Ministerial statement: Anti-Doping Advisory Group announced

23 May 2012

Minister for Sport Mark Arbib today announced appointments to the first advisory group to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).

This is the first full panel to act as a consultative forum for ASADA's CEO on matters relating to deterring, detecting and enforcing doping issues in sport.

Accomplished sports lawyer, Mr Brian Ward OAM will Chair the Advisory Group whose members include:

  • Ms Kate Palmer - Netball Australia Chief Executive.
  • Mr John Drury PSM - Former Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Customs Service.
  • Professor David Handelsman - Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology and Andrology, University of Sydney and Director of the ANZAC Research Institute at Concord Hospital, Sydney.
  • Ms Anne Gripper - Triathlon Australia Chief Executive Officer and former Director of the Anti-Doping Foundation at the International Cycling Union.
  • Mr Steve Moneghetti - One of Australia’s greatest marathon runners and Chef-de-Mission at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Senator Arbib said each member of the Advisory Group had earned the utmost respect within their chosen field and their knowledge and experience would serve ASADA well into the future.

“The group is made up of experts in the areas of the law, sport, health, law enforcement and education,” Senator Arbib said.

“It will play an important part in further strengthening Australia’s anti-doping efforts which serve to protect the integrity of sport and the health of our athletes.

“The Australian Government, through ASADA, aims to develop a sporting culture free from doping in which performance is based on an athlete’s talent, determination, courage and honesty.”

ASADA is Australia’s national anti-doping organisation and offers the most fully integrated anti-doping framework in the world. Its work involves sample collection, education, investigation, presentation of cases at hearings, sanction recommendations and the development, approval and monitoring of sporting organisations’ anti-doping policies.