Nicola Rochford

Lecturer - School of Rural Medicine


Nikki worked as a Physiotherapist in the UK, USA and Somalia before moving into an academic post in 1989. She taught at Brunel and Keele Universities in the UK prior to her recent move to Armidale. Nikki's main academic foci have been promoting inter-disciplinary learning and teaching and developing QA enhancement tools in health education. As a member of the Quality Assurance Agency Nikki was responsible for reviewing the Quality of Learning and Teaching of Tertiary Health Education throughout the UK and making recommendations for improvement. Nikki has written and delivered PBL courses for over 20 years and is now a PBL tutor in the School of Rural Medicine.


Certificate IV TAE10

MSc Res Meth



PGDip Biomech

PGDip Phys

Dip Phys

Teaching Areas

Problem Based Learning (PBL)

Research Interests

Patient centred health delivery.

Examining the lived experiences of patients, carers and Health care professionals within a chronic illness situation.

Socio-psychological determinants of recovery in chronic illness and the impact of service provision.

Research Supervision Experience

Experienced at under-graduate and M level.

External examiner for M level research degree course.


Physiotherapy Research Society (founder member)

Society for Research in Rehabilitation

Health Professions Council (UK)

Member of the Licensing Board of California

Consultancy Interests

Institutional and subject specific quality enhancement

Patient centred care

Disability issues

Patient rights