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SPME701 Issues in Sports Medicine

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

The foundations of the multidisciplinary study of sports medicine to include core anatomy, physiology, nutrition and human movement.

This is the compulsory introductory paper for the PGDipSEM. This paper provides an overview of sport and exercise medicine to highlight its multidisciplinary nature. It focuses on some of the major contemporary issues and deals with each in a practical manner highlighted by recent publications.

The paper begins with a compulsory residential weekend prior to the start of the semester (date to be determined by Dr Hamish Osborne). This weekend is essentially a workshop teaching key material that cannot be satisfactorily taught via distance learning. Workshops on motivational interviewing and bioethics lay a key foundation for students from all disciplines to further build fundamentally sound practice in the workplace. Students get to meet other health professionals from diverse background and start to build the team approach that is so important in sport and exercise medicine.

Paper title Issues in Sports Medicine
Paper code SPME701
Subject Sports Medicine
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,857.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $7,235.25

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SPMX 701
Limited to
MHealSc, PGCertPHC, PGDipPHC, PGDipSEM, PGDipPhty, PGDipHealSc, MPhty
Entry to the Postgraduate Diploma is by application (i.e. not open), and you must apply online with supporting documentation through eVision.

Criteria are:
  • Applicant has a bachelor's degree - preferably in Medicine, Physiotherapy, Physical Education, Human Nutrition, Pharmacy or Sciences
  • Applicant is, or has been, working in a related field
  • Applicant has the ability to study at postgraduate level
International students must meet the University of Otago's admissions criteria.

Academic Co-ordinator: Dr Hamish Osborne (

Postgraduate Administrator:

Teaching staff
The Academic Co-ordinator for the Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine (PGDipSEM) and Paper Co-ordinator for SPME 701 is Dr Hamish Osborne.

Additional academics from outside the Department of Medicine - including the School of Physiotherapy, School of Physical Education and the Department of Human Nutrition - have been chosen for their specialist expertise to support the delivery of this multidisciplinary paper. They have contributed to the written material and will provide input to the webinars.

Specifically, the paper is supported by assistant and clinical lecturers Dr Peter Burt, Dr Katherine Black (Department of Human Nutrition), and Dr Gisela Sole (School of Physiotherapy).
Paper Structure

The programme of study consists of Sport and Exercise Medicine papers to the value of 120 points. SPME 701 is compulsory and normally completed first. It starts with a weekend in Otago in February, which you must attend.

SPME 711 also has a two-day residential component in Dunedin in June/July. SPME 706 has been replaced with PHTY 542 and has a residential component in Dunedin. Only physiotherapists can study this paper.

These are the only residential components. Most students complete the Diploma part-time within two years, although it is possible to complete it sooner.

Teaching Arrangements
This is a distance learning programme delivered by web conference in the evenings so that students can work and still study. Learning materials will be shared on Moodle.
Readings will be indicated on Moodle.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
The aim of this paper is to address current issues in sport and exercise medicine for graduate students from a range of health science disciplines.Specifically, this paper has the following objectives:
  1. To provide students with a basic understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of sport and exercise medicine.
  2. To promote the collaborative link between clinicians and sport scientists.
  3. To expose students to sources of contemporary opinion in aspects of sports medicine practice.
  4. To encourage lifelong learning in sports medicine topics.
  5. To foster meaningful research and inquiry.
  6. To develop the skills of academic review, and the ability to critique scientific literature.
  7. To improve the clinical skills and scientific expertise of students, thereby enhancing the provision of services to patients and clients.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system