Professor Caroline Finch is Research Professor of Human Movement Science at the University of Ballarat and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellow.
Her research focus is in the population health area of injury prevention and safety promotion, with a particular focus on sports injury and injury related to physical activity, and the use of exercise to prevent other injuries. She works in the areas of sports injury surveillance and injury data coding, evaluations of the effectiveness of injury prevention measures, assessing attitudinal and behavioural barriers towards the uptake of safety measures, and the translation of research evidence into policy and practice.
Finch is widely regarded as Australia’s leading sports and physical activity epidemiologist, and she has provided advice to the Australian Government, Sport and Recreation Victoria, the NSW Sporting Injuries Committee, Sports Medicine Australia and the Victorian Smartplay Program.
2004 – 2008: Principal Research Fellowship, National Health and Medical Research Council
2005: Visiting Lecturer Award, Alberta ( Canada) Heritage Foundation for Medical Research
2004: NSW Sporting Injury Committee’s FE Johnson Memorial Fellowship Award for outstanding achievement in the field of sports medicine
2004: Inaugural Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) President’s Award for outstanding service to the Australian Sports Medicine Federation and its members. 2004.
2002: ASMF Fellows Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to Sports Medicine Australiain recognition of significant contribution to the 2001 public debate about the risk of sport during pregnancy
2000: Australian Injury Prevention Network Award for Excellence in Injury Prevention Research
2000: William Evans Visiting Fellowship , University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
1995 – 1999: Research Fellowship Award, Public Health Research and Development Committee (of the National Health and Medical Research Committee)
1983: Commonwealth Postgraduate Research Award
More by and about Caroline Finch
UNSW Injury Risk Management Research Centre, http://www.irmrc.unsw.edu.au/Research/sportsinjury.asp
ABC Radio National, The Health Report, ‘Sports Injuries’, November 2002, http://www.abc.net.au/rn/healthreport/stories/2002/730013.htm
Smartplay, ‘Risk factors for hamstring injuries in community level Australian football’, 2006, http://www.smartplay.com.au/eResearch/Pub/ResearchDetail.asp?lngResearchID=21
‘Sport/ Leisure Injuries in NSW: Trends in sport/leisure injury hospitalisations and the prevalence of non-hospitalised injuries’, Rebecca Mitchell, Soufiane Boufous, Caroline Finch , 2008, http://www.irmrc.unsw.edu.au/documents/Sportinjuries_report3_Sept08.pdf
‘Data Linkage of Hospital and Police crash Datasets in NSW’, Soufiane Boufous, Caroline Finch, Andrew Hayen and Ann Williamson, 2008, http://www.irmrc.unsw.edu.au/documents/DatalinkagereportJuly08.pdf
Sydney Morning Herald, ‘The walking wounded of the fitness fad’, 2003, http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/12/18/1071337102078.html?from=storyrhs
Caroline Finch appeared at RiAus’ Free Range Science 2009 event The Science of Sport