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Prof. Peter
Brukner OAM

Leading sports medicine doctor


Peter Brukner


Peter Brukner OAM is a specialist sports and exercise physician whose most recent position has been Australian cricket team doctor for the past five years.

Current Work
Peter is the founding partner of Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre in Melbourne and Professor of Sports Medicine at Latrobe University. A founding Executive Member of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians, he served two terms as President and played a key role in establishing sports medicine as a medical specialty in Australia.

Previous Experience

Author: Peter is the co-author of the widely used text book Clinical Sports Medicine, his most recent book A Fat Lot of Good was published in May 2018.

Sports Medicine: Peter has been team physician for professional football clubs as well as national athletics, swimming, soccer and men’s hockey teams including at Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Peter was the Socceroos Team Doctor at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and Head of Sports Medicine and Sports Science at Liverpool Football Club.

Advocacy: Peter is the co-founder of the public health campaign SugarByHalf and is committed to the challenge of improving the nation’s health with improved diet and increased physical activity.

Talking Points

We are getting fatter and sicker. What are we going to do about it?

We are getting fatter and sicker - and what we can do about it, especially in relation to nutrition. For 40 years we have been telling people the wrong things about what we should eat and the results have been disastrous - obesity, Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimers disease etc. It is time to re-think what we have been telling people to eat.

A Life in Sport and Medicine

All I ever wanted was a job that paid me to watch sport - and I have managed to do that all over the world for the past 30 years. Team doctor jobs with AFL, national swimming, hockey, and athletics teams, the Socceroos and Liverpool FC, the Australian cricket team, Olympic and Commonwealth Games, World Cups and Ashes Test series have given me a unique insider’s view of elite sport.
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