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Occupational Health and Safety


Occupational Health and Safety is taught within the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine. The emphasis is on the practical application of best practice models, to health and safety in New Zealand workplaces.

Environmental and Quality systems are also considered within the health and safety context and teaching staff are all actively involved in providing health and safety services to a variety of businesses.Supporting the teaching and clinical practice in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine are research groups/units including:

Occupational Health Group

Our researchers are committed to undertaking high quality research which informs occupational health practice.

Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit

Injury Prevention Research Unit

New Zealand National Poisons Centre

Hugh Adam Cancer Epidemiology Group

The Hugh Adam Cancer Epidemiology Unit is funded by donations and grants to conduct research to control cancer, including cancer screening. This involves: establishing the causes of cancer in different populations, occupational groups (including military personnel) and examining any increased or decreased risks of cancer observed; conducting the research needed to predict an individual's 5-year risk of breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer, melanoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma; assessing and predicting the effectiveness of cancer screening; and, investigating the possible causes of cancer clusters.

Military and Veterans Health Theme

Our theme ‘health of Veterans, serving personnel and their families’ is focused on the how military service can affect those in the Defence Force, veterans or retired members and their families.

Projects and publications:

  • The mortality and cancer experience of New Zealand Vietnam war veterans: a cohort study. McBride D, Cox B, Broughton J, Tong D.BMJ Open. 2013 Sep 3;3(9):e003379. Read article on publisher's website
  • Acute care disaster preparedness in New Zealand and Oman; a comparative international analysis. Sultan Al-Shaqsi (PhD candidate)
  • Solar ultraviolet radiation exposure and workplace sun protection in two major outdoor occupational groups. Vanessa Hammond MPH
  • Outdoor workers' perceptions of the risks of excess sun-exposure. McCool JP, Reeder AI, Robinson EM, Petrie KJ, Gorman DF. J Occup Health. 2009;51(5):404-11. Read article on publisher's website
  • Are workers or their workplaces the key to occupational sun protection? Hammond V, Reeder AI, Gray AR, Bell ML. Health Promot J Austr. 2008 Aug;19(2):97-101. Read article on publisher's website
  • Patterns of real-time occupational ultraviolet radiation exposure among a sample of outdoor workers in New Zealand. Hammond V, Reeder AI, Gray A. Public Health. 2009 Feb;123(2):182-7. Read article on publisher's website
  • Occupational Health of Front Line Workers in Christchurch (HRC Partnership Programme). Dr David McBride, Dr Kirsten Loveock, Dr Daniel Shepherd and Professor Alex Billington.
  • Occupational Health in Agriculture Study (HRC, DoL and ACC). Associate Professor Colin Cryer, Dr Kirsten Lovelock, Dr David McBride, Dr Steve Milosevljevic, Dr Peter Davidson, Ms Kate Morgaine.