Leading sport injury researcher, Professor Caroline Finch, has been recognised for her achievements and contribution to injury prevention.
As part of Australia Day celebrations, Professor Finch received the Order of Australia medal 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 Finch has worked as an injury prevention researcher since the early 1990’s. She is 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.
The award came as a surprise to Professor Finch who is overwhelmed by the honour.
“It’s wonderful recognition”, said Finch. “Not just for myself but for all injury prevention professionals in Australia”.
“I have dedicated my career to injury prevention and am committed to ensuring my research has a real impact on policy and practice in community sport. To be recognised for my work is tremendous!”
Professor Finch was applauded by the peak national body for injury prevention, the Australian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN), for receiving an Order of Australia award.
AIPN’s president, Professor Rebecca Ivers, applauded Finch’s outstanding achievements in the field of injury prevention.
“Professor Finch has been a member of the AIPN since its inception. She is a passionate and dedicated researcher working tirelessly for injury prevention both in Australia and internationally”.
“I sincerely congratulate Professor Finch for the honour she received on Australia Day. I also thank her for her support to the AIPN over many years”, Professor Ivers said.
Professor Caroline Finch holds a Personal Chair and Research Professor role at Federation University Australia. She 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.