New agreement offers safety research opportunities for students

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

SafeWork NSW’s Centre for Work Health and Safety and the University of Newcastle have committed to working together to develop work health and safety research expertise in Australia.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the Centre and University recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that allows university students and academics to engage in real-world work health and safety research.

Mr MacDonald said the MOU reflected the NSW Liberal National Government’s commitment to reducing deaths, serious injuries and illnesses in workplaces.

“The Centre for Work Health and Safety is a world-class research centre that uses the latest data, research and insights to develop smarter, more innovative solutions to work health and safety challenges,” Mr MacDonald said.

“This MOU will provide opportunities to work with health and safety specialists, researchers and students.”

“I commend the Centre and University for entering into this agreement and look forward to the outcomes of their research.”

Executive Director of the University’s Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER), Professor Alan Broadfoot, said the agreement will play a significant role in bringing about behaviour change in work health and safety in NSW.

“Work health and safety is something that impacts every individual and underpins the core objectives and practices of all workplaces,” Professor Broadfoot said.

“This agreement, facilitated by the University’s Centre for Resources Health and Safety, under the direction of leading researcher Professor Brian Kelly, will provide opportunities to create more impact through innovative research that will ultimately improve the safety of workers across the state,” he added.

The Centre is actively seeking relationships with other universities across Australia that will provide work health and safety research opportunities, and recently signed an MOU with the University of Wollongong.

The $2.5 million Centre for Work Health and Safety was launched in December 2017 with its research blueprint released in March 2018.

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