Dr Lynda Norton


College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt South Wing (S266)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Norton has conducted and continues to conduct a number of large physical activity (PA) interventions across South Australia (> 1,000 participants). She has analysed and reported on paediatric outcomes from ICU; injury hospitalisations from the National Hospital Morbidity database and spinal cord injury hospitalisations using the Australian Spinal Cord Registry data. She has managed a range of international clinical trials for the ANZ Paediatric Intensive Care Registry (ANZPICR) resulting in publications and on-going funding.

Past successes include grant funding from the South Australian Department of Health as a CI to undertake a national study into children’s outcomes from intensive care; an ARC grant to conduct research into the effectiveness of PA interventions on major health risk factors; University grants supporting workplace PA interventions and integrating mindfulness-based training into a lifestyle management course for health professionals.

Publications have included journal articles and a co-authored textbook. Her writing over recent years has also included numerous reports commissioned by various government departments and for professional organisations.


University of South Australia 2005-2010
Effectiveness of intervention strategies to promote physical activity among insufficiently active adults

Masters of Public Health
University of Adelaide 2002-2004

Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Intensive Care)
University of South Australia 1997

Nursing Education
Post-graduate certificate in Intensive Care Nursing, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, 1992

General Nursing qualifications, Royal Adelaide Hospital, 1985

Honours, awards and grants


PANDS 2017: Jackson K, Matwiejczyk L, Bevan N, Norton L. Physical Activity and Nutrition Down South.

Faculty of Health Sciences Seeding Grant 2013: Drummond C, Parry Y, Gunson J, Norton L Hutton A. Investigating adolescents girls disengagement with physical activity.

Flinders Early Career Seeding Grant 2012: Norton L, Drummond C, Ridley K. The 40-DAY Flinders Lifestyle Intervention Program (40-DAY FLIP).

Flinders Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant 2011: Norton L, Drummond C, Colbeck M. Integrating mindfulness-based training into a lifestyle management course for health professionals.

A.R. Powell memorial prize for academic excellence in intensive care nursing, John Hunter Hospital, April 1992

Key responsibilities

Deputy Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Health Sciences.
Topic coordinator and lecturer in Contemporary Approaches to Lifestyle Management (PARA1007 semester 1).
Physical activity interventions and injury related research.

Research expertise
Other medical and health sciences
Public health and health services
Research interests
  • Physical activity and public health
  • Injury epidemiology and outcomes
  • Intensive care outcomes
  • Fitness
  • Injury
  • Chronic disease risk factors
Teaching interests
Health promotion, lifestyle behaviour change
Topic coordinator
PARA1007 Contemporary Approaches to Lifestyle Management
Topic lecturer
PARA1007 Contemporary Approaches to Lifestyle Management
Supervisory interests
Chronic disease risk factors
Health promotion practice
Physical activity
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Physical activity (-1)