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Dr. Elise Crawford

School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Rockhampton North
Building 7 - Room G.04
Rockhampton Campus
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I am a Teaching Scholar and Early Career Researcher within the safety sciences domain under the College of Science and Sustainability, within the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences. Health and safety roles in industry include the mining, industrial, government, and education sectors. Research activity has focused on human factors for safe design. Investigations have involved the analysis of the design of human systems integration for safety critical systems such as air traffic control, train traffic management and power generation and distribution plants. Domain areas include individual (physical and cognitive), team and organisational factors in the design of work systems and human performance to advance workplace improvements. Other research interests include: learning and teaching scholarship and adult education. I actively present work for national and international audiences.

I am a Certified OHS Professional with the Australian Institute of Health and Safety, and members of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia, and the Railway Technical Society of Australasia, a subgroup within Engineers Australia.


Outside Studies Program Award

  • Approved $11,000 Grant in 2019 for academic work in the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic (2020)

CQUniversity Student Voice Awards:

  • Educator of the Year (2014, 2015, 2018, 2019)
  • Distance Educator of the Year (2014, 2019)
CQUniversity Engagement Awards:
  • Recognition at the Opal Awards for Excellence in Engagement for engaged internal service with the New Staff Community of Practice (2014)

Research Awards:

  • Ken Provins Award for the best paper presented at the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society of Australia Annual Conference (2010)

Research Awards for RHD Students:

  • Research presentation winner at the CQUni, Institute for Resource Industries and Sustainability [IRIS] Annual Conference (2011)
  • Three Minute Thesis winner at the Safety in Action Conference, Melbourne (2011)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (2010-2012)

Academic Awards:

Jordan Ferrier Memorial Prize (CQUniversity, Australia) Highest GPA in Health and Safety and Human Performance (2008)

Media Citations

CQUniNEWS 2010, Research students have designs on Paris conference, 14 October 2010.

Safety Institute of Australia Inc. 2011, Three-minute thesis competition winner 2011, prOHnewS - Newsletter of the Health and Safety Professionals Alliance (HaSPA) - May 2011.

CQUniNEWS 2011, IRIS researchers eye the prize, 8 December 2011.

CQUniNEWS 2010, Elise's risky business for railways' paper earns award, 15 November 2010.

Carroll 2011, 'Projects vital to growth', Capricorn Mirror, 29 March 2011.

The Morning Bulletin 2011, Elise's award, 30 April 2011.

IRIS Newsletter 2011, IRIS student wins 3-minute thesis competition, issue 1, July 2011.

CQUniNEWS 2016 Moot Court for AF Students and Transport and Safety Sciences Conference, 18 October 2016.

Professional Experience

Casual Staff member (Environmental Health, Safety Sciences) - CQUniversity (February 2010 - 2012)

Lecturer OHS (Human Factors, Safety Sciences) - CQUniversity (February 2013 - Present)

Auxiliary Fire Fighter - Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (March 2014 - July 2016)

Work Health and Safety Advisor - Department of Justice & Attorney General, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (January 2011 - December 2012)

Occupational Health and Safety Graduate - BMA BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance, Goonyella Riverside Mine (December 2009 - February 2010)

Workplace Health and Safety Officer - Sacred Heart Primary School, Yeppoon (January 2009 - November 2009)

Occupational Health and Safety Intern - Rio Tinto/Coal & Allied, Mt Thorley, Warkworth Operations (November 2008 - February 2009)

Speech and Drama Teacher - Sacred Heart Primary School, Yeppoon (2001 - 2008)

Music Teacher (Piano, Keyboard & Music Theory) - St. Brendan's College, St. Ursula's College, Sacred Heart Primary School, Yeppoon (1998-2009)

Private Music Teacher (Piano, Keyboard & Music Theory) - Sole Trader (1990-2010)

Professional Memberships

Safety Institute of Australia - Certified Generalist OHS Professional

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia - Affiliate Member

Railway Technical Society of Australasia (Engineers Australia) - Member


Unit developer, Coordinator, Lecturer and Marker - College of Science and Sustainability (2013 - )

Unit Coordinator - Bachelor of Emergency Management and Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management (2020 - )

Champion - Staff Support (originally New Staff) Community of Practice - (2013 - 2017)

A/Champion - HFES4 - Retention Project - Scholarship (2013)

Research Supervisor - Safety Science course work Masters thesis students, and research higher degree Masters and PhD candidates (2017 - )

Industry Reports

Crawford & Wu 2011, Report - Wayfinding in the rail environment: technology and behaviour review, CRC for Rail Innovation.

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • Design Practice and Management
  • Public Health and Health Services
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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