Special Interest Groups


"Integrating human factors and design for safety in healthcare"

Healthcare Ergonomics was established in 2009 as a special interest group of HFESA, bringing together anyone whose research, practice, discipline or interest embraces:

  • patient safety e.g. evidence-base practice, care in non-hospital environments, healthcare economics
  • information technology e.g. use of computers in medicine
  • communication e.g. patient handovers, records management, signage
  • usability of equipment and systems e.g. equipment/instruments, medication systems, emerging technology
  • environmental design issues e.g. design and layout of facilities, bariatrics
  • human alertness and performance e.g. fatigue minimisation for error prevention
  • leadership and the quality of care e.g. resource management, and
  • task performance e.g. patient handling, bio-hazard management.

The aim of the special interest group is to:

  • provide an opportunity for collaboration on issues important in healthcare ergonomics
  • provide opportunities to promote healthcare ergonomics, and
  • provide a means for on-going professional development.

Healthcare Ergonomics is overseen by an inaugural committee, with representation from HFESA's state branches.

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Chair: Melissa Baysari

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