“New technology, new ways of work – do we also need new visual ergonomics practice?” at TAVRP, the Tasmanian Association of Rehabilitation Providers, Dark Side of Rehab 2 Symposium, Hobart, Australia.
What does work-related discomfort in optometrists have to do with visual ergonomics?
When I tell my optometry colleagues that I am also an ergonomist, many describe to me their own physical discomfort within the optometry consultation room e.g. sore back or neck.
After hearing these stories for close to 8 years, I embarked on a research project to investigate work-related discomfort in the optometry profession. This project grew into a multi-stage study and led to the award of a PhD in 2013. Some optometrists have already used the strategies and recommendations given in my thesis to improve their own physical comfort at work.
I am pleased to have been able to combine my optometry and ergonomics skills to assist the comfort of my optometry colleagues. A copy of my thesis can be found here. The individual peer-reviewed papers which comprise the thesis are listed below.
Long J, Burgess-Limerick R, Stapleton F (2014) Personal consequences of work-related physical discomfort: an exploratory study
Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 97(1): 30-35
Long J, Burgess-Limerick R, Stapleton F (2013) What do clinical optometrists like about their job?
Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 96(5): 460-466
Long J, Yip W, Li A, Ng W, Hao LE, Stapleton F (2012) How do Australian optometrists manage work-related physical discomfort?
Clinical and Experimental Optometry 95(6): 606-614
Long J, Burgess-Limerick R, Stapleton F (2012) Work-related discomfort in the optometry profession – whose responsibility?
Ergonomics Australia 2012, 10:6
Long J, Burgess-Limerick R, Stapleton F (2012) Work-related musculoskeletal discomfort and injuries in Australian optometrists.
Long J (2012) Optometry – a comfortable job for life: A review.
Optometry in Practice 13(1): 33-44
Long J, Burgess-Limerick R, Stapleton F (2011) Toward a more comfortable profession – disseminating ergonomics information to Australian optometrists.
Ergonomics Australia 2011 7:1
Long J, Ko YL, Lau C, Burgess-Limerick R, Stapleton F (2011) Developing strategies for reducing work-related discomfort in optometry students.
Ergonomics Australia HFESA 2011 Conference Edition 2011, 11:6
Long J, Naduvilath T, Hao L, Li A, Ng W, Yip W, Stapleton F (2011) Risk factors for physical discomfort in Australian optometrists.
Optometry and Vision Science 88(2): 317-326
Long J, Burgess-Limerick R, Stapleton F (2010) Acceptance of participatory ergonomics in a healthcare setting.
Proceedings of the 46th Annual Conference of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 31st October – 3rd November 2010, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
And here are some other articles I have written on the topic which were not a part of my thesis:
Long J (2010) Technology challenges for private practice clinicians: Human factors to the rescue
Ergonomics Australia (2010) 24(1): 31-35
Long J (2008) Using your head when buying equipment can prevent a pain in the neck
Ophthalmic Equipment April 2008, page 14-15
Long J (2000) Safe Practices.
Practice, Optometric Business Optometrists Association of Australia, February 2000
Conferences + Seminars.
Here are the conferences and events that I will be speaking at in 2018:
“Visual Ergonomics in Control Rooms – An Example of Creativity in Practice” at the International Ergonomics Association Triennial Congress, Florence, Italy.
“Visual Ergonomics Lighting Workshop, at the International Ergonomics Association Triennial Congress, Florence, Italy.
Previous seminars and conferences from the past few years:
“Journal club – a sustainable professional development model for the HFESA” oral presentation at the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA) 2017 Annual Conference, Wollongong, Australia.
“Making ergonomics sexy for non-ergonomists” poster at the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA) 2017 Annual Conference, Wollongong, Australia.