About

Sports Medicine New Zealand (SMNZ) is a non-profit-making multidisciplinary organisation for all health professionals and other groups and individuals interested in community health, with special reference to the principles of sports medicine and exercise science.  SMNZ was founded in Dunedin in July 1963 and is an incorporated society, registered in 1967 under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908.

SMNZ holds National Association Membership of the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS).  FIMS aims primarily to promote the study and development of sports medicine throughout the world, to protect the physical and mental health and ensure the wellbeing of all who are engaged in sports and exercise and to assist athletes in achieving optimal performance by maximising their genetic potential, health, nutrition and (access to) high-quality care and training.

The 12 branches of SMNZ are autonomous and form the membership. These branches are;  Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Manawatu, Wellington, Nelson, Canterbury, Otago and Southland. The Manawatu and Southland branches are currently managed from Wellington and Otago respectively.

SMNZ Inc is administered by a Council consisting of the National Executive Committee and a representative from each branch. The SMNZ National Office is based in Dunedin, New Zealand.

What are Sports Medicine New Zealand’s Functions?

  1. Promote graduate/postgraduate educational opportunities in the various sciences related to sports medicine.
  2. Disseminate current information from all sources through SMNZ’s official publication, the NZ Journal of Sports Medicine, published twice yearly.
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  3. Organise lecture tours by prominent sports medicine authorities to give members the opportunity to increase their knowledge of sports medicine.
  4. Organise scientific seminars and conferences at regional, national and international level involving selected prominent experts in the field of sports medicine.
  5. Co-operate with national bodies such as the Sport New Zealand (SNZ), Sport and Exercise Science NZ, Accident Compensation Corporation, NZ Society of Physiotherapists, NZ Medical Association, Royal NZ College of General Practitioners, NZ Olympic Committee and international bodies including the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS), the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP), Sports Medicine Australia (SMA), the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
  6. Advise individual sports participants, sporting organisations, government departments and local bodies on matters related to sport, health and national fitness.
  7. Associate with all areas of community health with special emphasis on matters concerned with the recreational and physical activity of people of all age groups.

Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct of Sports Medicine New Zealand Inc.

Membership of SMNZ is accepted on the understanding that the application of any member is in good faith and is expected to help further the objectives of SMNZ. All endeavours under the auspices of SMNZ are expected to be a credit to the organisation. The following actions are particularly proscribed:

  1. Use of the name or the initials of SMNZ by a member in any way calculated to imply that he or she has a special professional standing or qualification.
  2. Use of the name or initials of SMNZ in a professional context for personal gain.
  3. Statements made to the media in the name of SMNZ other than those made by its officers authorised to do so.
  4. Any statements to the media by a member or members deemed to be inimical to the good name of another member or members of SMNZ, including its elected officers.
  5. Any statement or action deemed inimical to the good name of SMNZ in general and calculated to bring it into disrepute.