Medical Committee Strategy & Structure
For Asia Rugby to be seen as the top region for player welfare in the world.
To facilitate the sharing and implementation of medical, science and best practice resources while ensuring integrity throughout.
Asia Rugby Medical Committee (MedCom) was established in 2013 when medical representatives from Asia Rugby joined together during the World Rugby Medical Commission Conference to share ideas and resources. Since then it has developed and expanded and currently has 12 members actively engaged in working groups under the guidance of a Chief Medical Officer.
In order to achieve our recently revised Vision and Mission statements MedCom plans to introduce a governance system with the following key steps;
- Asia Rugby area is divided into 5 regions in line with the Olympic Asian region recommendations i.e. Central, West, East, South and South-East
- Each region has an AR MedCom member elected as Player Welfare & Medical lead.
- These 5 regional leaders are responsible for communicating with each individual Rugby Union player welfare representative (e.g. CMO, Medical Manager or other) within their region to facilitate the sharing of resources and expertise, especially Training & Education
- Regional leaders will then work with individual Unions to prepare a Training & Education (T & E) plan in line with the AR tournament calendar
- The T & E plan will then be discussed with other regional leaders to prepare a consolidated regional plan.
- Unions requiring support to host tournaments will also be identified and assisted. Where possible, T & E sessions will be arranged around a tournament.
In addition to working group leads and regional leads, AR MedCom has 2 specialist representative members, Chris Page, UAERF and David Owens, HKRU as well as Ead Loryapoon, TRU.