25 September 2023

Health experts win new sporting degree

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The University of Canberra (UC) has entered a partnership with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) to develop an academic program for health professionals to help them assist people reach their optimal performances.

A world-first University course – Master of Applied Clinical Epidemiology (MACE) – has been designed by industry leaders to target those working in sport, defence and emergency services.

According to the Chief Executive of the AIS, Peter Conde the MACE course will educate participants to understand better the health patterns associated with elite athletes and personnel in high performance environments such as defence and emergency services, effectively identifying risk factors and preventative health care.

Mr Conde said the program would enable National Sporting Organisations and the National Institute Network to plan and evaluate strategies to prevent athlete injury and illness through data analysis and research.

“The MACE course offers students the chance to tap into specialised content developed by the AIS and world-leading practitioners in health implementation programs,” Mr Conde said.

“The partnership strengthens ties between the two organisations and brings together subject matter experts from the AIS Athlete Availability program with world-class UC academic resources.”

Professor of Sports Medicine at UC, Gordon Waddington said the initiative was a unique opportunity for participants to learn from industry leaders in sports medicine and preventative health in an innovative and flexible environment.

“The MACE course offers advanced online learning and intensive hands-on experiences, including in core units such as Fundamentals for Performance Health and Implementing for Real-world Change,” Professor Waddington said.

“Students can expect excellent job prospects in sports medicine, athlete wellbeing and performance health, and during the course they will benefit from an exceptional learning environment.”

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