Professor Tim Driscoll

Public Health, School of Public Health

A27 - Edward Ford Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

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Research interests

My main research interest is the epidemiology of work-related injuries and diseases, with an emphasis on work-related fatal injury. I am also interested in data systems that facilitate the effective recording and analysis of injury and disease information, and how best to use surveillance and research data in planning and prioritising interventions aimed at decreasing the frequency and severity of work-related and other disorders. I have worked for several years as a member of the team considering occupational risk factors in the WHO Global Burden of Disease Comparative Risk Assessment.

Teaching areas

My main area of teaching is epidemiology at the post-graduate level. I also contribute to teaching in burden of disease, occupational health and safety and injury in the Master of Public Health and the Graduate Medical Program.


2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2008


  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2014), Exercise DVD effect on musculoskeletal disorders in professional orchestral musicians. Occupational Medicine. 64(1), 23¿30. [Abstract]
  • Hutchings, S., Rushton, L., Driscoll, T. (2014), 0261 Estimating the burden of occupational cancer taking into account age. Occupational and environmental medicine. 71(Suppl 1), A34. [Abstract]
  • Hoy, D., Smith, E., Cross, M., Sanchez-Riera, L., Buchbinder, R., Blyth, F., Brooks, P., Woolf, A., Osborne, R., Fransen, M., Driscoll, T., Vos, T., Blore, J., Murray, C., Johns, N., Naghavi, M., Carnahan, E., March, L. (2014), The global burden of musculoskeletal conditions for 2010: an overview of methods. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 73(6), 982-989. [Abstract]
  • Fritschi, L., Carey, R., Peters, S., Reid, A., Driscoll, T., Rushton, L., Glass, D., Hutchings, S. (2014), 0357 The lifetime risk approach to estimating the burden of occupational cancer. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 71(Suppl 1), A44. [Abstract]
  • Fritschi, L., Carey, R., Peters, S., Reid, A., Glass, D., Benke, G., Driscoll, T. (2014), 0358 Obtaining population estimates of the prevalence of occupational exposure. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 71(Suppl 1), A44. [Abstract]
  • Driscoll, T., Carey, R., Glass, D., Benke, G., Peters, S., Reid, A., Fritschi, L. (2014), 0162 Prevalence of occupational exposure to lead in Australia. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 71(Suppl 1), A20. [Abstract]
  • Driscoll, T., Hutchings, S., Rushton, L. (2014), 0256 Holes in the burden estimates - some can be filled, some maybe not. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 71(Suppl1), A33. [Abstract]
  • Driscoll, T., Jacklyn, G., Orchard, J., Passmore, E., Vos, T., Freedman, G., Lim, S., Punnett, L. (2014), The global burden of occupationally related low back pain: estimates from the Global Burden of Disease 2010 study. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 73(6), 975-981. [Abstract]
  • Carey, R., Glass, D., Peters, S., Reid, A., Benke, G., Driscoll, T., Fritschi, L. (2014), Occupational exposure to solar radiation in Australia: who is exposed and what protection do they use?. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 38(1), 54-59. [Abstract]
  • O'Brien, I., Driscoll, T., Williams, W., Ackermann, B. (2014), A Clinical Trial of Active Hearing Protection for Orchestral Musicians. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 11(7), 450-549. [Abstract]
  • Carey, R., Driscoll, T., Peters, S., Glass, D., Reid, A., Benke, G., Fritschi, L. (2014), Estimated prevalence of exposure to occupational carcinogens in Australia (2011-2012). Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 71(1), 55-62. [Abstract]
  • Kenny, D., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2014), Psychological well-being in professional orchestral musicians in Australia: A descriptive population study. Psychology of Music. 42(2), 210-232.
  • O'Brien, I., Ackermann, B., Driscoll, T. (2014), Hearing and hearing conservation practices among Australia's professional orchestral musicians. Noise & Health. 16(70), 189-195. [Abstract]


  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2013), Development of a specific exercise programme for professional orchestral musicians. Injury Prevention. 19(4), 257-263. [Abstract]
  • Driscoll, T. (2013), Cholangiocarcinoma among workers in the printing industry. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 70(12), 827. [Abstract]
  • Carey, R., Reid, A., Driscoll, T., Glass, D., Benke, G., Fritschi, L. (2013), An advance letter did not increase the response rates in a telephone survey: a randomized trial. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 66(12), 1417-1421. [Abstract]
  • O'Brien, I., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2013), Sound exposure of professional orchestral musicians during solitary practice. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 134(4), 2748-2754. [Abstract]
  • Ackermann, B., Driscoll, T. (2013), Attitudes and practices of parents of teenage musicians to health issues related to playing an instrument: a pilot study. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 28(1), 24-27. [Abstract]
  • Pruss-Ustun, A., Wolf, J., Driscoll, T., Degenhardt, L., Neira, M., Calleja, J. (2013), HIV Due to Female Sex Work: Regional and Global Estimates. PloS One. 8(5), e63476. [Abstract]
  • Herbst, C., Erren, T., Sallinen, M., Fritschi, L., Costa, G., Driscoll, T., Foster, R., Koch, M., Liira, J. (2013), Person-directed non-pharmacological interventions for preventing and treating sleepiness and sleep disturbances caused by shift work (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2013, CD010641.
  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2013), The usefulness of on-site physical therapy-led triage services for professional orchestral musicians - a national cohort study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 14, 98. [Abstract]
  • Erren, T., Herbst, C., Koch, M., Fritschi, L., Foster, R., Driscoll, T., Costa, G., Sallinen, M., Liira, J. (2013), Adaptation of shift work schedules for preventing and treating sleepiness and sleep disturbances caused by shift work. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2013, CD010639.
  • Chan, C., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2013), Can experienced observers detect postural changes in professional muscians after interventions?. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science 2013.


  • Lozano, R., Naghavi, M., Foreman, K., Lim, S., Shibuya, K., Aboyans, V., Abraham, J., Adair, T., Aggarwal, R., Ahn, S., Alvarado, M., Anderson, H., Anderson, L., Andrews, K., Atkinson, C., Baddour, L., Barker-Collo, S., Bartels, D., Bell, M., Benjamin, E., Bennett, D., Bhalla, K., Bikbov, B., Bin Abdulhak, A., Birbeck, G., Blyth, F., Bolliger, I., Boufous, S., Bucello, C., Burch, M., Burney, P., Carapetis, J., Chen, H., Chou, D., Chugh, S., Coffeng, L., Colan, S., Colquhoun, S., Colson, K., Condon, J., Connor, M., Cooper, L., Corriere, M., Cortinovis, M., de Vaccaro, K., Couser, W., Cowie, B., Criqui, M., Cross, M., Dabhadkar, K., Dahodwala, N., De Leo, D., Degenhardt, L., Delossantos, A., Denenberg, J., Des Jarlais, D., Dharmaratne, S., Dorsey, E., Driscoll, T., Duber, H., Ebel, B., Erwin, P., Espindola, P., Ezzati, M., Feigin, V., Flaxman, A., Forouzanfar, M., Fowkes, F., Franklin, R., Fransen, M., Freeman, M., Gabriel, S., Gakidou, E., Gaspari, F., Gillum, R., Gonzalez-Medina, D., Halasa, Y., Haring, D., Harrison, J., Havmoeller, R., Hay, R., Hoen, B., Hotez, P., Hoy, D., Jacobsen, K., James, S., Jasrasaria, R., Jayaraman, S., Johns, N., Karthikeyan, G., Kassebaum, N., Keren, A., Khoo, J., Knowlton, L., Kobusingye, O., Koranteng, A., Krishnamurthi, R., Lipnick, M., Lipshultz, S., Ohno, S., Mabweijano, J., MacIntyre, M., Mallinger, L., March, L., Marks, G., Marks, R., Matsumori, A., Matzopoulos, R., Mayosi, B., McAnulty, J., McDermott, M., McGrath, J., Mensah, G., Merriman, T., Michaud, C., Miller, M., Miller, T., Mock, C., Mocumbi, A., Mokdad, A., Moran, A., Mulholland, K., Nair, M., Naldi, L., Narayan, K., Nasseri, K., Norman, P., O'Donnell, M., Omer, S., Ortblad, K., Osborne, R., Ozgediz, D., Pahari, B., Pandian, J., Rivero, A., Padilla, R., Perez-Ruiz, F., Perico, N., Phillips, D., Pierce, K., Pope, C., Porrini, E., Pourmalek, F., Raju, M., Ranganathan, D., Rehm, J., Rein, D., Remuzzi, G., Rivara, F., Roberts, T., De León, F., Rosenfeld, L., Rushton, L., Sacco, R., Salomon, J., Sampson, U., Sanman, E., Schwebel, D., Segui-Gomez, M., Shepard, D., Singh, D., Singleton, J., Sliwa, K., Smith, E., Steer, A., Taylor, J., Thomas, B., Tleyjeh, I., Towbin, J., Truelsen, T., Undurraga, E., Venketasubramanian, N., Vijayakumar, L., Vos, T., Wagner, G., Wang, M., Wang, W., Watt, K., Weinstock, M., Weintraub, R., Wilkinson, J., Woolf, A., Wulf, S., Yeh, P., Yip, P., Zabetian, A., Zheng, Z., Lopez, A., Murray, C. (2012), Global and regional mortality from 235 causes of death for 20 age groups in 1990 and 2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Lancet. 380(9859), 2095-2128. [Abstract]
  • Salomon, J., Vos, T., Hogan, D., Gagnon, M., Naghavi, M., Mokdad, A., Begum, N., Shah, R., Karyana, M., Kosen, S., Farje, M., Moncada, G., Dutta, A., Sazawal, S., Dyer, A., Seiler, J., Aboyans, V., Baker, L., Baxter, A., Benjamin, E., Bhalla, K., Bin Abdulhak, A., Blyth, F., Bourne, R., Braithwaite, T., Brooks, P., Brugha, T., Bryan-Hancock, C., Buchbinder, R., Burney, P., Calabria, B., Chen, H., Chugh, S., Cooley, R., Criqui, M., Cross, M., Dabhadkar, K., Dahodwala, N., Davis, A., Degenhardt, L., Díaz-Torné, C., Dorsey, E., Driscoll, T., Edmond, K., Elbaz, A., Ezzati, M., Feigin, V., Ferri, C., Flaxman, A., Flood, L., Fransen, M., Fuse, K., Gabbe, B., Gillum, R., Haagsma, J., Harrison, J., Havmoeller, R., Hay, R., Hel-Baqui, A., Hoek, H., Hoffman, H., Hogeland, E., Hoy, D., Jarvis, D., Karthikeyan, G., Knowlton, L., Lathlean, T., Leasher, J., Lim, S., Lipshultz, S., Lopez, A., Lozano, R., Lyons, R., Malekzadeh, R., Marcenes, W., March, L., Margolis, D., McGill, N., McGrath, J., Mensah, G., Meyer, A., Michaud, C., Moran, A., Mori, R., Murdoch, M., Naldi, L., Newton, C., Norman, R., Omer, S., Osborne, R., Pearce, N., Perez-Ruiz, F., Perico, N., Pesudovs, K., Phillips, D., Pourmalek, F., Prince, M., Rehm, J., Remuzzi, G., Richardson, K., Room, R., Saha, S., Sampson, U., Sanchez-Riera, L., Segui-Gomez, M., Shahraz, S., Shibuya, K., Singh, D., Sliwa, K., Smith, E., Soerjomataram, I., Steiner, T., Stolk, W., Stovner, L., Sudfeld, C., Taylor, H., Tleyjeh, I., van der Werf, M., Watson, W., Weatherall, D., Weintraub, R., Weisskopf, M., Whiteford, H., Wilkinson, J., Woolf, A., Zheng, Z., Murray, C. (2012), Common values in assessing health outcomes from disease and injury: disability weights measurement study for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Lancet. 380(9859), 2129-2143. [Abstract]
  • Lim, S., Vos, T., Flaxman, A., Danaei, G., Shibuya, K., Adair-Rohani, H., Amann, M., Anderson, H., Andrews, K., Aryee, M., Atkinson, C., Bacchus, L., Bahalim, A., Balakrishnan, K., Balmes, J., Barker-Collo, S., Baxter, A., Bell, M., Blore, J., Blyth, F., Bonner, C., Borges, G., Bourne, R., Boussinesq, M., Brauer, M., Brooks, P., Bruce, N., Brunekreef, B., Bryan-Hancock, C., Bucello, C., Buchbinder, R., Bull, F., Burnett, R., Byers, T., Calabria, B., Carapetis, J., Carnahan, E., Chafe, Z., Charlson, F., Chen, H., Chen, J., Cheng, A., Child, J., Cohen, A., Colson, K., Cowie, B., Darby, S., Darling, S., Davis, A., Degenhardt, L., Dentener, F., Des Jarlais, D., Devries, K., Dherani, M., Ding, E., Dorsey, E., Driscoll, T., Edmond, K., Ali, S., Engell, R., Erwin, P., Fahimi, S., Falder, G., Farzadfar, F., Ferrari, A., Finucane, M., Flaxman, S., Fowkes, F., Freedman, G., Freeman, M., Gakidou, E., Ghosh, S., Giovannucci, E., Gmel, G., Graham, K., Grainger, R., Grant, B., Gunnell, D., Gutierrez, H., Hall, W., Hoek, H., Hogan, A., Hosgood, H., Hoy, D., Hu, H., Hubbell, B., Hutchings, S., Ibeanusi, S., Jacklyn, G., Jasrasaria, R., Jonas, J., Kan, H., Kanis, J., Kassebaum, N., Kawakami, N., Khang, Y., Khatibzadeh, S., Khoo, J., Kok, C., Laden, F., Lalloo, R., Lan, Q., Lathlean, T., Leasher, J., Leigh, J., Li, Y., Lin, J., Lipshultz, S., London, S., Lozano, R., Lu, Y., Mak, J., Malekzadeh, R., Mallinger, L., Marcenes, W., March, L., Marks, R., Martin, R., McGale, P., McGrath, J., Mehta, S., Mensah, G., Merriman, T., Micha, R., Michaud, C., Mishra, V., Hanafiah, K., Mokdad, A., Morawska, L., Mozaffarian, D., Murphy, T., Naghavi, M., Neal, B., Nelson, P., Nolla, J., Norman, R., Olives, C., Omer, S., Orchard, J., Osborne, R., Ostro, B., Page, A., Pandey, K., Parry, C., Passmore, E., Patra, J., Pearce, N., Pelizzari, P., Petzold, M., Phillips, M., Pope, D., Pope, C., Powles, J., Rao, M., Razavi, H., Rehfuess, E., Rehm, J., Ritz, B., Rivara, F., Roberts, T., Robinson, C., Rodriguez-Portales, J., Romieu, I., Room, R., Rosenfeld, L., Roy, A., Rushton, L., Salomon, J., Sampson, U., Sanchez-Riera, L., Sanman, E., Sapkota, A., Seedat, S., Shi, P., Shield, K., Shivakoti, R., Singh, G., Sleet, D., Smith, E., Smith, K., Stapelberg, N., Steenland, K., Stöckl, H., Stovner, L., Straif, K., Straney, L., Thurston, G., Tran, J., Van Dingenen, R., van Donkelaar, A., Veerman, J., Vijayakumar, L., Weintraub, R., Weissman, M., White, R., Whiteford, H., Wiersma, S., Wilkinson, J., Williams, H., Williams, W., Wilson, N., Woolf, A., Yip, P., Zielinski, J., Lopez, A., Murray, C., Ezzati, M. (2012), A comparative risk assessment of burden of disease and injury attributable to 67 risk factors and risk factor clusters in 21 regions, 1990-2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Lancet. 380(9859), 2224-2260. [Abstract]
  • Ackermann, B., Driscoll, T., Kenny, D. (2012), Musculoskeletal pain and injury in professional orchestral musicians in Australia. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 27(4), 181-187. [Abstract]
  • O'Brien, I., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2012), Hearing Conservation and Noise Management Practices in Professional Orchestras. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 9(10), 602-608. [Abstract]
  • Rickert, D., Barrett, M., Halaki, M., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2012), A study of right shoulder injury in collegiate and professional orchestral cellists: an investigation using questionnaires and physical assessment. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 27(2), 65-73. [Abstract]
  • Orchard, J., Driscoll, T., Seward, H., Orchard, J. (2012), Relationship between interchange usage and risk of hamstring injuries in the Australian Football League. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 15(3), 201-206. [Abstract]
  • Fernandez, R., Driscoll, T., Glass, D., Vallance, D., Reid, A., Benke, G., Fritschi, L. (2012), A priority list of occupational carcinogenic agents for preventative action in Australia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 36(2), 111-115. [Abstract]
  • Janssen, K., Orchard, J., Driscoll, T., van Mechelen, W. (2012), High incidence and costs for anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions performed in Australia from 2003-2004 to 2007-2008: time for an anterior cruciate ligament register by Scandinavian model?. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. 22(4), 495-501. [Abstract]
  • Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2012), Applied Musculoskeletal Assessment: Results from a Standardised Physical Assessment in a National Population of Professional Orchestral Musicians. Rheumatology. S2, 005.
  • Macdonald, W., Driscoll, T., Stuckey, R., Oakman, J. (2012), Occupational health and safety in Australia. Industrial Health. 50(3), 172-179. [Abstract]


  • Evans, A., Driscoll, T., Ackermann, B. (2011), Prevalence of velopharyngeal insufficiency in woodwind and brass students. Occupational medicine (Oxford, England). 61(7), 480-2. [Abstract]
  • Rahman, M., Driscoll, T., Clements, M., Armstrong, B., Cowie, C. (2011), Effects of tap water processing on the concentration of disinfection by-products. Journal of Water and Health. 9(3), 507-514. [Abstract]
  • Driscoll, T., Sambrook, P. (2011), Editorial. Best Practice & Research. Clinical Rheumatology. 25, 1-2. [Abstract]
  • Driscoll, T. (2011), Epidemiological aspects of studying work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Best Practice & Research: Clinical Rheumatology. 25(1), 3-13. [Abstract]
  • Driscoll, T., Wagstaffe, M., Pearce, N. (2011), Developing a list of compensable occupational diseases: principles and issues. The Open Occupational Health & Safety Journal. 3, 65-72.


  • Evans, A., Ackermann, B., Driscoll, T. (2010), Functional anatomy of the soft palate applied to wind playing. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 25(4), 183-189. [Abstract]
  • Ackermann, B., Driscoll, T. (2010), Development of a New Instrument for Measuring the Musculoskeletal Load and Physical Health of Professional Orchestral Musicians. Medical Problems of Performing artists. 25(3), 95-101. [Abstract]
  • Orchard, J., Orchard, J., Driscoll, T. (2010), Comparison of sports medicine, public health and exercise promotion between bidding countries for the FIFA World Cup in 2018. British journal of sports medicine. 44(9), 631-6. [Abstract]
  • Rahman, M., Driscoll, T., Cowie, C., Armstrong, B. (2010), Disinfection by-products in drinking water and colorectal cancer: a meta-analysis. International journal of epidemiology. 39(3), 733-45. [Abstract]
  • McKenzie, K., Campbell, M., Scott, D., Discoll, T., Harrison, J., McClure, R. (2010), Identifying work related injuries: comparison of methods for interrogating text fields. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 10, 19. [Abstract]
  • Shanahan, E., Driscoll, T. (2010), Occupational and environmental medical education in Australia and New Zealand. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment. 26, 299-302.


  • Driscoll, T., Cripps, R., Brotherhood, J. (2008), Heat-related injuries resulting in hospitalisation in Australian sport. Journal of science and medicine in sport / Sports Medicine Australia. 11, 40-7. [Abstract]
  • Driscoll, T., Harrison, J., Bradley, C., Newson, R. (2008), The role of design issues in work-related fatal injury in australia. Journal of Safety Research. 39(2), 209-214. [Abstract]
  • Mitchell, R., RJ, M., Driscoll, T. (2008), Refining estimates of hospitalised work-related injuries in NSW, 2000/01 to 2004/05. Journal of Occupational Health and Safety, Australia and New Zealand. 24(1), 33-42.