Maximising Mobility and Minimising Injury Risk in Aged Care: Indexing Environment Related Manual Handling of People (MHP) Risk Controls that may Influence Patient Mobility

The manual handling of people (MHP) is a core activity for care workers in residential aged care, and is known to be associated with high incidence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Promoting patient mobility within the manual handling (MH) interaction is an endorsed MHP risk control intervention strategy that should reduce risk exposure for staff, and may also benefit the patient through increased independence and autonomy.

Creator
Robyn Coman
Supervisor
Carlo Caponecchia
Level
PhD
Elderly person with a walker

Characteristics of serious head injuries in pure rollover crashes and an evaluation of their replication in a dynamic rollover test

Serious head injuries are a major concern in light passenger vehicle rollover crashes. There are efforts in the US and Australia to assess the feasibility of developing a dynamic rollover test to evaluate the crashworthiness of a vehicle in a rollover. However, detailed information about the characteristics of serious head injuries in single-vehicle single-event, i.e. pure, rollover crashes, and regarding the capabilities of the dynamic rollover test devices chosen for the separate US and Australian investigations, is lacking.

Creator
Garrett Mattos
Supervisor
Raphael Grzebieta
Level
PhD
Cars

The biomechanical determinants of sport-related concussion: Finite element simulations of unhelmeted head impacts to evaluate kinematic and tissue-level predictors of injury and investigate the design implications for soft-shell headgear

Concussion is prevalent in collision and contact sports and, therefore, an injury of specific interest. Laboratory and epidemiological research in football codes, in which headgear is not mandatory, has demonstrated the limited effectiveness of headgear in preventing concussion. To further understand the biomechanics of concussion and develop effective prevention methods, it was necessary to investigate the dynamics of head impacts in sport.

Creator
Declan Patton
Supervisor
Raphael Grzebieta
Level
PhD
American football helmet