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Professor Leon Straker

Professor Leon Straker Professor Leon Straker

BAppSc(WAIT), MSc(Lond), PhD(Syd)

Position Professor
Faculty Health Sciences
School School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 408.3545
Phone +618 9266 3634
Fax +618 9266 3699
Email L.Straker@curtin.edu.au

Brief Summary

Leon Straker is Professor of Physiotherapy and holds a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellowship.

 He has an international reputation for research, is nationally recognized as a leader in physiotherapy, is a successful teacher and program leader and has made a substantial contribution to physiotherapy and ergonomics locally, nationally and internationally.

 Leon has worked in the area of prevention of musculoskeletal disorders for over 20 years, starting with a government taskforce on Repetitive Strain Injury. His professional experience has included working as a community physiotherapist providing prevention education for adult workers and school children and working as the first ergonomist for the UK National Health Service where he developed a participative approach to risk management.

 Leon has taught research methods and ergonomics to undergraduate physiotherapy students and ergonomics to postgraduate students and received excellent student ratings. He has supervised over 50 student research projects producing ~100 publications. He has lead undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs and been responsible for coordinating higher degree by research programs. In 2005 he received a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for developing the Course Evaluation on the Web system for continual course improvement after the Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) program increased its Course Experience Questionnaire student satisfaction ratings by 25%.

 Leon has also received awards for distinguished service to the international ergonomics association and made a significant contribution nationally.

 He has published over 200 scholarly works including over 100 peer reviewed journal papers and 20 books and book chapters. His papers have been cited over 700 times. He has been chief investigator on grants worth over $4 million, including 4 from the NHMRC and others from National Arthritis Foundation, Physiotherapy Research Foundation, Healthway, WorkCover Queensland, Division of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and Australian Coal Association Research Program. He has served as an editorial board member for 2 of the leading journals in this area and was Editor for Ergonomics (2007-2010). He instigated the international virtual ergonomics conference CybErg, and chaired the first two of these.

 The quality of his research has been recognised with a number of awards including the international Stephen Pheasant Memorial award for physical ergonomics research in 1999 and the national John Lane award in 2004 for a major systematic contribution to advancing the science of ergonomics and its application in Australia.

 His research has attracted international mass media interest with TV news coverage in Europe, Asia and North America, major print media such as The New York Times and The Times. He is a sought after speaker with invitations for keynote addresses in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, United Arab Emirates and South Africa.

Memberships, Awards and Training

Leon is a registered physiotherapist and Member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia. He has previously been a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, the UK National Back Exchange and the Institute for Human Factors and Ergonomics UK.

Recent awards have included:

2012-2016 National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellowship; 2011 Raine Foundation award for most outstanding contribution to public health utilising the Raine Study data; 2011 Journal of Physiotherapy Oration; 2009 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Alan Welford award for best paper on an ergonomics topic; 2007-2011 National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellowship; 2006 Curtin University Health Sciences Researcher of the Year'; 2005 Cutin University Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence for development of Course Evaluation on the Web; 2004 Ergonomics Society of Australia John Lane Award for major systematic contribution to advancing ergonomics in Australia; 2004 USA National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health honourable mention for intervention research; 2002 Elsevier Science Publishers award for best paper at CybErg 2002 conference; 

 

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Employment History

Physiotherapist at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Senior Physiotherapist at Community Health Services WA, Ergonomist at Kingston and Esher Health Authority UK, Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor Curtin University.

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Teaching

  • PhD, MPhil, honours Research Supervision
  • Prior teaching in undergraduate research methods, occupational health and ergonomics and postgraduate coursework teaching in ergonomics
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Research Interests

  • impact of technology on health with a focus on prevention
  • Sedentariness
  • Computer and electronic game use by children
  • Prevention of musculoskeletal disorders associated with manual handling, sitting and computer use
  • Adolescent spinal pain
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Publications

2013

Journal Articles (Research)

2012

Journal Articles (Research)

Conference Articles (Research)

2011

Journal Articles (Research)

2010

Journal Articles (Research)

  • Perry, M., L. M. Straker, W. H. Oddy, P. O'Sullivan, and A. Smith. 2010. “Spinal pain and nutrition in adolescents - an exploratory cross-sectional study.” BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 11: 138-138.
  • Abbiss, C. R., L. M. Straker, M. J. Quod, D. J. Martin, and P. B. Laursen. 2010. “Examining pacing profiles in elite female road cyclists using exposure variation analysis.” British Journal of Sports Medicine 44: 437-442.
  • Mitchell, T., P. O'Sullivan, A. F. Burnett, L. M. Straker, A. Smith, J. A. Thornton, and C. Rudd. 2010. “Identification of modifiable personal factors that predict new-onset low back pain: A prospective study of female nursing students.” Clinical Journal of Pain 26 (4): 275-283.
  • Straker, L. M., B. A. Maslen, R. Burgess-limerick, P. Johnson, and J. Dennerlein. 2010. “Evidence-based guidelines for the wise use of computers by children : Physical development guidelines.” Ergonomics 53 (4): 458-477.
  • Straker, L. M., A. Campbell, J. Coleman, M. Ciccarelli, and W. Dankaerts. 2010. “In vivo laboratory validation of the physiometer: a measurement system for long-term recording of posture and movements in the workplace.” Ergonomics 53 (5): 672-684.
  • Straker, L. M., J. Levine, and A. Campbell. 2010. “The Effects of Walking and Cycling Computer Workstations on Keyboard and Mouse Performance.” Human Factors 51 (6): 831-844.
  • Smith, A., P. O'Sullivan, A. Campbell, and L. M. Straker. 2010. “The relationship between back muscle endurance and physical, lifestyle, and psychological factors in adolescents.” Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 40 (8): 517-523.
  • Astfalck, R. G., P. O'Sullivan, L. M. Straker, and A. Smith. 2010. “A detailed characterisation of pain, disability, physical and psychological features of a small group of adolescents with non-specific chronic low back pain.” Manual Therapy 15: 240-247.
  • Briggs, A., J. Jordan, R. Buchbinder, A. Burnett, P. O'Sullivan, J. Chua, R. Osborne, and L. M. Straker. 2010. “Health, literacy and beliefs among a community cohort with and without chronic low back pain.” Pain 150 (2): 275-283.
  • Straker, L. M., A. Smith, A. Campbell, and P. O'Sullivan. 2010. “Are neck pain and posture related?.” Physical Therapy Reviews 15 (2): 115-116.
  • Astfalck, R. G., P. O'Sullivan, L. M. Straker, A. Smith, A. Burnett, J. P. Caneiro, and W. Dankaerts. 2010. “Sitting Postures and Trunk Muscle Activity in Adolescents With and Without Nonspecific Chronic Low Back Pain.” Spine 35 (14): 1387-1395.

Conference Articles (Research)

  • Antonovsky, A., C. M. Pollock, and L. M. Straker. 2010. “Identification of the human factors contributing to maintenance failures in a petroleum operation.” In 54th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Sep 27, 2010, San Francisco: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

2009

Journal Articles (Research)

  • Straker, L. M., R. Burgess-limerick, C. M. Pollock, and B. A. Maslen. 2009. “The influence of desk and display design on posture and muscle activity variability whilst performing information technology tasks.” Applied Ergonomics 40: 852-859.
  • Szeto, G., L. M. Straker, and P. O'Sullivan. 2009. “During computing tasks symptomatic female office workers demonstrate a trend towards higher cervical postural muscle load than asymptomatic office workers : an experimental study.” Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 55 (4): 257-262.
  • Briggs, A., L. M. Straker, N. Bear, and A. Smith. 2009. “Neck/shoulder pain in adolescents is not related to the level or nature of self-reported physical activity or type of sedentary activity in an Australian pregnancy cohort.” BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 10 (87): 1-1.
  • Briggs, A., A. Smith, L. M. Straker, and P. Bragge. 2009. “Thoracic spine pain in the general population: Prevalence, incidence and associated factors in children, adolescents and adults. A systematic review.” BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 10 (77): 1-12.
  • Straker, L. M., R. Abbott, J. Piek, C. M. Pollock, P. S. Davies, and A. Smith. 2009. “Rationale, design and methods for a randomised and controlled trial to investigate whether home access to electronic games decreases children's physical activity.” BMC Public Health 9 (212): 1-10.
  • Skoss, R., L. M. Straker, A. Burnett, and R. Burgess-limerick. 2009. “Effect of visual display height on modelled upper and lower cervical gravitational moment, muscle capacity and relative strain.” Ergonomics 52 (2): 204-221.
  • Straker, L. M., and S. Mathiassen. 2009. “Increased physical work loads in modern work - a necessity for better health and performance?.” Ergonomics 52 (10): 1215-1225.
  • Straker, L. M., C. M. Pollock, and B. A. Maslen. 2009. “Principles for the wise use of computers by children.” Ergonomics 52 (11): 1386-1401.
  • Szeto, G., L. M. Straker, and P. O'Sullivan. 2009. “Examining the low, high and range measures of muscle activity amplitudes in symptomatic and asymptomatic computer users performing typing and mousing tasks.” European Journal of Applied Physiology 106: 243-251.
  • Straker, L. M., C. M. Pollock, J. Piek, R. Abbott, R. Skoss, and J. Coleman. 2009. “Active-Input Provides More Movement and Muscle Activity During Electronic Game Playing by Children.” International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction 25 (8): 713-728.
  • Mitchell, T., P. O'Sullivan, A. F. Burnett, L. M. Straker, A. Smith, J. A. Thornton, and C. Rudd. 2009. “Biopsychosocial factors are associated with low back pain in female nursing students: A cross sectional study.” International Journal of Nursing Studies 46: 678-688.
  • Straker, L. M., B. A. Maslen, R. Burgess-limerick, and C. M. Pollock. 2009. “Children have less variable postures and muscle activities when using new electronic information technology compared with old paper-based information technology.” Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology 19: 132-143.
  • Straker, L. M., R. Burgess-limerick, C. M. Pollock, and B. A. Maslen. 2009. “The effect of forearm support on children’s head, neck and upper limb posture and muscle activity during computer use.” Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology 19: 965-974.
  • Briggs, A., P. Bragge, A. Smith, D. Govil, and L. M. Straker. 2009. “Prevalence and associated factors for thoracic spine pain in the adult working population : A literature review.” Journal of Occupational Health 51: 177-192.
  • Perry, M., L. M. Straker, P. O'Sullivan, A. Smith, and B. Hands. 2009. “Fitness, motor competence, and body composition are weakly associated with adolescent back pain.” Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 39 (6): 439-449.
  • Szeto, G., L. M. Straker, and P. O'Sullivan. 2009. “Neck-shoulder muscle ativity in general and task-specific resting postures of symptomatic computer users with chronic neck pain.” Manual Therapy 14: 338-345.
  • Straker, L. M., P. O'Sullivan, A. Smith, and M. Perry. 2009. “Relationships between prolonged neck/shoulder pain and sitting spinal posture in male and female adolescents.” Manual Therapy 14: 321-329.
  • McKenna, L. J., L. M. Straker, and A. Smith. 2009. “The validity and intra-tester reliability of a clinical measure of humeral head position.” Manual Therapy 14: 397-403.
  • Briggs, A., L. M. Straker, and J. D. Wark. 2009. “Bone health and back pain: What do we know and where should we go?.” Osteoporosis International 20: 209-219.
  • McKenna, L. J., L. M. Straker, and A. Smith. 2009. “The inter-tester reliability of humeral head position in junior swimmers.” Physical Therapy In Sport 10: 97-100.
  • Hands, B., D. Larkin, H. Parker, L. M. Straker, and M. Perry. 2009. “The relationship among physical activity, motor competence and health-related fitness in 14-year old adolescents.” Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports 19: 655-663.
  • Dankaerts, W., P. O'Sullivan, A. Burnett, L. M. Straker, P. Davey, and R. Gupta. 2009. “Discriminating healthy controls and two clinical subgroups of nonspecific chronic low back pain patients using trunk muscle activitation and lumbosacral kinematics of postures and movements.” Spine 34 (15): 1610-1618.
  • Maslen, B. A., and L. M. Straker. 2009. “A comparison of posture and muscle activity means and variation amongst young children, older children and young adults whilst working with computers.” Work 32: 311-320.
  • Coleman, J., L. M. Straker, and M. Ciccarelli. 2009. “Why do children think they get discomfort related to daily activities?.” Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation 32: 267-274.

2008

Book Chapters (Research)

  • Pollock, C. M., and L. M. Straker. 2008. “Information and communication technology for children in schools.” In Ergonomics for Children: Designing products and places for toddlers to teens, ed. R. Leuder and V. Rice, 783-800. London, UK: Taylor & Francis.

Journal Articles (Research)

  • Perry, M., A. Smith, L. M. Straker, J. Coleman, and P. O'Sullivan. 2008. “Reliability of sagittal photographic spinal posture assessment in adolescents.” Advances in Physiotherapy 10 (2): 66-75.
  • Haselgrove, C., L. M. Straker, A. Smith, P. O'Sullivan, M. Perry, and N. Sloan. 2008. “Perceived school bag load, duration of carriage, and method of transport to school are associated with spinal pain in adolescents: an observational study.” Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 54: 193-200.
  • Straker, L. M., P. O'Sullivan, A. Smith, M. Perry, and J. Coleman. 2008. “Sitting spinal posture in adolescents differs between genders, but is not clearly related to neck/shoulder pain: an observational study.” Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 54: 127-133.
  • Mitchell, T., P. O'Sullivan, A. F. Burnett, L. M. Straker, and A. Smith. 2008. “Regional differences in lumbar spinal posture and the influence of low back pain.” BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 9 (152): 1-11.
  • Perry, M., L. M. Straker, P. O'Sullivan, A. Smith, and B. Hands. 2008. “Fitness, motor competence and body composition as correlates of adolescent neck/shoulder pain : an exploratory cross-sectional study.” BMC Public Health 8 (290): 1-12.
  • Straker, L. M., J. Coleman, R. Skoss, B. A. Maslen, R. Burgess-limerick, and C. M. Pollock. 2008. “A comparison of posture and muscle activity during tablet computer, desktop computer and paper use by young children.” Ergonomics 51 (4): 540-555.
  • Tucker, B. M., S. T. Jones, and L. M. Straker. 2008. “Online student evaluation improves Course Experience Questinnaire results in a physiotherapy program.” Higher Education Research and Development 27 (3): 281-296.
  • Straker, L. M., R. Burgess-limerick, C. M. Pollock, J. Coleman, R. Skoss, and B. A. Maslen. 2008. “Children's Posture and Muscle Activity at Different Computer Display Heights and During Paper Information Technology Use.” Human Factors 50: 49-61.
  • Mitchell, T., P. O'Sullivan, A. F. Burnett, L. M. Straker, and C. Rudd. 2008. “Low back pain from undergraduate student to working nurse in Australia : A cross-sectional survey.” International Journal of Nursing Studies 45: 1636-1644.
  • Straker, L. M., R. Burgess-limerick, C. M. Pollock, K. Murray, K. Netto, J. Coleman, and R. Skoss. 2008. “The impact of computer display height and desk design on 3D posture during information technology work by young adults.” Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology 18: 336-349.
  • Straker, L. M., C. M. Pollock, R. Burgess-limerick, R. Skoss, and J. Coleman. 2008. “The impact of computer display height and desk design on muscle activity during information technology work by young adults.” Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology 18: 606-617.
  • Ranelli, S., L. M. Straker, and A. Smith. 2008. “Prevalence of Playing-related Musculoskeletal Symptoms and Disorders in Children Learning Instrumental Music.” Medical Problems of Performing Artists 23: 178-185.
  • Smith, A., P. O'Sullivan, and L. M. Straker. 2008. “Classification of Sagittal Thoraco-Lumbo-Pelvic Alignment of the Adolescent Spine in Standing and Its Relationship to Low Back Pain.” Spine 33 (19): 2101-2107.
  • O'Sullivan, P., L. M. Straker, A. Smith, M. Perry, and G. E. Kendall. 2008. “Carer experience of back pain is associated with adolescent back pain experience even when controlling for other carer and family factors.” The Clinical Journal of Pain 24 (3): 226-231.

2007

Journal Articles (Research)

  • Burgess-limerick, R., L. M. Straker, C. M. Pollock, G. Dennis, S. Leveritt, and S. Johnson. 2007. “Implementation of the participative ergonomics for manual tasks (PErforM) programme at four Australian underground coal mines.” International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics 37: 145-155.
  • Dankaerts, W., P. O'Sullivan, A. F. Burnett, and L. M. Straker. 2007. “The use of a mechanism-based classification system to evaluate and direct management of a patient with non-specific chronic low back pain and motor control impairment - A case report.” Manual Therapy 12: 181-191.
  • Straker, L. M., and R. Abbott. 2007. “Effect of Screen-Based Media on Energy Expenditure and Heart Rate in 9- to 12- Year-Old Children.” Paediatric Exercise Science 19: 459-471.
  • Straker, L. M., P. O'Sullivan, A. Smith, and M. Perry. 2007. “Computer Use and Habitual Spinal Posture in Australian Adolescents.” Public Health Reports 122: 634-643.

Conference Articles (Research)

  • Harris, C., L. M. Straker, and C. M. Pollock. 2007. “Children's Exposure and Use of Information Technology.” In 43rd Annual Conference - Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia, Nov 26, 2007, Perth, Western Australia: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia Inc.
  • Ciccarelli, M., L. M. Straker, S. Mathiassen, and C. M. Pollock. 2007. “How much variation does task rotation in the computerised office really provide?.” In The 43rd Annual Conference of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia, Nov 26, 2007, Perth, Western Australia: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia.
  • Coleman, J., L. M. Straker, R. Burgess-limerick, and C. M. Pollock. 2007. “IT Kids:Is Paper IT Work More Physically Variable than Computer IT Work for Children?.” In A Healthy Society:Safe, Satisfied and Productive 43rd Annual Conference - Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia, Nov 26, 2007, Perth, Western Australia: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia Inc..
  • Straker, L. M., and S. Parry. 2007. “Increasing Physical Stress at Work - The Necessity for a New Paradigm for Physical Ergonomics.” In A Healthy Society : Safe, Satisfied and Productive 43rd Annual Conference - Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia, Nov 26, 2007, Perth, Western Australia: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia Inc.
  • Ranelli, S., L. M. Straker, and A. Smith. 2007. “Prevalance of Playing-Related Musculoskeletal Problems in Children Learning Instrumental Music.” In A Healthy Society : Safe, Satisfied and Productive 43rd Annual Conference - Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia, Nov 26, 2007, Perth, Western Australia: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia Inc.
  • Haselgrove, C., L. M. Straker, A. Smith, P. O'Sullivan, M. Perry, and N. Sloan. 2007. “The Effects of School Bag Carriage on Adolescent Spinal Pain.” In A Healthy Society : Safe Satisfied and Productive 43rd Annual Conference of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia, Nov 26, 2007, Perth, Western Australia: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia Inc..

2006

Journal Articles (Research)

  • Straker, L. M., C. M. Pollock, S. R. Zubrick, and J. Kurinczuk. 2006. “The association between information and communication technology exposure and physical activity, musculoskeletal and visual symptoms and socio-economic status in 5-year-olds.” Child: Care, Health and Development 32 (3): 343-351.
  • Straker, L. M., C. M. Pollock, and R. Burgess-limerick. 2006. “Excerpts from CybErg 2005 discussion on preliminary guidelines for wise use of computers by children.” International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics 36: 1089-1095.
  • Straker, L. M., C. M. Pollock, and R. Burgess-limerick. 2006. “Towards evidence-based guidelines for wise use of computers by children.” International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics 36: 1045-1053.
  • O'Sullivan, P., W. Dankaerts, A. F. Burnett, L. M. Straker, G. Bargon, N. Moloney, M. Perry, and S. Tsang. 2006. “Lumbopelvic kinematics and trunk muscle activity during sitting on stable and unstable surfaces.” Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 36 (1): 19-24.
  • Dankaerts, W., P. O'Sullivan, L. M. Straker, A. F. Burnett, and J. S. Skouen. 2006. “The inter-examiner reliability of a classification method for non-specific chronic low-back pain patients with motor control impairment.” Manual Therapy 11 (1): 28-39.
  • Dankaerts, W., P. O'Sullivan, A. F. Burnett, and L. M. Straker. 2006. “Altered patterns of superficial trunk muscle activation during sitting in nonspecific chronic low back pain patients: Importance of subclassification.” Spine 31 (17): 2017-2023.
  • Dankaerts, W., P. O'Sullivan, A. F. Burnett, and L. M. Straker. 2006. “Differences in sitting postures are associated with non-specific chronic low back pain disorders when patients are subclassified.” Spine 31 (6): 698-704.

Conference Articles (Research)

  • Coleman, J., L. M. Straker, and R. Burgess-limerick. 2006. “ITKids: Is paper IT work more physically demanding than computer IT work for children?.” In The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia 42nd Annual conference - New Technology: Putting Macro The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia 42nd Annual conference - New Technology: Putting Macro The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia 42nd Annual conference - New Technology: Putting Macro The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia 42nd Annual conference - New Technology: Putting Macro the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia, 4, Nov 20, 2006, Sydney, NSW: The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia.
  • Wise, M., L. M. Straker, S. Mathiassen, and C. M. Pollock. 2006. “ITKids: Variation in muscle activity among school children when using different information and communication technologies.” In The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia, 42nd Annual Conference. New Technology: Putting a macro & Micro into Context, Nov 20, 2006, Sydney, NSW: The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia.
  • Ciccarelli, M., L. M. Straker, S. Mathiassen, and C. M. Pollock. 2006. “ITKids: does computer use reduce postural variability in children?.” In IEA 2006 Congress, Jul 10, 2006, Maastricht, Netherlands: IEA Press.

2005

Journal Articles (Research)

  • Greig, A., L. M. Straker, and A. Briggs. 2005. “Cervical erector spinae and upper trapezius muscle activity in children using different information technologies.” Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 91 (2): 119-126.
  • Straker, L. M., and C. M. Pollock. 2005. “Optimizing the interaction of children with information and communication technologies.” Ergonomics 48 (5): 506-521.
  • Harris, C., L. M. Straker, C. M. Pollock, and S. G. Trinidad. 2005. “Musculo-skeletal outcomes in children using information technology - the need for a specific etiological model.” International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics 35: 131-138.
  • Szeto, G., L. M. Straker, and P. O'Sullivan. 2005. “The effects of speed and force of keyboard operation on neck-shoulder muscle activities in symptomatic and asymptomatic office workers.” International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics 35: 429-444.
  • Szeto, G., L. M. Straker, and P. O'Sullivan. 2005. “The effects of typing speed and force on motor control in symptomatic and asymptomatic office workers.” International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics 35 (9): 779-795.
  • Szeto, G., L. M. Straker, and P. O'Sullivan. 2005. “EMG median frequency changes in the neck-shoulder stabilizers of symptomatic office workers when challenged by different physical stressors.” Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology 15 (6): 544-555.
  • Szeto, G., L. M. Straker, and P. O'Sullivan. 2005. “A comparison of symptomatic and asymptomatic office workers performing monotonous keyboard work - 1: Neck and shoulder muscle recruitment patterns.” Manual Therapy 10: 270-280.
  • Szeto, G., L. M. Straker, and P. O'Sullivan. 2005. “A comparison of symptomatic and asymptomatic office workers performing monotonous keyboard work - 2: Neck and shoulder kinematics.” Manual Therapy 10: 281-291.

Conference Articles (Research)

  • Straker, L. M., C. M. Pollock, and R. Burgess-limerick. 2005. “Towards evidence based guidelines for healthy and wise use of computers by children.” In CybErg 2005, Sep 15, 2005, South Africa: International Ergonomics Association Press.

2004

Journal Articles (Research)

  • Straker, L. M., R. Burgess-limerick, C. M. Pollock, and R. Egeskov. 2004. “A randomised controlled trial of a participative ergonomics intervention to reduce injuries associated with manual tasks: physical risk and legislative compliance.” Ergonomics 47 (2): 166-188.
  • Briggs, A., L. M. Straker, and A. Grieg. 2004. “Upper quadrant postural changes of school children in response to interaction with different information technologies.” Ergonomics 47(7): 790-819.
  • Dankaerts, W., P. O'Sullivan, A. F. Burnett, L. M. Straker, and L. A. Daneels. 2004. “Reliability of EMG measurements for trunk muscles during maximal and submaximal voluntary isometric contractions in healthy controls and CLBP patients.” Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology 14: 333-342.
  • McKenna, L. J., J. M. Cunningham, and L. M. Straker. 2004. “Inter-tester reliability of scapular position in junior elite swimmers.” Physical Therapy In Sport 5 (3): 146-155.

2003

Journal Articles (Research)

  • Straker, L. M. 2003. “Evidence to support using squat, semi-squat and stoop lifting techniques to lift low lying objects.” International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics 31 (3): 149-160.
  • Innes, E. J., and L. M. Straker. 2003. “Attributes of excellence in work related assessments.” Work 20 (1): 63-76.
  • Innes, E. J., and L. M. Straker. 2003. “Workplace assessments and functional capacity evaluations: Current beliefs of Australian therapists.” Work 20 (3): 225-236.

2002

Journal Articles (Research)

  • Szeto, G., L. M. Straker, and S. Raine. 2002. “A field comparison of neck and shoulder postures in symptomatic and asymptomatic office workers.” Applied Ergonomics 33 (1): 75-84.
  • Roelofs, A., and L. M. Straker. 2002. “The experience of musculoskeletal discomfort amnogst bank tellers who just sit, just stand or sit and stand at work.” Ergonomics SA 14 (2): 11-29.
  • Innes, E., and L. M. Straker. 2002. “Strategies used when conducting work related assessments.” Work 19 (2): 149-165.
  • Tuckwell, N. L., L. M. Straker, and T. E. Barrett. 2002. “Test retest reliability on nine tasks of the physical work performance evaluation.” Work 19 (3): 243-253.
  • Straker, L. M., A. Briggs, and A. M. Greig. 2002. “The effect of individually adjusted workstations on upper quadrant posture and muscle activity in school children.” Work 18 (3): 239-248.
  • Straker, L. M., A. Briggs, and A. Greig. 2002. “The effect of individually adjusted workstations on upper quadrant posture and muscle actvity in school aged children.” Work 18 (3): 239-248.
  • Innes, E. J., and L. M. Straker. 2002. “Workplace assessments and functional capacity evaluations: Current practices of therapists in Australia.” Work 18 (1): 51-66.

2001

Journal Articles (Research)

  • Zandvliet, D. B., and L. M. Straker. 2001. “Physical and psychosocial aspects of the learning environment in information technology rich classrooms.” Ergonomics 44 (9): 838-857.

1998

Journal Articles (Research)

  • Gurr, K. K., L. M. Straker, and P. J. Moore. 1998. “Cultural hazards in the transfer of ergonomics technology.” Industrial Journal of Industrial Ergonomics 22 ((4-5)): 397-404.

Additional publication categories

2012

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

2011

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

2010

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Piek, J., L. M. Straker, L. Jensen, A. Dender, N. C. Barrett, S. McLaren, C. M. Roberts, C. Reid, R. M. Rooney, T. L. Packer et al. 2010. “Rationale, design and methods for a randomised and controlled trial to evaluate "Animal Fun" - a program designed to enhance physical and mental health in young children.” BMC Pediatrics 10.
  • Straker, L. M., A. McManus, D. A. Kerr, K. L. Smith, M. C. Davis, M. Weiss, A. M. Fielding, A. Fidzewicz, C. Stewart, and N. Hamilton. 2010. “CAFAP: A multi-disciplinary, family-centred community-based intervention for overweight/obese adolescents.” Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 13: e11-e12.

2009

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Briggs, A., and L. M. Straker. 2009. “Thoracic spine pain in youth : should we be concerned?.” The Spine Journal 9 (4): 336-340.

2003

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Tucker, B. M., S. T. Jones, L. M. Straker, and J. H. Cole. 2003. “Course evaluation on the web: Facilitating student and teacher reflection to improve learning.” New Directions for Teaching and Learning 96: 81-93.
  • Straker, L. M. 2003. “A review of research on techniques for lifting low lying objects: 2. Evidence for a correct technique.” Work 20 (2): 83-98.

1998

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Gurr, K. K., L. M. Straker, and P. J. Moore. 1998. “A history of seating in the Western world.” Ergonomics Australia 12 (3): 23-32.
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