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Dr. Sharon Newnam is an organisational psychologist with the Monash University Accident Research Centre and has conducted theoretical and applied research in workplace road safety for the past 12 years.  

Her research focuses on understanding the factors influencing safety performance in the workplace, from the individual characteristics of workers to the safety practices of management and beyond. Dr Newnam has made significant contributions at the industry and government levels. She has developed two world-first workplace road safety training programs designed to reduce injury and fatalities in the workplace. Sharon has published her work widely and is an Associate Editor on the widely known safety related journal, Safety Science. 

Dr Newnam received her doctorate degree in organisational psychology from the Queensland University of Technology, Queensland, Australia. 


  • work-related driving, heavy vehicle safety, organisational behaviour, occupational health and safety

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Projects 2013 2021

Research Output 2004 2019

  • 39 Article
  • 4 Commissioned Report
  • 1 Other Report
  • 1 Chapter (Book)

Older truck drivers: how can we keep them in the workforce for as long as safely possible?

Newnam, S., Koppel, S., Molnar, L. J., Zakrajsek, J. S., Eby, D. W. & Blower, D., 22 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Safety Science. 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Recovery within injury compensation schemes: a system mapping study

Collie, A., Newnam, S., Keleher, H., Petersen, A., Kosny, A., Vogel, A. P. & Thompson, J., 15 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 29, 1, p. 52-63 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Workplace road safety and culture: safety practices for employees and the community

Newnam, S. & Muir, C., 2019, Traffic Safety Culture: Definition, Foundation and Application. Ward, N. J., Watson, B. & Fleming-Vogl, K. (eds.). Bingley UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, p. 221-250 30 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Work-related injury and illness among older truck drivers in Australia: a population based, retrospective cohort study

Newnam, S., Xia, T., Koppel, S. & Collie, A., 1 Feb 2019, In : Safety Science. 112, p. 189-195 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review