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Service spotlight: Dr John Best and the injury clinic for asylum seekers and refugees
  1. Mohammad Chaker Jomaa
  1. School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney Medical School, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mohammad Chaker Jomaa, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney Medical School, Sydney 2050, New South Wales, Australia; moe.jomaa{at}

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Dr John Best is one of Australia’s leading sports and exercise medicine physicians. He has had a successful career for many years since being awarded his fellowship with the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Physicians in 1992. He has worked in various elite sporting roles, including the Australian rugby (Wallabies) team between 1994 and 2000, being part of their 1999 World Cup victory. Dr Best was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to sports medicine in 2000. He currently acts as a medical consultant to the Australian Professional Golfers’ Association tournaments and is on the Australian National Rugby League Medical Advisory Panel.

A sport and exercise medicine clinic for refugees was born

In 2017, Dr Best set up the Injury Clinic for Asylum Seekers and Refugees (ICFAR) in Western Sydney, Australia. Since its opening, the clinic has operated once every 2 weeks, serving the local disadvantaged refugee and asylum seeker communities. Patients from Sri Lanka, Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and beyond have all presented with a range of medical ailments, acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries and sociopolitical concerns.

Dr Best volunteers his time to support …

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