Mrs Rebecca Wolfgang

Lecturer

University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health

Career Summary

Biography

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 placements. 

Research Expertise
Occupational therapy practice in rural and remote areas. Human factors and ergonomics

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

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.


Qualifications

  • Master of Philosophy (Human Factors), University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), University of Sydney
  • Graduate Certificate in Ergonomics, University of New South Wales

Keywords

  • Adapting environments
  • Human factors and ergonomics
  • Inter-professional learning
  • Occupational therapy adult
  • Rural health

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/1999 -  Membership - Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia
Australia
1/01/1992 -  Membership - Occupational Therapy Australia Occupational Therapy Australia
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Wolfgang 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]
DOI 10.1093/annhyg/meu054
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2
2014 Wolfgang R, Burgess-Limerick R, 'Whole-body vibration exposure of haul truck drivers at a surface coal mine', APPLIED ERGONOMICS, 45 1700-1704 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.apergo.2014.05.020
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2014 Wolfgang R, Dutton R, Wakely K, 'Creating positive rural experiences for occupational therapy students', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 22 204-205 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/ajr.12104
Co-authors Katrina Wakely
2014 Wolfgang R, Dutton R, Wakely K, 'Creating positive rural experiences for occupational therapy students', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 22 204-205 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/ajr.12104
Co-authors Katrina Wakely
2014 Wolfgang R, Burgess-Limerick R, 'Using consumer electronic devices to estimate whole-body vibration exposure', Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 11 (2014) [C1]

The cost and complexity of commercially available devices for measuring whole-body vibration is a barrier to the systematic collection of the information required to manage this h... [more]

The cost and complexity of commercially available devices for measuring whole-body vibration is a barrier to the systematic collection of the information required to manage this hazard at workplaces. The potential for a consumer electronic device to be used to estimate whole-body vibration was assessed by use of an accelerometer calibrator, and by collecting 42 simultaneous pairs of measurements from a fifth-generation iPod Touch and one of two gold standard vibration measurement devices (Svantech SV111 [Svantech, Warsaw, Poland] or Brüel & Kjær 4447 [Brüel & Kjær Sound & Vibration Measurement A/S, Nærum, Denmark]) while driving light vehicles on a variety of different roadway surfaces. While sampling rate limitations make the accelerometer data collected from the iPod Touch unsuitable for frequency analysis, the vibration amplitudes recorded are sufficiently accurate (errors less than 0.1 m/s2) to assist workplaces manage whole-body vibration exposures. Copyright © 2014 JOEH, LLC.

DOI 10.1080/15459624.2014.888073
Citations Scopus - 3
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Conference (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Wolfgang RL, 'Rural choices - outcomes of a rural placement experience for occupational therapy students', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal Vol 62 Supp 1 July 2015, Melbourne (2015)
2015 Brown LJ, Smith T, Wakely L, Burrows J, Wolfgang R, Little A, 'Conversion by immersion: outcomes of short and long-term rural allied health placements', People Places Possibilities - 13th National Rural Health Conference, Darwin (2015)
Co-authors Tony Smith, Leanne Brown, Luke Wakely
2015 Wolfgang RL, Croker A, Wakely K, Harries-Jones H, 'Interprofessionally practice what you interprofessionally preach', ANZAHPE-AMEA 2015 Conference, Newcastle (2015)
Co-authors Anne Croker, Katrina Wakely
2015 Brown LJ, Smith T, Wakely L, Wolfgang R, Little A, Harries-Jones H, et al., 'Engaging allied health students in experiential learning: The rural immersion experience', ANZAHPE-AMEA 2015 Conference, Newcastle (2015)
Co-authors Julie Burrows, Leanne Brown, Tony Smith, Luke Wakely
2014 Wolfgang 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]
Co-authors Leanne Brown, Julie Burrows, Luke Wakely, Tony Smith
2014 Croker 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]
Co-authors Karin Fisher, Tony Smith, Anne Croker, Katrina Wakely, Jacqui Leys
2013 Wolfgang RL, 'Whole body vibration exposure of surface mining haul trucks', HFESA 49th annual conference proceedings, Perth (2013) [E3]
2013 Wolfgang RL, Wakely K, de Courcy Dutton R, 'Creating positive rural experiences for Occupational Therapy students', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, Adelaide Convention Centre (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Katrina Wakely
2012 Smith 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]
Co-authors Tony Smith, Luke Wakely, Leanne Brown
2012 Wolfgang RL, 'Enhancing student professional reasoning through community engagement programs', Handbook. Occupational Therapy Australia 2012 NSW Forum, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
2011 Wolfgang 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

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $1,310

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20151 grants / $500

Occupational Therapy National Conference and Exhibition 2015, Melbourne Australia, 1-3 July 2015$500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Mrs Rebecca Wolfgang
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1500428
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20141 grants / $810

SARRAH National Conference, Kingscliff NSW, 17 - 20 September 2014$810

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Mrs Rebecca Wolfgang
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400808
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Mrs Rebecca Wolfgang

Position

Lecturer
Department of Rural Health
University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email rebecca.wolfgang@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 67553515
Fax (02) 67612355

Office

Building Tamworth Education Centre
Location Tamworth

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