Congratulations to NCETA’s newest Associate Professor
Longstanding NCETA staff member Dr Ken Pidd has been appointed an Associate Professor at the Centre. In his new position, Associate Professor Pidd will play a key role in NCETA’s strategic research and operational work focusing on workforce development and workplace AOD-related issues.
Associate Professor Pidd commenced at NCETA in 2003 as a Senior Research Officer. Over the past 15 years, he has become Australia’s foremost researcher examining workplace AOD-related issues and strategies, having written numerous reports and peer-reviewed publications on these issues.
His expertise and knowledge is highly sought after on a regular basis by Ministers, government departments and private industry groups.
Associate Professor Pidd’s ground breaking work on alcohol-related absenteeism resulted in revisions to the economic modelling of the social and economic costs of alcohol on productivity which had previously been substantially underestimated.
On taking up his new appointment, Associate Professor Pidd said, “Having started my working life as an electrician and having worked in the construction and mining industries, I was inspired to look at the nature of AOD use among apprentices and what could be done to improve their health and wellbeing. I am extremely grateful that through my academic career I have been able and will continue to assist workers and workplaces to bring about workplace cultural change and help them identify and implement strategies to improve worker safety and workplace productivity”.