Dr Peter Larkins

Dr Peter Larkins has been involved in sport and fitness activities all his life. A successful schoolboy footballer, cricketer and athlete, Peter is a former international athlete who was selected in every Australian track and field team from 1975 until 1983 including Olympic, Commonwealth games and World Cup competitions.

His professional career has revolved around the field of sport and fitness with an emphasis on achieving health and well being through the pursuit of an active lifestyle. He has over 30 years experience in observing the evolution of research and knowledge linking exercise, physical activity and nutrition with improvements in health, wellbeing, work productivity and longevity.

His medical practice focuses on the management of sport and other musculoskeletal injuries as well as the effects of exercise and lifestyle on health promotion in all age groups.

He is a regularly invited speaker and author on a wide range of health and fitness topics. For over ten years was a medical commentator on Channel 9 television and Triple M radio, particularly on matters relating to AFL football and Sports Medicine, before being recruited to Channel 7 and 3AW in 2012. He also has had a regular column in the Herald-Sun newspaper, Australia’s largest distribution daily paper.

He is a Fellow of:
– The Australasian College of Sports Physicians
– Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine (UK)
– Sports Medicine Australia (and Past National President of this Association), Australia’s peak advisory body on health and fitness issues.

Sports Medicine Australia recently awarded Peter with its highest award the “President’s Award” for outstanding and unique service to the Federation and in expression of the appreciation of the members.

In his spare time Peter enjoys good wine, good food, good company and good books. He regularly runs and cycles to help justify the wine and food!!

Other Biographical Titbits!


  • Keeping fit
  • Running (slower now)
  • Cycling
  • Tennis (not so bad)
  • Snow Skiing (improving)
  • Golf (slowly improving)
  • Reading
  • Music
  • Wine (as all good doctors do)
  • Travel

Commonwealth Secondary Study Scholarship

1972 – 74 Mannix College Residential Scholarship (Monash University)
1973 Outstanding Track & Field Athlete, National Championships, Sydney
1974 Full Blue, Athletics (Monash University)
1976 Geelong  ‘Sportsman of the Year’
1976 Hume Turnbull Research Fellowship (Dept. of Medicine, Alfred Hospital)
1982 – 83 Research Fellowship, Dept. of Surgery, Alfred Hospital
1983 Sir Robert Menzies Foundation, Travelling Fellow in Sports Medicine (U.K., Canada, East Africa)
1985 Fellow, Australian Sports Medicine Federation
1987 Squibb Travelling Lecturer in Sports Medicine (New Zealand)
1990 Syntex Travelling Lecturer in Sports Medicine (Australia)
1991 Fellow, Australian College of Sports Physicians
1998 Jeff Crouch medal for services to Little Athletics
2000 Australian Sports Medal (services to Australian sport)
2006 ASMF Fellows Certificate of Appreciation
2007 Fellowship Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine (UK)
2007 Sports Medicine Australia President’s Award (services to sports medicine)

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