Dr Natassia Goode

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Dr Natassia Goode


Research areas

  • accident analysis and injury prevention
  • organisational and workplace safety
  • injury prevention in organised outdoor activities


Natassia holds a Research Fellowship with the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems. Natassia’s research is concerned with the application of systems theory to enhance accident analysis and injury prevention efforts in safety-critical domains, such as occupational settings, transport and organised outdoor activities.

She is the project manager of the ARC funded UPLOADS project. The aim of the project is to develop, test, and implement an incident reporting and learning system for the led outdoor activity sector. The UPLOADS incident reporting system is now available for all organised outdoor activity providers in Australia. Providers contribute data to the UPLOADS National dataset, which is regularly analysed, reported and disseminated to the sector (http://uploadsproject.org/).

Natassia has eight years’ experience in applied and experimental research in domains including workplace safety, defence, road transport and emergency management. Her honours and PhD research in Psychology at the University of Sydney was concerned with how people learn to solve problems in complex, dynamic and uncertain environments.


  • USC Advance Awards, 2016: AQT award for Advancing Quality Teaching. Awarded for teaching staff and teaching teams who engage students in a quality learning experience by applying rich and engaging teaching approaches that substantially improve students' learning experiences. Awarded to Dr Kate Mulgrew as the team leader and the PSY102 teaching team (including Natassia Goode)
  • Best Early Career Researcher Presentation (2013), University of the Sunshine Coast Research Week
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (2007–2010)
  • Accelerated Learning Laboratory Top-up Scholarship (2007–2010), University of New South Wales
  • University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Grant (2008; 2009)
  • Blanka Buring Prize (2005), University of Sydney
  • Walter Reid Memorial Scholarship (2002), University of Sydney
  • Alice Mary Frazer Scholarship (2001), University of Sydney

Current research projects

  • Understanding and Preventing Led Outdoor Accidents Data System (UPLOADS). This project involves the development and trialling of an incident reporting and learning system for the led outdoor activity industry. The database will collect information on near misses and adverse events (injuries, illnesses, fatalities, property damage, psychological outcomes, and environmental damage). The data will be regularly analysed and the lessons learned disseminated to the industry.
  • Developing a systems perspective on WMSDs: incident reporting and investigation. Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs) represent a major burden on individuals, organisations and the healthcare system. When they occur, these injuries need to be treated as an opportunity for organizational learning and change. Organisations must have the capability to identify the complex system of factors that are known to contribute to WMSDs to support the development and implementation of appropriate countermeasures to prevent WMSDs. It has been noted that WorkSafe Victoria’s incident notification forms fail to collect information concerning system-level factors (Macdonald & Evans, 2006). However, no research has specifically evaluated whether these factors are considered in individual organisation’s incident reporting and investigation processes; preliminary evidence suggests they are not (Goode, Salmon, Lenné, & Hillard, in press_ENREF_2). This project will evaluate whether contemporary knowledge on the causes of WMSDs is reflected in Australian organisation’s incident reporting and investigation systems; addressing this key gap in the literature. In addition, the project will develop a practical framework for organisation’s to develop incident reporting and investigation systems that collect appropriate data on the causes of WMSDs.

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • Workplace safety (eg. incident reporting systems, safety management)
  • Accident causation and analysis
  • Decision-making in complex and uncertain environments

Research grants

Project name Investigators Funding body Year Focus
From data to action:  A new process for developing injury countermeasures Salmon, P. (lead CI), Goode, N. (CI), Finch, C., Dallat, C., Strickland, D., Smith, B., & Petherick, D. Australian Research Council Linkage (A$497,600) 2015 This project aims to understand how reporting systems can improve workplace safety
Developing a systems perspective on WMSDs:  Incident reporting and investigation Goode, N., Salmon, P.M., Newnam, S. & Dekker, S. ISCRR (A$47,000) 2014 This project examines incident reporting and investigation processes relating to WMSDs
Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme Goode, N. Victorian Department of Justice (A$110,320) 2012 This project will clarify the concept of define disaster resilience, identify the key characteristics of resilient disaster management systems and provide a framework for its measurement in the Australian context
Strengthening Safety Culture in Logistics Operations Lenne, M., Goode, N., Salmon, P. & Hillard P. Australian Air Express (A$200,000) 2011–2012 This project examined the factors influencing safety during freight handling operations from a systems-orientated perspective
Review of recent disaster inquiries Salmon, P., Goode, N., Spencer, C., Archer, F. & McClure, R. Australian Attorney General’s Department (A$20,218) 2011 This project examined the common themes across 10 recent inquiries into natural disasters in order to identify issues of strategic importance to disaster management in Australia
Toward the measurement and enhancement of disaster resilience across Sunshine Coast communities:  disaster resilience measurement tool evaluation study. Goode, N. & Salmon, P.

Sunshine Coast Council (A$18,000)

National Competitive Grant Scheme USC (A$10,000)


2013 The aim of this project is to identify the key requirements for a disaster resilience measure and then to evaluate two recently proposed disaster resilience measurement tools
Investigating best practice strategies and interventions to promote safer and more economical military driving behaviour Lenne, M., Salmon, P., Goode, N. & Symmons, M.

Defence Science and Technology Organisation (A$40,000)

2012 The aims of this research were to evaluate the impact of ecodriving approaches on four key outcomes (fuel and maintenance costs, safety and mission effectiveness) and to determine how ecodriving practices might fit within current ADF practice



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