About Associate Professor Ev Innes
Associate Professor Ev Innes, PhD (Curtin) MHPEd (UNSW) BAppSc(OT) (WAIT)
Associate Professor 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 conferences.
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.
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Journal articles (8)
Occupational therapists perspectives of factors influencing chronic pain management Australian Occupational Therapy Journal (2013)
Aim This article explores factors that contribute to clients' chronic pain management from an occupational therapy perspective. Method Nine occupational therapists from Australia and New Zealand who worked in this practice area were interviewed. Qualitative ...
Actual versus perceived lifting ability in healthy young men (18-25 years) Work: a journal of prevention, assessment and rehabilitation (2010)
Objective: Men under 25 years are at high risk of back injuries caused by manual handling. Self reports and functional capacity evaluations are commonly used to determine a worker's lifting capacity, however, amongst uninjured individuals, ...
Musculoskeletal disorders in Australian dairy farming Work : a journal of prevention, assessment, and rehabilitation (2010)
Objective: Dairy farming is a physically demanding occupation, however, little is known about the physical demands of dairy farming tasks, other than milking. The aim of this study was to gain an understanding of musculoskeletal ...
Women's health at work program: musculoskeletal pain experienced by women of Chinese background working on market gardens in the Sydney Basin 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 students from the University of Sydney, Australia, in their final fieldwork placement. The project involved women from a Chinese background ...
Living and doing with chronic pain: narratives of pain program participants Disability and Rehabilitation (2009)
Purpose. This study aimed to explore factors which predicated successful long-term pain management for people who had attended a cognitive-behavioural-based pain management program (PMP) in regional Australia. Method. This study used qualitative methods based on ...
An investigation into the immediate effects on comfort, productivity and posture of the Bambach™ saddle seat and a standard office chair Work (2007)
Background: This study was prompted by the prevalence of back injury and pain in the working population, particularly amongst workers who are increasingly exposed to sedentary work in industrialised countries, and the corresponding limited evidence ...
Reliability and validity of functional capacity evaluations: an update International Journal of Disability Management (2006)
Functional capacity evaluations (FCEs) and other work-related assessments continue to be used in occupational rehabilitation to determine the capacity of injured and disabled workers to either return to their preinjury jobs, or to determine what ...
Book chapters (10)
Anthropometrics (body measurements) of people with physical impairments in Australia: a protocol and pilot study Occupation Therapy Australia 25th National Conference & Exhibition (2013)
Introduction: Well-designed mobility and personal care aids that meet the physical and functional needs of users can significantly increase independence and quality of life. However many users of assistive devices report problems or inadequacies with ...
Lifting capacity at 24 weeks of pregnancy: a case contrast between a women in a physically demanding job and one in a sedentary job Ergonomics Australia - HFESA 2011 Conference (2011)
Background: Pregnant women are encouraged to maintain their pre-pregnancy physical activity levels, including their activities of daily living. Heavy lifting is an activity of daily living currently restricted in pregnant women; though the literature reviewing ...
Living and doing with chronic pain: clients' and therapists' perspective Occupational Therapy Australia, 24th National Conference and Exhibition (2011)
Introduction: Chronic pain within the Australian context has been noted to be third only to cardiovascular disease and musculoskeletal conditions in terms of health expenditure (Access Economics, November 2007). Chronic pain programs have existed for ...