Dr Alex Wolkow

Associate student
Dr Alex Wolkow

Alex Wolkow completed his PhD on sleep deprivation and stress responses in December 2015. His research primarily focused on whether working in emergency response could have a negative impact on health and whether a physiological stress response is affected by a lack of sleep for firefighters. Alex began work as a research fellow at Monash University at the conclusion of his studies.

Alex’s thesis is available here.

Student project

This PhD began at the Bushfire CRC and was completed in December 2015. Using a simulated fireground environment, the research investigated the effects of sleep restriction and stress responses on firefighters. It studied whether the physiological stress response is affected be a lack of sleep, and whether emergency work can have a negative impact on health.
Sally Ferguson Conference Poster 2016
12 Aug 2016
These various projects are looking at firefighter health and safety, particularly looking at the...
How a lack of sleep on the fire ground may be impacting firefighters' physiological stress response
25 Aug 2014
Two common fireground stressors include: physical work (12-15h shifts), and sleep restriction (4h...

Resources credited

Type Released Title Download Key Topics
Presentation-Slideshow 08 May 2015 Cardiovascular Risk Screening and Stratification of Victorian Volunteer Firefighters Presentation PDF icon Save (946.08 KB) fire, response
Presentation-Slideshow 08 May 2015 The Stress of Firefighting Presentation PDF icon Save (454.21 KB) fire, response

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