Dr Rachel Harris is a Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician. Well regarded for her extensive involvement across many elite sports, Dr Harris is most notably the Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Paralympic and Water Polo teams for the Tokyo Games.
Dr Harris graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2008. She commenced her specialist training in Perth, before moving to Canberra where she obtained her Fellowship to the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians. Dr Harris is passionate about patient-centred care, believing that all members of the community can exercise safely to achieve optimal overall health. To achieve this, she works with patients in the non-surgical management of injuries, exercise prescription, and management of medical conditions that impact a person’s ability to exercise. Collaboration with the patient’s GP, other Specialists and allied health providers, is key to Dr Harris’ approach to providing patients with the best possible care.
She has worked with the Australian Women’s Cricket team, Australian Rowing and Swimming teams, South Fremantle WAFL team and Fremantle Dockers AFLW in their inaugural season. She was the AIS European Training Centre Doctor for two months in 2019 and was a member of the Australian Team Headquarters medical staff for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018. Dr Harris is the Project Lead for the AIS Female athlete performance and heath project.
Dr Harris has been involved in high performance sport from a young age, being a member of the Australian Swimming Team from age 15 and competed at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games. She was a Board Member at the Western Australian Institute of Sport for 10 years and is currently the co-chair of the Women in Sport and Exercise Medicine Advisory Committee, and a member for the Selection Committee for the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians.