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SASMA is proud to present a fantastic line up of presenters for the 2019 SASMA Conference. Below is a profile on each of the presenters:

Dr Louise Tulloh

Louise has been practicing sport and exercise medicine for over 20 years. She values a holistic approach to patient care and works within a bio-psycho-social framework where possible, understanding that people have their own unique set of circumstances to each problem. In this way, she tailors management plans in a bespoke fashion- for the elite, the recreational, the worker and the inactive. Louise has particular interest in: Female athletes (hormonal changes, nutritional deficiency, menstrual and bone health), Fatigue in athletes (especially endurance athletes), persisting pain (knee, pelvis, back and neck), Lifestyle, stress, eating psychology and weight management.

Dr Adrian Elliott 

Dr Elliott is a physiologist and research scientist with a particular interest in the role of exercise testing and interventions in patients with cardiovascular disease, , cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure and implanted devices. He also has research interests relating to cardiac adaptations and arrhythmias within endurance athletes. Dr Elliott is supported by a fellowship from the National Heart Foundation and is based in the Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders (University of Adelaide/Royal Adelaide Hospital/South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute). Dr Elliott is an accredited exercise physiologist (ESSA).

Professor Mark Hutchinson

Mark Hutchinson is a Professor within the Adelaide Medical School and is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics. Professor Hutchinson returned to the University of Adelaide in 2009 as an NHMRC CJ Martin Research Fellow, and established the Neuroimmunopharmacology research laboratory. From 2005 to 2009 Mark worked in the world leading laboratory of Prof Linda Watkins in the Center for Neuroscience at the University of Colorado, Boulder USA. Here he pioneered with Prof Watkins the research which has led to the discovery of a novel drug activity in innate immune receptors.

Dr Adam Culvenor

Adam is a physiotherapist and NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow and completed his PhD in the development of osteoarthritis after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction at The University of Queensland in 2015. Adam's research focusing on early-onset knee osteoarthritis in young adults following injury received many awards including the American Journal of Sports Medicine most outstanding paper 2016.During his PhD, Adam was awarded both a Commonwealth Government Endeavour Fellowship and Felice Rosemary Lloyd fellowship to undertake research at the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences, Oslo. Following his PhD, Adam completed a European Commission funded postdoctoral fellowship in Salzburg, Austria, evaluating muscle and cartilage tissue characteristics in knee osteoarthritis.

Dr Kal Fried

Kal attained Fellowship of the Australasian College of Sports & Exercise Physicians in 1995. In addition to his general sports medicine consulting, he’s had numerous appointments with sporting teams at all levels, across disciplines. Kal is an Independent Medicolegal Examiner who has consulted as a medical advisor for the Transport Accident Commission and WorkSafe in Victoria, Australia.In recent years, Kal has been focussed on delivering best-practice pain management by combining neurobiology and exercise medicine principles. Kal regularly presents talks to both health professionals and the general public about persisting pain.


Professor Tasha Stanton

Tasha Stanton is a Senior Research Fellow leading the Perception and Pain Group in Adelaide at the University of South Australia. Her research group is affiliated with the Body in Mind Research group both in Adelaide (University of South Australia) and in Sydney (Neuroscience Research Australia). Tasha has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and has been a keynote or invited speaker at 22 national/international conferences. Her research focusses on clinical pain neuroscience and she is specifically interested in cortical body representation, multisensory integration, multimodal illusion, somatosensation, and pain.

Tom May

Tom May is the current Club Podiatrist for the Adelaide Football Club and has been in that role since 2015 and is on the Executive for the AFL Podiatry Association. He is a Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor in Clinical Biomechanics and Sports Podiatry at the University of South Australia. Tom consulted as a Podiatrist in the Polyclinic at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. He is a Member of the Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and a former Board of the Academy.

Brie Salagaras

Brie began working as a dietitian in 2012, in North QLD. Since then her career has led to specialising in chronic disease, predominantly diabetes and elite athletes. Brie has a strong interest in the nutrition and weight loss aspect of the management of osteoarthritis.  She has spent the first 3 years of her career working in hospitals, private clinics and not for profit organisations across Australia before moving to Adelaide to further pursue these interests, as well as work for the Adelaide Football Club in 2015.  Brie continues to work as the dietitian for the Adelaide Football Club and is also undertaking a PhD in sports nutrition.

Tim O'leary


Tim is a highly experienced physiotherapist who completed his undergraduate and Masters of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy training in Adelaide before going on to work in multiple professional sporting organisations across Adelaide and over the world in the last 10 years.Tim has worked with soccer teams in the English Premier League, the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team in the NBA and is now in his second stint at the Port Adelaide Football Club as the current Head of Medical Services.Tim has a keen interest in the assessment and management of injuries from all sports. He has a particular interest in lower limb injuries including hamstring, hip, groin and pelvis, knee injuries (including ACL) and ankle injuries.