As with most parts of the economy, COVID-19 has caused massive upheaval in the Australian fitness and exercise sector raising many questions, challenges and opportunities. Unlike our Allied Health and other “essential service” counterparts, we were shut down in March 2020 with little notice and no consultation; how and why did this happen? One contributing factor is how the fitness sector is perceived by decision makers, policy writers and mainstream media; perceptions that are frequently out-dated, based on unfavourable stereotypes and negative in context. These adverse perceptions are exacerbated by a lack of industry regulation, a recurring theme from health departments and government representatives since COVID-19 emerged in the Australian community.
Preliminary discussions indicate there is considerable agreement that our sector does need regulation and/or increased oversight and there appears to be an appetite for at least exploring the concept. Accordingly the Fitness Australia Board has determined that the case for regulation should be canvassed and this FILEX event is the start of a widespread industry and stakeholder consultation.
The panellists represent a range of stakeholders who will be sharing their views without any fear or favour.
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