International Collaboration for Occupational Resilience (ICOR)

ICOR is an international research consortium, with the primary objective to advance the understanding of factors impacting on occupational resilience within multiple occupational groups. These occupational groups include but are not limited to, health care workers (nurses, midwives, doctors, allied health, administrative and operational staff), teachers and first-responders.

Empirical research studies are being conducted by researchers from multiple universities across Australia and internationally. The consortium is led by Professor Desley Hegney at CQUniversity and Professor Clare Rees at Curtin University.

History

In 2014, the International Collaboration of Workplace Resilience (ICWR1) was formed.  The aim of this international research collaboration was to advance the understanding of factors impacting the workplace resilience of nurses and midwives. Being able to advance knowledge in this area has provided essential information for the development of interventions based on theory and empirical data.

The International Collaboration of Workplace Resilience- ICWR-1 was very successful, resulting in 11 peer-reviewed publications, multiple grant incomes and conference presentations in just three years. This has now promoted the next phase of work which is expanding this research to further occupational groups.

The Team

Executive Committee

Professor Desley Hegney

Professor Clare Rees, School of Psychology and speech Pathology, Curtin University

Professor Bruce Knight

Dr Shirley Siu-yin Ching, School of Nursing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Dr. Kin Cheung, School of Nursing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Regina Witt, UFRGS (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul)

Members

Associate Professor Lynette Cusack, Adelaide Nursing School, The University of Adelaide.

Associate Professor Diane Chamberlain, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

Professor Chris Doran

Professor Paula Brough , School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University

Professor Sally Ferguson

Professor Jenni Judd

Professor Brian Maguire

Professor Wendy Cross, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University

Associate Professor Suzanne Robinson, School of Public Health, Health Economist, Curtin University

Associate Professor Lauren Breen , School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University

Dr. Mark Craigie, Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice

Dr. Brody Heritage, School of Psychology and Exercise Science, Murdoch University

Dr. Susan Slatyer, Research Fellow, School Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, Curtin University and Centre for Nursing Research, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

Dr. Janie Brown, School Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, Curtin University

Dr. Lisa Wirihana

Dr. Adele Baldwin

Ms Michelle Fenech

Students

Mozhdeh Tahghighi – PhD candidate (Curtin University)

Thesis title: Resilience in nurses working shift work in Australia

James Clarke, Curtin University

Alannah Cooper – MPhil candidate (Curtin University)

Thesis title: Exploring Resilience in Western Australian Nurses and Midwives Working in a Faith Based Organisation: A Mixed Methods Study

Objectives

The objectives of the Consortium are to:

  1. Provide evidence to employees, employers, industrial organisations, higher education providers and other key stakeholders on the factors that impact on occupational resilience.
  2. Undertake testing and refinement of the HSWERM model’s applicability in nursing and other disciplines.
  3. Undertake psychometric testing of the STARS and SPNWE tools in nursing and other environments.
  4. Evaluate the Mindful Self-Care Resiliency (MSCR) program and the associated Train-the-Trainer program for acceptability, feasibility, effectiveness and sustainability.
  5. Provide a cost benefit analysis of the factors impacting on the ability of employees to build and maintain resilience within the occupational environment.
Partners and external relationships

Current Partners

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CQHHS), Queensland

Bushfire CRC

CRC for Rail Innovation

SafeWorkSA

DSTO

Qld Health

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Organisations in rail, aviation, mining, maritime, primary industries

Previous Partners

South-West Hospital and Health Services (SWHHS), Queensland

Singapore General Hospital, Singapore

National University Hospital, Singapore

Nipissing University, Canada

University of Southern Queensland

Charles Sturt University

Flinders University

Contact Details

International Collaboration for Occupational Resilience (ICOR)

Level 21, 160 Ann Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000, Australia

Jake Shepherd
Phone: +61 (07) 3023 4243
Email: j.shepherd@cqu.edu.au

Prof Desley Hegney (Consortium Lead)
Phone: +61 (07) 3023 4286
Email: d.hegney@cqu.edu.au

Prof Clare Rees (Deputy Consortium Lead)
Phone: +61 (08) 9266 3442
Email: C.Rees@curtin.edu.au

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