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Professor Collie is Director of the Healthy Working Lives Research Group and the Division of Health Systems, Services and Policy in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. He is also President of the Scientific Committee on Work Disability Prevention for the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH), the peak global scientific body for work and health research; Chair of the Living Labs program for the Australian National Centre for Healthy Ageing; and a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts.  Alex is also an ARC Future Fellow (2020 to 2024) and a Churchill Fellow. 

Professor Collie is an applied public health and social policy scholar. His research and teaching focus on work injury rehabilitation, occupational health and social protection schemes for personal injury. He leads a multidisciplinary, mixed methods research program set in Australian and international personal injury schemes such as workers’ compensation, motor vehicle crash compensation and disability insurance.

He is currently Primary Chief Investigator on the ARC funded Worker Voice project, using participatory modelling techniques to re-imagine workers' compensation scheme design in Australia. He is also a Chief Investigator on the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Improving Health After Compensable Injury - developing evidence to support rehabilitation after injury in motor vehicle crash; and Primary Chief Investigator on the TRANSITIONS data linkage study - characterising the transitions of workers with long term health condition between state and commonwealth social protection systems.

In addition to leading a large collaborative research program, Alex is also course co-ordinator for the Graduate Diploma in Personal Injury Management in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash. 

His research career has been at the border of academia, government and industry. He has moved between these settings but maintained a focus on developing and using evidence to support decision making, develop policy and implement programs to improve health, work and social outcomes.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Member, College of Experts, Australian Research Council (ARC)

1 Jan 2023 → …

Chair, Scientific Committee on Work Disability Prevention and Integration, Commissione internazionale sulla salute del lavoro (International Commission on Occupational Health)

1 Feb 2022 → …

Research area keywords

  • Work Disability
  • Workers Compensation
  • Social Policy
  • Mental Health
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases
  • Injury
  • Occupational Health
  • Health Services Research
  • Health Policy

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