Alice Rumbold

Associate Professor Alice Rumbold

Affiliate Associate Professor

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

A/Prof Rumbold leads the Equity and Healthy Futures Research Group at the Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide. She is a reproductive epidemiologist, supported by a Career Development Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council. Her primary research interests are in the determinants and outcomes of reproductive and perinatal health inequality. This includes a focus on subfertility and poor perinatal outcomes among vulnerable populations, and understanding the impact of early life adversity on the long-term health of children. In the past decade much of her research has been undertaken collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Her group currently includes:
Dr Zohra Lassi
Dr Jodie Avery
Dr Arusyak Sevoyan
Ms Sophie Kedzior (PhD Student)
Ms Jess Dawson (PhD Student)
Ms Courtney Hammond (Aboriginal cadet)
Ms Casey Cameron (Aboriginal cadet)

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 Research Leader, Equity and Healthy Futures Research Group Robinson Research Institute, The University of Adelaide
    2011 Honorary Research Fellow Menzies School of Health Research
    2008 Senior Research Fellow Robinson Research Institute
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2016 Award Women's Research Excellence Award The University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 Award Women's Excellence in Research Award 2016 Healthy Development Adelaide Australia
    2012 Fellowship NHMRC Career Development Fellowship National Health and Medical Research Council
    2010 Award Future Justice Medal Australia
    2009 Award South Australian Young Tall Poppy of the Year Australian Institute of Policy and Science
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    The University of Adelaide Australia PhD, MPH, BSc(Hons)
  • Research Interests

Select recent grants

Davies M, Moore V, Giles L, Rumbold A, Farquhar C. Identifying strategies to improve perinatal outcomes after assisted conception. NHMRC Project Grant, APP1147872, $714,792, 2018-2022. 

Davies M, Moore V, Stark M, Rumbold A, Giles L, Russell D, Roughead L, Symonds I. Why is there an increased risk of severe adverse perinatal outcomes after the use of clomiphene citrate for infertility treatment? NHMRC Project Grant, APP1147683, $562,194, 2018-2020. 

Middleton P, Stuart-Butler D, Ah Kit J, Brown S, Rumbold A, Makrides M, Warin M, Brown A, Mensah F, Deverix J. Improving nutrition and health outcomes for women and babies in the Aboriginal Family Birthing Program. NHMRC Targeted Research Call, APP1115534, $975,882, 2016-2020.

Kaldor J, Ward J, Bailie R, Guy R, Rumbold A, Ryder N, Connors C, Pavlin N, Law M, Skov S. STRIVEplus: Refinement and translation of an intervention designed to improve sexual health service delivery in remote communities. NHMRC Partnership Grant, APP1060471, Awarded: $1,296,559, 5 years, 2013-2018.

Condon J, Dickinson J, McWhirter R, Rumbold A, Thomson R, Boyle J, Garvey G, Markey J, Taylor-Thomson D. Genetic susceptibility to vulvar cancer. NHMRC Project Grant, APP1060187, Awarded: $1,116,904, 3 years, 2014-16.

Rumbold A. Inequalities in maternal and child health: understanding pathways and settings directions for policy and practice. NHMRC Career Development Fellowship Level 1 (Population Health),  Awarded: $391,076, 2012-15 (delayed commencement until 2013, new end date 3/4/2018).

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor Examining synergistic relationships between human papillomavirus and periodontitis and the development of oropharyngeal cancers and adverse reproductive health outcomes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Anna Ali
    2018 Co-Supervisor From Screen to Green: Nature as an Upstream Determinant of Psychological Wellbeing for Children and Adolescents in a High-Tech Era Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Tassia Kate Oswald
    2018 Principal Supervisor Beyond Biomedical Conceptualisations: Social Connectedness and Positive Relationships as Protective Factors for Adolescent Reproductive Health and Wellbeing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Sophie Kedzior
    2016 Co-Supervisor Exploring the Influence of Politics and Culture on Health Service Delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Populations Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Jessica Suzanne Dawson
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2009 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Obligation and Compromise: Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Workers Successes, Challenges and Partnerships Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Renae Julia Kirkham
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Chair Equity Subcommittee Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand
    2015 - ongoing Board Member South Australian Aboriginal Families Health Research Partnership Steering Committee
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Associate Editor Reproductive Health
  • Position: Affiliate Associate Professor
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Helen Mayo North, floor 1
  • Room: 1 30
  • Org Unit: Robinson Research Institute

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