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Rebecca Mitchell

Research Fellow

PhD, University of New South Wales, 2009
Master of Occupational Health and Safety, Sydney University, 1998
Master of Arts (Psychology), Sydney University, 1994
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Macquarie University, 1993

Rebecca Mitchell has been working in the area of injury prevention for over 15 years and she has contributed to numerous reports, book chapters and to over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles. Rebecca is a registered psychologist with the NSW Psychologists Registration Board. Rebecca's PhD on the ‘Development and application of a tool to evaluate injury surveillance systems’ was awarded best contribution to ‘Advances on Injury Research and Surveillance’ at the 9th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion in 2008.

Rebecca has extensive experience in analysing large injury-related administrative data collections (such as hospital admissions, emergency department presentations, trauma and mortality data) to investigate the burden of injury in Australia. She also has experience in the design of survey questions, having designed questions for NSW Health’s Population-based health survey. Her primary research interests include injury surveillance methods, data quality, evaluative tool development, and epidemiological and evaluation studies, particularly in the areas of non-fatal and fatal work-related injuries, water safety, and falls injury prevention. Rebecca is currently working on an ARC-linkage grant to develop and validate a tool to assess the involvement of human factors in clinical incidents related to patient safety.

Previously, Rebecca has worked as a Senior Policy Analyst in the Injury Prevention and Policy Branch of the NSW Department of Health and as a Senior Officer in the Epidemiology Unit at the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (NOHSC; now Safework Australia). While working at NOHSC, she was involved in an investigation of work-related fatalities in Australia, the development of positive performance indicators of OHS performance for the construction industry in Australia; the evaluation of the implementation of the National OHS Improvement Framework in Australia; and the evaluation of an 8 and 12 h shiftwork roster system.



Phone: 02 9385 7379

Email: r.mitchell@unsw.edu.au



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