The Occupational Health Research Group was founded in 2010 with the following aims:
- To bring together ECU researchers in the School of Exercise and Health Sciences, The Department of Mines and Petroleum (WA), The Department of Health (WA) and various industry partners (mining, chemical industry and oil and gas) who have an interest in occupational health research;
- To develop research protocols for the accurate determination of worker exposure profiles;
- To integrate environmental (exposure) and medical surveillance data;
- To develop laboratory based protocols aimed at validating occupational exposure standards in an Australian context (temperature / humidity combinations and extended shifts); and
- To develop laboratory based protocols to evaluate potential synergistic and other effects associated with exposures of workers to mixtures of multiple agents.
- Approach industry and government departments to solicit financial support for work of the group;
- Seek to engage industry as members of the research group and to identify and conduct focused industry based research projects;
- Identify longer term research projects and partners that would enable the group to apply for competitive funding;
- Involve the existing cohort of 16 post graduate research students in the activities of the group and grow this cohort into the future;
- Develop capacity in laboratory based assessment of exposure impacts on workers, particularly related to mixtures of substances and 12 hour shifts; and
- Become recognised as a centre of excellence in occupational health research and become a WHO collaboration centre in occupational health.