Bring back the club doctor: GP

Geelong GP Dr Hugh Seward, executive officer of the AFL Medical Officers Association, said the scandal showed that in many sports clubs “there has been a drift away from the doctor having the major responsibility on the processes that are undertaken within high performance”.

“There needs to be a rebalance… of that involvement of the club doctor. The doctor brings a strong understanding of ethics and patient welfare because that’s the way we are trained and that’s the way we practise.”

It came as Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) said last week it planned to interview 150 individuals in its investigation into suspected illegal doping within the NRL and AFL.

Meanwhile the Australian Crime Commission (ACC), whose investigation sparked the scandal, told MO it planned to cooperate with AHPRA’s request for information about practitioners who may have put the public at risk.

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