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Healthier workplaces

Exploring how to improve the health of sedentary workers

Modern work is sedentary, which increases our risk of chronic disease. We examine the behaviour of sedentary workers and research the health benefits of monitoring technology and physical activity in the workplace.

We bring together experts from a diverse range of fields including physical activity, sedentary behaviour, business, and architecture to generate new knowledge that will better inform company wellness policy and the establishment of activity-promoting workplaces.

Our research in healthier workplaces aims to:

  • evaluate the benefit/s of sit-stand desks
  • examine sedentary patterns in new activity-based working environments
  • investigate staff and management perceptions of promoting activity and less sitting in the workplace
  • engage in cohort trials with public transport drivers.

Our work creates new knowledge to better inform company wellness policy and the establishment of activity-promoting workplaces.

Our findings and new technologies will make sedentary workers healthier. In addition to using commercially available self-monitoring devices, we’re also developing new software, apps and e-solutions that will better monitor workers’ physical activity.

Internal collaborators

External collaborators

  • Professor Stuart Biddle, Victoria University
  • Professor Wendy Brown, University of Queensland
  • Ms Michelle Daley, Heart Foundation

Project Node Leader

Dr Josephine Chau

Project Node Leader

Dr Lina Engelen