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Nick Cooling

Director of Electives and Internationalisation

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Dr Nick Cooling is the Director of Electives & Internationalisation & Senior Lecturer in Medical Practice at the School of Medicine, University of Tasmania. He has worked in medical education for over 15 yrs, including as Director of Training of the GP Training Program in Tasmania for 8 yrs.

He currently a part time general practitioner specialising in allergy in Hobart and full time academic at the University of Tasmania.


Nick's career has included pharmacology bench research (metabolism of drugs by the cytochrome P450 system) clinical dietetics, general practice in both international, rural and urban settings, and extensive medical education. He has clinical and research experience in India, Indonesia, Fiji and Canada. In 1994-5 he lived and researched in Canada on a NHMRC Public Health Travelling Fellowship (Topic: Community participation processes in community health centres in Canada). He was the GPET Australian Medical Educator of the Year in  2008 and won the Vice-Chancellors Team Award for Programs that Enhance Learning (The Global Perspectives Program Team) in Oct 2014. In 2011 he commenced work as the inaugural Director of Electives & Internationalisation in the School of Medicine and has been teaching, reforming, and researching in the field of internationlsation of the curriculum since then.

Career summary


  • Master of Education, University of Tasmania, Australia, 2014
  • Grad Cert Teaching & Learning, University of Tasmania, 2012
  • FRACGP, RACGP, Australia, 1993
  • Dip RACOG, RACO & G, Australia, 1993
  • BMBS, Flinders University, Australia, 1988
  • Dip Nutr Diet, University of Sydney, 1983
  • BSc (Hons), Selective induction of liver enzyme activity in the mouse, University of Adelaide, 1982


Professional practice

  • Allergy & Immunology Clinical Advisory  Committee DHHS 2014-
  • Doctors for the Environment  2004-
  • Member Australian Association of Developmental Disability Medicine 2004-
  • Member of Executive of Australia Medical Educators Network 2005-
  • AMC Examiner 2010-
  • Medical & Scientific Committee Asthma Foundation Tasmania 2010


Cultural competence , disability medicine, allergies, consulting skills, clinical reasoning , global health , climate change

Teaching expertise

Nick has extensive medical education teaching expertise –especially in the areas of assessment, intercultural communication skills, remediation, giving feedback, supervision, and teaching clinical reasoning. Nick has also organised and run many conferences, symposia and workshops.

Teaching responsibility

Living and Working with Cultural Diversity - XBR104

MBBS Elective Program

Research Appointments


View more on Dr Nick Cooling in WARP


Global health, internationalisation of the curriculum, student mobility, academic detailing in general practice, remediation of underperforming students, clinical reasoning, behaviour change for doctors and their patients, professionalism, shared transfer of care, gambling, intercultural communication and consulting skills, and allergies.

Research Themes

Nick's research aligns with the University's research theme of Better health and the Faculty of Health themes of Health Services & Support and Chronic Diseases His  research interests are very broad and include: global health, internationalisation of the curriculum, student mobility, academic detailing in general practice, remediation of underperforming students , clinical reasoning, gambling, behaviour change for doctors and their patients, professionalism, shared transfer of care,  intercultural communication and consulting skills, and allergies.


  • RIPPLE Program - Reciprocal Intercultural Peer Participatory Learning in Global Health – with UTAS collaborating with University Nusa Cendana, Kupang, Indonesia
  • AirRATER project – Development of pollen and air quality monitoring for people with asthma and allergic rhinitis – using a smartphone app- collaboration with CSIRO, Menzies, EPA and Sense-T
  • Internationalisation of the Medical Curriculum- U Groningen (Netherlands) U Copenhagen


  • PHCRED Research Scholarship 2011

Current projects

  • AirRater
  • CRURIS (Remediation in GP training)
  • Violence in health care settings
  • Professionalism on Electives
  • Teddy Bear Hospital
  • GP Registrar remediation (TMT)
  • Medication literacy in refugees
  • Antibiotic prescribing in general practice

Fields of Research

  • Primary health care (420319)
  • Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy (390110)
  • Health services and systems (420399)
  • Health promotion (420603)
  • Occupational and workplace health and safety (350505)
  • Health and community services (420305)
  • Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics (321402)
  • Mental health services (420313)
  • Clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice (321403)
  • Allergy (320401)
  • Higher education (390303)
  • Migration (440303)
  • Respiratory diseases (320103)
  • Aged health care (420301)
  • Environmental epidemiology (420203)
  • Health economics (380108)
  • Multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies (470212)
  • Educational technology and computing (390405)
  • Epidemiology (420299)
  • Other Indigenous studies (459999)
  • Education assessment and evaluation (390402)
  • Data communications (400602)
  • Communications engineering (400699)
  • Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism (441013)

Research Objectives

  • Other health (209999)
  • Public health (excl. specific population health) (200499)
  • Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum (160301)
  • Clinical health (200199)
  • Health education and promotion (200203)
  • Learner and learning (160199)
  • Other education and training (169999)
  • Women's and maternal health (200509)
  • Evaluation of health and support services (200299)
  • Policies and development (160205)
  • Other culture and society (139999)
  • Expanding knowledge in the health sciences (280112)
  • Evaluation of health outcomes (200202)
  • Mental health (200409)
  • Understanding Australia's past (130703)
  • Multicultural services (230111)
  • Health related to ageing (200502)
  • Teaching and instruction technologies (160304)
  • Health policy evaluation (200205)
  • Information systems, technologies and services (220499)
  • Teacher and instructor development (160303)
  • Behaviour and health (200401)


Nick publishes across diverse areas but mostly in the field of medical education and is a reviewer for the Medical Journal of Australia, Australian Family Physician, and the Australasian Medical Journal.

Total publications


Journal Article

(20 outputs)
2021Borchers-Arriagada N, Jones P, Palmer AJ, Bereznicki B, Cooling N, et al., 'What are the health and socioeconomic impacts of allergic respiratory disease in Tasmania?', Australian Health Review pp. A-I. ISSN 0156-5788 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/AH20200 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Borchers-Arriagada N; Jones P; Palmer AJ; Bereznicki B; Johnston J


2021Workman A, Jones PJ, Wheeler AJ, Campbell SL, Williamson GJ, et al., 'Environmental hazards and behavior change: User perspectives on the usability and effectiveness of the AirRater Smartphone App', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, (7) ISSN 1660-4601 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18073591 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Workman A; Jones PJ; Wheeler AJ; Campbell SL; Williamson GJ; Lucani C; Bowman DMJS; Johnston FH


2019Dang CPL, Toh L, Cooling N, Jackson S, Curtain C, et al., 'Updating and validating quality prescribing indicators for use in Australian general practice', Australian Journal of Primary Health pp. A-L. ISSN 1836-7399 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/PY19060 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Toh L; Jackson S; Curtain C; Thompson A; Peterson G


2019Mond J, Skromanis S, Purton T, Cooling N, Fan F, et al., 'Gambling behaviour, problem gambling and reasons for gambling among international students in Tasmania, Australia', Journal of Gambling Studies, 35, (1) pp. 155-170. ISSN 1050-5350 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10899-018-09819-8 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Mond J; Skromanis S; Purton T; Fan F; Bridgman H; Presser J


2019Vandenberg M, Fan S, Cooling N, Harris KM, Chin J, 'Skilled migration: a structural determinant of health', International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 15, (4) pp. 262-271. ISSN 1747-9894 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1108/IJMHSC-08-2018-0053 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Vandenberg M; Fan S; Chin J


2018Johnston FH, Wheeler AJ, Williamson GJ, Campbell SL, Jones PJ, et al., 'Using smartphone technology to reduce health impacts from atmospheric environmental hazards', Environmental Research Letters, 13, (4) pp. 1-11. ISSN 1748-9326 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aab1e6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Johnston FH; Wheeler AJ; Williamson GJ; Campbell SL; Jones PJ; Koolhof IS; Lucani C; Bowman DMJS


2018Skromanis S, Cooling N, Rodgers B, Purton T, Fan F, et al., 'Health and well-being of international university students, and comparison with domestic students, in Tasmania, Australia', International journal of environmental research and public health, 15, (6) Article 1147. ISSN 1660-4601 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/ijerph15061147 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Skromanis S; Purton T; Fan F; Bridgman H; Harris KM; Presser J; Mond J


2018Stewart R, Cooling N, Emblen G, Turnock A, Tapley A, et al., 'Early predictors of summative assessment performance in general practice post-graduate training: A retrospective cohort study', Medical Teacher, 40, (11) pp. 1166-1174. ISSN 0142-159X (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2018.1470609 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Turnock A


2017Ambrose M, Murray L, Handoyo NE, Tunggal D, Cooling N, 'Learning global health: a pilot study of an online collaborative intercultural peer group activity involving medical students in Australia and Indonesia', BMC Medical Education, 17 Article 10. ISSN 1472-6920 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s12909-016-0851-6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Ambrose M; Murray L


2017Cousins JM, Bereznicki LRE, Cooling NB, Peterson GM, 'Prescribing of psychotropic medication for nursing home residents with dementia: a general practitioner survey', Clinical Interventions in Aging, 12 pp. 1573-1578. ISSN 1178-1998 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2147/CIA.S146613 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Cousins JM; Bereznicki LRE; Peterson GM


2017Magin P, Stewart R, Turnock A, Tapley A, Holliday E, et al., 'Early predictors of need for remediation in the Australian general practice training program: a retrospective cohort study', Advances in Health Sciences Education, 22, (4) pp. 915-929. ISSN 1382-4996 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10459-016-9722-5 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Turnock A


2014Byron Y, West H, Wood B, Murray L, Cooling N, 'The effectiveness of student-run organizations within global health promotion initiatives', Global Health Promotion, 22, (3) pp. 55-58. ISSN 1757-9759 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1757975914543577 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Byron Y; Murray L


2014Fan S, Cooling N, Radford J, Fabian D, Brown J, 'Building on the evaluation of STARS: using online repositories to support the general practice learning community', Evaluation Journal of Australasia, 14, (2) pp. 25-41. ISSN 1035-719X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1035719X1401400204 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5

Co-authors: Fan S; Radford J; Fabian D


2013Malau-Aduli BS, Lee AYS, Cooling N, Catchpole M, Jose M, et al., 'Retention of knowledge and perceived relevance of basic sciences in an integrated case-based learning (CBL) curriculum', BMC Medical Education, 13 Article 139. ISSN 1472-6920 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/1472-6920-13-139 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 52Web of Science - 51

Co-authors: Malau-Aduli BS; Lee AYS; Catchpole M; Jose M; Turner R


2013Malau-Aduli BS, Page WD, Cooling NB, Turner RC, 'Impact of Self-Efficacy Beliefs on Short- and Long-Term Academic Improvements for Underperforming Medical Students', American Journal of Educational Research, 1, (6) pp. 168-176. ISSN 2327-6126 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.12691/education-1-6-1 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Malau-Aduli BS; Page WD; Turner RC


2012Sinha S, Cooling N, 'Simulation based education - Models for teaching surgical skills in general practice', Australian Family Physician, 41, (12) pp. 985-988. ISSN 0300-8495 (2012) [Professional, Refereed Article]

PMID: 23210126 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Sinha S


2012Sinha SN, Cooling NB, 'Simulation based education - models for teaching surgical skills in general practice', Australian Family Physician, 41, (12) pp. 985-8. ISSN 0300-8495 (2012) [Refereed Article]

PMID: 23210126 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Sinha SN


2011Atkinson K, Ajjawi R, Cooling NB, 'Promoting clinical reasoning in general practice trainees: role of the clinical teacher', The Clinical Teacher, 8, (3) pp. 176-180. ISSN 1743-4971 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1743-498X.2011.00447.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19


2010Ajjawi R, Thistlethwaite JE, Aslani P, Cooling NB, 'What are the perceived learning needs of Australian general practice registrars for quality prescribing?', Bmc Medical Education, 10, (92) pp. 1-7. ISSN 1472-6920 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/1472-6920-10-92 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 9


2006Gartlan J, Cooling N, Nelson MR, 'General practice research and research skill needs: Attitudes of GP supervisors', Australian Family Physician, 35, (12) pp. 1003-1005. ISSN 0300-8495 (2006) [Refereed Article]

PMID: 17149477 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3

Co-authors: Gartlan J; Nelson MR


Conference Publication

(10 outputs)
2018Hughes RM, Nash R, Bettiol SS, Macintyre K, Ayton JE, et al., 'A framework for mapping public health learning exposures and competency alignment in undergraduate medical education', CAPHIA Teaching & Learning Forum, 17 April 2018, Auckland (2018) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Hughes RM; Nash R; Bettiol SS; Macintyre K; Ayton JE; Presser J

2017Toh L, Thompson AJ, Shah A, Cousins JM, Jackson S, et al., ''Good prescribing is a bit like good driving; everybody thinks they're a good driver.' An exploratory study on the barriers and facilitators to using quality prescribing indicators (QPIs) in general practice', APSA-ASCEPT Joint Meeting, 5 - 8 December 2017, Brisbane, Australia (2017) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Toh L; Thompson AJ; Cousins JM; Jackson S; Peterson GM

2015Cooling NB, Ambrose M, Murray LJ, Handoyo NE, Dedi MAE, 'Reciprocal intercultural peer e-learning in global health: Experiences and perceptions of Australian and Indonesian third-year medical students', 7th International Conference on Public health among the Greater Mekong Sub-Regional Countries, 25-27 September 2017, Hue, Vietnam (2015) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Ambrose M; Murray LJ

2015Cooling NB, Murray LJ, 'Internationalisation', CAPHIA 2015 Public Health Teaching & Learning Forum, 10-11 September 2015, Hobart, Tasmania (2015) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Murray LJ

2014Cooling NB, 'Chaired session : Internationalising medical curricula at home', EAIE (European Association for International Education) Conference. Stepping into a new era, 16-19 September, 2014, Prague (2014) [Chair International Conference]

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2012Cooling N, Redmond A, 'International Standards for Medical Student Electives', Amee 2012, 27-29 August, Lyon, France, pp. 224. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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2011Cooling NB, Ennever ER, 'Internationalising the curriculum of the School of Medicine', Proceedings of the 10th Teaching Matters Conference, 23 November, Hobart, pp. 25-26. (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ennever ER

2011Cooling NB, Rooney KF, 'How to 'Grow Global' in the Medical School curriculum: developing a cultural and social awareness program from the ground up', ANZAHPE 2011, 27 - 30 June, Alice Springs, pp. 152. (2011) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Rooney KF

2011Cooling NB, Rooney KF, 'How to Grow Global' in the Medical School Curriculum: Developing a Cultural and Social Awareness Program from the Ground up', ANZAHPE 2011: local? global? health professional education for social accountability : conference handbook & program, 29 June 2011, Alice Springs, pp. 152. ISBN 9780980578720 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Rooney KF


2006Gartlan J, Cooling N, Nelson MR, 'GP Supervisors' Attitudes to GP Research and Research Skill Needs in Tasmania', National General Practice Education and Training Convention 2006 Program and Abstracts, 16-17 August 2006, Grand Chancellor Hotel Hobart, pp. 94. (2006) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Gartlan J; Nelson MR

Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
2016Crocombe LA, Walters H, Cooling NB, Beggs S, Wood-Baker R, 'Talking Point: Tobacco, food and alcohol lobbies dictate', The Mercury, News Corp Australia, Australia, 20 August (2016) [Newspaper Article]

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Co-authors: Crocombe LA; Walters H; Beggs S; Wood-Baker R


2015Walters H, Barnsley K, Stanton H, Crocombe LA, Nelson M, et al., 'Submission from SmokeFree Tasmania to Legislative Council Sessional Committee Government Administration A on the Tobacco Free Generation', SmokeFree Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania (2015) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Barnsley K; Stanton H; Crocombe LA; Nelson M; Beggs S; Walters J; Reynolds A; Towle N; Towle N; Ferguson S


Grants & Funding

Nick currently holds a Tasmanian Community Fund for health literacy among newly arrived refugees in Hobart 2014 - ($43, 588) and funding for the Air Rater Sense-T Project valued at $842, 957.

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



What is the economic impact of allergic respiratory disease in Tasmania? (2019)$10,000
This project will provide the first economic assessment of the burden of allergic respiratory disease (allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma) in Tasmania. Together, allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma affect over 20% of the Tasmanian population, yet there has been no rigorousanalysis of the health and economic impacts. This project will cost the direct and indirect costs of these conditions across Tasmania. In doing so, we will provide a rigorous evidence base to build a case for allergic respiratory research, and directly inform government and non-government investment in interventions. Our research will be co-designed with expert input from government and non-government stakeholders (Asthma Australia) to ensure alignment with end-user needs.
University of Tasmania ($10,000)
Grant-Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Palmer AJ; Jones PJ; Bereznicki BJ; Cooling NB; Zosky GR
Which pollen types matter? Towards better allergy diagnosis in Tasmania (2018)$18,322
We will use a novel technique known as HalogenImmunoAssay to help improve allergy diagnosis and treatment by testing which pollen types Tasmanians are sensitised to.
Tasmanian Community Fund ($18,322)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Jones PJ; Wheeler A; Cooling NB; Green B
International students and gambling (2017)$22,525
This project will use a survey and semi-structured interviews to investigate the gambling behaviours of international students in Tasmania. Theresearch team will also communicate findings of the research to organisations that support and represent the health and wellbeing interests ofmigrants and international students in Tasmania. Research themes to investigate: What are the rates of gambling, including rates of problem gambling amongst students in Tasmania? What types of gambling are most popular amongst that cohort? How much and how frequently are international students betting? What are the financial and other implications of their gambling? What are the risk factors that increase the likelihood of problem gambling amongst international students?
Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania ($22,525)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Mond JM; Cooling NB; Fan S; Harris K; Turnock AC; Presser J; Errey JA; Bridgman H
Sense-T Stage 2: AirRater (2015 - 2016)$842,956
A $1 million partnership between the University of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Environment Protection Agency, CSIRO, the Australian National University, and the Tasmanian Government's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The AirRater project will build a Tasmania-wide sensor network to measure real-time air quality, and develop a smartphone app to provide individualised alerts to people whose health is at risk from smoke, pollen, heat or pollution. The sensor network will also be used to support community-wide air pollution health advisories, heatwave forecasting and alerts, and fire weather mapping to assist firefighters, landowners and government.
University of Tasmania ($842,956)
Grant - Institutional
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Bowman DMJS; Williamson G; Cooling NB; Wheeler A
2015 - 2016
e-learning package for Talking Point Guidelines for Shared Transfer of Care (2015 - 2016)$89,576
This project will deliver a flexible, open access asynchronous e-learning package that will assist individual health professionals and organisations in Tasmania to learn to the principles of the Talking Points Guidelines (TPG) for Shared Transfer of Care (STC).
Primary Health Tasmania ($89,576)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Cooling NB; O'Reilly JB; Padgett LB
2015 - 2016
Health literacy interventions to support newly arrived former refugees to manage their medications (2014 - 2015)$43,588
This project will pilot resources to improve the health literacy of newly-arrived former refugees in Tasmania. Health literacy is an essential life skill and is defined as an individuals ability to read, understand and obtain adequate health care in order to maintain their health. The project will focus on medication concordance for chronic disease as many former refugees are at an increased risk of developing one or more chronic diseases. Health professionals working in refugee health services, and adult former refugees who have arrived in Tasmania in the past 12 months will be invited to participate. Within culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, it is suggested there are four domains, which contribute to health literacy: scientific literacy (understanding disease processes); civil literacy (understanding the health system); fundamental literacy (ability to read and write in a national language); and cultural literacy (ability to understand and navigate interactions with service providers). This project aims to address each of these domains through the involvement of both the members of the CALD community and the health professionals. It seeks to address medication health literacy by: 1) investigating what interventions newly-arrived former refugees and health providers believe will improve medication health literacy and concordance in Tasmania; 2) developing an audio-based intervention to improve medication concordance based on the input of community members and health professionals; 3) piloting the intervention within health services in order to test effectiveness with the CALD community and health professionals; 4) disseminating the results of the project and utility of the intervention so similar interventions can be used in other populations with low health-literacy in the future.
Tasmanian Community Fund ($43,588)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Murray LJ; Elmer SL; Cooling NB
2014 - 2015

Nick currently supervisers honours and masters research students and is an advisor to PhD students.