Two researchers from Curtin University’s Future of Work Institute have been awarded Prospect Fellowships by the Forrest Research Foundation.
Dr Michael David Wilson’s research will investigate methods to understand the dynamics of fatigue and wellbeing across time in safety-critical workplaces, and Dr Georgia Hay’s work will look into the psychology behind effective collaboration in intensively interdisciplinary healthcare teams.
Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Cordery congratulated Dr Wilson and Dr Hay for being recognised as part of the program.
“It has never been more important to invest in Australia’s research community and this new program will retain some of the brightest PhD graduates in Western Australia to continue their research studies,” Professor Cordery said.
“Dr Wilson’s research will help to answer some of the fundamental questions about mental wellbeing in the workforce and support the positive growth of mental health initiatives in Western Australian workers. Dr Hay will develop an evidence-based framework for the design of effective interdisciplinary teams in healthcare work, forging new pathways in psychological sciences and healthcare.
“COVID-19 has had significant impacts on both our workplaces and our health care system, so these research projects are both timely and incredibly important. We are very excited for Dr Wilson and Dr Hay to continue their research careers with us at our Future of Work Institute.”
The Forrest Research Foundation awarded 13 Prospect Fellowships to Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents who completed their PhD on or after 1 January 2019 to pursue post-doctoral research at any of Western Australia’s five universities.
The Prospect Fellowship program will focus on leveraging WA’s unique strengths and assets in high-impact areas such as emerging technologies, natural resources, marine science, agriculture, health, environment, and arts and culture.
The Forrest Research Foundation was established in 2014, by Andrew and Nicola Forrest through their Minderoo Foundation.
Further information on the Fellowships can be found online here.