Mrs Joanna Bohatko-Naismith

Mrs Joanna Bohatko-Naismith

Lecturer

School of Health Sciences (Occupational Health and Safety)

Career Summary

Biography

Joanna is a lecturer in the discipline of Occupational Health and Safety at the University. Joanna has expertise in the areas of workplace injury management and occupational health. Joanna is in the final stages of a PhD titled ‘A review of the role and current training practices of Australian workplace Return to Work Coordinators (RTWC), where she has investigated the training, knowledge and skills of RTWCs in the Australian workplace injury management sector. Her other interests are in education and training of OHS and other health professionals, ergonomics and occupational health. Joanna has co-supervised an occupational therapy honours student who was exploring the development of a home-based self-management programme to increase arm use in stroke patients and is currently co-supervising a PhD student who is investigating the initiation mechanism of genotoxicity induced by titanium dioxide nanoparticles through viability analysis in the exposed cell economy.  Joanna has 8 peer reviewed publications and 1 book chapter.

Research expertise

Joanna has research expertise in the areas of workplace injury management and specifically workplace rehabilitation.

Teaching expertise

Joanna works as a lecturer in the School of Health Sciences and is a coordinator in the post graduate program and the undergraduate program in Singapore. Key teaching areas include, workplace injury management and rehabilitation, ergonomics and management.

Administrative expertise

Joanna was involved with the School of Health Sciences Research and Research Training Committee in a support role. This included organising the annual school research day, organising the summer scholarships for the school, collating grants and other information for the committee.


Qualifications

  • Master of Workplace Injury Mgmt and Occ Rehab, University of Newcastle
  • Open Foundation, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Ergonomics
  • Occupational Health
  • Occupational Rehabilitation
  • Qualitative Research
  • Workplace Injury Management

Languages

  • Polish (Working)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia

Awards

Scholarship

Year Award
2010 Australian Postgraduate Scholarship
Australian Government

Invitations

Keynote Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2017 The real ‘Gatekeepers’ of the RTW process – Key aspects of selection and training
2012 The role of the Australian Return to Work Coordinator
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Publications

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


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Southgate EL, James CL, Guest M, Kable AK, Rivett DA, Bohatko-Naismith J, 'Organisational factors influencing the return to work process for injured workers: Using social theory to inform practice', Workplaces: Safety, Social Implications and Expectations, Nova Science Publishers, New York 1-19 (2012) [B1]
Co-authors Erica Southgate, Darren Rivett, Joanna Bohatko-Naismith, Ashley Kable, Carole James

Journal article (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Bohatko-Naismith J, Guest M, Rivett DA, James C, 'Insights into workplace Return to Work Coordinator training: An Australian perspective', Work, 55 29-36 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 - IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved. BACKGROUND: Following brief training, an Australian workplace Return to Work (RTW) Coordinator is expected to provide inf... [more]

© 2016 - IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved. BACKGROUND: Following brief training, an Australian workplace Return to Work (RTW) Coordinator is expected to provide information to the injured worker, liaise with key stakeholders and maintain workplace policies and procedures in accordance with legislative requirements. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to provide insights into the experiences and perceptions of the Australian Workplace RTW Coordinator in relation to current training practices and to identify any existing inadequacies within the available training. METHOD: Twenty-five workplace RTW Coordinators from five Australian states participated in six focus groups.Participants with a minimum of two years' experience as a workplace RTW Coordinator and involved with the development and implementation of workplace policies and procedures, were included in the study. Thematic analysis was performed to identity meaningful themes and patterns. RESULTS: The findings highlighted specific training requirements and additional support mechanisms recommended by current workplace RTW Coordinators. Four key themes clearly emerged: inadequate training; irrelevant content; the need for specialised trainers; and network support services. CONCLUSION: RTW Coordinators require effective training and support to ensure the appropriate and timely delivery of services to all stakeholders involved in the RTW process. The results of this study may inform future training practices for RTW Coordinators.

DOI 10.3233/WOR-162304
Co-authors Darren Rivett, Carole James, Joanna Bohatko-Naismith
2015 Bohatko-Naismith J, James C, Guest M, Rivett DA, 'The Role of the Australian Workplace Return to Work Coordinator: Essential Qualities and Attributes', Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 25 65-73 (2015) [C1]

© 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York. Introduction In the Australian context, a return to work (RTW) Coordinator assists an injured worker with workplace-based suppor... [more]

© 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York. Introduction In the Australian context, a return to work (RTW) Coordinator assists an injured worker with workplace-based support and regulatory guidance for the duration of their injury. Coordinating the RTW process has been considered an effective approach for managing workplace injuries, however few studies have described the skills, traits or characteristics required to fulfil the role of workplace RTW Coordinator. This study aims to provide insight as to the skills and attributes needed for the role of the workplace RTW Coordinator from their experience and perception. Method Focus groups were conducted with workplace RTW Coordinators from six major Australian cities. Twenty five participants were recruited through a national RTW Coordinator website, and professional RTW interest groups using a snowballing technique. Participating workplace RTW Coordinators were required to have a minimum 2¿years¿ experience and to have been involved with the development and implementation of workplace policies and procedures. Thematic analysis was performed to identify meaningful patterns and themes. Results The data analysed provided clear insight as to the specific role requirements necessary for working as an Australian workplace RTW Coordinator. Three key themes clearly emerged; communication skills, RTW Coordinator characteristics, and managing the RTW process. Conclusion The findings indicate that RTW Coordinators require a wide range of traits, skills, and attributes to successfully perform this role. Effective management by the RTW Coordinator of the complex RTW process is essential to facilitate a smooth transition for the injured worker, alongside maintaining a professional relationship with the employer and external stakeholders. The results of this study can be utilised to further improve the selection of future RTW Coordinators.

DOI 10.1007/s10926-014-9527-4
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Carole James, Joanna Bohatko-Naismith, Darren Rivett
2014 James C, Southgate E, Kable A, Rivett DA, Guest M, Bohatko-Naismith J, 'Return-to-work coordinators' resourcefulness and the provision of suitable duties for nurses with injuries', Work, 48 557-566 (2014) [C1]

© 2014 - IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved. BACKGROUND: There is little health specific literature on returning nurses with injuries to work despite the high inciden... [more]

© 2014 - IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved. BACKGROUND: There is little health specific literature on returning nurses with injuries to work despite the high incidence of injuries and the workforce shortages of these professionals. OBJECTIVE: To identify enabling factors and barriers to return-to-work for nurses with injuries from the perspective of return-to-work coordinators. PARTICIPANTS: Workplace return-to-workcoordinators employed in a health or disability facility who had worked on a rehabilitation case with a nurse with injuries in the past 12 months in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. METHOD: Five focus groups were conducted with 25 return-to-work coordinators from 14 different organisations, representing different health sectors (aged, disability, public and private hospital and community health) in metropolitan and rural areas of NSW, Australia. RESULTS: This study reports findings specifically relating to the provision of suitable duties for nurses with injuries. Four key themes were identified: suitable duties; supernumerary positions; nurse specialisation and tailoring of return-to-work plans. CONCLUSIONS: This study identified that return-to-work coordinators were resourceful and innovative in their approach to the provision of suitable duties for nurses with injuries and highlighted the importance of including clinical duties in any return-to-work program and of tailoring the return-to-work to the nurses' work and personal circumstances.

DOI 10.3233/WOR-141915
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Joanna Bohatko-Naismith, Carole James, Ashley Kable, Erica Southgate, Darren Rivett
2012 Bohatko-Naismith J, Rivett DA, James CL, Guest M, 'A review of the role and training of Return to Work Coordinators in Australia', Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 28 173-190 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Carole James, Darren Rivett, Joanna Bohatko-Naismith
2011 James CL, Southgate EL, Kable AK, Rivett DA, Guest M, Bohatko-Naismith J, 'The Return-To-Work Coordinator role: Qualitative insights for nursing', Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 21 220-227 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s10926-010-9270-4
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Joanna Bohatko-Naismith, Carole James, Darren Rivett, Erica Southgate, Ashley Kable
2011 Southgate EL, James CL, Kable AK, Bohatko-Naismith J, Rivett DA, Guest M, 'Workplace injury and nurses: Insights from focus groups with Australian return-to-work coordinators', Nursing & Health Sciences, 13 192-198 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2011.00597.x
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Ashley Kable, Darren Rivett, Erica Southgate, Carole James, Joanna Bohatko-Naismith
2010 Kable A, James C, Southgate E, Bohatko-Naismith J, Rivett DA, Guest M, 'Return to work coordinators - contributions to the occupational rehabilitation process for injured nurses.', Australian Epidemiologist, 17 105-106 (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Erica Southgate, Darren Rivett, Ashley Kable, Carole James, Joanna Bohatko-Naismith
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Conference (10 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Bohatko-Naismith J, Rivett DA, Guest M, James C, 'The role of the Australian Return to Work Coordinator: Essential Qualities and Attributes. Presented at the 3rd Australasian Compensation Health Research Forum. Sydney, Australia. 2013.', 3rd Australasian Compensation Health Research Forum. Sydney, Australia. 2013. (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Darren Rivett, Carole James, Joanna Bohatko-Naismith
2012 James CL, Southgate EL, Bohatko-Naismith J, Rivett DA, Kable AK, Guest M, 'Return to work: Suitable duties for injured nurses', Book of Abstracts. The Second Scientific Conference on Work Disability Prevention and Integration, Groningen, The Netherlands (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Darren Rivett, Ashley Kable, Carole James, Joanna Bohatko-Naismith, Erica Southgate
2012 Bohatko-Naismith J, Rivett DA, Guest M, James C, 'The experiences and perceptions of workplace Return to Work Coordinators: An Australian perspective on the role and current training', International Journal of Disability Management, Abstracts for the International Forum on Disability, London (2012)
Co-authors Joanna Bohatko-Naismith, Carole James, Darren Rivett
2012 James C, Southgate E, Bohatko-Naismith J, Rivett DA, Kable A, Guest M, 'Necessity, the mother of invention: suitable duties for injured nurses.', Poster presentation, London, UK (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Joanna Bohatko-Naismith, Erica Southgate, Carole James, Ashley Kable, Darren Rivett
2012 Bohatko-Naismith J, Rivett DA, James CL, Guest M, 'Sink or swim? The perceptions of Return to Work coordinators', Injury Prevention, Wellington, New Zealand (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Joanna Bohatko-Naismith, Darren Rivett, Carole James
2012 Bohatko-Naismith J, 'The experiences and perceptions of workplace Return to Work Coordinators: An Australian perspective on the role and current training', International Journal of Disability Management Research, London, England (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Joanna Bohatko-Naismith
2011 Kable AK, Guest M, Rivett DA, Bohatko-Naismith J, 'The outcome of occupational rehabilitation of NSW nurses: Experiences of injured nurses', 5th International Congress on Innovations in Nursing, Perth, WA (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Darren Rivett, Ashley Kable, Joanna Bohatko-Naismith
2009 Bohatko-Naismith J, Rivett DA, Guest M, James CL, Kable AK, Southgate EL, 'The occupational rehabilitiation of NSW nurses', 2nd Passionate about Practice Conference 2009, Brisbane, QLD (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Carole James, Joanna Bohatko-Naismith, Erica Southgate, Ashley Kable, Darren Rivett
2009 James CL, Southgate EL, Bohatko-Naismith J, Rivett DA, Guest M, Kable AK, 'Return to work co-ordinators: Contributions to the occupational rehabilitation process for injured nurses', Inaugural Conference for OT Australia NSW-ACT 2009: Conference Abstract Handbook, Sydney, NSW (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Joanna Bohatko-Naismith, Ashley Kable, Erica Southgate, Carole James, Darren Rivett
2009 Bohatko-Naismith J, Rivett DA, Guest M, James CL, Kable AK, Southgate EL, 'The occupational rehabilitation of NSW nurses. Poster presented at the 2nd Passionate about Practice Conference (p. Poster 3). Brisbane, Australia: Queensland Health. 29-30 July 2009.', Poster presented at the 2nd Passionate about Practice Conference (p. Poster 3). Brisbane, Australia: Queensland Health. 29-30 July 2009. (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Darren Rivett, Ashley Kable, Carole James, Erica Southgate, Joanna Bohatko-Naismith
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current0

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2015 Honours Development of a home-based self-management programme to increase arm use: the insights and perceptions of stroke patients Health, The University of Newcastle - The School of Health Sciences Co-Supervisor
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Mrs Joanna Bohatko-Naismith

Position

Lecturer
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Occupational Health and Safety

Contact Details

Email joanna.bohatko-naismith@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 7038

Office

Room HA05
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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