Psychosocial Factors at Work in the Asia Pacific: From Theory to Practice

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Akihito Shimazu, Rusli Bin Nordin, Maureen Dollard, Jodi Oakman
Springer, Sep 24, 2016 - Psychology - 369 pages

This book presents research and best practice examples from the Asia Pacific region to address the gap in global expertise on psychosocial factors at work. It explores practices in the region that promote healthy workplaces and workers by presenting research from around the globe on issues such as telework, small and medium-sized enterprises, disaster-struck areas, suicide prevention, and workplace client violence. It discusses practical, multidisciplinary efforts to address worker occupational health. Further, it explores psychosocial risk and prevention, as well as the significant role of cultural variations and practices in the diverse range of countries covered.


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The Context of Psychosocial Factors at Work in the Asia Pacific?
Is There a Good Balance in Policy and Practice?
3 MacroLevel Policy and Practice Relating to Psychosocial Factors at Work in the Asia Pacific
4 Guidelines for Primary Prevention for Mental Health at Work
5 Strategies to Prevent WorkRelated Stress and Cardiovascular Diseases in South Korea
Psychosocial Factors at Work in the Asia Pacific
Past Present and Future Research
Future Directions for Job Design Research
12 Development of the New Brief Job Stress Questionnaire
Where Is the Role of Organizations?
Current Research Evidence
A Management Simulation Study
Practical Approach in Specific Conditions
16 Improving Psychosocial Factors in SmallScale Enterprises in Japan and the AsiaPacific Region
17 Health Issues of Workers Engaged in Operations Related to the Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
Guanxi in Chinese Workplace

Findings from National Surveys of Taiwan
Are There Different Roles for Workplace Factors Between Office Workers in Malaysia and Australia?
Iran and Australia Hospitals
Practical Approach Towards Healthy Workplaces and Workers
A Critical International Review
An Exploration of Remoteness and Work Stress in the Mines
20 Key Contributions and Future Research Directions

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Dr AKihito Shimazu

Dr. Akihito Shimazu is Associate Professor of Mental Health at School of Public Health, The University of Tokyo, Japan and also Adjunct Associate Professor of Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety at the University of South Australia. His research interests include job stress and coping, stress management at workplace, work engagement, workaholism, work-life interface, and the application of IT for workplace intervention. He has published on a wide array of topics in journals such as Cross-Cultural Research, International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, Social Science & Medicine, and Work & Stress. He is Secretary of the International Commission on Occupational Health Scientific Committee Work Organisation and Psychosocial Factors, and Vice-president of Academy for Asia Pacific Academy for Psychosocial Factors at Work.

Prof Rusli Bin Nordin

Professor Rusli bin Nordin is currently a Professor of Public Health in the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia, Malaysia and also the Head of the Clinical School Johor Bahru. He is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Malaysia (FAOEMM), Fellow of Public Health Medicine Malaysia (FPHMM), member of the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia (AMM) and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, Ireland (Hon. FFOMI). He is a Vice President, Asia Pacific Academy for Psychosocial Factors at Work. He is an editorial board member of International Journal of Public Health Research (Subject Editor), Industrial Health, Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, Journal of Medical Safety, and Specialty Board Member, WebmedCentral.

Prof Maureen Dollard
Maureen Dollard is Professor of Work and Organisational Psychology, Director and Head of the Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety, a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health at the University of South Australia. She is Foundation President of the Asia Pacific Academy for Psychosocial Factors at Work, and Co-chair of the International Commission on Occupational Health- Work Organisation and Psychosocial Factors, Scientific Committee. She was chair of the ICOH-WOPS conference in Adelaide September 2014. She has a national and international reputation in the area of occupational stress and has published 4 books and 145 book chapters and peer reviewed journal articles in the area. She has extensive experience with industry partners nationally, and has held grants over $6 million, awarded by the Australian Research Council and industry. Maureen is on the Editorial Board for the international journals Work and Stress, Journal of Organisational Behavior, and the European Journal of Work & Organisational Psychology. Her ground breaking research is on psychosocial safety climate for psychological health in organisations.

Dr. Jodi Oakman

Jodi Oakman is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Ergonomics and Human Factors, La Trobe University and the postgraduate coordinator for the Ergonomics, Safety and Health program. Jodi has worked extensively in industry as a consultant Ergonomist to many organisations. She is a qualified physiotherapist and has a PhD in the area of the ageing workforce and the impact of organisations on their employees’ retirement intentions. Her research is currently focused on the impact of the psychosocial work environment on musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and strategies to improve risk management in workplaces. She has several higher degree students researching in this area. Jodi is the secretary for the Ageing and Work scientific committee, for the International Commission on Occupational Health and the secretary for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia.