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Allied Health Link Round Up Blog – February 2022

We here at ALLIED HEALTH SUPPORT SERVICES are always trying to save you some time every month – thus our monthly LINK ROUND UP BLOG is here for you to read up and be informed!

Anything you want featured or chased up? Let us know!

This month a special shout out goes to all of our colleagues in the EXERCISE & SPORTS SCIENCE space. We hope you all are doing well!

Regular physical activity is good for your body and mind. It can reduce stress, anxiety and depression as it stimulates the production of endorphins, know to trigger positive feelings and reduce your perception of pain.


Female sporting leaders on a pathway to a promising future

Hundreds of women with a passion for sport will be supported to further their careers under Sport Australia’s 2022 Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) program.

In all, 489 women across 34 sports will benefit from the initiative, which has helped strengthen the role of women leaders in sport for more than two decades.

Minister for Women Marise Payne said increasing the number of women leaders in sport was a priority for the Australian Government.

“We are pleased to support a program that empowers women in sport and helps organisations create more diverse and inclusive workplaces,” Minister Payne said.

Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck said the program provided valuable leadership development opportunities for women on and off the field.

“Through the WLIS program we are supporting the next generation of women sports leaders,” Minister Colbeck said. “By assisting women leaders, coaches and match officials with their career development and creating more leadership pathways for women we are taking important steps towards achieving gender equity in sport.” Read more…

Australian Allied Health Awards

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How to exercise right with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)

Anyone who has experienced chronic pain will know how debilitating it can be. Many people living with pain will avoid exercise for fear of making their symptoms work. Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a form of chronic pain that usually affects a limb, typically after injury. In this blog, they took a look at how someone living with CRPS can reintroduce exercise safely and how exercise can be used to manage symptoms of this condition. Read more…

Tennis star and Paralympian Dylan Alcott named Australian of the Year for 2022

Dylan Alcott – the tennis champion, Paralympian and disability advocate – has been named the 2022 Australian of the Year.

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, made the announcement at an event in Canberra on Tuesday night after Alcott qualified for the Australian Open final where he’ll try to win his eighth title.

It is the first time in the annual awards program’s 62-year history that a person with a visible disability has been named Australian of the Year, according to the award administrators. Read more…

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Sport Australia Podcast

The Sport Australia podcast team help boost your sporting experiences. No matter what role you play, they talk participation, coaching, administration, officiating, volunteering and more. From grassroots to grand slams, their trusted experts share tips, tools and real life experiences so you can get results for you and your sport.

Tune in here!

Return to Sport Toolkit

Sport Australia has developed a Return to Sport Toolkit that includes a suite of resources to help sporting organisations get ready to recommence training, competitions and programs in a safe, responsible and low risk manner.

The Toolkit builds on the AIS Framework for Rebooting of Sport and the Australian Government’s National principles for the resumption of sport and recreation activities and includes easy to use templates and step-by-step checklists for organisations to follow when planning their resumption of sporting activities.

Access the toolkit here.

Injury Fact Sheets

Sports Medicine Australia has produced an injury fact sheet series highlighting prevention and management for 12 of the most common sporting injuries. Please note these resources are currently free to download.

Download here…

Exercise and Disability Ebook

Around 1 in 6 Australians, about 4.4 million people, live with disability.

Due to the additional barriers they face, physical activity levels in those with disability are low. This increases their risk of chronic diseases and poor health outcomes.

This eBook is designed to empower those living with disability, as well as their carers, family and friends, to be more active.

Download here…

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Poor isometric neck extension strength as a risk factor for concussion in male professional Rugby Union players

Concussion is one of the highest burden injuries within professional Rugby Union (‘rugby’) and comes with a high health and financial cost to players and teams. Limited evidence exists as to the existence of modifiable intrinsic risk factors for concussion, leaving athletes and clinicians with few options when developing prevention strategies.

Source: British Journal of Sports Medicine (Access the original article here)


How Fitness Can Support Your Mental Health

Exercise is a vital tool that can be used to enhance your overall wellness. Westwood Fitness compiled a list of mental health benefits that can occur when you increase your level of physical activity.

Read the full blog here.


Psychology of Eating, Weight and Body Image

The Centre for Advanced Learning (CAL) is excited to bring you the ‘Psychology of Eating, Weight and Body Image’ evergreen course.

Psychology plays an important role both in minimizing risks and enhancing long-term outcomes through the application of evidence-based principles and techniques. While providing research, theory, and application of skills within the scope of dietetics, this course will also ensure an understanding of professional boundaries and scope as a dietitian, assist in understanding the evidence, and aide in collaborative professional relationships with psychologists, particularly around appropriate referrals.

Date: 30 March 2022 (Virtual)

Research to practice 2022

The Conference Co-Chairs, Committee and Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) are excited to bring you Research to Practice 2022.

Across all areas of sport and exercise science Research to Practice reflects the importance of practice that is underpinned by sound scientific evidence, and the need to promote the effective translation of research into day-to-day practice.

Date: 19 – 21 May 2022 (Virtual)

Workplace Wellness Festival

Workplace Wellness Festival is returning to face to face delivery, bringing together over 100 expert speakers; the industry’s top vendors; and thousands of business professionals all on one giant expo floor, creating a dynamic all-day traffic flow for exhibitors. This is a place to learn, have fun and do business.

Date: 22 – 23 June 2022 (Sydney)



Stepping towards a  world where no-one on the autism spectrum is left behind

Walk for autism is a free online walking event, which means you walk anywhere, at any time, in any place. Challenge yourself to walk 10,000 steps a day for 8 days, while raising much-needed funds to support children and adults on the autism spectrum.

Happening on March 27 – April 03, 2022!

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Sarena Jones

Director @ Allied Health Support Services

Founder @Australian Allied Health Awards

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