Dr Rena Friswell

Dr Rena Friswell

PhD, University of New South Wales
BA (Hons), Macquarie University

Phone: +61 (0)2 9385-5353
Fax: +61 (0)2 9385-6040
Email: r.friswell@unsw.edu.au

Rena Friswell has worked in road and occupational safety research for over 15 years, initially at Worksafe Australia and now at UNSW. She has a particular interest in driver fatigue as a risk factor for injury and has been involved in large scale surveys on the issue, analyses of injury and accident datasets, and laboratory and workplace studies. This research has examined the fundamental nature of fatigue as well as organizational and regulatory management strategies. Many of the studies targeted fatigue in the long distance road transport industry, but others have investigated fatigue in other industries (e.g., rail, manufacturing) and among other road user groups, (e.g., motorcyclists). Her doctoral work examined the safety issues, including fatigue, that face light and short haul freight drivers.

Currently, Rena is involved in TARS projects to determine how well drivers can assess their fatigue level before it impairs their driving performance, and identify effective elements for safety management systems in heavy transport operations.

All Rena's publications are here.

Professional Affiliations

Member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia
Member of the National OHS Regulatory Research Consortium