Health and Sport Science

A mainstay of the local economy, the ACT’s world-class health services (including research) and array of state-of-the-art sporting facilities are renowned both in Australia and internationally. ACT private sector employment in health accounts for 18,000 jobs1 (and is growing at around 3.3 per cent per annum2), making Canberra’s health and sport science sector a solid area of growth offering a range of investment opportunities.

A centre of international sport science and training excellence

The city has world-class sports science, sports medicine, nutrition, biometrics, physiology, performance psychology and sports administration expertise and is home to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). The AIS has trained, developed and supported both abled and para sports people across summer and winter sports. Since its foundation in 1981, 142 of Australia’s 304 Olympic medals have been won by AIS athletes3. The AIS has also fostered the growth of a number of spin-off sports companies, supplying skills and systems to Australian and international customers; making Canberra an unrivalled competitor in the sports industry.

A prestigious contribution to global medical research

The prestigious John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR) at the Australian National University hosts the best and brightest medical minds from around the world with past research academics being awarded two Nobel Prizes for their contribution to global medicine. The JCSMR has recently expanded to include teaching in the areas of nursing, allied health, sports science and fitness.

National headquarters for peak medical and health organsisations

Health sector peak bodies and private medical service providers have chosen to locate their corporate headquarters in Canberra and the city serves the health requirements of a regional population exceeding 800,000. 

University and higher education medical training

The University of Canberra has been a long-time educator of health practitioners and is also expanding its role with the recent announcement of a super health clinic and teaching hospital to be established on the university grounds. With these developments, and the increasing health needs of Australia’s aging population, the ACT’s health sector presents excellent long-term prospects for continued growth and investment opportunity.

An active capital

Canberrans are active and healthy and the city provides abundant choices for recreation, sporting and outdoor activities. The ACT has the highest per capita rates of participation in sport and physical recreation (Source: ABS 4177.0).  

1 Source: SGS Estimate based on 2006 and 2011 ABS Census of Population and Dwellings

2 Source: ibid

3 Source: Australian Sports Commission, Facts about the AIS.