Contact Details:

: +61 2 4044 0450
:  ben.hainsworth@opragroup.com

Publications & Presentations

The relationship between competitive anxiety and performance amongst elite competitive surfers
Paper presented at the 2006 Commonwealth Games International Sports Psychology Conference, Melbourne Australia

Ben holds an Honours Degree in Psychology and is a Registered Psychologist, specialising in psychometric assessment, assessment/development centres, executive coaching and career transition/outplacement. Ben heads up OPRA Australia and its five national offices.

Ben commenced his career in clinical counselling and behaviour management, before moving into Industrial / Organisational Psychology. His work experience includes regionally-based HR/Recruitment consulting as well as employment with one of Asia’s largest Executive Search firms.  Ben is an avid athlete, with a lifelong passion for rugby, surfing, and golf. Ben’s interest in sport psychology saw him conduct one of the most detailed research studies on competitive anxiety amongst professional surfers, and was later presented at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. His passion for Industrial / Organisational Psychology has seen Ben become a thought leader in the field and culminated in his being recognised in 2014 for Business Excellence by the NSW Business Chamber.

Ben has become a noted speaker within the Industrial/Organisational Psychology field and the following provides a brief overview of his recent commitments:

  • Guest Lecturer at The University of Newcastle on Industrial / Organisational Psychology
  • Presentation at the 2015 Australian Psychological Society’s Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference in Melbourne on the impact of Safety Psychometric Testing on Apprenticeship Injury Rates
  • Presentation to the NSW Public Service Commission’s ‘Assessment Services Panel Contract’ project management team, which included the Deputy Commissioner, on ‘Best Practice Pre-Employment Psychometric Assessment’

Delivery of the 2-Day Psytech Psychometric Assessment Qualification, which is delivered to HR professionals bi-monthly in every capital city in Australia and enables certification with the European Federation of Psychologist’s Associations (EFPA).