Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 418. Updated Tuesday, 15 July 2014

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AIS leads way to winning edge

Australian sporting organisations have been provided with information and guidelines for their sports supplements programs with the release of a new Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) sports supplement framework.

Director of the AIS, Matt Favier said the framework was developed as part of Australia's Winning Edge game plan following consultations with stakeholders in the Australian sports system.

The initiative followed last year's AIS Sports Supplement Summit in Canberra.

"We have developed expertise and resources at the AIS over the last 13 years that we can share and will help sports develop their own supplement policies," Mr Favier said.

"The framework will contribute to the checks and balances that protect the integrity of Australian sport against unethical and unsafe practices."

Framework for supplements released

He said that as Australia's leading high-performance sports Agency, the AIS could assist Australian sporting organisations and agencies to develop their own sports supplement programs and guidelines through the framework.

Head of Nutrition at the AIS, Louise Burke said the framework comprised a number of elements including provision, education, research and governance which could be integrated by sports.

"The use of supplements and sports foods by athletes is a balance between potential benefits and risks like a waste of resources, distraction, poor role modelling and anti-doping rule violations," Professor Burke said.

"We have seen in recent times that poor practice with supplements can lead to substantial problems. As a result Australian sporting organisations have been asked to implement clear guidelines for athletes so their use of supplements is safe, effective and legal."

An expanded AIS Sports Supplement panel involving internal AIS and external experts has been appointed.

The AIS Sports Supplement Framework can be found at this PS News link.

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