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Rebecca Wolfgang is a Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health based in Tamworth, a position she has held in a part time capacity since 2008. Rebecca’s part time academic role involves teaching and research. She completed her MPhil titled “The management of whole body vibration exposure in the surface mining industry” in 2014. She is currently involved in collaborative research in the areas of inter-professional student learning and workforce outcomes for and experiences of allied health students undertaking rural palcements.  







  • Master of Philosophy (Human Factors), University of Queensland, 05/09/2014
  • Graduate Certificate in Ergonomics, University of New South Wales, 26/08/1999
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), University of Sydney, 01/06/1992


Research keywords

  • Human factors and ergonomics
  • Inter-professional learning
  • Rural health

Research expertise

Occupational therapy practice in rural and remote areas.

Human factors and ergonomics


  • English

Fields of Research

119999Medical And Health Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified100


Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Occupational Therapy Australia
  • Member - Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia


Administrative expertise

Participant in research community of practice.

Co-ordination of Occupational Therapy student education opportunities at Department of Rural Health.

DRH representative of the Occupational Therapy Rural Forum committee.


Teaching keywords

  • Adapting environments
  • Occupational therapy adult
  • Rural health

Teaching expertise

I taught into the OCCT411 course "Rural and Remote Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy" for the past three years.



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Journal article (4 outputs)

2014Wolfgang R, Burgess-Limerick R, 'Using consumer electronic devices to estimate whole-body vibration exposure', Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 11 (2014) [C1]
2014Wolfgang R, Di Corleto L, Burgess-Limerick R, 'Can an iPod Touch Be Used to Assess Whole-Body Vibration Associated with Mining Equipment?', The Annals of Occupational Hygiene, 58 1200-1204 (2014) [C1]
2014Wolfgang R, Burgess-Limerick R, 'Whole-body vibration exposure of haul truck drivers at a surface coal mine', APPLIED ERGONOMICS, 45 1700-1704 (2014) [C1]
2014Wolfgang R, Dutton R, Wakely K, 'Creating positive rural experiences for occupational therapy students', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 22 204-205 (2014) [C3]
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Conference (7 outputs)

2014Wolfgang RL, Brown L, Smith T, Wakely L, Harries-Jones H, Little A, Burrows J, 'Diving deeper - outcomes of a rural immersive experience for allied health students', Surf's Up: Ride the Waves SARRAH National Conference for Rural and Remote Allied Health Professionals, Kingscliff NSW (2014) [E3]
2014Croker AL, Wolfgang R, Leys J, Wakely K, Fisher K, Smith T, et al., 'Students as Individuals in Interprofessional Learning: Should there be an 'I' in 'Team'?', ANZAHPE 2014 Conference Handbook & Program, Gold Coast (2014) [E3]
2013Wolfgang RL, Wakely K, de Courcy Dutton R, 'Creating positive rural experiences for Occupational Therapy students', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, Adelaide Convention Centre (2013) [E3]


2013Wolfgang RL, 'Whole body vibration exposure of surface mining haul trucks', HFESA 49th annual conference proceedings, Perth (2013) [E3]
2012Wolfgang RL, 'Enhancing student professional reasoning through community engagement programs', Handbook. Occupational Therapy Australia 2012 NSW Forum, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
2012Smith AN, Wakely LT, Brown LJ, Wolfgang RL, 'Creating community capacity and enhancing student learning on rural placement', Conference Handbook. SARRAH National Conference, Launceston, Tasmania (2012) [E3]
2011Wolfgang RL, 'Change in Occupational Therapy students' knowledge and attitudes towards indigenous culture after attending an indigenous cultural excursion', Proceedings of the 24th Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference, Gold Coast, QLD (2011) [E3]
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants2
Total funding$1,310

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2015 (1 grants)

Occupational Therapy National Conference and Exhibition 2015, Melbourne Australia, 1-3 July 2015$500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Mrs Rebecca Wolfgang
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

2014 (1 grants)

SARRAH National Conference, Kingscliff NSW, 17 - 20 September 2014$810
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Mrs Rebecca Wolfgang
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.


Mrs Rebecca Wolfgang

Work Phone(02) 67553515
Fax(02) 67612355
Department of Rural Health
University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Tamworth Education Centre,