Speakers

Musculoskeletal Disorders Symposium 2020 cancelled.

Nick Buettner, Blue Zones

Nick Buettner, Blue Zones

Nick is based in the US and is the Vice President for Product at Blue Zones™.

He will present National Geographic funded research on the longest-lived and healthiest places in the world. He will discuss the common lifestyle and cultural traits of these locations and how these traits align to workplaces.

Professor Sarah Sharples, University of Nottingham

Professor Sarah Sharples, University of Nottingham

Sarah is a Professor of Human Factors and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Nottingham in the UK. Her research has been applied to transport, health care and manufacturing, with a focus on the design of new technologies and systems for complex work environments.

Sarah will discuss how technology is changing the way we work, and how work is designed.

Dr Christopher Reid, Boeing

Dr Christopher Reid, Boeing

Christopher is a Human Factors and Ergonomics Associate Technical Fellow for Boeing in Charleston, South Carolina in the US. Specialising in wearable technology, his collective work on Boeing exoskeletons has earned him a 2018 Rising Star Award from the National Safety Council.

Dr Reid will present on the improved acceptability and utilisation of industrial exoskeletons, including how they can be designed to fit a variety of worker sizes and demands.

Dr Peta Miller, Peta Miller WHS Consulting

Dr Peta Miller, Peta Miller WHS Consulting

Peta is a senior human factors and ergonomics consultant. She has nearly forty years’ experience in the public and private sectors in work health and safety (WHS) research, policy and practice.

Through her consulting company Peta’s most recent professional practice has focused on leading the development of government WHS strategies and regulatory material. Specific focus areas include work design, psychological and musculoskeletal injury prevention, asbestos awareness and management, positive organisational culture and WHS performance metrics.

Peter Schumacher, University of South Australia

Peter Schumacher, University of South Australia

Peter has a Bachelor of Industrial Design from the University of South Australia. His PhD at the Australian National University focused on the design of pictorial assembly instructions for developing countries and methods of researching and codifying knowledge for human-technology interaction design.

Peter currently leads an Australian Defence Science and Technology Group project to examine design and development methods for submarine habitable spaces. The project deploys user centred investigation and development methods to improve usability, and the practical application of anthropometry and sleep and fatigue research.

Dr Kirsten Way, University of Queensland

Dr Kirsten Way, University of Queensland

Kïrsten is Senior Lecturer and Program Director at the Centre for Business and Organisational Psychology at the University of Queensland where she conducts research on the role of supervisors in conflict, occupational stress, fatigue, injury management and occupational health and wellbeing. As an Organisational Psychologist, Occupational Therapist and Certified Professional Ergonomist, Kirsten specialises in the study of worker and group-level psychology and its influence on various aspects of organisational performance, but in particular, WHS and injury management.

Kirsten has worked as the Discipline Leader, OHS at Australian Catholic University, Director of a private consultancy specialising in WHS and organisational psychology, and has held positions for Australian and UK WHS regulatory authorities, including Principal Inspector, Manager Psychosocial Strategy Unit, and Manager of the WHS Policy Branch.

Associate Professor Sharon Newnam, Monash University Accident Research Centre

Associate Professor Sharon Newnam, Monash University Accident Research Centre

Associate Professor Sharon Newnam is the Director of the Systems Safety Team at the Monash University Accident Research Centre. Sharon has published widely in the area of workplace safety from a systems-thinking perspective.

She is an Associate Editor of the Leading Safety Journal, Safety Science. Sharon was invited by the Transportation Research Board to be an international member of the Truck and Bus Safety and is Chair of the Subcommittee in Safety Management.

Yeong Lee, icare

Yeong Lee, icare

Yeong Lee from icare is a physiotherapist with over 13 years of injury prevention and management experience across a diverse range of industries in both private and public sectors.

Yeong is currently leading an icare foundation-sponsored research study looking at the effectiveness of a range of wearable technologies to help prevent work-related MSDs in real world work settings. He will present on the current landscape of wearable technologies within the work health and safety setting, evidence for their use in the prevention of workplace injuries and an insight into icare’s research study.

Associate Professor Jodi Oakman, La Trobe University

Associate Professor Jodi Oakman, La Trobe University

Jodi leads the Centre for Ergonomics and Human Factors at La Trobe University and holds a MRFF TRIP Fellowship, which focuses on translating research evidence into practice in musculoskeletal disorders prevention. During this fellowship she will be training occupational health practitioners in the use of the APHIRM (A Participative Hazard Identification and Risk Management) Toolkit.

APHIRM was developed by a team at La Trobe University and supports workplaces to participatively develop a comprehensive set of risk controls for both physical and psychosocial hazards and reduce the risk of MSDs.

Peter Pollnitz, Central Adelaide Local Health Network

Peter Pollnitz, Central Adelaide Local Health Network

Peter Pollnitz is the Manager of Work Health Safety and Injury Management for the Central Adelaide Local Health Network. He manages a team of WHS Professionals and develops and implements strategies to prevent injury and promote worker health and wellbeing.

Peter is a Physiotherapist with qualifications in management, training and education, and clinical rehabilitation.

Associate Professor Anjum Naweed, Central Queensland University, Adelaide

Associate Professor Anjum Naweed, Central Queensland University, Adelaide

Anjum Naweed is an Associate Professor at Central Queensland University with over 15 years of experience across a range of industry sectors in complex domains and occupational settings. He has a PhD in Applied Cognitive Science and is a certified professional ergonomist.

Anjum’s current research interests include complex decision-making and knowledge representation in skilled work, transport human factors, job design, as well as creative and cultural applications of simulation.

Jean Mangharam, Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Curtin University

Jean Mangharam, Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Curtin University

Jean is the Principal Scientific Officer of Human Factors & Ergonomics at the Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) and a Senior Researcher at Curtin University.

Jean leads a team of specialists at DMIRS that develop strategies and implement public health and policy intervention through education, partnership and enforcement focusing on work-related musculoskeletal disorders, occupational mental health, psychosocial issues and occupational slips trips and falls.

Mark Enders, Townsville Hospital

Mark Enders, Townsville Hospital

Mark Enders is a physiotherapist with 17 years clinical experience in public and private health where he worked in large and small organisations in Queensland, Western Australia and Chicago in the US. For the last 12 years he has worked with the health safety and wellness department in the Townsville Hospital and Health service working across workplace rehabilitation, ergonomics, hazardous manual task management and staff wellness.

Julia Teys, Teys Australia

Julia Teys, Teys Australia

Julia is currently the Group WHS Manager at Teys Australia and has 15 years experience working within the Work Health and Safety field. While studying a Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety, she worked full time in WHS, enhancing her skills and knowledge within the red meat processing industry. She has previously spent time working in various roles at Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

Last updated
13 March 2020