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Building on a background in applied health sciences (prosthetics and orthotics), Valerie has worked in a diversity of roles focused on human factors and workplace health and safety. Valerie's experience spans work human factors and ergonomics, health and safety policy development, consultancy, research, ambulance work and rehabilitation, and training and education, where she has worked for SafeWork South Australia, SafeWork Australia and SAI Global. 

As a researcher, Valerie's current project uses human factors and ergonomics as a vehicle to increase technology uptake and diffusion in manufacturing and shipbuilding, working with partner BAE/ASC Shipbuilding at Flinders Tonsley campus. Previous projects have focused on worker performance in healthcare settings including investigating nurses' health and safety decision making and the influence of job quality and design on health and safety and client care. Valerie has an interest job design, including the management of psychosocial hazards, fatigue and bullying, and the prevention of psychological injury at work. She also researches on the regulation of and policy framework for the management of psychosocial risks at work.

Valerie's teaching speciality is human factors and organisational safety in the future of work, with an emphasis on sociotechnical systems and work health and safety.


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  • Business

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  • Workplace injury
  • Workplace behaviours, legal implications
  • Human Machine Interface and Human Factors


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