B.Med., Dip. Sports Med (London), F.A.C.S.P.
Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician
After graduating from the University of Newcastle in 1984, Dr John Best was awarded Intern of the Year at St George Hospital. He completed postgraduate studies at London University and was subsequently awarded a Fellowship with the Australasian College of Sports Physicians in 1992. He acts as an Examiner for the College.
John enjoys a number of clinical areas in sports medicine, in particular rugby medicine. He has been heavily involved with the Australian Rugby Union. He was the Australian Team (Wallabies) team physician from 1994-2000 including both the 1995 World Cup and the 1999 World Cup tournament when the Wallabies were world champions. He was Medical Director to Australian Rugby in 2000-2001, and acted as Sports Science Consultant for their High-Performance Unit in 2000 and 2002. He enjoyed the honour of being appointed as the 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.
John and his family have completed a working sabbatical in London with the Pure Sports Medicine Group where John continued working with professional sports clubs. This includes 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.
Other clinical interests include shoulder disorders, triathlon medicine, preventing fatigue and exercise prescription for health and education. John has been a conjoint lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, where he teaches medical students.
In 2000, John was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for Sports Medicine by the Prime Minister and Governor General of Australia. He is also acts as a medical consultant for the Australian Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) and is on Football Australia’s Sports Science Committee.
John and his wife Megan (also a doctor) speak to groups on the area of "High Performance Living" – looking at the similarities between the overtrained/fatigued athlete and the fatigued worker.
Dr. Best consults from the Randwick office.