Nick Towle

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Nick Towle

Clinical Medical Education Advisor

Room 229, Rural Clinical School, Brickport Road, Burnie, Off-Campus

+61 3 6430 1631 (phone)

+61 3 6431 5670 (fax)


Nick has pursued an active interest in rural health issues throughout his undergraduate and postgraduate years. He was among the first cohort of students to train at the University of Tasmania, Rural Clinical School. He was a founding member for the National Rural Health Network and was extensively engaged in the assessment of rural health curricula at medical schools around Australia.

Since graduation he has undertaken his internship and resident medical years in regional Tasmania. Prior to his employment with the University of Tasmania he has taught Personal Health Enhancement and Environmental Medicine to students enrolled in the Monash University MBBS course.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Teaching and supervision of 4th and 5th year medical students based at the Rural Clinical School, Burnie
  • Development of teaching resources to support the transition of final year students into clinical internship
  • Design of simulation based activities for developing skills in acute care medicine

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Fields of Research

  • Health Policy (160508)
  • Public Health and Health Services (111799)
  • Education (139999)
  • Higher Education (130103)
  • Health and Community Services (111708)
  • Ecological Applications (050199)
  • Social and Cultural Geography (160403)
  • Medical and Health Sciences (119999)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Environmental Health (920405)
  • Mental Health (920410)
  • Rural Health (920506)
  • Environment (969999)
  • Environmental Education and Awareness (960703)
  • Health Inequalities (920206)
  • Health Education and Promotion (920205)


Total publications


Journal Article

(4 outputs)
2015Gale F, Davison A, Wood G, Williams S, Towle N, 'Four impediments to embedding education for sustainability in higher education', Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 31, (2) pp. 248-263. ISSN 0814-0626 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/aee.2015.36 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Gale F; Davison A; Wood G; Williams S


2013Salter S, Murray SL, Davison AG, Fallon F, Towle NJ, 'Establishing a Community of Practice and Embedding Education for Sustainability at the University of Tasmania', The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social, and Cultural Context, 9, (1) pp. 34-44. ISSN 2325-1115 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Salter S; Murray SL; Davison AG; Fallon F

2012van der Ploeg WJ, Towle NJ, 'The readability of patient handouts from an inner regional hospital emergency department', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 20, (4) pp. 226-227. ISSN 1038-5282 (2012) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2012.01285.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: van der Ploeg WJ


2011Warnecke E, Quinn S, Ogden K, Towle N, Nelson MR, 'A randomised controlled trial of the effects of mindfulness practice on medical student stress levels', Medical Education, 45, (4) pp. 381-388. ISSN 0308-0110 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2923.2010.03877.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 71Web of Science - 65

Co-authors: Warnecke E; Quinn S; Ogden K; Nelson MR


Conference Publication

(4 outputs)
2014Murray S, Davison A, Towle N, Warr K, Peterson C, 'Communities of Practice (CoP) as a model for integrating sustainability into higher education', Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability Conference 2014, 5-7 November 2014, Hobart, Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Murray S; Davison A; Warr K; Peterson C

2012Salter S, Fallon FE, Davison AG, Towle NJ, Murray SL, 'Establishing a community of practice and embedding education for sustainability at the University of Tasmania', 9th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, 23-25 January, Hobart (2012) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Salter S; Fallon FE; Davison AG; Murray SL

2011Bell E, Towle N, 'Climate change and primary health care: towards better regional health impact and risk assessments', 11th National Rural Health Conference Proceedings, 13-16 March 2011, Perth, WA EJ ISBN 978-1-921219-20-7 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Bell E

2011Bell EJ, Towle NJ, 'Climate change and primary healthcare: towards better health impact assessments', 11th National Rural Health Conference proceedings, 13-16 March 2011, Perth, Western Australia, pp. 1-13. (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Bell EJ

Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
2016Vandenberg M, Reynolds A, Towle NJ, Macintyre K, Bettiol SS, et al., 'Talking Point: State's health policy fails by blaming the sick for their illness', The Mercury, online, 29 August, 2016 (2016) [Newspaper Article]

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Co-authors: Vandenberg M; Reynolds A; Macintyre K; Bettiol SS; Towle MN