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With the retirement of Dr Margaret Cook who is taking up the Presidency of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia, HFESA has nominated Dr Alison Bell as their representative on the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board.

Dr Bell is a senior lecturer in the Work Health and Safety program at the University of Wollongong; a Certified Practicing Ergonomist with tertiary qualifications in OHS and education. Alison has had a varied career moving from clinical occupational therapy roles in injury management and workers’ compensation to safety management, ergonomics and human factors. Her research interests include work related musculoskeletal disorders.

In welcoming Dr Bell to the Accreditation Board, Patrick Murphy, chair of the Safety Institute of Australia, acknowledged the contribution of Dr Cook as an inaugural member of the Accreditation Board and her work both as a Board member and the leader of a number of accreditation assessment panels. Murphy went on to say that the SIA considers representation by the key OHS professional bodies such as HFESA as an important factor in the achievements of the Accreditation Board in optimising the education and professional outcomes for
generalist OHS professionals.

The Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board is auspiced by the Safety Institute of Australia. It was established in August 2011 to develop criteria for OHS professional education and to evaluate and accredit education programs against these criteria. The Accreditation Board has broad representation from OHS professionals, OHS academics, OHS professional bodies including the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA), Australian Institute of Occupational Hygiene (AIOH), Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA), Australian New Zealand Society for Occupational Medicine (ANZSOM) and the Australian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM). It also has representation from the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), employers and regulators. The Board benefits from the membership of an education.

For media enquiries:

Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board contacts:
Registrar Pam Pryor,, Mob 0411 193370

This media release is available as a PDF.

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