Associate Professor Ev Innes, PhD (Curtin) MHPEd (UNSW) BAppSc(OT) (WAIT) 

Dr Ev Innes joined Southern Cross University as Associate Professor in Occupational
Therapy in 2009. She is currently the Group Leader for Allied Health in the School of
Health and Human Sciences and was the Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Occupational
Therapy course from 2009-2011. Since joining SCU, Ev has led teams that have been awarded
a Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2012), and
an Excellence in Community Engaged Award for Community Engaged Learning (2012). In 2005,
Ev received the OT AUSTRALIA NSW Excellence in Occupational Therapy Education Award. Ev
has also supervised doctoral, masters and honours research. 

Ev is recognised as an expert in the area of work-related assessments through her
research, publications, presentations and involvement with clinicians in this area of
practice. She is a member of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Department of
Defence Rehabilitation Advisory Committee (2004-Present), and was a member of the NSW
Workers' Compensation and Workplace Occupational Health and Safety Council for 10
years (2001-2011). She is a member of the editorial board of the international journal
WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, was the Guest Editor of
two special issues of WORK, and is a reviewer for several journals, including the
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Australian Occupational Therapy
Journal, as well as regularly reviewing abstracts for national and international

Ev's doctoral studies examined the work-related assessments used by therapists in
Australia. Her studies were supported by a National Health & Medical Research Council
Public Health Scholarship (2000-2001). This research formed the basis for the WorkCover
NSW Competency Standards for Functional Assessments and Workplace Assessments. 

Prior to joining SCU, Ev was an occupational therapy academic at the University of Sydney
for almost 23 years. In this time she was the occupational therapy undergraduate course
manager, honours coordinator, strand manager (occupational rehabilitation) in the
graduate program, and coordinated the professional re-accreditation of the entry-level
occupational therapy programs in 2006, as well as developing and presenting many
undergraduate and postgraduate units of study. She also was a member of the university’s
Academic Board and was a member of many Faculty committees. 

Ev is a member of OT AUSTRALIA, the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, and the
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia. 

Journal articles


Occupational therapists perspectives of factors influencing chronic pain management (with Helen van Huet and Roger Stancliffe), Australian Occupational Therapy Journal (2013)


This article explores factors that contribute to clients' chronic pain management from an occupational...



Actual versus perceived lifting ability in healthy young men (18-25 years) (with Megan Hardwick), Work: a journal of prevention, assessment and rehabilitation (2010)

Objective: Men under 25 years are at high risk of back injuries caused by manual...



Musculoskeletal disorders in Australian dairy farming (with Casey Walsh), Work : a journal of prevention, assessment, and rehabilitation (2010)

Objective: Dairy farming is a physically demanding occupation, however, little is known about the physical...



Women's health at work program: musculoskeletal pain experienced by women of Chinese background working on market gardens in the Sydney Basin (with Amber Crowther, Fiona Fonti, and Leonie Quayle), Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation (2010)

Objective/participants: This report describes a project undertaken by three final (4th) year occupational therapy undergraduate...


Book chapters

Assessing and modifying the workplace, Work: promoting participation and productivity through occupational therapy (2012)

Measures of physical and functional performance (with Chris Chapparo, Judy Ranka, A Hillman, Michelle Donelly, Lynda Matthews, Kate O'Loughlin, and Rod Heard), Assessment in rehabilitation and health (2010)

Occupational functioning (with Lynda R. Matthews and Kurt Johnson), Assessment in rehabilitation and health (2010)

Dynamic material handling testing, Guide to the evaluation of functional ability: how to request interpret and apply functional capacity evaluations (2009)

Ergonomics and work assessments, Ergonomics for therapists (2008)



Anthropometrics (body measurements) of people with physical impairments in Australia: a protocol and pilot study (with Karina Pont, Jacqui Yoxall, Yvonne Pennisi, Shi Zhou, and Ashleigh Blake), Occupation Therapy Australia 25th National Conference & Exhibition (2013)


Factors influencing return to work: a systematic realist review, Occupational Therapy Australia 25th National Conference & Exhibition (2013)


Future directions for occupational rehabilitation, Occupational Rehabilitation Forum (2012)


Development of an occupational therapy program in regional Australia based on the ICF (with Yvonne Pennisi, Beth Mozolic-Staunton, and Michelle Donelly), Occupational Therapy Australia 24th National Conference & Exhibition (2011)


Lifting capacity at 24 weeks of pregnancy: a case contrast between a women in a physically demanding job and one in a sedentary job (with N Buckley, K Davison, and Wendy L. Gilleard), Ergonomics Australia - HFESA 2011 Conference (2011)

Background: Pregnant women are encouraged to maintain their pre-pregnancy physical activity levels, including their activities...