Jill is a research and data analyst specialist who partners with her colleagues at MISHC and in-field experts to develop and measure smart, risk-oriented strategies and technologies for the continual improvement of organisations’ health and safety performance

Jill has over 15 years of experience working with government, university and community bodies guiding and managing the generation and analysis of data from novel and innovative programs. While implemented across a variety of settings and groups, they have generally focussed on occupational health and safety and individuals’ well-being, quality of life and cognitive capacity. A primary goal of Jill’s work has been the measurement of the effectiveness of interventions.

A recent area of focus has been the application of risk-based intervention strategies to the management of occupational health issues. Topics of interest include dust exposures in underground coal mines and the well-being of fly-in, fly-out resource workers.

A long-term, MISCH-run project in which Jill was significantly involved was the development of an online body of knowledge of controls to manage coal mining health and safety, called RISKGATE (http://www.riskgate.org/). Characterised by cross industry collaboration and shared commitment to health and safety knowledge management, it was reliant on the participation of large numbers of experts from key global and Australian coal mining companies, OEM companies and QLD and NSW mining OHS regulatory bodies, and universities over a period of five years. 

Jill completed her PhD in the area of cognitive psychology and prior to joining MISHC she worked in university, hospital and community settings investigating the attention and memory of children and adults experiencing physical and/or mental health challenges and also in community agencies measuring the quality of life of chronically ill people.

Industry

Jill regularly engages with people from the mining industry, including from mining companies, regulatory agencies, and peak mining and non-mining bodies.

Collaborations

In 2017, Jill has collaborated with the Centre for Social Responsibility at the Sustainable Minerals Institute; UQR!SK; the faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (EAIT); and the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland. She has also been involved in a large multi-site energy storage project funded by the Australian Council of Learned Academies: (ACOLA) as well as work conducted by the University of New South Wales regarding preventative strategies used to manage coalbursts in underground mines.