-performance exercise and genomic research assessing predisposition to bone and tendon overload injuries. He has a particular interest in utilisation of policy and governance settings to mitigate unethical behaviours in sport and medicine.


[author title=”Dr Steve Freeman ” image=””]

Australian born, Dr Steve Freeman grew up in South Africa, graduating from the University of Cape Town in 1990. Steve worked in Cape Town, South Africa, for a couple of years (General Practice, Obstetrics & Occupational Medicine); Gaborone, Botswana for 10 years (O&G, Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine & General Practice); Tumut, NSW for 3 years (General Practice incl. Emergency Medicine and other local hospital roles – with ongoing involvement in Sports Medicine roles); and Sydney, NSW for the last 10+ years (Sports Medicine, some General Practice, & Orthopaedic surgical assisting). In November last year, Steve moved to Canberra to take up a position as team doctor with the ACT Brumbies – a role which allows him to continue to use his experience in General Practice and accumulated experience and expertise in Sports Medicine.
Specialty interest areas:Sports and Exercise Medicine.


[author title=”Mr. SAEED AL ADAL/ PhD Student” image=””]

Mr. Saeed Al Adal, a PhD student from Saudi Arabia studying at the University of Sydney. He received his Bachelor degree in physical therapy from the College of Applied Medical Sciences at King Saud University, and a Master of Sciences degree from the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh in the United States. His research focuses on the influence of pain in people with chronic ankle instability.



Date, Time and Venue
Date: 14/12/2017
Day: Thursday
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
Venue: 16 Watson Street, Turner, ACT 2612,

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