Managing shift work
12 August 2020
Healthcare professionals are the biggest group of shift workers in Australia. This webinar will provide an understanding of the health consequences of shift work and how to better manage it.
The focus of this hour-long session with Professor Jill Dorrian, Dr Charlotte Gupta and Dr Jessica Paterson is the effects of shift work and practical strategies for how healthcare professional can manage their own shift work. It will provide an overview of the circadian and sleep science behind shift work and the importance of maintaining quality sleep, eating and exercise patterns.
Professor Jill Dorrian is the Dean of Research at the University of South Australia, a Professor in Psychology, with a PhD in sleep and chronobiology research, and a Masters of Biostatistics. Her PhD and early post-doctoral work was supported by the Australian Shiftwork and Workload Consortium, a 10 year collaboration with Australian Rail Industry operators and safety regulators. Subsequently Jill undertook a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and was involved in designing and conducting a study for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. Since returning to Australia, Jill's research has been largely supported by the CRC for Rail Innovation, the Bushfire CRC, and SafeWorkSA. Jill is also the co-director of the Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre.
Dr Charlotte Gupta is a postdoctorial research fellow at the Appleton Institute. Her research focuses on optimising the performance and safety of shiftworkers by targeting on-shift behaviours. Charlotte completed her undergraduate honours degree in Psychology at the University of South Australia in 2015, and her PhD at the Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory at the University of South Australia in 2016.
Dr Jessica Paterson works with a range of different populations looking at the relationship between sleep and mental health. She completed her Honours degree in Psychology in 2006 and a PhD in Psychology in 2010, both at the Centre for Sleep Research at University of South Australia, with part of her PhD completed at the Laboratory of Human Chronobiology at Cornell University, New York.
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