Conference Program

The Safety Institute of Australia is pleased to deliver this exceptional line up of speakers for the 2019 SIA National Health & Safety Conference.
*Please note this program is subject to change

 

Program

Program as of 11.07.2019

Day 1
21 May 2019
Day 2
22 May 2019
Day 3
23 May 2019

Pre Conference Workshop – Safety, Make it Stick

Safety Messages – How can we make them Stick. Why can everyone remember that urban legend, a rumor, or a story told over a couple of drinks, but walk out...
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Eldeen Pozniak

Pre Conference Workshop – Designing the health and safety experience

Facilitated by Sarah Cuscadden, Group HSE Manager, Probuild & Jennifer Jackson, Director, Jaxyn, this workshop is a hands on and interactive masterclass to discover how to design and implement the ultimate...
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Sarah Cuscadden
Jennifer Jackson

Wigglesworth Memorial Lecture 2019: Avoiding Back to the Future

The Safety Institute of Australia invites you to attend the 2019 Dr Eric Wigglesworth AM Memorial Lecture on Tuesday 21 May at Park Royal Hotel in Sydney’s Darling Harbour Presented by...
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Michael Quinlan
08:00

Registration

Conference Welcome

Patrick Murphy

The West Gate Bridge collapse: lessons for workplace safety

On 15th October 1970 in Melbourne, Australia, a span of the West Gate Bridge fell during construction, killing 35 employees. The final Royal Commission into the Failure of the West...
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10:00 - 10:30

Morning Tea

Why testing is not the solution to alcohol and drug use in the workplace

Testing is a frequently used contemporary and controversial strategy to managing alcohol and drug use affecting the workplace. It raises issues about privacy, the role of the workplace in influencing...
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Dr. Valerie O’Keeffe

My personal journey implementing a risk-based Health and Safety strategy on Australia’s largest Public Transport Project

Sydney Metro is an iconic project with a broad representation of construction disciplines and risk areas. The intent of the presentation is to share some of the best practice innovations...
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Cameron Cox

Best practice models for identifying and controlling risks to At-Risk Workers

This review was initiated by Metropolitan Trains Melbourne (MTM) to review their current formal and informal safety management system and practices as well as local and international best practice techniques...
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Dr. Stephen Weber

Vibrant sites – a new paradigm for safety culture

HSE has traditionally had a stereotypical view of being compliance-driven. More and more we hear about changing behaviour to promote positive approaches to working safely. What if we could identify...
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Dr. Angelica Vecchio-Sadus

How does it happen? Workplace bullying related injury explained.

Workplace bullying remains a challenging and confusing area for most people in our workplace, if not the entire community. People know about bullying type behaviours, but often they don’t know...
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Michael Plowright

Heat Stress Management Strategies – Science v Pseudoscience

Northern Australia’s combination of chronic heat and seasonal humidity produce challenging conditions for thermoregulation, with potential for elevated core body temperature (Brearley et al., 2015, Brearley et al., 2016) and...
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Dr. Matt Brearley

Identifying and Removing Safety Clutter

Organisations are committed to the narrative that progress in safety is measured by the growth of safety systems (Amalberti, 2013) and relaxing rules and decluttering is a signal of lack...
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Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim

How Wellness impacts Safety

By gaining a greater understanding of the complexities of pain, and analysing the typical pathways to manage injuries the audience can evaluate their own current systems. It will solidify the...
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James Fletcher

Ergonomic Design is more than good design: An important distinction for safety

Many businesses seek ‘ergonomically’ designed products to improve their safety efforts. However, the selection of ergonomic products for work can be a frustrating and potentially costly process if they fail...
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Dr. Elise Crawford

Is Occupational Health and Safety Management a Profession?

Attendees should be interested in the nature of professions themselves and the professionalisation strategies required to increase the effectiveness and social acceptance of their role. The key take-aways would be:...
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David Provan

Mindful Me: How to catch a Curve Ball

1 in 5 Australian employees have taken time off in the past year due to feeling mentally unwell, and this cost to the nation is approximated to be $60 Billion...
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Penni Lamprey

Mindfulness in Safety – Unlocking Safety Engagement and Performance

Think about your safety culture. Are people engaged? Is it positive? And how much effort is required to achieve the safety outcomes you aim for? Now think about when your...
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Alistair Schuback

A Regulator view of ‘reviewing and revising manual handling risk control measures’ – a nudge towards systems thinking

There is now considerable evidence that injury, including musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) and poor mental health outcomes are caused by multiple, interacting factors across the work system.  In practice, however, most...
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12:00 - 13:30

Lunch

State of the Nation: The Irrepressible Rise of Industrial Manslaughter Offences

Many years, the appetite for industrial manslaughter offences on the statute books has waxed and waned.  But with the events in Queensland with multiple fatalities at Eagle Farm and Dreamworld...
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Alena Titterton

Back to the Future – Regulatory Panel Discussion

Jodie Deakes
Martyn Campbell
Adam Watson
15:00 - 15:30

Afternoon Tea

What will really make Australians safer at work?

James Pearson, CEO of Australia’s largest network of businesses, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry will discuss the national model Work Health and Safety review and the need for...
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James Pearson

Seeking Transformational Change in Health & Safety

Mike will be explaining the journey that New Zealand is currently undertaking. He will be sharing insights and learnings from his work to bring together Government, the business community and...
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Mike O’Brien

Panel Discussion: WHS Engagement -Strategies for Success

This session will explore the various strategies organisations implement to drive successful OHS engagement; how these organisations have identified the need for change and what was involved in the process...
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Shannon Ahern
Wade Needham
Luke Byrnes
Jennifer Jackson

Summary & Close

Eldeen Pozniak

Conference Dinner

The Safety Institute of Australia invites you to join us for the 2019 Conference Dinner which is being held at #SAFETYSCAPE in conjunction with the SIA National Health & Safety Conference on Wednesday 22...
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The Executive Breakfast – The Royal Commissions Impact on Health & Safety Governance

The Safety Institute of Australia invites you to attend the 2019 The Executive Breakfast which is being held at #SAFETYSCAPE in conjunction with the SIA National Health & Safety Conference on Thursday 23 May...
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Naomi Kemp
08:00

Registration

Welcome

Eldeen Pozniak

Safely Creating the Future of Work

Nothing is more central to the success of any organisation than the safety and well-being of its people. However a significant disruption is well underway. From autonomous vehicles to robotic...
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David Wild
10:00 - 10:30

Morning Tea

Eye protection from blue light

Blue light is a hot topic in the general media. There are claims that blue light can enhance alertness and therefore should be incorporated into workplace lighting. There are also...
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Dr Jennifer Long

Safety leadership and its impact on performance – a work-based research project

The presentation will be of interest as it is an example of real-world work-based research and with a focus on the ‘messy’ nature or research in the workplace, as opposed...
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Tim Allred

From Silver Bullets to Silver Platters – Why is the Best Digital Strategy a Human-Centred One?

Digital technology is changing our economies, our societies, and our way of life. The management of work health and safety (WHS) stands to be significantly impacted. Technological advancements are changing...
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Nicole Meacock

Vehicle Ergonomics, Human-Centred Design, and Procurement Strategy: Drive the Message Home

This presentation will describe the methods undertaken for human-centred design review of heavy industrial vehicles and trailers. One case, the redesign of a bitumen trailer, reveals how determination led to...
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Sara Pazell

Understanding effective enforcement tools

Our research proposes changes to the National Compliance and Enforcement Policy and the development of additional guidance such that inspectors can more easily identify which tool (or combination of tools)...
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Angelica Varhammar

Conceptual Model for Predicting Safety Behaviour of Construction Workers: A Neural Network Approach

Safety behaviour of workers significantly influences safety performance of a construction project. It is therefore essential to explore methods to predict the timely status of safety behaviour. As such, data...
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Emmanuel Boateng

Investigating the work system, not the injured person: Pilot of a systems thinking toolkit for investigating MSDs

There is now considerable evidence that musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are caused by multiple, interacting factors across the work system. In practice, however, most investigations focus on the injured person and...
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Dr. Natassia Goode

Leadership and Safety Performance

Current infrastructure boom on the east coast, relevant to a large group of people from high risk industries. Leadership is something that can have an effect across all industries regardless...
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Louise Howard

Panel Discussion: Is it ethical to monitor your staff so closely?

Technological change and mistrust are surfacing new challenges, and the social licence to operate can no longer be taken for granted. Leaders must rethink, rebuild and reset the way we...
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Naomi Kemp

Ethical Standards in WHS & Risk Auditing

In a fast paced technology-focused world (4th industrial revolution – digital information age), there is a lot of focus on technical business skills. I want to put the focus back on...
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Mark Hamon

Pain in the neck: a likely neuromuscular control issue. Fatigue and EMG approaches

Work-related neck and shoulder pains are highly prevalent in jobs with low physical exposure. Myalgia of the trapezius muscle is one of the most prevalent work-related neck-shoulder disorders and muscle fatigue...
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Dr. Bernard Martin
12:00 - 13:30

Lunch

My Dog Has Stripes: A true story about mental health in the workplace

This play adressess depression and mental illness – conditions which, if talked about more openly, would help reduce the stigma often associated with them. A discussion will follow the performance....
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Workshop: Transforming your approach to investigating patient handling injuries: the PHIRES toolkit

Patient handling tasks continue to cause a significant number of injuries within Australian hospitals, despite a substantial investment in equipment, training and workspace design. This presentation will introduce a new...
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Dr. Natassia Goode

Panel Discussion: My dog has stripes: Self Care & Mental Health of OHS Workers

This session will explore the key messages of the “My Dog has Stripes” play and discuss the overall idea of identifying and implementing strategies for health and safety professionals in...
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Genevieve Hawkins
Traci Carse
15:00 - 15:30

Afternoon Tea

Panel Discussion: Psychological Mental Health – Before and After an Incident

This session will explore the impacts on mental health after a workplace incident. Our guest panel of speakers will discuss prevention strategies and process strategies for managing mental health issues...
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Ian Firth
Graham Jackson