ABC Radio Interview: Fitness Industry Research Shows Surprising Results

February 17, 2014

Recent hospitalisation of 25-year old, Gold Coast resident Shanteece Smith, following a personal training session, sparked in interest in research on legal risk management of adverse health outcomes and injury in the fitness industry.

Following her training session, Ms Smith suffered rhabdomyolysis, a condition which causes the body’s muscles to break down and release muscle fibre into the body’s bloodstream.

ABC Gold Coast’s Nicole Dyer recently interviewed Professor Patrick Keyzer, Director of the Institute for Law, Government and Policy and Lead Investigator of the team’s national research study.  Nicole asked what concerns Professor Keyzer has about the way the fitness industry operates.

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Fifteen Minutes To Help Change The Face Of The Fitness Industry

May 3, 2013


In conjunction with Fitness Australia and Sports Medicine Australia, the AFIRM team is set to undertake a nationwide survey of the fitness industry concerning risk management practices.

Participate and Win!
The anonymous survey can be completed by fitness professionals who are either casual, part-time, full-time, managers, self-employed and/or owners.  Fitness industry professionals completing the survey go into the draw to win a return airfare, accommodation and ticket to Fitness Australia’s industry breakfast and forum in Sydney in October.  The runner-up will receive an iPad.

If you’re a fitness industry professional keen to have your say and help change the face of the Australian fitness industry, don’t delay, be part of this ground-breaking research project and complete the online survey today. Surveys must be completed by 21 June.

Click here to take the survey

New Reports Offer Insight Into Legal Risk Management In The Fitness Industry

April 30, 2013

The Institute’s recent conference in Sydney not only marked the AFIRM’s inaugural forum to discuss legal risk management in the fitness industry.  Additionally, the aptly named conference, ‘Is Your Fitness Business At Risk?’ also saw the launch of two reports tailored for the Australian Fitness industry.

Offering up-to-the-minute, industry-relevant information, the reports offer fitness industry professionals an insight into liability for workplace health and safety in the Australian fitness industry, and planning and buiding regulations affecting fitness businesses.  The reports are the second set of key deliverables as part of the AFIRM team’s ARC linkage grant: Legal risk management of adverse health outcomes and injury in the fitness industry.

To view the reports click the links below:

Author:   Joel Butler

Liability for Workplace Health and Safety in the Australian Fitness Industry

Authors:  Rebecca Richardson and Jacqui Salter

Planning and Building Regulation for Fitness Businesses

Conference: Is Your Fitness Business At Risk?

January 16, 2013

Sydney, 20 April 2013                                                                  

AFIRM LogoThe Australian fitness industry has a critical role to play in supporting and facilitating active and healthy lifestyles for Australians.  However, while regular physical activity can prevent obesity and reduce the risk of inactivity-related diseases, overly vigorous exercise can trigger adverse health events.  Additionally, some programs offered by fitness providers can increase the risk of injury and this risk is heightened where there are inadequate risk management practices.  This can expose fitness facilities and staff to legal liability which can be very expensive. 

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