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Prof. Tim Ackland

B.P.E (Hons), PhD, FASMF

Principal Ergonomist (HFRC)

Special Interest Areas

Physical ergonomics

Occupational risk mitigation

Human performance in industry

Expert witness / advice

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Dr Tim Ackland is Professor of Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics in the School of Human Sciences at The University of Western Australia. Tim is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, and of Sports Medicine Australia. He has research interests in the mechanics of human movement with themes spanning exercise rehabilitation, high performance sport and human performance in industry.


Professor Ackland has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers as well as 6 academic books and 35 book chapters. He has served as a Director of Sports Medicine Australia and was a member of the IOC Medical Commission’s working party on Body Composition, Health and Performance. Tim also chaired the Scientific Program Committee for the 5th IOC World Congress on Sport Sciences for the 2000 Olympics, and was Conference Co-chair for Sports Medicine Australia in Perth, 2001.


Since 1991, Tim has provided biomechanics and ergonomics consultancy services to industry and the justice system. He has provided over 120 expert reports for the District Court of WA as well as other State and Federal Courts. Industry clients have included:


  • Transport – Westrail, Public transport Authority WA

  • Mining & services – Rio Tinto, ECS Gumala, Argyle Diamonds, Anaconda, Hamersley Iron

  • Other – WA Police, Compass Group, ACE Cinemas


Tim is a keen boatie – sailing, power, fishing boats, it doesn’t really matter.  He has recently trained as a volunteer with Fremantle Sea Rescue.

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