Holly Fletcher

Holly Fletcher

Holly Fletcher

Occupational Health & Hygiene Manager (Relief) Safety

Sustainability and Environment, Sydney Metro Delivery Office

My post-graduate study

I’m completing a PhD in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Wollongong 

Research title

What workplace interventions would improve nutrition and physical activity-related behaviours in Chilean mine workers?

My research

The aim of this research is to investigate and characterise the social, environmental and cultural variables that influence nutrition and physical activity-related behaviours in Chilean mine workers. The results of this research will inform the design, implementation and evaluation of a workplace intervention. This research is funded by the Mutual de Seguridad (“The Mutual”), a Chilean government organisation.

Why I chose this research topic

In Chile, the average Body Mass Index (BMI) in adults is 28 kg/m2, and is rapidly becoming one of the most obese populations globally. Overweight and obesity are major risk factors of chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and musculoskeletal dysfunction. In the context of occupational environments, overweight and obesity are likely to be contributing factors to occupational injuries and illness, among other adverse outcomes such as inflated health care costs, reduced productivity and lowered business performance.

How my research relates to my work

My role as an Occupational Hygienist is fundamentally underpinned by principles which promote and preserve the health and wellbeing of workers. The World Health Organisation recognises that workplaces are settings which significantly influence the health of workers and, therefore, have been prioritised as a setting for health promotion.

This research allows me to better understand the application of scientific knowledge to identify the causal pathways through which work influences health outcomes. In particular, it will allow me to design and evaluate an intervention that is responsive to workplace conditions, meaningful for workers and employees, and successful in improving health behavious.

What assistance has TfNSW offered you?

TfNSW allows me to expand my research knowledge and experience through participation in the Transport Research Community of Practice (CoP), along with overseeing the execution of research conducted by RMIT on behalf of Sydney Metro. TfNSW’s focus on research and the application of scientific knowledge to business practices is key to delivering world-class transport and infrastructure. It is fantastic and refreshing to be involved in this.