Associate Professor Claire Drummond

Associate Professor

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt South Wing (S270)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I teach within Exercise Science/Clinical Exercise Physiology and passionate about the idea that Exercise is Medicine. I research in a number of areas such as physical activity and exercise and sports science. My current research is investigating adolescent girls disengagment with physical activity. I am also working with athletes conduting a range of max and sub-max fitness tests and metabolic measurements testing fitness levels. I have strong ties with Surf Life-Saving SA and their High Performance Surf Sport program. I conduct nutrition workshops for primary school children; challenging the model of intergenerational health. I continue to have a strong research link with school canteens. I teach in a variety of areas which provides students with the skills necessary to work within a multidisciplinary environment. I am a member of Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and have a number of Athletics Australia, SLSSA and ASCA accredited coaching levels.


2003: Bachelor of AppSci (Exercise and Sports Science);
2005: Honours 1A (Human Movement);
2008: PhD (Health Sciences)

Honours, awards and grants


Drummond, M; Drummond, C; Elliot, S; Prichard, I & Lewis L - Netball SA/ORS Grant: The promotion and engagement of contemporary sports for girls and young women ($57,000) 2018

Drummond, M; Elliott, S, Drummond, C, Prichard, I & Lewis, L - Inclusive Sport SA Grant: LGBTIQ & Inclusive sport practices ($39, 485) 2018

Drummond, M, Elliott, S, Drummond C, Pritchard I & Lewis, L - ORS Strategic Grant and Flinders Innovation Grant. Pathways to participation for girls and women in sport ($55,000) 2017

Drummond CE (CI)- Right Bite Evaluation (Healthy Schools Canteens). Department for Education and Child Development. 2012-2015 ($76,646)

Willis, E; Drummond, CE (CI) - Investigating the Health Promotion aspects of Art Centres in the APY Lands. ARC Linkage. 2012-2014 ($155,000)

Drummond CE et al (CI) Investigating Adolescent Girls' Disengagement with Physical Activity. Faculty of Health Sciences Seeding Grant ($10,000)

Norton L, Drummond CE & Ridely K (CI) 40-Day Flinders Lifestyle Intervention Program. Faculty of Health Sciences Seeding Grant ($15,000)

Drummond MJN; Drummond CE (CI) - Promoting Healthy Physical Activity and Nutrition in Very Low Socioeconomic Schools in Southern Adelaide. Southern Knowledge Transfer Partnerships - Knowledge Exchange Grant (10,000)

Cobiac, L et al. (AI) Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle Evaluation (OPAL). SA Health 2010 - 2014 ($4.5mil)

Coveney et al. (AI) ‘eat well be active’ Research and Evaluation Centre for SA (PANORAMA). SA Health. 2009 - 2014 (1.2mil)

Cobiac et al. (CI) National Healthy School Canteen Project. DoHA. 2008-2010 (1.2mil)

Research expertise
Adolescent health
Body image
Human movement and sports science
Other medical and health sciences
Public health and health services
Research interests

Current research:

  • ORS & Netball SA: Girls and young women participation in sport
  • ARC Linkage (2012-2014): investigating the health promoting aspects of Art Centres in the APY Lands
  • Health screening and fitness testing in elite Surf Lifesavers
  • Adolescent girls and their engagement with Physical Activity
  • Nutrition education in primary schools: do they encourage healthy eating
  • Healthy school canteens

Completed Research

  • Evaluation of the SA Govt Right Bite Canteen Guidelines 2012-2014
  • PANORAMA adviser (2011-
  • OPAL Evaluation project adviser (2011-
  • Flinders Knowledge Exchange Grant (2011) - PA and Nutrition in Southern Adelaide Primary school
  • National Healthy School Canteens Project ($1.2mil DoHA consultancy). With Nutrition & Dietetics and Public Health
  • SA Health grant investigating: Physical activity from early childhood to adolescence in disadvantaged populations.
Teaching interests

my teaching interests are in:

  • health promotion,
  • exercise science/exercise physiology
  • school nutrition,
  • school health promotion,
  • health promotion project management,
  • physical activity
Topic coordinator
EXSC1001 Fundamentals of Exercise Science
EXSC3002 Professional Practice in Exercise Science
EXSC8002 Exercise Physiology Professional Practice
Supervisory interests
Childhood obesity, physical activity and community awareness
Exercise and sport science
Health promoting schools
Health promotion and education
Nutrition education
Physical activity
Qualitative research
School health promotion
Social construction theory
Sociology of childhood
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Strength & Biomechanics (1)
Associate supervisor: Exercise Physiology (1), Health Promotion aspects of Art Centres in the APY Lands (1), Body image and social media (1)
Associate supervisor: Physical Activity (1), Body Image (1), Exercise Physiology (2)
Expert for media contact
Child/Youth health
Public health
Social Theory
School Canteens
School Health Promotion
School nutrition education
physical activity
Available for contact via
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Adolescents
  • Child/Youth health
  • Public health
  • Schools
  • Social Theory
  • Sport
  • Fitness
  • School Canteens
  • School Health Promotion
  • School nutrition education
  • physical activity