Dr Lynda Norton


College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt South (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, book chapters and a co-authored textbook. Her writing over recent years has also included numerous reports commissioned by various government departments and for professional organisations.

She has co-developed a number of software applications. HealthScreen Pro which is designed to facilitate pre-exercise screening and assessment of health and fitness of adults. This app is designed for use by exercise physiologists, fitness professionals, strength and conditioning coaches, and by students in disciplines such as exercise, fitness and health science programs. The ExerciseScience Toolkit (http://www.exercisesciencetoolkit.com/) a free online application for use by students in exercise, fitness and health science programs as well as exercise physiologists and fitness professionals.


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

Topic coordinator and lecturer in Clinical Exercise Assessment and Prescription (EXSC8001 semester 1) and Exercise and Chronic Disease Management (EXSC8004 semester 2) for students in the Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology.
Physical activity interventions, chronic risk factor management and Cardio-pulomnary exercise testing (CPET) related research.

Teaching interests

Pre-exercise screening, risk factor analysis, cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) in clinical populations and point-of-care testing in sport & exercise

Topic coordinator
EXSC8001 Clinical Exercise Assessment and Prescription
EXSC8004 Chronic Disease Management
Topic lecturer
EXSC8001 Clinical Exercise Assessment and Prescription
EXSC3001 Advanced Topics in Exercise Science
Supervisory interests
Chronic disease risk factors
Health promotion practice
Physical activity
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Physical activity (-1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Milos Mallol Soler

PhD - JAN 2021

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