Dr Fiona Trevelyan

Senior Lecturer

Phone: 09 921 9999 Ext. 7142

Email: fiona.trevelyan@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

School of Clinical Sciences
North Shore Campus
A11, 90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote
Auckland 0627, NZ


PhD (Health Ergonomics)

MSc (Ergonomics)

BSc (Hons) Health Science

Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy

Memberships and Affiliations:

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of New Zealand Inc.

Moving and Handling Association of New Zealand (MHANZ)

New Zealand Society of Physiotherapy


Fiona Trevelyan is a Senior Lecturer in the School’s Health and Rehabilitation Research Institute at AUT. Originally a physiotherapist, Fiona specialised in musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation before developing an interest in human factors and ergonomics. After completing an MSc (Ergonomics) at Loughborough University she worked within an NHS Trust to design and implement their moving and handling strategy. Fiona was the lead researcher on a project to evaluate and implement an ergonomics intervention aimed at reducing back pain amongst nurses. Since returning to NZ, Fiona has worked at AUT and been involved in research projects concerned with the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, workplace analysis and gradual process disorders. She set up the Postgraduate Certificate in Rehabilitation specialising in Moving and Handling in 2014, leads the Organisational Ergonomics Concepts of Moving and Handling paper and contributes to the teaching on the undergraduate Therapeutic Touch paper.


Teaching Areas:

  • Ergonomics and human factors in health care
  • Evaluation of musculoskeletal risk factors in the workplace
  • Moving and handling

Research Areas:

  • Ergonomics and human factors in the health care sector
  • Design and implementation of ergonomics interventions to reduce worker exposure to musculoskeletal risk factors

Research Summary:

Research interests include the evaluation of physical and psychosocial musculoskeletal risk factors present in the workplace that impact the health and wellbeing of the workforce. More specifically, research interests concern the evaluation of ergonomics and human factors present in and relevant to the health care sector with particular interest in acute hospital and aged residential care sectors. Research has focussed on the evaluation of risk associated with moving and handling with findings used to inform health care strategy and recommendations made to reduce exposure to the identified risks among the workforce. Further research interests include utilisation of the participatory ergonomics and the identification of factors that constitute an effective ergonomics intervention.

Current Research Projects:

  • Inter-reliability testing of the DINO tool
  • Evaluation of musculoskeletal risk factors associated with moving and handling in a residential care home
  • Application of TROPHI tool to evaluate moving and handling risk factors present in the acute hospital sector
  • Organisational and personal factors influencing employee outcomes among NZ nurses


HASANZ conference
September 7-9, 2016
Wellington, NZ


  • Cullinae, F., Boocock, M, & Trevelyan, F. (2014). Is eccentric exercise an effective treatment for lateral epicondylitis? A systematic review.  Clinical Rehabilitation. 28 (1): 3 – 19.
  • Trevelyan, F. (2011). Risk factors associated with back pain in New Zealand school children. Ergonomics. 54 (3): 257 – 262.
  • Trevelyan, F. & Legg, S. (2010). The prevalence and characteristics of back pain among school children in New Zealand. Ergonomics 53 (12): 1455 – 1460.
  • Trevelyan, F. & Legg, S. (2006). Back pain in school children – where to from here? Applied Ergonomics, 37 (1): 45 – 54.
  • Smedley J, Inskip H., Trevelyan, F., Buckle, P., Cooper, C., Coggon D. (2003). Risk factors for incident neck and shoulder pain in hospital nurses. Occupational and Environmental Medicine; 60 (11): 834 – 9.
  • Smedley J, Inskip H., Trevelyan, F., Buckle, P., Cooper, C., Coggon D. (2003).Risk factors for incidence neck and shoulder pain in hospital nurses. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 60 (11): 864 – 9.
  • Smedley, J., Trevelyan, F., Inskip, I., Buckle, P., Cooper, C., & Coggon, D. (2003). Impact of ergonomic intervention on back pain among nurses. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health, 29 (2): 117-123.
  • Trevelyan FC and Haslam RA (2001). Musculoskeletal disorders in a handmade brick manufacturing plant. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics 27, 43 – 55.


Member of the Ergonomics and Human Factors Group awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence in 2016

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