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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

de Graaf, B., Lilley, R., Davie, G., & Kool, B. (2021). Optimising base locations for New Zealand's Helicopter Emergency Medical Services. Spatial & Spatio-temporal Epidemiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.sste.2021.100435

Derrett, S., Wyeth, E. H., Richardson, A., Davie, G., Samaranayaka, A., Lilley, R., & Harcombe, H. (2021). Prospective Outcomes of Injury Study 10 Years on (POIS-10): An observational cohort study. Methods & Protocols, 4(2), 35. doi: 10.3390/mps4020035

Davie, G., Lilley, R., de Graaf, B., Ameratunga, S., Dicker, B., Civil, I., … Kool, B. (2021). Access to specialist hospital care and injury survivability: identifying opportunities through an observational study of prehospital trauma fatalities. Injury. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2021.03.033

Kool, B., Lilley, R., Davie, G., Reid, P., Civil, I., Branas, C., de Graaf, B., … Ameratunga, S. N. (2021). Evaluating the impact of prehospital care on mortality following major trauma in New Zealand: A retrospective cohort study. Injury Prevention. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2020-044057

Lilley, R., Kool, B., Davie, G., de Graaf, B., & Dicker, B. (2021). Opportunities to prevent fatalities due to injury: A cross-sectional comparison of prehospital and in-hospital fatal injury deaths in New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.13068

Davie, G., Lilley, R., de Graaf, B., Ameratunga, S., Dicker, B., Civil, I., … Kool, B. (2021). Access to specialist hospital care and injury survivability: identifying opportunities through an observational study of prehospital trauma fatalities. Injury. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2021.03.033

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Lilley, R., Kool, B., Davie, G., de Graaf, B., & Dicker, B. (2021). Opportunities to prevent fatalities due to injury: A cross-sectional comparison of prehospital and in-hospital fatal injury deaths in New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.13068

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Lilley, R., Maclennan, B., McNoe, B. M., Davie, G., Horsburgh, S., & Driscoll, T. (2021). Decade of fatal injuries in workers in New Zealand: Insights from a comprehensive national observational study. Injury Prevention, 27(2), 124-130. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2020-043643

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Lilley, R., McNoe, B., Davie, G., de Graaf, B., & Driscoll, T. (2021). Work-related fatalities involving children in New Zealand, 1999-2014. Children, 8, 4. doi: 10.3390/children8010004

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de Graaf, B., Lilley, R., Davie, G., & Kool, B. (2021). Optimising base locations for New Zealand's Helicopter Emergency Medical Services. Spatial & Spatio-temporal Epidemiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.sste.2021.100435

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Fan, J. K., Sim, M., Lilley, R., Wong, I. S., & Smith, P. M. (2020). Sleep disturbances and disability following work-related injury and illness: Examining longitudinal relationships across three follow-up waves. Journal of Sleep Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jsr.13124

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Harcombe, H., Samaranayaka, A., Wyeth, E. H., Davie, G., Cameron, I. D., Lilley, R., & Derrett, S. (2020). Predictors of subsequent injury at work: Findings from a prospective cohort of injured workers in New Zealand. Occupational & Environmental Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/oemed-2020-106597

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Kool, B., Lilley, R., Davie, G., de Graaf, B., Reid, P., Branas, C., … Ameratunga, S. N. (2020). Potential survivability of prehospital injury deaths in New Zealand: A cross-sectional study. Injury Prevention. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2019-043408

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Lilley, R., Maclennan, B., Davie, G., McNoe, B. M., Horsburgh, S., & Driscoll, T. R. (2020). Decade of variable progress: Trends in fatal injury in workers in New Zealand from a national observational study. Occupational & Environmental Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/oemed-2020-106812

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Smith, P., LaMontagne, A. D., Lilley, R., Hogg-Johnson, S., & Sim, M. (2020). Are there differences in the return to work process for work-related psychological and musculoskeletal injuries? A longitudinal path analysis. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, 55, 1041-1051. doi: 10.1007/s00127-020-01839-3

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Davie, G., Barson, D., Simpson, J. C., Lilley, R., Gulliver, P., & Cryer, C. (2019). Using hospital discharge data for injury research or surveillance? An observational study illustrating the impact of administrative change. Injury Prevention, 25, 540-545. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2019-043201

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Lilley, R., de Graaf, B., Kool, B., Davie, G., Reid, P. J., Dicker, B., … Branas, C. (2019). Geographical and population disparities in timely access to prehospital and advanced level emergency care in New Zealand: A cross-sectional study. BMJ Open, 9(7), e026026. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026026

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Derrett, S., Wyeth, E. H., Richardson, A., Davie, G., Samaranayaka, A., Lilley, R., & Harcombe, H. (2021). Prospective Outcomes of Injury Study 10 Years on (POIS-10): An observational cohort study. Methods & Protocols, 4(2), 35. doi: 10.3390/mps4020035

Journal - Research Other

Kool, B., Lilley, R., Davie, G., Reid, P., Civil, I., Branas, C., de Graaf, B., … Ameratunga, S. N. (2021). Evaluating the impact of prehospital care on mortality following major trauma in New Zealand: A retrospective cohort study. Injury Prevention. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2020-044057

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Lane, T. J., Lilley, R., Black, O., Sim, M. R., & Smith, P. M. (2019). Health care provider communication and the duration of time loss among injured workers: A prospective cohort study [Brief report]. Medical Care, 57(9), 718-722. doi: 10.1097/mlr.0000000000001160

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Lilley, R., McNoe, B., Davie, G., Horsburgh, S., Maclennan, B., & Driscoll, T. (2019). Identifying opportunities to prevent work-related fatal injury in New Zealand using 40 years of coronial records: Protocol for a retrospective case review study. Injury Epidemiology, 6(1), 16. doi: 10.1186/s40621-019-0193-z

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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

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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

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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

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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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