WorkSafe New Zealand Chair in Health and Safety established

WorkSafe New Zealand and the Victoria University of Wellington have agreed to further improve New Zealand’s health and safety at work through the establishment of the WorkSafe New Zealand Chair in Health and Safety.

The Chair will be providing health and Safety academic leadership through high-quality research and teaching to advance health and safety performance in New Zealand.

This will be done through the promotion of greater knowledge and internationally-recognised research and innovation.

“We believe the creation of the Chair will increase the status and visibility of health and safety at work, both as a career option and business consideration,” said WorkSafe’s Manager, System Strategies, Dr. Angela Mansell.

“WorkSafe expects the Chair will make a significant difference in health and safety through a deeper and more connected relationship with health and safety professionals, unions, business, and other public sector agencies.

“Through the work of the Chair, strong and enduring academic leadership will ensure all understand the value of training and the health and safety workforce overall.

Victoria University of Wellington has developed new qualification courses for health and safety professionals that begin at the start of the 2019 academic year. These are the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Master of Health (Workplace Health and Safety). Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Health head, Professor Antonia Lyons said the Chair will play an important role in developing undergraduate and postgraduate academic programmes in the school and across the University to advance the national agenda of developing a well-qualified health and safety workforce.

“The Chair will also conduct research in work health and safety, provide research leadership and collaborate with other national and international researchers in the field,” says Prof. Lyons.

“The Chair will provide health and safety academic leadership through research and teaching, and engagement. The Chair will also advance New Zealand’s health and safety at work performance through the promotion of greater knowledge and internationally recognised research and innovation.”

WorkSafe will provide funding to contribute to the academic Chair establishment costs for five years from the commencement of the first Chair appointment in the 2019 academic year.

Recruitment is currently underway. The successful applicant is expected to commence the role later this year.

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