- Degree type: Double Degree
- Degree(s): Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (now Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine)
Sports and exercise physician Adam Castricum is proof that with hard work, good timing and an open mind, the right career can find you.
“I have always loved sport, exercise, and looking after people. But when I graduated, sports and exercise medicine wasn’t even a speciality. If you keep your mind broad the things you want to do will be available down the track, or you can create the job you want.”
Sitting in his office at Melbourne Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre, Adam is grateful that his lifelong passions have aligned with his job.
Today Adam wears a range of hats. He is the President of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians and has just finished up as one of the team doctors at the Hawthorn Football Club, where he worked for four years and was part of the 2014 and 2015 Premiership winning medical team. In 2016, he wound up eight years as Athletics Australia Chief Medical Officer (a position that took him to the Olympics in London and Rio).
Adam now devotes much of his time to his young family and has started mentoring indigenous doctors into a career as Sport and Exercise Physicians, as there are no indigenous doctors yet in the field.
Helping people achieve their goals is Adam’s happy place. “It doesn’t matter if they are an elite athlete – it may be someone who is not able walk, or can’t breathe properly when they exercise. You treat them and they are able to get back to doing what they want to do.
“Exercise makes people feel better and more positive about what they can do in their life. So it’s a no-brainer why I like my job – because I’m making sure people do the right thing by themselves.”
Adam is still in contact with many of his medical cohort, and speaks fondly of his best mate – a distinguished Monash medical alumnus working at the Alfred Hospital.
“I am proud that when I went to Monash it was quite young, so I was part of a university that we helped grow and make one of the best universities in the world, and one of the biggest. Monash is doing a lot of things right, and I think their medical degree is one of them.”
When it comes to day-to-day philosophy, Adam has a simple one that he applies when dealing with colleagues and patients. “Whether it’s a football player, a physiotherapist or a podiatrist -- I am always open to learning from them. You’ve always got to be learning.”