Professor Adrian Schoo

Academic Status

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre (5E 221.5)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Adrian is Professor at the College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University, and a Fellow of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE). He is affilliated with the Prideaux Centre for Research in Health Professions Education and played an instrumental role in establishing a solid foundation for the physiotherapy course at Flinders University to underpin the musculoskeletal and inter-professional practice curriculum and clinical placement partnerships. Before moving into these programs Adrian was deputy director of the Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health (Flinders University and Deakin University). Starting with physiotherapy he established an allied health workforce enhancement project, funded by the Victorian Department of Human Services, which evolved into a state-wide continuing education program for 22 allied professions in Victoria that also provided online access to allied health in other Australian jurisdictions.

Interests include clinical and continuing education, complexity science and transformative learning. Rural and remote health workforce recruitment and retention is complex, and clinical educators are likely to be able to play a role in enhancing recruitment as well as retention as part of a symbiotic approach that may need to go further than rural background and rural education only. He finds it rewarding to see students/health professionals developing into leaders who can work well in complex systems. His research and consultancy work includes working with peers from very different disciplines. Associated work informs policymakers, administrators, educators and health professionals, and can be found on ResearchGate, LinkedIn and of course Flinders University’s website.

Honours, awards and grants
  • 2016: Vice Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching (Team Award-Master of Clinical Education), Flinders University
  • 2015: Executive Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching (Team Award-Master of Clinical Education), Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University
Teaching interests

Supporting health professionals and clinical educators to work in complex adaptive systems through leadership and clinical supervision training. Other interests include rural health and interprofessional practice (particularly in the area of chronic disease management), musculoskeletal management, assessment of learning, research methods and supervision trainng.

Supervisory interests
Chronic condition self-managment support
Clinical education
Complexity theory
Musculoskeletal physiotherapy
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Implication of clinical education for rural and remote graduate and student speech pathology (1)
Associate supervisor: The role of the iliopsoas muscle complex in chronic spinal pain (1), Detection and management of neonatal hip laxity (1)
Expert for media contact
Allied health
Education - Curriculum
Rural and remote health
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  • Education - Curriculum
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Further information

International Network for Health Workforce Educators Advisory Board's Lead for Caring for Vulnerable People

Visiting Professor, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Solo, Indonesia

Visiting Professor, the National Centre for Rural Medicine, Storuman, Sweden

Sessional Academic, La Trobe University (Rural Health School, Bendigo)

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