Company Info: As the state’s workplace health and safety regulator and as the manager of Victoria’s workers compensation scheme, WorkSafe Victoria plays a critical role in the lives of Victorian employers and workers. WorkSafe’s mission is to keep all workplaces healthy and safety, and to deliver high quality care and treatment when workers are inured. WorkSafe is now embedding their activities within a proactive, prevention-led approach to health and safety and in strong partnership with the community they are tackling rising workplace issues such as mental injury, bullying, occupational violence and post-traumatic stress disorder.
For more information: https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au
PROJECT 1: Young worker safety intervention education program (CLOSED)
Young workers are over-represented in workplace injuries, particularly in construction, retail, manufacturing and hospitality sectors. While all employers should provide adequate training, support and information to young workers, it is also important to prepare young workers before they enter the workforce. This PhD will seek to develop and evaluate a health promotion intervention that can be integrated in secondary schools, as students begin to engage in work experience, and aims to increase expectations of safety culture within workplaces and awareness of employers’ duties to provide safe workplaces, and strategies to reduce risk.
PROJECT 2: The gig economy: identifying the changing employment trends and impact on safety climate and injury risk (CLOSED)
The gig economy is an emerging trend and is characterised by a growing phenomenon of task-based employment (with increasing number of workers working independently on short-term and flexible contracts for various employers). Little is known about the influence of the gig economy on changing employment trends. This PhD will examine the changing patterns of the workforce associated with the gig economy including employment trends, worker characteristics, likely injuries (mental and physical), and thereby hazards and risks, and identify and develop future oriented safety guidance material to implement/enhance safety climate and reduce risk of injury.