Associate Professor Louise Rowling


Honorary Associate Professor in Health Promotion


Phone: +61 2 8095  8315


Building.Room: A35.904

Research interests

Health and sport

  • Health promotion

Professional biography

Associate Professor Louise Rowling has established over a 30 year period a National and International reputation for work on health promoting schools and mental health promotion.  She was the President of Australian Health Promoting Schools Association for 5 years and Director of the National Health Promoting Schools Initiative. Louise has been a consultant to the World Health Organisation on a number of occasions, working in Asia and the South Pacific and has contributed to the development of materials for the WHO Global School Health Initiative. Louise was one of the Chief Investigators in the development of MindMatters. She chaired the MindMatters evaluation committee for 5 years. She was the Inaugural President of Intercamhs, the International Alliance of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Schools.


    • Honorary Life Member of Australian Health Promoting Schools Association 1999
    • Dr Harry Jenkins Fellow Award for services to Lions Clubs International and Drug Education 2004.

Current projects

  • Adolescent Health Literacy in Schools with Peralta L, Samdal O, Roderick P, Grace M, Larsen T; Nutbeam, D. World University Project (WUN). DVC International/IPDF Grant.

Selected publications


  • Samdal, O. & Rowling, L. (2013). The implementation of health promoting schools. Exploring the theories of what, why and how. London: Routledge.
  • Rowling, L., Martin, G. & Walker, L. (Eds.). (2008). Mental Health Promotion and Young People: Concepts and Practice. Korean Translation. Seoul, Korea: McGraw Hill.

Book chapters

  • Rowling L. (2015). Developing and sustaining mental health and wellbeing in Australian schools. Chapter 2. , . In , School Mental Health: Global Challenges and Opportunities.ed. Stan Kutcher, Yifeng Wei and Mark D. Weist. London: Cambridge University Press.
  • Samdal, O. & Rowling, L. . (2015). Implementation strategies to promote and sustain health and learning in schools. In McNamara & Simovska (Ed.), Schools for Health and Sustainability (pp. 233–252), UK: Springer.
  • Rowling, L .& Hazel, T . (2014). MindMatters. Implementing Mental Health Promotion in Australia. . In C.Cooper & F.A. Huppert (Ed.), Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide. Interventions and Policies to Enhance Wellbeing. (1st ed., Vol. VI, pp. 185–219), Oxford, England: Wiley Blackwell.
  • Rowling, L . (2010). Perspectives on school health promotion in the whole school approach. . In Paulus, P (Ed.), Bildungsforderung durch Gesundheit: Bestandsaufnahme und Perspektiven fur eine gute and gesunde Schule: Education through the promotion of health (1st ed., pp. 289–307), Budigen, Germany: Juventa Verla Weinheim and Munchen.
  • Rowling. L. (2010). Schools and Grief: Attending to People and Place. In , Brief Interventions with Bereaved Children. (2nd ed.,), London: Oxford University Press.
  • Rowling, L. (2006). MindMatters: Un Programma Australiano per la Promozione e la Prevenzione della Salute Mentale. In E Toniolo;A Grossi (Ed.), Oltre lo stigma. Straegie di prevenzione in psichiatria (pp. 135–148), Torino, Italy: Centroa Scientifico Editore.
  • Rowling, L. (2006). Adolescents and Emerging Adulthood (12-17 years and 18-24 years). In Cattan, M.& Tilford, S. (Ed.), Mental Health Promotion. A lifespan approach (Vol. 1, pp. 100–136), Maidenhead, UK: Open University Press.

Journal articles

  • Oliveira, J., Sherrington, C., Rowling, L., & Tiedemann, A. . (2019). Factors associated with ongoing participation in structured exercise among people aged 50 years and older. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 27(5), 739–745. DOI:10.1123/japa.2018-0231
  • Peralta, L. & Rowling, L. (2018). Implementation of school health literacy in Australia: A systematic review. Health Education Journal, 77(3), 363–376. DOI:10.1177/0017896917746431
  • Peralta, L., Rowling, L., Samdal, O., Hipkins, R. & Dudley, D. . (2017). Conceptualising a new approach to adolescent health literacy. Health Education Journal, 76(7), 787–801. DOI:10.1177/0017896917714812
  • Corcoran,T. Rowling, L. & Wise, M. (2015). The potential contribution of intermediary organizations for implementation of school mental health. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 8(2), 57–70.
  • Samdal, O. Rowling,L. (2011). Theoretical and empirical base for implementation of health promoting schools.. Health Education, III(5), 367–390. DOI:10.1108/0965428111116121
  • Rowling, L. & Samdal, O. (2011). Filling the black box of implementation for health-promoting schools . Health Education, 111(5), 347–362. DOI:10.1108/09654281111161202
  • Keshavarz, N. Nutbeam, D. Rowling, L. Khavarpour, F. (2010). Schools as social complex adaptive systems: A new way to understand the challenges of introducing the health promoting schools concept . Social Science & Medicine, 70(10), 1467–1474. DOI:doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.01.
  • Keshavarz, N. Nutbeam, D. Rowling, L. Khavarpour, F. (2010). Acknowledging educational perspectives on health promoting schools.. Health Education, 110(4), 240–251.
  • Rowling, L. (2009). Strengthening ‘School’ in School Mental Health Promotion. Health Education, 109(4), 357–368.
  • Rowling, L. (2008). Commentary: Prevention science and implementation of school mental health promotion & prevention and wellbeing: another way.. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 1(3), 29–37.
  • Rowling, L. (2008). Linking Spirituality, School Communities, Grief and Well-being.. International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 13(3), 241–251.
  • Rowling, L. (2007). School mental health promotion: MindMatters an example of mental health reform.. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 18(3), 229–236.
  • Koo, F, Rowling, L. (2007). The understanding of physical activity among older Hong Kong Chinese Australians. Journal of Tianjin University of Sport, 22(3), 200–206.
  • Weber, Z, Rowling, L, Scanlon, L. (2007). "It's like...a confronting issue": Life changing narratives of young people. Qualitative Health Research, 17(7), 945–953.
  • Scanlon, L, Rowling, L, Weber, Z. (2007). 'You don't have like an identity... you are just lost in a crowd': Forming a Student Identity in the First-year Transition to University. Journal of Youth Studies, 10(2), 223–241.
  • Rowling, L, Kasunic, V. (2006). Prevention of depression in young people: An Australian Perspective. Clinical Neuropsychiatry, 3(1), 29–38.
  • Anderson, S, Kerr-Roubicek, H, Rowling, L. (2006). Staff Voices: What helps students with high support needs connect to school?. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 16(1), 1–13.
  • Rowling, L, Jeffries, V. (2006). Capturing complexity: integrating health and education research to inform health promoting schools policy and practice. Health Education Research, 21(5), 705–718.
  • Rowling, L. (2005). Dissonance and debates encircling 'health promoting schools'. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 16(1), 55–57.
  • Rowling, L, Weber, Z, Scanlon, L. (2005). Transitions and Loss: Illuminating Parameters of Young Adults' Mental Health. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 15(2), 168–181.
  • Rowling, L, Mason, J. (2005). A case study of multimethod evaluation of complex school mental health promotion and prevention: The MindMatters Evaluation Suite. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 15(2), 125–136.

Conference papers