Bianca obtained her medical degree from The University of Melbourne, graduating in 2001. She pursued a career in surgery, gaining experience in the fields of orthopaedics, plastic surgery, trauma and emergency medicine both in Australia and the United Kingdom. In 2005 she was granted an academic post at Oxford University School of Medicine, UK, instructing in anatomy where she was awarded the Dooley Prize for her excellence in anatomy demonstration. Her ambition to promote sport and exercise as a “prescription for health” led her to a career in Sports Medicine. Bianca successfully completed her fellowship examinations in 2013 and was admitted to Fellowship of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians in July 2014. Her published works include her research on exercise-associated hyponatraemia in ultra-distance athletes, and sports knee injuries.
A keen gymnast in her youth, Bianca went on to coach gymnastics for 10 years and continues her involvement in the sport by providing medical coverage for Gymnastics Victoria events. She has served as team doctor for Collingwood VFL, W-League Melbourne Victory Football Club, Melbourne Vixens Netball Team and the Australian 21U Netball Team. In addition, she has provided medical coverage for Swimming Australia, A League and multi-sport adventure racing events. She is currently in her third season as team doctor to AFL Melbourne Football Club. Bianca and her family spent the 2014-15 European winter season on the slopes in Chamonix, France, refining their skills in snow boarding, French language and patisserie consumption. During this period abroad she headed up the medical team for Australia in the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships held in Austria in which Australia celebrated four podium finishes.
Career Highlights / Affiliations / Associations
- Team Doctor – Australian team, FIS Freestyle Ski and Snow Board World Championships Men’s Half Pipe & Women’s Aerial Ski gold medals, Men’s Freestyle Ski silver medal, Austria (2015)
- Team Doctor – Melbourne Victory Football team, FFA W-League Champions, Melbourne (2013–2014)
- Team Doctor – Australian 21/U Netball team, World Youth Netball Cup Champions, Cook Islands (2009)