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DSM staff profile

Associate Professor David McBride

PositionAssociate Professor in Occupational and Environmental Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Preventive and Social Medicine (DSM)
QualificationsPhD MB BCh BAO
Research summaryOccupational epidemiology and military medicine: chemical physical and environmental risk factors

Teaching of 2nd and 3rd year medical students and occupational and environmental medicine to medical practitioners.

I have a special interest in case based clinical teaching, especially using 'ill structured' clinical problems. I am myself trying to learn how students learn as a team.


A Member of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee, Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.


A special interest in complex clinical problems, with expertise musculoskeletal disorders; the effects of chemical agents including dioxins and the impact of physical agents, especially noise and vibration, on health. I try to apply this knowledge to military medicine.


My professional scope of practice lies in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, a clinical discipline of which Military Medicine is a sub-specialty. A strong interest in the 'evidence base' for practice has led to a research career in Occupational Epidemiology and biostatistics. I try to put theory into practice by identifying, through 'dose response' relationships, harmful levels of occupational exposure. My belief is that such knowledge is the starting point for multifactorial approaches preventing occupational and environmental ill health.


Coggon, D., Ntani, G., Walker-Bone, K., Palmer, K. T., Felli, V. E., Harari, R., … Harcombe, H., … Derrett, S., McBride, D., Herbison, P., Gray, A., & Salazar Vega, E. J. (2017). Epidemiological differences between localized and non-localized low back pain. Spine, 42(10), 740-747. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000001956

Shepherd, D., McBride, D., & Lovelock, K. (2017). First responder wellbeing following the 2011 Canterbury earthquake. Disaster Prevention & Management. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1108/DPM-06-2016-0112

Hill, E., Egan, R., Llewellyn, R., & McBride, D. (2016). New Zealand Defence Forces and spirituality: What does it mean? What are their spiritual needs? How is spiritual health care practised? Health & Social Care Chaplaincy, 4(1), 71-90. doi: 10.1558/hscc.v4i1.28488

McBride, D., Lovelock, K., Shepherd, D., Dirks, K., Welch, D., & Gray, A. (2016). Community exposure to hazardous site remediation in rural New Zealand: An exposed-referent study of serum dioxins and health effects. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 40(5), 412-417. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12583

McBride, D. (2016). In the virtual issue on the occupational health of musicians. Occupational Medicine, 66, 592-594. doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqw124