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Deputy vice-chancellor (Research), Edith Cowan University

Professor Finch has held a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellowship continuously since 2004. She is widely regarded as Australia’s leading sports injury epidemiologist and sports injury prevention researcher. In addition, she has experience in injury prevention research applied to falls in older people, road safety, workplace safety and injuries in children.

Professor Finch is Research Director of the Australian Collaboration for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP) which is one (of only 9) of the International Research Centres for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Professor Finch is a sports injury prevention adviser to the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care, the Australian Sports Commission, Sports Medicine Australia, Sport and Recreation Victoria, Department of Human Services (Victoria), the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, The Australian Football League and other national and state sports bodies.

Professor Finch is a Senior Associate Editor (Injury Prevention) for the British Journal of Sports Medicine and the Injury Prevention and Health Promotion BJSM Series. She is also a member of the Editorial Boards of 3 other international journals: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Injury Epidemiology and Sports Medicine.


  • 2013–present
    Robert HT Smith Professor and Personal Chair, Federation University Australia
  • 2010–2013
    Research Professor and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Monash Injury Research Institute
  • 2006–2010
    Research Professor, School of Human Movement and Sport Sciences, University of Ballarat
  • 2003–2006
    Professor and Director, NSW Injury Risk Management Research Centre, University of New South Wales


  • 1995 
    Monash University, PhD, Mathematical Statistics
  • 1985 
    Latrobe University, MSc, Statistics
  • 1983 
    Monash University, B Sc (Hons, 1st Class), major in statistics

Research Areas

  • Sports Medicine (110604)
  • Public Health And Health Services (1117)


NHMRC Principal Research Fellow