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DSM staff profile

Dr Rebbecca Lilley

PositionSenior Research Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Preventive and Social Medicine
QualificationsMPH PhD DPH
Research summaryInjury prevention; occupational health and safety

Research

Rebbecca has worked as a researcher in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine since 1999 and obtained her PhD from the University of Otago in 2007. To date Rebbecca's research specialises in using epidemiological methods to understand occupational injury and subsequent work-disability following injury in New Zealand workers.

Dr Lilley has developed two research themes in the area of occupational health and safety: the first examines the distribution and impact of work hazards on worker health & safety; and the second examines work disability and economic participation following injury. Both areas are poorly understood in a New Zealand context. The long-term aim of this body of research is the development of interventions for the workplace. Dr Lilley's previous research has examined the working population in general, as well as numerous occupational groups (e.g. cleaners, clerical workers, forestry and agricultural workers) using different epidemiological methods including cross-sectional, case-control and prospective cohort studies. Dr Lilley's current work focuses on identifying modifiable factors for addressing work disability following injury and improving the quality of work-related fatal injury data for surveillance purposes in a New Zealand context.

Dr Lilley has been lead, and collaborated, on a number of Health Research Council and Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment funded projects and programmes. Dr Lilley has also held training fellowships in occupational injury prevention from the Health Research Council and work disability prevention from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Publications

Lilley, R., Jaye, C., Davie, G., Keeling, S., Waters, D., & Egan, R. (2018). Age-related patterns in work-related injury claims from older New Zealanders, 2009–2013: Implications of injury for an aging workforce. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 110, 86-92. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2017.10.022

Davie, G., & Lilley, R. (2018). Financial impact of injury in older workers: Use of a national retrospective e-cohort to compare income patterns over 3 years in a universal injury compensation scheme. BMJ Open, 8, e018995. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018995

Wyeth, E. H., Maclennan, B., Lambert, M., Davie, G., Lilley, R., & Derrett, S. (2018). Predictors of work participation for Māori three months after injury. Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health, 73(2), 79-89. doi: 10.1080/19338244.2017.1329698

Jetha, A., LaMontagne, A. D., Lilley, R., Hogg-Johnson, S., Sim, M., & Smith, P. (2018). Workplace social system and sustained return-to-work: A study of supervisor and co-worker supportiveness and injury reaction. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 28(3), 284-494. doi: 10.1007/s10926-017-9724-z

Lane, T. J., Lilley, R., Hogg-Johnson, S., LaMontagne, A. D., Sim, M. R., & Smith, P. M. (2018). A prospective cohort study of the impact of return-to-work coordinators in getting injured workers back on the job. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 28(2), 298-306. doi: 10.1007/s10926-017-9719-9

Journal - Research Article

Lilley, R., Jaye, C., Davie, G., Keeling, S., Waters, D., & Egan, R. (2018). Age-related patterns in work-related injury claims from older New Zealanders, 2009–2013: Implications of injury for an aging workforce. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 110, 86-92. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2017.10.022

Lane, T. J., Lilley, R., Hogg-Johnson, S., LaMontagne, A. D., Sim, M. R., & Smith, P. M. (2018). A prospective cohort study of the impact of return-to-work coordinators in getting injured workers back on the job. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 28(2), 298-306. doi: 10.1007/s10926-017-9719-9

Jetha, A., LaMontagne, A. D., Lilley, R., Hogg-Johnson, S., Sim, M., & Smith, P. (2018). Workplace social system and sustained return-to-work: A study of supervisor and co-worker supportiveness and injury reaction. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 28(3), 284-494. doi: 10.1007/s10926-017-9724-z

Wyeth, E. H., Maclennan, B., Lambert, M., Davie, G., Lilley, R., & Derrett, S. (2018). Predictors of work participation for Māori three months after injury. Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health, 73(2), 79-89. doi: 10.1080/19338244.2017.1329698

Davie, G., & Lilley, R. (2018). Financial impact of injury in older workers: Use of a national retrospective e-cohort to compare income patterns over 3 years in a universal injury compensation scheme. BMJ Open, 8, e018995. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018995

Lilley, R., Lower, T., & Davie, G. (2017). Towards a harmonised approach to reducing quad-related fatal injuries in Australia and New Zealand: A cross-sectional comparative analysis. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(5), 524-529. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12675

Lilley, R., Davie, G., & Derrett, S. (2017). Are the early predictors of long-term work absence following injury time dependent? Results from the Prospective Outcomes of Injury Study. BMJ Open, 7(11), e017390. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017390

Dimitriadis, C., LaMontagne, A. D., Lilley, R., Hogg-Johnson, S., Sim, M., & Smith, P. (2017). Cohort profile: Workers' compensation in a changing Australian labour market: The return to work (RTW) study. BMJ Open, 7(11), e016366. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016366

Lilley, R., Davie, G., & Wilson, S. (2016). An evaluation of case completeness for New Zealand Coronial case files held on the Australasian National Coronial Information System (NCIS). Injury Prevention, 22, 358-360. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2015-041837

Lilley, R., Derrett, S., & Davie, G. (2015). Is work organisation associated with work status 3 months after injury? Results from a case-control study of New Zealand workers. Work, 51(4), 849-854. doi: 10.3233/wor-141974

Langley, J. D., Lilley, R., Wilson, S., Derrett, S., Samaranayaka, A., Davie, G., … Wyeth, E. H., Hansen, P., & Hokowhitu, B. (2014). Factors associated with non-participation in one or two follow-up phases in a cohort study of injured adults. Injury Prevention, 19, 428-433. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2012-040685

Langley, J., Lilley, R., Samaranayaka, A., & Derrett, S. (2014). Work status and disability trajectories over 12 months after injury among workers in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1390). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Cryer, C., Langley, J. D., Samaranayaka, A., Davie, G., Morgaine, K., Lilley, R., & Barson, D. (2014). An outcome evaluation of a New Zealand farm safety intervention: A historical cohort study. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 57(4), 458-467. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22290

Derrett, S., Wilson, S., Samaranayaka, A., Langley, J., Wyeth, E., Ameratunga, S., Lilley, R., Davie, G., & Mauiliu, M. (2013). Prevalence and predictors of disability 24-months after injury for hospitalised and non-hospitalised participants: Results from a longitudinal cohort study in New Zealand. PLoS ONE, 8(11), e80194. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080194

Langley, J., Davie, G., Wilson, S., Lilley, R., Ameratunga, S., Wyeth, E., & Derrett, S. (2013). Difficulties in functioning one year after injury: The role of preinjury sociodemographic and health characteristics, health care and injury-related factors. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 94(7), 1277-1286. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2013.02.012

Lilley, R., Davie, G., Langley, J., Ameratunga, S., & Derrett, S. (2013). Do outcomes differ between work and non-work-related injury in a universal injury compensation system? Findings from the New Zealand Prospective Outcomes of Injury Study. BMC Public Health, 13, 995. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-995

Lilley, R., Day, L., Koehncke, N., Dosman, J., Hagel, L., William, P., and for the Saskatchewan Farm Injury Cohort Study. (2012). The relationship between fatigue-related factors and work-related injuries in the Saskatchewan Farm Injury Cohort Study. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 55(4), 367-375. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22003

Derrett, S., Samaranayaka, A., Wilson, S., Langley, J., Ameratunga, S., Cameron, I. D., Lilley, R., Wyeth, E., & Davie, G. (2012). Prevalence and predictors of sub-acute phase disability after injury among hospitalised and non-hospitalised groups: A longitudinal cohort study. PLoS ONE, 7(9), e44909. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0044909

Lilley, R., Davie, G., Ameratunga, S., & Derrett, S. (2012). Factors predicting work status 3 months after injury: Results from the Prospective Outcomes of Injury Study. BMJ Open, 2, e000400. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2011-000400

Lilley, R. C., Cryer, P. C., Firth, H. M., Herbison, G. P., & Feyer, A.-M. (2011). Ascertainment of occupational histories in the working population: The occupational history calendar approach. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 54(1), 21-31. doi: 10.1002/ajim.20903

Derrett, S., Davie, G., Ameratunga, S., Wyeth, E., Colhoun, S., Wilson, S., Samaranayaka, A., Lilley, R., Hokowhitu, B., Hansen, P., & Langley, J. (2011). Prospective Outcomes of Injury Study: Recruitment, and participant characteristics, health and disability status. Injury Prevention, 17(6), 415-418. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2011-040044

Lilley, R., LaMontagne, A. D., & Firth, H. (2011). Combined exposures to workplace psychosocial stressors: Relationships with mental health in a sample of NZ cleaners and clerical workers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 54(5), 405-409. doi: 10.1002/ajim.20927

Derrett, S., Langley, J., Hokowhitu, B., Ameratunga, S., Hansen, P., Davie, G., Wyeth, E., & Lilley, R. (2009). Prospective outcomes of injury study. Injury Prevention, 15(5), e3. doi: 10.1136/ip.2009.022558

Lilley, R., Feyer, A.-M., Langley, J., & Wren, J. (2004). The New Zealand child work-related fatal injury study: 1985 - 1998. New Zealand Medical Journal, 117(1194). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/117-1194/891/content.pdf

Lilley, R., Feyer, A.-M., Kirk, P., & Gander, P. (2002). A survey of forest workers in New Zealand. Do hours of work, rest, and recovery play a role in accidents and injury? Journal of Safety Research, 33, 53-71.

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Journal - Research Other

Lilley, R., Kool, B., Davie, G., de Graaf, B., Ameratunga, S. N., Reid, P., … Branas, C. C. (2018). Preventable injury deaths: Identifying opportunities to improve timeliness and reach of emergency healthcare services in New Zealand. Injury Prevention, 24(5), 384-389. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2016-042304

Kool, B., Lilley, R., & Davie, G. (2017). Prehospital injury deaths: The missing link. Injury, 48(5), 973-974. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2017.03.001

Lilley, R., Feyer, A.-M., Firth, H., Cunningham, C., & Paul, C. (2010). Surveillance of working conditions and the work environment: Development of a national hazard surveillance tool in New Zealand. International Journal of Public Health, 55, 49-57. doi: 10.1007/s00038-009-0059-1

Feyer, A.-M., & Lilley, R. (2003). Considering the changing nature of work: The New Zealand perspective. Soz Praventiv Med, 48, 351-353.

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