Conference 2022 | Speakers

Dr Damien McKay

Paediatric Sports and Exercise Medicine
Paediatric Rheumatology

Damien is a paediatrician specialising in paediatric and adolescent sport and exercise medicine and rheumatology. He cares for children and adolescents with a wide range of conditions from rheumatic diseases such as inflammatory arthritis, to recreational and elite young athletes with acute or chronic sports musculoskeletal injury, concussion, and exercise related problems.

Damien currently holds appointments with the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network as a Staff Specialist in Paediatric Sports and Exercise Medicine with The Children’s Hospital Institute of Sports Medicine, and as a Paediatric Rheumatologist at Liverpool Hospital. Damien is the Head Doctor for the Sydney Swans Academy and a Medical Officer for the Cronulla Sharks Football Club where he focuses on their Elite Academy and Junior Development Squads.

Damien has been an invited speaker at professional conferences and for key sporting bodies including the International Olympic Committee. He has authored or co-authored numerous publications in peer reviewed journals with his research interests including fitness assessment and exercise prescription in children with chronic illness, concussive head injury in youth athletes, and factors influencing injury in adolescent athletes, an area for which was appointed as a Scientific Advisor to the International Olympic Committee.

Damien will be a virtual speaker at this year’s conference.

Assoc Prof Peter Malliaras

Associate Professor, Physiotherapy
Monash University, Melbourne

Peter is a physiotherapist and clinical researcher. He graduated from La Trobe University Physiotherapy School in 1996 and completed his PhD in tendinopathy in 2006. His practice focuses on the management of people with lower limb tendinopathy and he has an international reputation in this area. He has published a substantial amount of related original research (>120 publications). This research has led to changes in practice via guideline development and invited narrative clinical reviews published in high-impact clinical journals.

Peter has been active in tendinopathy research for over 15 years. His research includes studies that have contributed to understanding of the mechanisms of tendon response to load and adaptation, clinical trials testing exercise and other treatments for tendinopathy, and invited commentaries and narrative reviews bridging the gap between research and practice.

Peter will be in attendance in Wellington and in addition to his Achilles tendinopathy management keynote, he will also be conducting a workshop.