Fiona Trevelyan is a certified member of the HFESNZ with expertise in the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders and injury associated with workplace risk factors. She has a MSc and PhD in health ergonomics which complement her original qualification of physiotherapy. While involved in all aspects of work, Fiona has a particular interest in healthcare and has worked in an advisory or research capacity within this sector for the past twenty-five years. This has involved advising large and medium sized healthcare facilities (DHB and residential care homes) in their strategy to reduce risk associated with moving and handling, which has included policy, risk assessment and implementation of moving and handling training programmes. Fiona is an experienced researcher who has evaluated ergonomics interventions aimed at reducing low back pain among nurses, undertaken risk audit associated with moving and handling in residential care using the TROPHI tool and investigated physical and psychosocial risk factors that impact NZ nurses at work.
Fiona enjoys supporting those employed in a health and safety or moving and handling advisory role and employs a participative approach when doing so. Her interest in empowering others has resulted in her developing a postgraduate certificate at AUT aimed at providing moving and handling advisers with an opportunity to upskill in risk assessment and ergonomics in healthcare. Fiona has worked at AUT for over ten years and leads the moving and handling education programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has recently developed an interprofessional moving and handling learning unit which is compulsory for all students within the School of Clinical Sciences to attend from 2019. Fiona is on the HFESNZ committee where she leads an healthcare ergonomics interest group. In addition to this, she has two children who are both rowers (as she is herself), and is the Health and Safety Adviser for the Westlake Boys Rowing Society.
- Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of New Zealand
- Physiotherapy New Zealand
- PhD Health Ergonomics
BSc (Hons) Health Sciences
Diploma in Physiotherapy