Dr Adam Castricum
Past President
Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians

Adam CastricumI am passionate about sport and exercise and takes great satisfaction out of helping all members of the community across all stages of life achieve their goals in a safe, enjoyable and healthy fashion whether they are elite athletes or simply inactive patients wishing to get active and lead a healthier, more rewarding life. I am equally as passionate about equality and diversity and am proud to be part of the Champions of Change Coalition Health group.

I graduated as a Fellow of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP) in 2008 after successfully completing 6 years of specialist training in Melbourne and Sydney. I was appointed Chief Medical Officer for Athletics Australia soon after and headed up the medical team for the successful Australian Track and Field team at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympic Games. In 2014 I joined the excellent medical and conditioning team at Hawthorn Football Club, involved in the 2014 and 2015 Premierships. In 2015, I was appointed to the ACSEP Board as Vice President and since 2016 have been the President of ACSEP. As President, with a new skills-based Board, I lead the change of name to the new Australasian Sport and Exercise Physicians and embedded and new set of culture and values based on Integrity, Professionalism, Excellence, Teamwork and Leadership. I have and will continue to strongly advocate for equality and diversity, improving indigenous, regional and remote health outcomes, as well as doctor’s mental health and making specialist Sport and Exercise Medical care accessible to all members of the community. I am also a mentor to Indigenous doctors on the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association mentorship program and was proud to welcome our first Australian Indigenous doctor onto our training program in 2018.

At the end of my three year term as President of ACSEP, I was honoured to hand over the reigns to our first Female President, Dr. Louise Tulloh, and have recently stepped off the Board at the end of my tenure as Executive Director, which had up to 50% female representation, up from 15% when I joined the Board in 2015. Female members of our College and indeed the medical fraternity as a whole have significant challenges in their way preventing gender equality in the workplace, and I hope to be able to be a champion for change in this space.

I was Head of the Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre Medical Department in Melbourne from 2011-2021. I continue to be actively involved in teaching and mentoring ACSEP Registrars and Chair the ACSEP Interview and Selection Committee, Exercise as Medicine and Mental Health Working Groups. My professional areas of interest include athletics, all codes of football, triathlon, alpine skiing, lower limb injuries, exercise prescription, adolescent injuries, fatigue in athletes, ultrasound guided interventions and exercise induced asthma, on which I completed his Masters Research in 2008.

I am married to Sophie DuBois, an incredibly talented designer and artist, and we have three children, a daughter Beatrix and sons Louis and Vincent. In March 2021, my family and I have taken a much needed and fortuitous sabbatical for a few years across the Tasman to join colleague, Dr, Sarah Beable, and the fledgling Axis Sports Medicine team in Queenstown. We have been thriving, exploring the magnificent Aotearoa and all her wonders, with lots of trail running, skiing, cycling, hiking and camping with the family.

I also have a transgender sister, Simona, who excels in the music, architecture and design space, and am determined that all members of my family should not have to break the glass ceiling to get to the stars. Everyone should be able to have had the opportunity I have had to thrive.

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Champions of Change Health

Dr Adam Castricum is a Member of Champions of Change Health group established in 2019. The Health Group represents industry leaders from the public and private Health sectors. The Health Members are committed to significantly increasing the representation of women in high-pay, high-growth areas of the health sector.