From the ancient Olympic Games in Greece to the modern which traverses the planet, the physical and mental health of athletes and the associated science of health has been core to success in every sport. This has remained unchanged throughout history.
In this regard, the IOC’s Medical and Scientific Commission remains one of the oldest in concept. The ONOC Medical Commission draws from this historical progression to continue the safeguarding of athlete health and wellbeing in the Oceania continent.
The ONOC Medical Commission has four main goals: to support the establishment of NOC Medical Commissions in Oceania; to support Pacific Games Organising Committees Medical Teams ensuring quality services for athletes and athlete support personnel; to facilitate information sharing with relevant stakeholders; and to support capacity building at the NOC level.
It acts as the advisory body to ONOC/NOCs on all aspects of healthcare of athletes of the region and as a medical liaison body for the Oceania region. The Commission also works with ONOC/NOCs in evaluating the sports science and medicine needs of the Oceania region and makes recommendations towards fulfilling these needs; delivers sports science and medicine courses; liaises with the Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organization (ORADO) and relevant national anti-doping organizations regarding anti-doping issues; works with relevant agencies in reducing the impact of non-communicable diseases in the sporting and wider community; and promotes a healthy lifestyle through involvement in sport and physical activities.
It also facilitates and mentors the development of young clinicians in athlete care; upon invitation, organises medical and paramedical support for international sports competitions conducted in Oceania; and liaise with NOCs for the provision of standard sports science and medicine support at national/international sports tournaments; and remains available to advise and assist members and attending members of the ONOC with problems of a sports science and medicine nature in their countries.
It serves as a critical bridge between Oceania and the IOC in that it transmits the views of ONOC to the IOC Medical Commission and the IOC Medical Commission to ONOC.
Terms of Reference
The Commission has a Terms of reference outlining its core functions and responsibilities.