About Beyond Ergo
Beyond Ergo has progressed beyond the accepted ideas of office ergonomics training to develop a new behaviour-based injury prevention program to meet the needs of a 21st mobile Century workforce.
This training combines the strengths of participative ergonomics, vocational education and training, and behaviour-based safety approaches, to build an individual’s knowledge and skills to manage the immediate work environment, workstation ergonomics and healthy work behaviours.
The program also ensures training transfer and encourages ownership of personal health and safety. Beyond Ergo endeavours to reinforce the belief that risk factors leading to injury can be eliminated or managed and each trainee can protect themselves from injury now and in the future.
Founded by Dr Elizabeth Kirk (PhD) in late 2014, the company was initially called Practical Ergonomics but was renamed in February 2018 to highlight the need for holistic, multidisciplinary skill-based training. Training that enables trainees to quickly apply and personalise all the latest recommendations using multiple screens and wherever they choose to work.
Dr Elizabeth Kirk (PhD)
Elizabeth is one of Australia’s leading researchers and trainers in behaviour-based office ergonomics and injury prevention, with a special interest in call centres.
Elizabeth started her career with a degree in human movement, before moving into experiential learning, and training and development.
Working as an in-house trainer and contact centre agent with a major Brisbane call centre ignited her passion for exploring why existing office ergonomic interventions were not delivering results.
This resulted in Elizabeth undertaking a PhD at the University of Queensland, on the topic “Building Safe Computer Use Skills Training as a Management Strategy for Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders Among Computer Users.”
Her ground-breaking office ergonomics research resulted in her receiving the Dean’s Award in 2013 at The University of Queensland.
Elizabeth delivers her evidence-based office ergonomics training to call centres, government agencies, solopreneurs and businesses across Australia.