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Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders: The Need for Change

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Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are a substantial workplace problem. Exposures to occupational hazards substantially increase workers' risk of developing MSDs.

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The effects on MSD risk of the physical requirements of work performance are well recognized; but there is now ample evidence that work-related psychosocial hazards can also have substantial effects. This evidence is not reflected in current workplace risk management practices. This presentation will outline the need for a change in the way we are managing MSD.

Learning Outcomes

A substantial evidence base supports the role of physical and psychosocial hazards in the development of musculoskeletal disorders
A change is needed to current approaches to risk management of musculoskeletal disorders
What might constitute evidence informed risk management practices for musculoskeletal disorders?


Jodi Oakman
Jodi Oakman is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Ergonomics and Human Factors, La Trobe University. She is the Head of Department for Public Health. Her background is a mix of industry and academia. Jodi has worked extensively in industry across a range of sectors including health, manufacturing and logistics. Her PhD focussed on the ageing workforce and the impact of organisations on their employees’ retirement intentions. Her research is currently focused on the impact of the psychosocial work environment on musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and strategies to improve risk management in workplaces. She has several higher degree students researching in this area.This program is pre-approved by VRA Canada for a 1 hour training session.

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