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Statements From The AFL & AHPRA On The Project Story: AFL Concussion Study

Statements From The AFL & AHPRA.

AFL STATEMENTThe number one priority of our code is to protect the health and wellbeing of all people who participate in our game. Past AFL players were encouraged to participate in Dr Pearce’s study funded by the AFL but regrettably they largely chose not to participate preferring to focus on clinical care. Following the 2-year contract period for the study, the AFL was open to the study continuing but ultimately it did not proceed further.

The AFL anticipates that the role played by A/Prof Paul McCrory in relation to Dr Pearce’s study, if any, will be considered in the forthcoming independent review previously announced by the AFL.


Public safety is our number one priority and we take all concerns about practitioners seriously.

We are limited in what we can say publicly but we are aware of allegations in the media that Dr Paul McCrory has breached an undertaking on his registration.

We take such allegations seriously and will be investigating them.

The online Register of practitioners shows that Dr McCrory has provided an enforceable undertaking to the Medical Board of Australia that he will not perform neurodiagnostic procedures and/or nerve conduction studies and/or electromyography until approved to do so by the Medical Board of Australia.

The undertaking took effect on 21 May 2018 and remains in force.

Anyone who has concerns about a registered health practitioner is encouraged to report this to Ahpra so the concerns can be considered.