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Musculoskeletal & Sports Medicine

Gain the skills to diagnose and manage patients with musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries in primary care.



Learn to diagnose and manage patients with musculoskeletal conditions and sporting injuries in primary care, with a focus on sport nutrition, drugs in sport, exercise, physical activity in children, and more.

  • Acquire expert-level knowledge in musculoskeletal and sports medicine, including issues such as drug use, nutrition, the role of a team doctor, and more. 
  • As musculoskeletal conditions account for over 14 per cent of general practice encounters, this online course will enable you to better meet patient demand and improve outcomes.
  • This course is for medical doctors, International Medical Graduates, registered nurses, and degree-qualified health professionals.
  • CPD-accredited and university-assured.

CPD requirements

Fulfils 50 hrs for medical professionals in Australia

Study modes

100% online

Course fee

Special rates available

Study duration

86 hrs

Quality assured by Bond university

Course benefits

  • Become a trusted source of support for your physically active patients, from weekend sportspeople to high performance athletes and even children.
  • Provide comprehensive advice to your patients regarding sport nutrition, drug use, and exercise as medicine.
  • Provide your patients with immediate care by addressing common ailments in general practice, and provide long-term support for those with ongoing joint and musculoskeletal pains and sporting injuries.
  • Judge when to refer on a patient, and learn how to work collaboratively with specialists and physiotherapists.

Get unlimited access to all course content, additional learning materials, ongoing post-course support, and more.

Course contents

Inflammatory arthritis

Arthritis is an umbrella term for over 100 diseases and conditions affecting the bones, muscles and joints1.  More than 30 of these are inflammatory rheumatic diseases. The steps of early assessment and diagnosis are outlined commencing with symptoms, patient history and test options. This information is supported by two clinical cases. The first case considers septic arthritis and the second case discusses polymyalgia rheumatica. Inflammatory arthritis aetiologies are outlined before discussing gout and pseudogout in detail.  

The course then considers rheumatoid arthritis covering the facts, aetology, history, stages, tests, clinical features and extra-articular manifestations. A case study is included. Pharmacotherapy, DMARDS, non-pharmacological options and complications are outlined. Information is provided on Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and pregnancy, and RA and vaccination.  

Unit five discusses ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis in detail including aetiology, symptoms, investigations, tests to assist with diagnosis, differential diagnoses and management information.   

Unexplained symptoms: Symptoms with no firm diagnosis

The aim of this course is to consider patients who have symptoms where it is difficult to make a firm diagnosis, but who still need care, support and in some instances, symptomatic treatment. Content commences with the challenges facing a practitioner when dealing with these patients. These patient presentations are common and symptoms are variable.  Information is provided in how to manage these patients including cultural factors, common symptoms, syndromes, the patient perspective and diagnoses. Information on electromagnetic hypersensitivity is detailed.

A patient centred approach aims to combine evidence based diagnosis and treatment with what patients experience. Six components of patient centred care are outlined. Treatment should aim to establish an effective physician-patient relationship, help develop strategies for coping and encourage patients to lead a normal work/social life. History, examinations, investigations and self help strategies are discussed.  Unit five discusses three patient cases.

Nutrition for sport and musculoskeletal health
This course focuses on athletes and the role of sports nutrition to maximise health and performance. Understanding athletes and their goals will lead to developing and maintaining practical strategies. Investigations and screening options are included to provide tools for use in clinical practice. Key information on energy intake and energy balance, body composition, when to consume carbohydrates, high fat diets and protein requirements are outlined. The roles of micro and macro nutrients, vitamins and minerals and superfoods are included. Hydration, replacing fluids and sport supplements including the AIS Sports Supplement Framework are covered. Case studies within the content demonstrate the practical application of information to specific cases.  
Children's health: Sport and exercise
This course guides the practitioner to develop clinically appropriate management plans for children undertaking higher level sports participation. A focus of this course is the identification and management of apophyseal injuries. Topics discussed include high level sports participation and injury data, apophyseal injuries generally and then injuries and management of injuries to the hip, knee, ankle and foot. Appropriate identification of apophyseal injuries include investigation options, physical examinations and imaging choices. Severs disease is discussed in detail. Anatomical images are used to demonstrate common injury sites. Clinical management with reference to the AMSC Joint Position Statement and online tools assist with developing management plans. Course information on how to minimise growth disturbance from sport participation, strength and conditioning techniques and injury prevention strategies are included.  
GP cases: Managing the weekend sportsperson
This course informs the practitioner on managing ‘the weekend sportsperson’. People are advised to be active at all ages and to live a healthy lifestyle. The cost of sports injuries to the person and the health system are considerable.  The flip side is that participation in physical activity saves the health system millions of dollars. Types of injuries are outlined including severity levels. Assessment of musculoskeletal injuries include history, symptoms, pain, mechanism of injury, visible symptoms, initial treatment and physical examinations. Imaging options are detailed including x-rays, ultrasound, MRI and CT scans.  Prevention strategies and techniques are discussed across all ages. Diagnosis, pain relief, immediate post injury management and referral options are included. a comprehensive case study demonstrate the practical application of information to a specific case.  
The role of Sports Team Doctor
This course provides a comprehensive guide to the varying aspects that relate to the role of the Team Doctor. Topics include the match day role, management and prevention of injuries (and illness) in the team, anti-doping and an update on concussion: management, prevention & long-term problems. Match day preparation includes emergency action planning, equipment, medicines, personnel, communication and availability of medical rooms. Guides are listed to manage the more common injuries on match day including joint and muscle injuries, the winded player, concussion, cuts and abrasions. Sport doping and the team doctor role in anti-doping education and strategies are featured. Content includes additional information relating to female athletes. The course concludes with possible mental health issues and screening tools.  
High performance athletes and medicine
This course provides comprehensive information on managing common medications in high performance athletes including some medications specifically used in sport. A detailed application of medications in high performance athletes include the use of analgesics, NSAIDs, antibiotics, gastro-intestinal drugs and mental health medications. Course content includes supplements and guidelines for GPs relating to drugs and doping in sport. The course concludes with a unit on medications for night sedatives, diabetes mellitus, vitamin D and iron supplementation and corticosteroids in high performance sport.  
Legal and illegal drugs in sport
This course looks at the multiple reasons why both legal and illegal drugs are used in sport. Performance-enhancing drugs are substances used to improve any form of activity performance in people. This form of drug abuse in sports is known as doping with the aim of increasing body mass and building muscle and capability. The highly recognised World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) classifications and definitions are discussed in detail. Sport Integrity Australia is the national anti-doping organization. Australia is a signatory to the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport and is required to implement anti-doping arrangements in accordance with the principles of the WADA Code (the Code). Sports Integrity Australia provides educational resources for athletes, parents, teachers, coaches and support personnel on anti-doping, match fixing, illicit drugs and ethical decision making. The ultimate responsibility for using illegal drugs remains with the athlete.  

Did you know you can also study most of these course modules in HealthCert 365?

If you're not interested in pursuing a full certificate in this field but simply want to enhance your skills in specific topics covered in this course, you can access the content of this and other courses for a flat fee of $83 per month (paid annually) within HealthCert 365.

Meet your instructors

Huddy Fuller
Dr Huddy Fuller


General practitioner

A native Queenslander, Dr Huddy Fuller graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2012, and spent his hospital years in Launceston then Hervey Bay. He went on to complete GP Fellowship in NSW, choosing general practice because he believes it is the most important medical speciality for the betterment of people’s lives.

Dr Fuller has a background as an exercise physiologist and enjoys bringing this knowledge to general practice. He is experienced in skin cancer screening and management, musculoskeletal medicine, and chronic disease management especially type 2 diabetes. Dr Fuller focuses on an education and shared decision making approach to general practice.

He is heavily involved in the team sport Ultimate Frisbee.

Anoop Jalota
Dr Anoop Jalota


General practitioner

Dr Anoop Jalota is a general practitioner who has special interests in emergency procedures and musculoskeletal medicine. He is passionate about helping patients to quit smoking and manage their weight. Dr Jalota is currently a cluster leader for Central Illawarra and has a passion for continued learning and mentoring.

Joe Kosterich (3)
Dr Joe Kosterich

Doctor, speaker, author, media presenter and health industry consultant

Dr Joe Kosterich is a doctor, speaker, author, media presenter and health industry consultant. Wanting you to be healthy and get the most out of life, Dr Kosterich writes for numerous medical and mainstream publications and is a regular on radio and television. He is often called to give opinions in medico legal cases, is clinical editor of Medical Forum Magazine, adjunct professor (teaching) at UWA and a lecturer at Curtin Medical School. Medical Advisor to Medicinal Cannabis company Little Green Pharma and Chairman of Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association, Dr Kosterich has self-published two books: Dr Joe’s DIY Health and 60 Minutes To Better Health, and maintains a website and blog with health information and commentary. Previously he held senior positions in the Australian Medical Association and sat on numerous industry and government boards. He has extensive corporate experience in the setting up and management of medical centres and in helping businesses maintain a healthy workforce. Through all this he continues to see patients as a GP each week.

Alice Lam
Dr Alice Lam
General practitioner
Dr Alice Lam is a general practitioner passionate about evidence-based medicine and education for medical professionals and their patients. She has over 23 years of medical experience in Australia and overseas. Dr Lam graduated from the University of Manchester, UK and practised both as a locum and partner. Since 2008, she has worked as a GP in Melbourne, Australia. Her other interests include digital health, health writing and education for health professionals and patients.
David Pugh
Dr David Pugh


Senior Lecturer, Exercise Physiology, School of Sport and Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales

Dr David Pugh is a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology within the School of Sport and Health Sciences at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales. His global research agenda focuses on how regular exercise and physical activity can effectively prevent and treat cardiovascular and metabolic diseases across the lifespan.

Ronnie Bateman_circle
Mr Ronnie Bateman
BPhysio, BPodiatry, Masters Musculoskeletal Physio


Podiatrist & physiotherapist

Ronnie Bateman attained his professional qualifications from LaTrobe University, Melbourne. In 1995, he graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and returned to study a Bachelor of Podiatry and a Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.

Mr Bateman has worked in several sectors including elite sport, aged care and disability, occupational, public health, and private practice.

As a clinician, he promotes treatment pragmatism, and concedes that there are exceptions to most supported clinical and research-based beliefs.

As a podiatrist, he enjoys the challenge of complex foot/ankle conditions, in addition to assisting more proximal pathologies (such as knee pain) by altering distal biomechanics. Podiatric interventions he adopts can include one or more of the following: shoe alterations, insole alterations, over-the-counter orthotics, hand-made insoles/orthotics, strapping, padding, and off-loading. He continues to make devices from casting to fitting where necessary.

As a physiotherapist, Mr Bateman will consider evidence-based research and “old-school” manual therapy options in an attempt to make maximum improvement in the shortest timeframe.

As a lower-limb musculoskeletal practitioner, he can apply top-down (physiotherapy based) and bottom-up (podiatry based) approaches.

Principles and philosophies supported include:

  • Mechanical problems have mechanical solutions.
  • Maximal healing occurs in an environment of minimal symptoms.
  • Rather than “no pain, no gain”, the preference is “more brain, less brawn”.
  • Like bread, chronic soft-tissue scar invariably does well with a knead.
  • “Trial and error” in musculoskeletal therapy is valuable if risks are understood and mitigated. Results-based therapy is about assessing, intervening with low-risk and re-assessing effect.
  • The positive effect of braces in the acute phase are generally underrated and are invariably dispensed with too soon.

Study modes

Study 100% online

100% online

Study at your own pace and to your own schedule. 

  • View and replay video lectures at your convenience.
  • Participate in online case discussions with your peers.
  • Participate in course webinars prior to the examinations and ask questions.
  • Complete your assessment online and receive your CPD hours and certificate.
HealthCert 365 - a digital CPD library

HealthCert 365

Easily meet your CPD requirements and gain valuable skills – all in one place for $83 per month. 

  • Customise your learning experience by accessing and focusing only on course modules that interest you the most.
  • Gain access to 200+ additional CPD activities and 50-hour special focus CPD programs, sourced from all HealthCert university-assured programs.

Professional Diploma of Musculoskeletal & Sports Medicine



  • Meets the 50hr annual CPD requirement
  • 100% online
  • Flexible start and completion time


Bundle two courses and save 5%, or three courses and save 10% upon enrolment.
Talk to us about deferred payment options, registrar scholarships and special rates.

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This certificate meets the 50hr annual CPD requirement for medical practitioners

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Accredited CPD activities in this certificate

This is an RACGP-approved CPD activity under the RACGP CPD program.

RACGP CPD Accredited activity
RACGP Activity Number ACRRM Activity Number Activity Title Education Hours Performance Hours Outcome Hours Total Hours
788339 32771 Inflammatory arthritis 788339 32771 5.5 6 0 11.5
788419 32772 Unexplained symptoms: Symptoms with no firm diagnosis 788419 32772 5 6 0 11
788436 32773 Nutrition for sport and musculoskeletal health 788436 32773 4.5 6 0 10.5
788455 32774 Children's health: Sport and exercise 788455 32774 5 6 0 11
788466 32775 GP cases: Managing the weekend sportsperson 788466 32775 4.5 6 0 10.5
788470 32776 The role of Sports Team Doctor 788470 32776 4.5 6 0 10.5
788480 32777 Performance athletes and medicine 788480 32777 4.5 6 0 10.5
788486 32778 Legal and illegal drugs in sport 788486 32778 4.5 6 0 10.5
763902 32398 Clinical Audit of Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine: Arthritis 763902 32398 0 2 19.5 21.5
763923 32399 Clinical Audit of Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine: Sports Injuries 763923 32399 0 2 19.5 21.5
Grand Total 129

View the CPD Hours for all HealthCert Education activities.

Outcome measurement

The peer reviewed comprehensive clinical audit associated with this professional diploma exceeds the annual CPD outcome measurement hours.

Accredited CPD activities in this certificate

This is an RACGP-approved CPD activity under the RACGP CPD program.

RACGP CPD Accredited activity
RACGP Activity Number ACRRM Activity Number Activity Title Education Hours Performance Hours Outcome Hours Total Hours
448427 31143 Rheumatoid arthritis 448427 31143 4 6 0 10
448705 31147 Degenerative joint diseases 448705 31147 4.5 6 0 10.5
448438 31144 Neck injuries in sport 448438 31144 3.5 6 0 9.5
448711 31150 Low back pain 448711 31150 4 6 0 10
448717 31152 Recurrent musculoskeletal and sports injuries in men 448717 31152 5 6 0 11
448689 31145 GP Cases- Acute musculoskeletal and sports 448689 31145 5 6 0 11
448419 31142 Musculoskeletal Pain 448419 31142 4.5 6 0 10.5
448692 31146 Physical and Biomechanical assessment of lower limb and gait problems 448692 31146 7 6 0 13
802660 32987 Low back pain Outcome Improvement Activity 802660 32987 0 0 8.5 8.5
Grand Total 94

Outcome measurement

HealthCert provides several options to complete your measuring outcome hours. These options are self-recorded activities and hours taken may vary depending on your focus area.

  • Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) templates that you can develop to your own focus area.
  • Clinical audits relating to specific topics within the course. 


Pre- and post-course information

Entry requirements

The Professional Diploma of Musculoskeletal & Sports Medicine is for degree-qualified medical professionals who wish to learn how to improve patient outcomes, especially those patients with musculoskeletal conditions commonly seen in general practice.

This course is for physicians and degree-qualified medical professionals. Participants must have successfully completed the HealthCert Advanced Certificate of Musculoskeletal & Sports Medicine (or a qualification deemed equivalent). Participants do not have to pass an IELTS test but, as the courses are delivered in English, proficiency in listening, reading and writing English is assumed.

Participants will require access to a computer/laptop, an internet connection and a basic level of technology proficiency to access and navigate the online learning portal.

Recognised prior learning (RPL)

Professionally recognised qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course if the learning outcomes match exactly. Please ask a HealthCert Education Advisor for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience.


This certificate course meets the minimum 50 hours CPD annual requirement across all three mandatory CPD activity types.

Upon successful completion of the course requirements, participants will receive the Professional Diploma of Musculoskeletal & Sports Medicine, and CPD hours.

This certificate course:

  • Is quality-assured by Bond University.
  • Qualifies for CPD hours from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
  • Qualifies for CPD hours from the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
  • Is recognised by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP).
  • Is recognised by the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP). The HKCFP recognises all courses
    endorsed by the RACGP. Points are calculated differently.
  • Is a self-submitted activity in Dubai. The number of CPD hours must be stated on the certificate. Please contact for more information.
  • Is a self-submitted activity in the UK. CPD events overseas, applicable to a doctor’s scope of practice, may be submitted for revalidation. Please confirm with your Responsible Officer.
  • Is a self-submitted activity in Canada through the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Contact for more information.
  • Meets World Federation of Medical Education standards.
  • Has been independently developed with subject experts and does not receive education grants from any pharmaceutical company.

To learn more about the delivery of certificates in Australia and overseas, please visit our FAQs.


Professional Diploma Pathway

This course is the final stage of the three-part professional diploma pathway. The full pathway is Professional Certificate of Musculoskeletal & Sports Medicine, Advanced Certificate of Musculoskeletal & Sports Medicine, and Professional Diploma of Musculoskeletal & Sports Medicine.


University quality-assured and CPD-accredited education provider 

This organisation is an RACGP-accredited CPD provider under the RACGP CPD Program.

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Qualifies for CPD Hours with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
Quality assured by Bond University

Frequently asked questions

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What are the costs and payment options of the course?

Fees will vary based on the program and study option selected (fully online vs online + optional practical workshop). Payments can be made upfront or in monthly instalments. Special rates and various payment options are available. GP registrars and doctors in training enjoy a scholarship of up to $500. Talk to us to learn more.

What is the Alumni Support Program?

Completion of any HealthCert course or attendance at an event will enable you to access the HealthCert Alumni Program which includes:

  • Access to special alumni rates for new courses when they are released.
  • Special alumni price for HealthCert Conferences.
  • Exclusive advanced access to HealthCert events.
  • Regular Alumni Webinars pertaining to the course(s) you have attended. These will provide content review of the course and an opportunity to discuss case studies.
  • Access to the video lectures as seen during the course(s) that you have attended.
How will I receive my certificate?

HealthCert Education is pleased to issue digital credentials for alumni. Digital credentials are a permanent online record of your successful completion of a HealthCert course and are issued to all course participants in addition to PDF certificates. If you are based in Australia, you also have the option to order a hard copy of your digital certificate for a small additional fee.

How long will the course take to complete?

The recommended study duration of this certificate course is 86 hours, which includes study of the pre-course activities and readings, online lectures, live tutorials, and online assessment. This self-paced course offers the flexibility of 100% online study in your own time, at your own pace, in your own home or office, with no mandatory face-to-face requirements. You are not required to be online at specific times but can view and replay video lectures at your convenience.

Is this course recognised in my country?

All HealthCert courses meet World Federation of Medical Education standards. This certificate course qualifies for CPD hours from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) in Australia. It is recognised by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) in New Zealand. It is recognised by the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP) in China. It is a self-submitted activity in Dubai and the United Kingdom. It is a self-submitted activity through the College of Family Physicians in Canada. If you live or work outside one of the above-mentioned countries, please contact us on to discuss whether this course can be recognised in your country.

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