Prof Caroline Finch

2015 International Distinguished Career AwardCaroline Finch

Federation University Australia's Professor Caroline Finch has been awarded the 2015 International Distinguished Career Award by the American Public Health Association's (APHA) Injury Control and Emergency Health Services (ICEHS) Section.

The award recognises Caroline's "outstanding dedication and leadership in injury/violence prevention and control and emergency health services internationally with contributions and achievements that have a significant and long term impact on the field".

Professor Finch is a Robert HT Smith Professor and holds a Personal Chair in Sports Injury at FedUni, where she is the Director of the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP).

"The Centre is one of only four research centres worldwide to have been recognised by the International Olympic Committee as a Research Centre for the Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health since 2010," Professor Frank Stagnitti, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), said.

"Professor Finch has previously been ranked as one of the 10 most highly published injury researchers of all time and as one of the three most influential sports medicine researchers internationally.

"In addition to being passionate about the methodological rigour required in sports injury prevention research, Professor Finch has consistently demonstrated a commitment to ensuring that injury research is translated into policy and practice settings."

Professor Finch's research is highly regarded for her groundbreaking work in sports injury prevention.

She also has addressed many significant injury issues including road trauma work such as car safety ratings, helmets for bicycle safety, and child car passenger safety; childhood injury work such as burns/scalds prevention and supervision of children in beach settings; and fall prevention among older people.

"Professor Finch has raised international awareness of the public health importance of sports and recreation injury prevention," Professor Stagnitti said.

"She also has encouraged researchers worldwide to improve their methodology through her highly regarded work in the statistical analysis/coding/classification of sports injury surveillance data and the application of implementation science approaches to the prevention of sports injuries.

"On behalf of FedUni, I congratulate Professor Finch on this outstanding achievement.

"We take pride when one of our researchers receives such outstanding international recognition and we acknowledge that such recognition greatly enhances our reputation as a teaching excellent, research focused university."

Professor Finch will travel to Colorado, USA, later this year to accept the award.

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