Professor Caroline Finch was awarded The Order of Australia (AO) on on Friday 26th January 2018.
For distinguished service to sports medicine, particularly in the area of injury prevention as an educator, researcher and author, and to the promotion of improved health in athletes and those who exercise.
Professor Caroline Finch holds a Personal Research Chair at Federation University Australia where she is also the Executive Dean of Graduate Studies. In March 2018, she will be joining Edith Cowan University in Perth as their new Deputy Vice Chancellor Research).
Professor Finch leads the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention, which is one of only 10 centres worldwide recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as a Research Centre for the Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health. Her research has been funded by the NHMRC, ARC, VicHealth, IOC, the US and Canadian National Institutes of Health, Australian/State government departments for health and sport and from peak sports bodies including the World Rugby, FIFA (the international soccer federation), AFL, Australian Rugby Union and Cricket Australia. She was an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and chief investigator on NHMRC project/partnership grants continuously from 2004-2016. She has also held ARC funding for her epidemiology research continually since 2004.
Professor Finch has been working as an injury prevention researcher since the early 1990’s and has international renown as Australia’s leading sports injury epidemiology and prevention researcher. She has previously been ranked as one of the 10 most highly published injury researchers of all time and in the top three most influential sports medicine researchers internationally. In 2015, she was awarded the International Distinguished Career Award from the American Public Health Association’s Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section. She contributes to the editorial boards of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Injury Prevention, Journal of Science & Medicine in Sport, Injury Epidemiology and Sports Medicine.
Professor Finch is strongly committed towards ensuring that her injury epidemiology research has a very real impact on the policy and practice settings of community sport. Her research has been used to inform safety policy by National and State Government Departments of Sport and Health, health promotion/injury prevention agencies, and peak sports bodies worldwide.
Professor Finch has been a member of the AEA since its inception.