Dr Susan White’s initial medical training was completed at Monash University and Prince Henry’s Hospital in Melbourne, completing her medical elective at the Australian Institute of Sport in 1988. Susan commenced as a Registrar at Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre in 1992, completing her Sports Physician specialist training and being awarded a Fellowship of the Australasian College of Sports Medicine in 1996. Susan has had extensive involvement with Paralympic Sport and attended the Paralympics in 1992 (Barcelona/Madrid) as team doctor and 1996 (Atlanta) as overall Medical Director of the Australian Paralympic Team.
Susan has a particular interest in rowing and during the 90’s provided medical services to the VIS rowing squad (including the Oarsome Foursome). She continues to see School Age and University level rowers and is an accredited service provider for Rowing Australia athletes.
From 1999 until 2007, Susan was the Chief Medical Officer for Netball Australia and was Team Doctor for the Australian Netball team between 1999 and 2003. She had been the doctor for both Phoenix and Kestrels netball teams in the National League, and was team doctor for the Melbourne Vixens until 2011.
Susan also has a special interest in pregnancy and exercise and was a member of the national panel and working group that devised the SMA “Benefits and Risks of Exercise during Pregnancy” Statement in 2003 following Netball Australia’s ban on pregnant netballers.
Susan has been a member of ASDMAC (Australian Sports Drug Medical Advisory Committee) since 1999 and Chair since 2014. This committee provides advice to athletes, sporting bodies and other doctors about drugs in sport, and also involves sitting on anti-doping tribunals. Susan is also a member of the WADA Therapeutic Use Expert Group and FINA’s Doping Control Review Board.
Susan was Chief Medical Officer for Swimming Australia until 2013 and Team Doctor for the Australian Swim team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Susan was Medical Director for the Australian team at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010 and Deputy Medical Director for the entire Australian Olympic Team at the 2012 London Olympics.
Susan holds a senior lecturer position at Monash University and is involved in supervising research by BMedSci students, predominantly in the area of shoulder function and injury. She was awarded a Fellowship of Monash University in 2016 in recognition of distinguished service in her field.
Career Highlights / Affiliations / Associations
- Senior Lecturer – Department of Medicine and Surgery, Monash University
- Chairperson – Australian Sports Drug Medical Advisory Committee
- Member – WADA TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemptions) – Expert Group
- Member – FINA Doping Control Review Board
- Member – PGA TUE Committee
- Advisor – Sports Medicine Australia Women in Sport Working Group
- Anti-doping tribunal – Australian Cricket Board, Australian Football League
- Editorial Board – Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine and British Journal of Sports Medicine
- Deputy Chief Medical Officer – Australian Olympic Team London (2012)
- Chief Medical Officer – Youth Olympics Singapore (2010)
- Team Doctor – Australian Swim Team, Beijing Olympics (2008)
- Team Doctor – Australian Swim Team, World Championships (2007)
- Chief Medical Officer – Swimming Australia (2007-2013)
- Team Doctor – Melbourne Vixens Netball Team (2006-2011)
- Team Doctor – Australian Netball Team (1997-2003)
- Team Doctor – AIS Netball Team – Caribbean tour (1995)
- Medical director – Australian Paralympic team (Atlanta 1996)
- Medical Coordinator – VIS Rowing squad (1992-2000)
- Doctor – AFL Umpires (1996-1999)
- Team Doctor – Kestrels Netball team (1997-2005)
- Venue Medical Officer – Olympic Rowing (Sydney 2000)
- Medical Executive – Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games
- Team Doctor – FESPIC (multi – disability) Games (Beijing 1994)
- International Federation Medical Officer – Paralympics (Lillehammer 1992)
- Team Doctor – Australian Paralympic team (Intellectually disabled) (Madrid 1992)
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