Dr Peter Larkins



Dr Peter Larkins has been involved in sport for most of his life. A successful schoolboy footballer, cricketer and runner in Geelong his competitive streak became evident when he first began racing at age 3 against his older athlete brother.

At age 16 Peter moved away from all other sports including his love of football to concentrate on middle distance running and ultimately spent nine years as a member of the national track & field team .He was selected in every team from 1975 to 1983 including representing Australia at Olympic, Commonwealth and World Cup competitions. He was Australian team captain in 1983.

During that era he travelled extensively competing throughout Europe including in East Germany and the “Eastern Bloc” as it was then known. He saw first hand the influence of full time sportsmedicine on athlete performance including the negative influence of drug assisted regimes, endorsed by national sporting bodies and governments of the day. Although he was more convinced than ever that he wanted to pursue a career in sportsmedicine in Australia, he was disillusioned with the apparent lack of concern by certain international sporting bodies regarding unethical practices such as systematic drug cheating.

Whilst still competing Peter completed his medical training at the Alfred hospital and also wrote a Master’s thesis in exercise physiology after receiving the Hume Turnbull Research Fellowship during the fourth year of his studies. Peter opened one of the first solo sports physician practices in Australia in 1979.

After graduating with degrees in medicine and exercise physiology and completing his hospital residency , Peter was awarded the inaugural Sir Robert Menzies Medical Scholarship and undertook postgraduate studies in sports and exercise medicine in Canada, USA, England and East Africa before returning to Australia in 1984 to continue his private practice.

He is a Foundation Fellow of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians, a Fellow of Sports Medicine Australia and a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine in the UK.

Through the 1990’s he was a national board member of Sports Medicine Australia and the Australasian College of Sports Physicians, including holding the National Presidency role for SMA. ( SMA is Australia’s peak advisory body on issues related to health and fitness) He has served on multiple committees and sub-committees for a wide variety of medical and government organisations.

In 1990 he established the National “Drugs in Sport” committee within Sports Medicine Australia and was its inaugural Chairman.

Peter has served as team doctor with a wide range of sports including the Australian track and field, cricket team, triathlon and lacrosse teams at World Cup, World Championship and Commonwealth Games events. He has been a team doctor with Geelong and Adelaide in the AFL and was a senior Team Leader for the provision of medical services at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

His media involvement began in the mid 1980’s when he was a national spokesperson for the AMA and Sports Medicine Australia on topics related to medicine and sport. In 1996 he became involved with media broadcasts of AFL games, initially with Triple M radio and subsequently also with Channel 9 Wide World of Sport. He is now working with Fairfax 3AW radio as part of the AFL coverage team. In 2010 he reached the milestone of covering over 1000 live AFL games in his media role.

Peter is active in private clinical practice in Richmond as co –founder of the Epworth Sports and Exercise Medicine Group and is invited regularly as a speaker and author on topics related to health, sport and fitness.

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

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.


1970 – 71 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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