OHS accreditation for Masters program

La Trobe University has become only the second university in Australia to gain accreditation for the Master of Ergonomics, Safety and Health under the exacting standards of the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board.

Physiotherapist'Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are identified by Safe Work Australia as Australia's largest occupational health and safety problem, both in terms of numbers of workers affected and associated costs,' says Professor Sandra Leggat, Head of School of Public Health and Human Biosciences at La Trobe University.

It is estimated that in 2008-09 these conditions cost businesses and government $25.2 billion.

'The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 sets out ambitious goals to improve workplace health and safety across Australia, and graduates of La Trobe's Masters program will be well equipped to play a key role in achieving the Strategy's vision of healthy, safe and productive working lives,' says Professor Leggat.

'Occupational Health and Safety is an important aspect of management today. OHS advisors are increasingly required to have university qualifications, and accreditation is very important to ensuring that universities such as La Trobe deliver a good education and job-ready outcomes.'

'The La Trobe program is unique amongst OHS education in that it emphasises ergonomics and human factors, and equips graduates with the tools required to address psychosocial aspects as part of managing MSDs.'

Professor Leggat says that the OHS course, which is now in its fourth year, is offered fully online. 'This is a real benefit given that OHS education is required by people in a range of employment fields across Australia.'

Course coordinator Dr Jodi Oakman said that the accreditation process had clarified the outcomes expected of graduates, and ensured they would be work-ready when they entered the profession.

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For more information contact:

Suzi Macbeth, Communications Officer
T 03 9479 5353 | E s.macbeth@latrobe.edu.auJodi Oakman, Course Coordinator, Master of Ergonomics, Safety and Heatlh


T 03 9479 3235 | E j.oakman@latrobe.edu.au

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