Education

Education and training

UniSport Australia (UniSport) is pleased to offer a number of education programs as a part of its member services.

We are firmly committed to the continual improvement and provision of education opportunities for university sport staff as well as the student-athletes participating in UniSport events and programs.

Be The Influence

UniSport is proud to provide the Be The Influence (BTI) program exclusively to its members. The program was created in 2012 and has since seen more than 1,000 student leaders complete the face to face workshop. The program aims to equip student leaders with the tools and knowledge to be a leader amongst their peers.

Key focuses of the workshop include: knowing and understanding personal brand, leadership and communication skills, highlighting positive role models, as well as social media and employability.

It is our aim to deliver this program to all participants at UniSport events as well as student-athletes participating in club and social sport on campus.

 
Anti-doping

UniSport is proud to work in partnership with the Australian Sport Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to ensure our members and student-athletes at UniSport events and in high performance pathways have access to consistent, quality anti-doping education. 

ASADA certification

It is a requirement of participation at all UniSport events for participants and team managers to complete the ASADA Anti-Doping online certification.

 

Level 1 certification is compulsory for all participants and team officials. Team officials and participants in the Nationals Div 1 competitions will be required to also complete the Level 2 certification. To access the ASADA online certification visit the ASADA Education portal.

 

FISU-WADA partnership project

 

Engaging university students is the greatest method of promotion for drug-free sport values to future sport leaders and professionals. The FISU-WADA partnership project strives to create a drug-free environment to protect athletes and youth. The project is a part of the Legacy Program for the 2015 Universiade in Gwangju, Republic of Korea.

The program objectives include:

  • Developing an integrated e-textbook and teaching material to raise the social awareness of anti-doping among first year university students.

  • Educating future practitioners, athletes, coaches and sport leaders on doping consequences and their role in doping prevention.

  • Supporting universities to integrate anti-doping messaging into different faculties by identifying key topics and providing essential support material.

FISU-WADA partnership project

 

Engaging university students is the greatest method of promotion for drug-free sport values to future sport leaders and professionals. The FISU-WADA partnership project strives to create a drug-free environment to protect athletes and youth. The project is a part of the Legacy Program for the 2015 Universiade in Gwangju, Republic of Korea.

The program objectives include:

  • Developing an integrated e-textbook and teaching material to raise the social awareness of anti-doping among first year university students.

  • Educating future practitioners, athletes, coaches and sport leaders on doping consequences and their role in doping prevention.

  • Supporting universities to integrate anti-doping messaging into different faculties by identifying key topics and providing essential support material.

The Anti-Doping Textbook

The Anti-Doping Textbook and teaching material have been designed as a comprehensive overview of doping in sport and issues related to this. It's target audience is university students who strive to be involved in any sport, ranging from elite athletes to grass roots levels.

The textbook is available in English, French, Korean, Russian and Spanish. It is accessible free of charge, along with the support material for instructors, through the FISU-WADA Anti-Doping Learning Hub. A project information brochure is also available. 

If you work in the area of curriculum development and wish to implement the anti doping e-textbook into your course, contact Donna Spethman for more information.

Incident management

In 2017, UniSport partnered with Risk Logic to deliver vital and important education and training to our members in the area of incident management. Using key tools and resources, members experienced a scenario situation where they were able to implement theory into practice. UniSport members were also provided with comprehensive tools for team planning and organisation at UniSport and other external events. Such tools include:

  • Critical incident management checklists

  • Incident management guides

  • Local incident management team structures

  • Escalation checklists

  • Local incident response plans

This education service was provided free to all UniSport members and incident management education will be ongoing.

 

UniSport is proud to support the Respect. Now. Always. campaign implemented across all university institutions in Australia. 

For more information on Respect. Now. Always. visit the Universities Australia website or contact UniSport Australia and ask how you can get involved and learn more. 

 
Concussion

Concussion is a serious injury and may occur to any person at a UniSport event. The UniSport Guideline on concussion can be found on the Policies and Guidelines page of our website.

 

UniSport Australia endorses the Concussion in Sport Australia Position Statement. The Concussion in Sport Australia Position Statement brings together the most contemporary evidence-based information for athletes, coaches, medical and allied heath practitioners, parents and teachers.

The Position Statement seeks to protect the integrity of sport through the consistent application of best practice guidelines and, ultimately, improve safety and health outcomes for all Australian who suffer concussive injuries while participating in sport.