Research puts workplace illness under surveillance

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Associate Professor Barry Borman

A Massey University study investigating workplace health issues has been awarded about $250,000 by the Health Research Council.

Associate Professor Barry Borman, of the Centre for Public Health Research, will undertake a study of methods for the surveillance of all occupational disease.

It is estimated that every year up to 1000 deaths in New Zealand are caused by occupational disease, particularly cancer, respiratory disease and ischaemic disease, Dr Borman says.

Between 17,000 and 20,000 new cases of work-related disease are also recorded.

The study aims to develop a more permanent and robust way to monitor the problem. “This project will strengthen existing data collection, coordination and analysis.”

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