The Work and Health Research Team investigates the nature and organisation of work and how it affects health. We aim to identify ways to minimise the ill health and injury caused by work and to maximise the positive contributions of work to wellbeing and quality of life.
Our special interests include flexible and insecure employment, working hours and work-life conflict, older workers, and the impact of workplace death. We are are concerned with the effects of work on both workers and their families.
The Team conducts population and organisational surveys, qualitative investigations using interviews and focus groups, case studies, and intervention and evaluation research. Most of our projects employ multiple methods.
The team - led by Professor Philip Bohle
The research team has members with backgrounds in psychology, counselling and rehabilitation, physiotherapy, industrial relations, business, sociology and the humanities.
We actively collaborate with researchers within the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine and with other groups within The University of Sydney, such as the Workplace Research Centre. We also work with various outside bodies, including government agencies, trade unions and employers.
Work and health
The Work and Health Research Team investigates how to make work more sustainable. It aims to identify forms of work that enhance psychological and physical well-being while improving productivity and allowing organisations and communities to flourish. The Team’s research is divided into five streams that investigate:
- Working hours, work-life balance and health
- The nature and effects of ‘flexible’ and insecure work
- The impact of workplace deaths on families and policies and practices to mitigate it
- Workplace health and safety policy
- The health, work ability and participation of older workers
This work has been supported by research grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council, the ARC Discovery and Linkage Schemes, and various institutional partners, such as the NSW Office for Ageing.