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.
John 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.
John 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.
Other 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.
In 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 religious art.