SPORTAUS and AIS logoSport Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) have commissioned the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) to investigate the existing and potential data sources for sport injury, with a view to develop a national sports injury data collection.

The development of this collection will:

  • provide insight into the types and causes of sports injury in the community
  • help understand where injury prevention programs are needed
  • provide ongoing surveillance to monitor trends and allow the impact of injury prevention programs to be evaluated.

As part of this project, the AIHW is consulting with sporting organisations, healthcare providers, insurers and government agencies to understand what sport injury data is currently being collected and what is needed to develop a National Sports Injury Data Asset. This work is summarised in the National Sports Injury Data Strategy. This project will build on the body of injury work performed at AIHW including the publication on Hospitalised sports injury in Australia, 2019-20. 

Economic impact of sport and physical activity

This project will also assess the economic impact of participation in sport and physical activity. This study will not only look at the costs to the health system of sport injuries, but also investigate the potential savings associated with better health outcomes attributed through increased sports participation and physical activity.

The preliminary analyses is available at: Economics of sports injury and participation – Preliminary results

Frequently asked questions

Steering Committee

The National Sports Injury Project is led by an expert Steering Committee. This Steering Committee, as of February 2022, includes:

  • Professor David Hunter (Chair, Professor of Medicine and Consultant Rheumatologist, University of Sydney)
  • Ms Brooke De Landre (General Manager, Sport Division, Sport Australia)
  • Dr David Hughes (Chief Medical Officer, Australian Institute of Sport)
  • Ms Joanna Da Rocha (Assistant Secretary, Office for Sport, Department of Health)
  • Ms Marne Fechner (Chief Executive Officer, AusCycling)
  • Ms Jo Setright (Executive Director, Policy, Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports)
  • Professor Caroline Finch AO (DVCR & VP Edith Cowan University)
  • Dr Mark Jones (Head of Medical, Football Australia)
  • Ms Alanna Antcliff (Sports Physiotherapist, Netball Australia)
  • Dr Michael Drew (Director of Health Research, Department of Defence)
  • Dr Adrian Webster (Head, Health Systems Group, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare).

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