The position of concussion lead is new, but it doesn’t involve any new initiatives with the concussion protocols. Rather, it brings several roles and a raft of responsibilities together into one job.
The league has advertised for someone with 10-15 years of experience in large-scale projects and/or policy development for athlete health and safety.
The AFL isn’t limiting the role to a medical professional, instead asking for someone with a medical, public health, risk and/or legal background along with stakeholder management skills – and a knowledge of AFL football.
A background in research or research management along with ‘strong analytical skills’ are also required.
The role will have a focus on working with the AFL’s medical experts and stakeholders, including the AFLPA on the guidelines and protocols concerning concussion.
It will also lead ‘all aspects’ of the AFL’s concussion research, including “project selection and funding, management of relationships with research institutions and dissemination and implementation of relevant outcomes”.
The key stakeholders listed for the concussion lead come from all parts of the league, including the AFL audit and risk committee, AFL commission, AFL executive, club boards and chief executives, club football general managers and doctors, the AFLPA, states and community, research institutions and even other sporting codes.
The AFL posted the job on December 10 and haven’t listed a closing date.
The AFL officials with further knowledge of the role weren’t available for comment on Sunday.