Save money on injury costs and make it easy for everyone to work at their best. Reduce the musculoskeletal risks for people who lift or handle objects, assist patients, use computers, drive vehicles or operate machines by understanding the work and its unique interactions that affect what people do and how they do it. People are valuable assets who bring skills, knowledge and experience to the workplace so it is prudent to look after and retain this talent. Human factors/ergonomics provides a system-wide perspective that looks at the combination of factors affecting comfort and performance.
As an ergonomist, Sue has a thorough understanding of body mechanics, causation of discomfort and has considerable experience in workplace evaluations in offices, healthcare, manufacturing, warehousing and construction within small to large enterprises. Her approach is practical, principle-based and user focused. She methodically analyses and interprets assessment information to identify any mismatches between job demands and capability. Reports provided give recommendations that are prioritised and relevant. If training is required, Sue is a confident presenter and conveys key messages in an engaging and meaningful way. She is committed to ongoing professional development and regularly attends local, national and international events as both an attendee and presenter.
Sue has a background in physiotherapy working in Christchurch, Nelson, Auckland and London (UK) treating people with neurological disorders and musculoskeletal problems. She found that when people returned to work they did not always stay healthy because of poor design issues in the workplace. This sparked her interest in injury prevention that resulted in her gaining post-grad qualifications as an ergonomist. Sue spent 16 years as a health and safety team member in a large DHB where she was the Safer Handling Programme Lead. She now has her own ergonomics consultancy business based in Christchurch.
- Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of New Zealand
- Manual Handling Association of New Zealand
Physiotherapy New Zealand
NZ Institute of Safety Management (Affiliate Member)
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Ergonomics
Advanced Diploma in Physiotherapy (Orthopaedic Manual Therapy)
Diploma of Physiotherapy