Geoffrey Thompson (doctor)

Geoffrey Thompson FACSEP (born 1945) is an Australian sports physician who was a finalist in the 2020 Australian of the Year award, being named Northern Territory Australian of the Year.

Geoffrey Thompson
South Australia
OccupationSport and exercise medicine physician
AwardsNorthern Territory Australian of the Year 2020

Royal Australian Air Force and Flying Doctor serviceEdit

He was called up to the Australian Defence Force in 1967, transferring soon to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) because he had a pilot’s licence. He moved with his wife to Darwin in 1971. In 1974, when Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin, he assisted with the RAAF effort to evacuate the city as both pilot and doctor.[1]

Career as a sports physicianEdit

He was motivated to study to become a Sport and Exercise Medicine physician after studying under Kenneth H. Cooper at Dallas.[1]

He was the inaugural President of the Sports Medicine Australia (Northern Territory branch) [2] and was one of the Foundation Fellows of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians.

He is Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Paralympic Committee.[3]

He is a member of the Australian Sports Drug Medical Advisory Committee Review Panel.[4]

He has a particular interest in advancing healthcare in indigenous athletes in the Northern Territory.[5]

Northern Territory Australian of the Year winner 2020Edit

Geoff Thompson was awarded the NT Australian of the Year in 2020 and was a finalist in the Australian of the Year awards.[6][7][8][9][10]

Video profilesEdit


  1. ^ a b "Dr Geoffrey Thompson". Department of Veterans Affairs. 2 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Dr Geoffrey Thompson ‐ Australian of the Year".
  3. ^ "A statement from the Australian Paralympic Committee | Paralympics Australia".
  4. ^ ASADA, Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority- (11 November 2014). "About ASDMAC".
  5. ^ Masters, Roy (24 January 2020). "Australian of the Year nominee highlights forgotten cut to Medicare". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  6. ^ "Meet marine, Antarctic and climate scientist Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas, and other Australian of the Year nominees". Australian Geographic. 23 January 2020.
  7. ^ "National Museum of Australia - Geoffrey Thompson".
  8. ^ "Australia Day NT".
  9. ^ "These are the finalists for the 2020 Australian of the Year Awards". SBS News.
  10. ^ "A 'quiet achiever' who saved Australians from a cyclone is being honoured 46 years on". SBS News. Retrieved 25 August 2020.