B.Med., Dip. Sports Med (London), F.A.C.S.P.
Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician
Dr John Best is a Specialist Sports and Exercise
Medicine Physician with the Orthosports Group in Sydney. After graduating from
the University of Newcastle in 1984, he was awarded Intern of the Year at St
George Hospital. He completed postgraduate
studies at London University and in Australia and was subsequently awarded
Fellowship with the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Physicians in
1992. He acts as a Supervisor and an Examiner for the College and serves on
it’s Professional Development Committee.
enjoys a number of clinical areas in sports medicine, in particular rugby
medicine. He had been heavily involved with the Australian Rugby Union for
almost 15 years. This included serving
as the Australian Team (Wallabies) team physician from 1994-2000 including the
1999 World Cup tournament when the Wallabies were world champions. His other
roles with Australian Rugby included Medical Director, Sports Science
Consultant (High-Performance Unit), and Tournament Medical Officer for Rugby
World Cup 2003. He has represented
Australian Rugby on the International Rugby Board’s Medical Advisory and
Anti-doping Committees working in areas of safety and player well-being.
and his family completed a working sabbatical in London which involved working with professional sports clubs. This
included the English Premier League Football (Fulham and Charlton Athletic),
Professional Rugby (Wasps, Bath and Leicester Rugby Clubs) and the London
Broncos (now Harlequins) Rugby League Club. In 2005 John was appointed as Team
Physician for the victorious Southern Hemisphere Rugby Team.
clinical interests include shoulder and hip disorders, exercise prescription and
health promotion through education and lifestyle change. John is a Conjoint Lecturer
at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, where he teaches
medical and exercise physiology students.
2000, John was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for Sports Medicine by the
Prime Minister and Governor General of Australia. He
also acts as a medical consultant for the Australian Professional Golfers’
Association (PGA). In 2012 John was nominated as a ‘community leader’ and
completed a community awareness (CAPP) course with NSW Police. He also served on
Football Australia’s High Performance Committee and currently is on the
National Rugby League’s (NRL) Medical Advisory Panel.
From 2012-2015 John enjoyed having a ‘parallel career’
working part-time at his church as the ‘Men’s Pastor’. This involved mentoring,
leadership training and teaching. John is eager to find out what makes people
tick and seeks to use his professional and personal skills to help people live
well. He hopes to complete a men’s health book next year.
His hobbies include physical training, backgammon and
Dr. Best consults from the Randwick office.