This website is one of the resources resulting from the AFIRM research and is developed for use by the Australian fitness industry

Founded in 2012, the Australian Fitness Industry Risk Management (AFIRM) team sought to answer two important questions:

  1. How does Australian regulation currently control risk management in the fitness industry and thereby prevent adverse health outcomes and injury, and the legal liability associated with those risks?
  2. What sustainable changes could be made to Australian regulation for more effective risk management in the health and fitness industry in order to prevent the risk of adverse health outcomes and injury, and the legal liability associated with those risks?

To answer these questions, the AFIRM research team:

  1. Identified the regulation that governs risk management in the fitness industry;
  2. Analysed the operation of that regulation in its practical context;
  3. Critically reviewed the safety practices that occur in the Australian Fitness Industry; and
  4. Exploited national and international expertise to workshop world’s best safety practices

Armed with this knowledge, the AFIRM team set out to:

  1. Develop, in consultation with industry partners and key stakeholders, new best practice benchmarks to improve safety in the fitness industry and reduce the risk of adverse health and injury outcomes;
  2. Design regulation and safety practices to advance the achievement of those benchmarks; and
  3. Develop training materials for industry use related to those benchmarks, with the objective of increasing safety, reducing the risk of adverse health outcomes and injury, and decreasing the prospect of adverse legal liability outcomes.

This website is one of the resources resulting from the AFIRM research and is developed for use by the Australian fitness industry.  The team warmly acknowledges research contributors; Professor JoAnn Eickhoff-Shemek (University of South Florida), Professor Ian Coyle (La Trobe University) and research associates Assistant Professor Joel Butler (Bond), Nicholas Dodds, Dr Alex Donaldson (Federation), Shannon Gray, Nirmala Perera, Rebecca Richardson, Jacqui Salter, Stephen Webster, William Waldron and Dr Peta White.

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