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Mine workers are a key focus for the Workforce Health Innovation Group

The Workforce Health Innovation Group has completed or is currently involved in a range of occupational health and injury prevention programs across a number of industries including:

The team has a reputation for tackling real world problems using a group of experts and practitioners able to implement evidence-based programs and provide workers with knowledge of their effectiveness. The group has spent more than 12 years in the mining industry with major projects involving both underground and open-cut operations in areas of —

 

Health is your future
Traditionally, occupational health and safety (OH&S) has predominantly focussed on safety rather than the overall health of the worker. The Workforce Health Innovation Group is working towards increasing the HEALTH profile within the OH&S framework. Through its research the Workforce Health Innovation Group will develop and evaluate innovative approaches to supporting and improving workforce health and productivity, ranging from new biomarkers of injury to better methods for monitoring exposure to work demands.

 

Interdisciplinary research
Professor Tony Parker leads a team of researchers and practitioners which has developed an interdisciplinary program of research concerned with health of the mining workforce. The team brings together a broad range of expertise in areas associated with M/S injury and disorder and related health issues. Prevention of chronic disease and injury in the mining workforce requires a holistic approach which recognises the diversity in the workforce and the unique setting in which this industry operates.

 

Importantly, each project is evidence based and is evaluated against both health and safety outcome measures and cost effectiveness.

Industry linked projects
The Workforce Health Innovation Group has applied this knowledge to the Enhancing Workforce Health at Downer EDI Mining program to advise, develop and evaluate current OH&S systems and conduct various health interventions. Such work is evidence based and made with consultation and engagement of the workforce at all levels.

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Read more about the Enhancing Workforce Health program in the IHBI Advances newsletter.

 

 

The group is regularly involved in providing advice and consultancy to major industry and government groups. A recent example of this is the provision of an independent review of the Queensland Mines & Quarries Annual Safety Performance and Health Report for the Queensland Department of Mines and Energy.

Workforce Health Innovation projects
Workforce Health Innovation research activities

 

Workforce Health Innovation projects

Workforce Health Innovation has completed or is currently involved in a range of projects in the area of injury prevention across a range of industries.

Mining

Maritime

Emergency Services

Queensland Rail

Sports Science applications

 

Workforce Health Innovation research activities

The collaboration between QUT and Downer EDI Mining on the Enhancing Workforce Health program has provided the opportunity to explore new and innovative approaches to persistent problems such as musculoskeletal injury and disorder.


This has been achieved by engagement in a number of work related projects such as: