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Research Seminar: A Smorgasbord of Research to Reduce Musculoskeletal Problems in Office Workers

Presented by Venerina Johnston, UniSQ
27 JUL 2022
12.30 PM - 1.30 PM

The office work environment is changing. These changes challenge what, and how health and safety information is delivered. This presentation will provide an overview of several studies that investigated the physical and psychosocial riskfactors for physical health in office workers in a traditional office environment and while working from home during the pandemic. This will be followed by a discussion of interventions to prevent and reduce the risk of discomfort experienced for those using a traditional office workstation and those transitioning to height adjustable workstations.

Dr Johnston is Professor in Physiotherapy at the University of Southern Queensland. Venerina is a clinician with post-graduate qualifications and experience in occupational health and safety and work disability prevention.

Venerina is recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in the field of work disability prevention and management of compensable injuries. Her research portfolio is focused on interventions for the prevention and management of work-relevant injuries to reduce the overall burden of musculoskeletal problems on the individual, employer and society. Recently, her research portfolio has diversified to include improving work participation for older workers and those with chronic health conditions such as cancer survivorship and osteoarthritis

She has published over 120 scholarly works and received a career total of 7 million in research funding with the majority from industry.