Dr Peter Larkins

Dr Peter Larkins is a foundation fellow of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians, a fellow of Sports Medicine Australia, and a foundation fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine in the UK.

He undertook preclinical medical training at Monash, completed his training at The Alfred hospital, and wrote an honours thesis in exercise physiology after receiving the Hume Turnbull Research Fellowship during the fourth year of his studies. After graduating with degrees in medicine and exercise physiology, and completing his hospital residency, he was awarded the inaugural Sir Robert Menzies Medical Scholarship, and undertook graduate studies in sports and exercise medicine in Canada, the US, England and East Africa before returning to Australia in 1984 to continue his private practice.

His current practice in Richmond deals with all areas of health, fitness and exercise, including sports injuries and a range of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions.

His interest in sport and fitness began with his involvement in athletics, football and cricket. He’s represented Australia as a competitor in middle-distance running at Olympic, Commonwealth and World Cup competitions, and was captain of the Australian track and field team in 1983. He’s worked as team doctor with a wide range of sports, including the Australian track and field, cricket, triathlon and lacrosse teams, and with Geelong and Adelaide in the AFL.

He’s served as a board member of Sports Medicine Australia (where he was for a time national president) and the Australasian College of Sports Physicians, and on multiple committees for medical and government organisations. In 1990, he established and was the inaugural chairman of the national ‘Drugs in Sport’ committee within Sports Medicine Australia.