Occupational health research

Research expertise

Aviation decision making

Decision making in aviation; particularly those decisions which might affect safety in general aviation.

We also have special interests in the fields of statistics, safety and psychology/human factors.

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Musculoskeletal disorders

We are investigating ergonomics and the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders.

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Noise in the workplace

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is one of the most common entirely preventable causes of hearing loss in the workplace and is a major cost and burden. Long-term consequences include the cost of providing health care services, loss of human resources available for productive activities, and change in the quality of life of affected individuals. Our research focusses on the effectiveness of noise management interventions in the workplace and involves collaborations with national and international research groups.

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Organisational safety culture

Expertise in time management from a psychological wellbeing perspective and information communication technology overload.

Our researchers are also doing work around work-life balance and positive and negative outcomes from work demands.

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Psychosocial support after disasters

Research into the psychosocial impact of disasters on health care and social welfare professionals. We advise agencies including the Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry of Health.

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Role of occupational safety and health practitioners

Occupational safety and health (OSH) practitioners include OSH professionals employed as external or internal advisors, OSH managers and OSH representatives elected by employees. Organisations have increased the use of OSH practitioners following Robens inspired OSH legislative reform in the 1970s that placed more responsibility on businesses to manage the risks created in the course of business activity.

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The future of work

Our researchers are investigating the implications for the nature of work and employment brought about by the increasing use of smart technology, artificial intelligence, robotics and algorithms.

Employee flexibility and remote working is also an area of focus as is the aging workforce.

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Workplace ill treatment and stress

Expertise in workplace bullying, violence and other forms of ill-treatment in the workplace and how that affects employee productivity. Including cyberbullying and psychological stress caused by bullying.

We are developing a framework for prevention and management of workplace violence.

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Research projects

Research centres and groups

Centre for Ergonomics, Occupational Health and Safety

Our research is focused on the workplace and the safety, health and discomfort of the worker.

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Centre for Public Health Research

The Centre for Public Health Research covers all aspects of public health, including non-communicable diseases (respiratory disease, cancer, diabetes), occupational health, environmental health, socio-economic determinants of health, Māori health and Pacific health research.

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Healthy Work Group

The Healthy Work Group have expertise in both theoretical studies and applied projects in workplace health, safety and wellbeing, including factors related to the organisational and psychosocial work environment, and the design of healthy work.

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Sleep/Wake Research Centre

The Sleep/Wake Research Centre is New Zealand’s first laboratory dedicated to research and education in circadian physiology, sleep science, and their applications. We are motivated to find science-based solutions to the challenges created by the restricted sleep and circadian disruption that are endemic in our 24/7 society.

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