First Sino-Australian Symposium on Sports and Rehabilitation Science

19 January 2011

Delegates from Peking University and the University of Sydney recently came together in Beijing for the first Sino-Australian Symposium on Sports and Rehabilitation Science.

The event, held at the Peking University Health Science Centre on December 16 and 17, allowed academics from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Health Sciences and Sydney Medical School to join Peking University's Sports Medicine Institute to share expertise in the area of sports medicine and rehabilitation research.

The delegation
The delegation

Seventeen papers covering diverse multidisciplinary topic areas such as movement study, exercise science, epidemiology, physiotherapy, medical imaging and arthroscopy were presented by world leading clinicians and scientists from China and Australia.

'The symposium allowed both parties to a gain an understanding of each other's research strengths in the area of sports medicine and to identify mutual research and educational interests that may prove fruitful collaborations in the future,' commented Professor Patrick Brennan, Associate Dean of International Research Development at the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The following academics from the University of Sydney presented papers:

Prof Yu Jiakuo and Prof Kathryn Refshauge, CoChairs on the section on the Knee
Prof Yu Jiakuo and Prof Kathryn Refshauge, CoChairs on the section on the Knee

Among the many possibilities for future collaborations, the application of technology to sports rehabilitation was highlighted as a priority area, as was need for the quantification of sports injuries. The potential to utilise the vast number of possible participants in China for large-scale research projects was also raised.

'In terms of technological advancement there was a great deal of discussion around the use of computer visualisation in the assessment and treatment of sporting injuries and we are eager to further pursue this area with our Chinese colleagues,' said Professor Brennan.

The first day of the Symposium also allowed Sydney staff to tour a number of Peking's state-of-the-art research facilities including the Sports Medicine Institute, Peking University Third Hospital and the facilities of the Health Science Centre including the pharmacology research institute, imaging department and the clinical trials centre.

"We hope to harness the enthusiasm of this meeting and look forward to the prospect of a second Sino-Australian Symposium taking place in Sydney towards the end of 2011."

The Symposium was sponsored by a grant from the Australia-China Council of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.