Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Body care at work

Our role is to develop and assist in the implementation of the UWA safety, health and wellbeing programs in order to minimise the risk of injury, illness and property damage.

We provide consultancy and other services to promote best practice and legislative compliance in all University and related activities.

It’s important to look after your body while you’re at work. This page offers details of activities, technology and information to help you manage body fatigue and maintain mobility. 

Free ergonomic assessments

Ergonomics is the design of the working environment, to ensure the best use of an individual's capabilities. All staff are entitled to a free ergonomic assessment. Book online

Back and neck care for office workers seminar

Presented by a physiotherapist experienced in occupational health and safety this session will provide an overview of the current evidence to help maintain a healthy musculoskeletal system for office based workers. It will run through how to perform an ergonomic self-assessment, provide specific stretches/strengthening exercises for the neck and low back pain and run through techniques to improve body awareness and posture.

Manual handling seminar

This one-hour session will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of manual handling. The training will provide an overview of the musculoskeletal system, injury risks associated with manual handling and effective risk reduction strategies.

Computer programs

A number of computer programs can help with electronic reminders to take a break, some of which are outlined below. Note that for all of these programs you'll need to contact IT support to download.


The Workrave program frequently alerts you to take micro-pauses and rest breaks. Available free of charge. Recommended for staff who’d like more frequent reminders to take breaks.


WorkPace helps you achieve safe and healthy work habits at your computer by:
  • Educating you about muscle fatigue and recovery
  • Altering you to when micorpauses and breaks are needed
  • Guiding you through regular exercises and stretches designed to reduce fatigue
  • Monitoring your exposure and intensity of computer use
  • Providing you with feedback in how you're doing.

The WorkPace software is recommended for staff with existing injuries or other medical issues. It can be trialed free for one month. An ergonomic assessment is recommended before undertaking the trial. If suitable, the full program is then available for a fee (contact UWA Safety and Health for details at this point).

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Professional services at UWA

For staff members that can benefit from ongoing physiotherapy/rehabilitation treatment for general maintenance or specific rehabilitation following an injury, did you know that we have the following services available to all staff on campus?

Tips on caring for your body at work

Take regular breaks 

Taking regular short breaks for rest and movement is an important part of caring for your body at work. Worksafe WA suggest the following guidelines for taking rest breaks:

  • Break for 2-3 minutes every 15-20 minutes
  • Break for 5 minutes every 30 minutes
  • Break for 10 minutes each hour.

Keep moving

Use your breaks as an opportunity to move your body. There is considerable evidence suggesting that prolonged sitting increases your risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and death. The amount of time spent sitting remains a risk, even if you engage in regular exercise. 

Tips for sitting less at work

Stretches that you can do at your desk including back, neck, shoulders, hands and eyes.

Maintain a good posture

A good postural position allows you to breathe better, and keeps muscles, ligaments, bones and internal organs in their natural position. This reduces wear and tear of joints, and relieves stress, improving health and enhancing your appearance. Find out more about posture while typing

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