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About Us

Dr Jennifer LongI am an optometrist, a Certified Professional Ergonomist and a Certified Generalist OHS Professional. My formal qualifications are a Bachelor of Optometry (Hons), a Master of Safety Science and a PhD.

By combining my academic background with practical optometry and ergonomics experience, I offer a holistic approach to solving vision problems in the workplace. I am typically asked to provide consultancy services investigating visual comfort and visual demands, and have provided these services across a range of industries including retail, health, transport, manufacturing, customer service and control rooms. This video explains how I became interested in visual ergonomics, while this video describes some of my work.

I am an active member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA) and am a Past President of the HFESA. Other roles I have held previously within the HFESA include NSW Branch Chair, Professional Development Coordinator (NSW Branch) and Federal Board Director.

I hold the following appointments:

• Chair – International Ergonomics Association (IEA) Visual Ergonomics Technical Committee

• Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales

• Editorial Board Member of WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation.

• Committee Member Australian Standards Committee SF006 Eye and Face Protection

In 2015 I became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

 

Awards and Prizes

HFESA David Ferguson Award 2013, for paper summarising PhD thesis titled 'Blueprint for change - Developing a strategy for reducing work-related discomfort in the optometry profession'.

IES: The Lighting Society, NSW Award for Achievement in the Principles of Lighting Course at the Sydney Institute of Technology, 2006

HFESA Ken Provins Award (best paper at annual conference) for ‘Two practical tasks for assessing depth perception at near distance – comparison of performance under monocular and binocular conditions’. 2003

ESA Alan Welford Award (published paper on ergonomics) for ‘Readability of information road signs: a preliminary study’. 2001

The Safety Institute of Australia (NSW Division) Bill Lessels’ Memorial Prize for Master of Safety Science. 2001

Why choose a certified professional ergonomist?

A certified professional ergonomist is recognised by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society as having expertise in ergonomics. To achieve this qualification, an ergonomist must have:

• Knowledge of all domains of ergonomics (i.e. physical, cognitive and organisational ergonomics)

• Completed an education program related to ergonomics

• Demonstrated their expertise with examples of their work

• A minimum of four years (or equivalent) full-time experience as an ergonomist.

I was awarded Certified Professional Ergonomist status in 2005.