About Us

Hunter Industrial Medicine
Dr Maurice J Harden
BMed, Grad Dip OHS, MMedStat, FAFOEM,

Maurice gained his Medical Degree from the University of Newcastle and began his Occupational Medicine career in the Royal Australian Navy as the Submarine Squadron Medical Officer. During his RAN time, Maurice gained experience assessing fitness for work in specialized military environments including surface ships, occupational diving, the submarine squadron and the submarine escape training facility. He left the RAN to commence private practice with Hunter Industrial Medicine in 1998.  He has a particular interest in the principles and practice of Occupational Health Surveillance, fitness for work and the analysis and reporting of occupational health data.   Maurice is a  nominated medical adviser NMA under the Queensland Coal Mine Workers Health Scheme.  He has been appointed a NSW Regional Director of Training for the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and a Conjoint Senior Lecturer in Occupational Health at the University of Newcastle.

Dr Sandra McBurnie
MBBS, BA, MMedSci(clin epi) Grad Dip OHS, FAFOEM

Sandra began her career in fulltime occupational medicine in 1997 after earlier work in accident and emergency, general practice and cardiac assessment. Sandra has experience in a variety of occupational settings including heavy industry and office based environments in both the public and private sectors and has more recently been extensively involved in defence force recruitment.  Sandra’s focus is on providing high quality, practical advice to clients.   Sandra is a  nominated medical adviser NMA under the Queensland Coal Mine Workers Health Scheme.    Sandra is particularly interested in occupational health surveillance and research and has worked on a number of important research projects including projects with the University of Newcastle.  Sandra has also been appointed a NSW Director of Training for the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Ina Dembon
RN BNurs



Hunter Environmental Research
Dr Fiona Harden
BSc,(Hons) PhD

Fiona is a research scientist whose interests and expertise lie in the area of environmental pollutants particularly dioxins, organochlorine pesticides, triclosan, flame retardants and PFC’s with a particular interest in exposure pathways. She has been involved in anumber of projects for the Australian Government Department of Environment and Heritage and the World Health Organisation investigating the levels of these compounds in the Australian population. She has strong links with analytical laboratories and environmental research teams both in Australia and overseas. Fiona is now responsible for our scientific reporting and is focused on raising our industry health data reporting to a publishable standard.

Peter Devey

Peter is a certified Occupational Hygienist with over 20 years of experience in industry, Newcastle University and the Hunter New England Area Health Service.  While teaching and research was included, most of his time has been in the provision of consultant workplace-environment assessments and measurements.  As a Conjoint Lecturer he has maintained a close relationship with the Discipline of Environmental  & Occupational Health in the University of Newcastle and is able to draw on the resources and experience of that Discipline and the University. 

About our name and logo

Hunter Industrial Medicine is named in honour of Dr. Donald Hunter (11 February 1898 - 11 December 1978).  Dr. Hunter was a British Occupational Physician, curator of the Medical School Museum, Director of the Medical Research Council's Department for Research in Industrial Medicine, founding editor of the British Journal of Industrial medicine and author of the classic text book of Occupational Medicine The Diseases of Occupations.  Serendipitously, Hunter Industrial Medicine began in the Hunter Valley in 1998, 100 years after the birth of Dr. Hunter.  

Our logo represents the interaction of health, employee, employer and environment.  The supporting base of the triangle represents our employees and employers while the apex represents the highest ‘Pinnacle’ of health that we can achieve by working and building together as a team.  This triad sits within a sphere that represents our environmental boundaries while the central statistical graph represents not only the evidence based nature of our specialist practice but also our corporate philosophy that improved health leads to greater productivity.  The colours are chosen to represent the grey of industry and the red of life giving blood.  Taken as a whole the logo tells you that we are occupational and environmental physicians, scientists and health professionals and we take our roles very seriously.