Dr Ollie Black



Honorary Fellow


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Deakin Business School


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2018
Masters Degree, University of Canterbury (NZ), 2009
Bachelor of Science (Psychology), University of Canterbury (NZ), 2007


Oliver Black is a Research Fellow in the Department of Management in Deakin Business School. Oliver's research focuses on understanding phenomena in the field of work-health and building an evidence base for practical interventions which can improve worker’s health. Specifically, he has previously studied the relationship between a concept called self-efficacy, a basic personal belief in one’s ability to carry out a behaviour, and return-to-work outcomes following a work injury. 

Oliver's research now focuses on the wellbeing of vulnerable working populations, which complements previous work that conceptualised a multi-faceted approach to a worker’s vulnerability to ill-health in the workplace. His research's aim is to improve mental wellbeing in susceptible working populations by identifying the key determinants of work-stress and making changes where practicable. 

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Research interests

  • Occupational Health
  • Employee Wellbeing
  • Vulnerable Working Populations


  • Member, Academy of Management.

Teaching interests

  • Occupational Health
  • Employee Wellbeing


  • Third Prize Oral Presentation, AMREP Early and Mid-Career Researcher Conference, 2016.
  • Postgraduate Travel Award, Monash University, 2016.
  • New Researcher Scholarship, The Scientific Committee on Epidemiology in Occupational Health (EPICOH) Conference, 2016.
  • Population Health Congress Travel Award, Monash University, 2015.


  • 'Beyond the bottom line: examining the role of accountant support in SME business owner’s well-being and performance', Investigators: Professor Andrew Noblet, Professor George Tanewski, Professor Alexander Newman, Professor Ingrid Nielsen and Dr Oliver Black.
  • 'Team-based resilience in high demand- low resource occupations', Investigators: Professor Andrew Noblet, Dr Melanie Kan and Dr Oliver Black.


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Differences over time in the prognostic effect of return to work self-efficacy on a sustained return to work

Oliver Black, Malcolm Sim, Alexander Collie, Peter Smith

(2019), Vol. 29, pp. 660-667, Journal of occupational rehabilitation, New York, N.Y., C1

journal article

Health care provider communication and the duration of time loss among injured workers: a prospective cohort study

T Lane, R Lilley, O Black, M Sim, P Smith

(2019), Vol. 57, pp. 718-722, Medical care, Philadelphia, Pa., C1

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A population-based study of treated mental health and persistent pain conditions after transport injury

Melita Giummarra, Oliver Black, Peter Smith, Alex Collie, Behrooz Hassani-Mahmooei, Carolyn Arnold, Jennifer Gong, Belinda Gabbe

(2018), Vol. 49, pp. 1787-1795, Injury, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Early-claim modifiable factors associated with return-to-work self-efficacy among workers injured at work: are there differences between psychological and musculoskeletal injuries?

O Black, M Sim, A Collie, P Smith

(2017), Vol. 59, pp. e257-e262, Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, Philadelphia, Pa., C1-1

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A return-to-work self-efficacy scale for workers with psychological or musculoskeletal work-related injuries

O Black, M Sim, A Collie, P Smith

(2017), Vol. 51, pp. 413-424, Quality and quantity, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Examining age differences in duration of wage replacement by injury characteristics

J Fan, O Black, P Smith

(2016), Vol. 66, pp. 698-705, Occupational medicine, Oxford, Eng., C1-1

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The development of a conceptual model and self-reported measure of occupational health and safety vulnerability

P Smith, R Saunders, M Lifshen, O Black, M Lay, F Breslin, A LaMontagne, E Tompa

(2015), Vol. 82, pp. 234-243, Accident analysis and prevention, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Occupational injury risk among ambulance officers and paramedics compared with other healthcare workers in Victoria, Australia: analysis of workers' compensation claims from 2003 to 2012

M Roberts, M Sim, O Black, P Smith

(2015), Vol. 72, pp. 489-495, Occupational and environmental medicine, London, Eng., C1-1

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Are the predictors of work absence following a work-related injury similar for musculoskeletal and mental health claims?

P Smith, O Black, T Keegel, A Collie

(2014), Vol. 24, pp. 79-88, Journal of occupational rehabilitation, New York, N.Y., C1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

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