Paul Rothmore

Dr Paul Rothmore

Senior Lecturer

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Paul Rothmore is an experienced researcher and educator with a specific interest in the area of occupational health and injury prevention. He has more than 20 years' experience and has worked as an OHS Physiotherapist, OHS Manager and Academic.

His current research interests include the development of a behaviour change method to improve the implementation of ergonomics advice, the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders in the aged care sector, young worker education and injury prevention in the ageing workforce.

Paul is a Specialist Physiotherapist in Occupational Health (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists) and  is the Academic Lead of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Unit.

Paul is a member of the ICOH Scientific Committees on Ageing & Work and Musculoskeletal Disorders. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists.

The Occupational Health research group offers a number of research opportunities for students at a variety of levels including PhD, MPhil, Honours, MPH Coursework Thesis and Dissertation, MClinSci and Summer Vacation Scholarships. Details of the projects that are available for students in the Occupational Health research group can be found in the following booklet: School of Public Health Student Projects

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2009 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2018 Invitation Triennial World Congress on Occupational Health International Congress on Occupational Health Ireland
    2018 Invitation National Physiotherapy Study Day - Ireland Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Ireland
    2015 Invitation Australian Physiotherapy Association National Conference Australian Physiotherapy Association Australia
    2014 Teaching Award Commendation for Excellence in Support of the Student Experience The University of Adelaide Australia $2000
    2013 Teaching Award Executive Dean's Prize for Excellence in Teaching The University of Adelaide Australia $1000
    2012 Teaching Award School of Population Health Postgraduate Teacher of the Year - Peer Nomination The University of Adelaide Australia
    2002 Invitation Gastroenterological Society of Australia National Conference Gastroenterolocial Society of Australia Australia
    2001 Invitation Medical Imaging Nurses Association State Conference Medical Imaging nursing Assocation Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2012 - 2017 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia PhD
    2000 La Trobe University, Melbourne Australia Master of Ergonomics
    1993 University of South Australia Australia Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) - Physiotherapy
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    Master of Ergonomics La Trobe University Australia
    PhD The University of Adelaide Australia
  • Research Interests

Competitive External Funding as Chief Investigator

Date Project Investigators Funding Body Amount
External Competitive Funding


Reducing MSD risk in the aged care sector using multi-factorial evidence-based interventions

Rothmore P, Oakman J, Pisaniello D, Karnon J, Macdonald W SafeWork SA $113,740
2014-2015 Taking the next step: operationalising a behaviour-based approach for musculoskeletal injury interventions Rothmore P, Karnon J, Aylward P, Oakman J, Tappin D SafeWork SA $32,406
2013-14 A toolkit for the integration of WHS in University curricula – validation and extension research Rothmore P, Pisaniello D SafeWork SA $68,862
2010-2011 Development and trial of a toolkit for the evaluation and integration of OHS in University curricula Rothmore P, Pisaniello D, Stewart S SafeWork SA $27,281
2010-2011 Hazard surveillance for the primary prevention of occupational asthma: a national demonstration project Pisaniello D, Rothmore P, Stewart S, Crea J, Thaczuk M, Jankewicz G, Gaskin S SafeWork SA $157,479
2009-2011 Improving enterprise-level interventions designed to reduce musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace Pisanello D, Rothmore P, Stewart S, Karnon J, Boucaut R, Harrison J SafeWork SA $143,842
2008-2009 Fatigue induced loading on the lumbar spine: an investigation on intra-shift variation in manual handling performance amongst physiotherapists Rothmore P, Hewitt A, Nguyen T, Gunn S, Crotty M SafeWork SA $67,604
2002 An examination of intra-shift factors contributing to manual handling injuries amongst nurses Rothmore P, Elix G, Ben-Tovim D, Messenger H, Pearce S, Hakendorf P WorkCover SA $20,000












Current Course Coordination Roles

Reflect, Research, Resolve - Shared coordination with School of Medicine. Level 2 (core) Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences Program

Diseases of Occupation - Master of Public Health elective

Occupational Hygiene and Ergonomics - Master of Public Health elective

Toxicology and Safety Management Systems - Master of Public Health elective

Previous Course Coordination Roles

Developing a Research Proposal - Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences/Master of Public Health program

International Public Health Experience (China Study Tour) - Level III public health (elective), Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences

Public Health Internship - Level III (elective) Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences

Practical Occupational Health - Master of Public Health/Master of Occupational Health & Safety Management elective

Advanced Ergonomics - Master of Public Health/Master of Occupational Health & Safety Management elective

Previous Program Coordination Roles

Master of Public Health

Master of Occupational Health and Safety Management

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor The role of environmental stressors in occupational health and safety in urban settings: a mixed methods study Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Syeda Hira Fatima
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Evaluating the effectiveness of the SA Health Challenging Behaviour Strategy The University of Adelaide Master of Public Health Master Tanisha Hutchinson
    2017 - 2017 Principal Supervisor The barriers and facilitators to use of sit-stand desks The University of Adelaide Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (Honours) Honours Daniel Elder
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Board Member Australian College of Physiotherapists - Board of Censors Australia
    2008 - ongoing Member Australian College of Physiotherapists - Proefessional Practice Standards Committee Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Member Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine Japan
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83133568
  • Email:
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 9
  • Room: WS9060.02
  • Org Unit: Public Health

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