The Work and Health Research Team investigates how to minimise the ill health and injury caused by work structures, while also looking to maximise the positive contribution of work to wellbeing and quality of life.
The Work and Health Research Team identifies forms of work that enhance psychological and physical well-being, while improving productivity and allowing organisations and communities to flourish.
Most of our projects employ multiple methods and are supported by our diverse multidisciplinary team. Our team provides results that inform policy and practice for a wide variety of stakeholders including employers, employees, families, trade unions and government agencies.
The research we undertake targets three thematic areas:
The focus of the research is to understand the recovery journey of unemployed adults affected by a moderate mental health condition who have been previously gainfully employed. The research aims to identify key themes, stages or milestones specific to this group that can form the basis for a recovery model. By understanding and mapping this journey, people with moderate mental health conditions, their families, employers and treating health professionals can be better informed about appropriate and suitably timed recovery services.
Scoping review to identify published risk and protective factors for compassion satisfaction and fatigue in rural and remote rehabilitation and healthcare professionals’ (R&HPs), in depth interviews with rural and remote R&HPs to identify local experiences, and national survey of rural and remote R&HPs to identify scope of compassion satisfaction and fatigue and its impact on quality of working life.
Survey of health professionals visiting people in their own homes, and in depth interviews with health professionals working in the homes of people with dementia.
Scoping review of work and cognition following breast cancer, analysis of Women’s Health Data relating to 1000 women reporting breast cancer, use of the PRPP assessment to identify cognitive issues in the workplace.
Scoping review of current management of work after burn injury, qualitative investigation into the experience of return to work after a burn injury and a longitudinal study of burn survivors.
Predicting the amount of domestic assistance required by a person who has sustained a musculoskeletal injury.
Scoping review of the role of housework in everyday life and management of housework affected by injuries. Focus groups of occupational therapists and insurers involved in the compensation process. Survey of solicitors managing claims.