Dr. Flora-Joan van Rotterdam completed a BSc in Science in 1986 and then commenced a Postgraduate Diploma in Epidemiology (1993) that was later translated to a Masters in Medical Science (Clinical Epidemiology), which was completed in 2003. Between 2002 and 2003 she undertook a part-time position with the Newcastle Institute of Public Health (NIPH) as a manager of a research project entitled “An Evaluation of the Hunter Chronic Disease Rehabilitation Program”. Then from 2006 she commenced her Ph.D. candidature on a part-time basis and completed this in April 2019. She has also collaborated on other research projects with the charity Hands on Health Australia and is presently Chair of their board. She has enjoyed a varied work life with experience in the health research area as a project officer and researcher with knowledge and experience of both quantitative and qualitative research methods and analysis and also experience in health administration, clinical work, and some educational experience. She also currently chairs the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Rural and Remote Practioner’s Network (ARRPN) for the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) and represents the ACA on the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA).
Dr. van Rotterdam has interests in the fields of Quality of Life in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, The Health care of patients in the area of underprivileged communities, and the role of chiropractic care in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Dr. van Rotterdam is currently working with the not-for-profit organization Hands on Health Australia in the area of youth health.