Liz conducts Ergonomics and Human Factors projects independently and collaboratively with a range of organisations. She is an Associate with Optimise Ltd, working with other Certified Ergonomists to provide a range of ergonomics/human factors consulting services. Liz is also employed as a Research Officer at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) where she works with the Ergonomics and Human Factors team; and she is Course Coordinator for Massey University’s “ergonomics/human factors: Work, Performance, Health and Design” course. Liz originally qualified and worked as a physiotherapist in England before moving to New Zealand in 1993, then returning to England in 1996 to complete a Master’s degree in Ergonomics at Loughborough University, achieving distinction. Liz worked for over ten years as an ergonomist at Scion (Crown Research Institute, Forest Research). There she was involved in government and industry funded applied research projects, such as the Accident Reporting Scheme data for the New Zealand Forest Industry; exploring the extent and causes of dehydration among loggers; developing physical design guidance specific to sawmill cabin tasks; investigating musculoskeletal disorders in meat and seafood processing industries, and slips, trips and falls in agriculture and construction industries. As an independent consultant she has worked in a range of environments, including ergonomics input for bank design; assisting with injury investigations and completing industry based manual handling risk assessments. Liz has held New Zealand certification since 2002.
- Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of New Zealand
- Certified Professional Member HFESNZ
Physiotherapy Board NZ (non-practicing)
- MSc Ergonomics
Associateship in Physiotherapy