Monday, 3 October 2016

PhD candidate Ollie Black attends EPICOH conference in Spain

Ollie Black, PhD Candidate and Research Assistant with the Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health (MonCOEH) at SPHPM, recently travelled to Spain to attend the 25th annual Epidemiology in Occupation Health (EPICOH) conference in Barcelona.

At the conference Ollie delivered an oral presentation for his most recent work which looked at the predictors of return-to-work self-efficacy for workers who were injured at work. He also got a poster position for his systematic review which summarised the effect of self-efficacy on actual return-to-work following an injury.

Ollie's PhD is focused on return-to-work self-efficacy (RTW-SE), that is, the theory that a person has the psychological and social resources to undertake the actions required to successfully return to work. His PhD project focuses on the role of RTW-SE in return to work and if this relationship differs for people with musculoskeletal and psychological injuries.

EPICOH is organised by the Epidemiology Committee of the International Commission of Occupational Health (ICOH) and the scientific program covers all major topics of current epidemiologic research in occupational health.

This year’s theme promoted the connection between local research and action with research and action in occupational health at the global level. The programme also included pre-conference and post-conference workshops and a special focus on promoting the participation of young researchers.

“It was certainly a vibrant conference; partly due to the locality and partly due to the large influx of young researchers in the occupational health and epidemiology area. This year in particular there appeared to be a large move towards the psychosocial aspects of occupational health, which was great to see as it’s an emerging area of research I’m very interested in. I’ll definitely be aiming to attend this conference in the future,” said Ollie.

Ollie received a school travel grant and Early Career Researcher Scholarship which assisted him to travel to the conference in Spain.

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