Day One | Tuesday 5th September 2017

Bridging the Gap between the Office and the Field

  • According to the Gallup organisation, a staggering 87% of employees worldwide are not engaged at work.
  • How can we bridge the gap between the field and the office?
  • We must re-engage through adopting techniques that teach teams how to value and translate worker tacit knowledge into reusable assets
David Broadhurst, CEO, Codesafe

Using Software and Mobile Technology to Manage and Improve Work HSEQ

  • In this presentation, Adrian will discuss the benefits of software based Safety Management Systems, and how Work HSEQ is managed and improved though sustainable, action based processes.
  • He will demonstrate how organisations achieve real change in safety habits, productivity and performance.
Adrian Manessis, Business Development Manager, MyOSH

Mitigating Heat Stress – Lessons learnt from 2017

  • Among topics to be discussed are: heat acclimatisation guidelines, cooling strategies and monitoring of workers
  • To assist the transition of the research into industry practice, real world case studies will be discussed.
  • The research outcomes are likely to challenge prevailing worker health and safety management, including the notion that hydration strategies are an antidote to worker heat stress, and that down-tool policies based upon environmental thresholds protect workers from heat.
Dr Matt Brearley, Managing Director, Thermal Hyperformance

Using Telematics for Safer, More Efficient Fleets

Delivering solutions enabling our clients to provide increased safety, compliance, security, optimisation & efficiency for their fleets and assets.

Lara Churton- Hughes, Head of Sales and Marketing Australasia, Mix Telematics

GHS in Your Workplace: Making Chemical Safety a Priority

Creating a safer world through responsible chemical management in the workplace and the environment.

Speaker TBC

Overview of the Benefits to the Supply Chain for Proactive Rehabilitation

  • Preparing for injuries:
    • Engagement of good services providers
    • Preparing a Job Dictionary overview
    • Looking at overcoming barriers
    • Supply chain in injury management
  • Injury avoidance:
    • Ergonomic fit
    • Early intervention versus lag indicators
Jeremy Clay, HSQE Manager, McNab Construction
Day Two | Wednesday 6th September 2017

Safety Starts Within: A transformative approach to safety

Demonstrating the three key focus areas of achieving an intrinsic safety culture – self-regulation, self-talk
and self-leadership, we will discuss:

  • Fostering an accountable approach to safety across your organisation with NLP and neuroscience
  • Shifting your safety culture to one of ownership, respect and trust
  • Opening up the dialogue between all levels of staff on psychological and physical safety with reference to
    a current program case study.
Deborah Keep, Director,

Using Software and Mobile Technology to Manage and Improve Work HSEQ

  • In this presentation, Adrian will discuss the benefits of software based Safety Management Systems, and how Work HSEQ is managed and improved though sustainable, action based processes.
  • He will demonstrate how organisations achieve real change in safety habits, productivity and performance.
Adrian Manessis, Business Development Manager, MyOSH

Legal Approaches, Safety Culture and Human Factors in the Aviation Industry

  • A whole industry approach to implementing successful safety culture.
  • Small business management and approaches to safety practice
  • Human factors & safety in Aviation
John Ribbands, Barrister and Aviation Human Factors Specialist, Victorian Bar

The Unlikely National Safety outcome of new Generation High Productivity Big Trucks

The new generation of High Productivity Vehicles is not only saving millions of kilometeres in travel but also delivering massive savings in high impact collisions. Why is this so and what freight segments is this really delivering very significant accident savings to the Australian Road Freight Task? An examination of a decade of data will be a surprise to the community and many regulatory agencies.

Dr Kim Hassall, Director Industrial Logistics Institute, CILTA

Non-Conforming Building Products and Safety Law

Exploring safety legal issues in non-conforming building products (eg products containing asbestos, or not with appropriate fire rating) used in Australian buildings and infrastructure.

Katherine Morris, Norton Rose Fulbright
Day One | Tuesday 5th September 2017

Mental Health in Small Business

  • Benefits of taking action
  • Looking after your own mental health
  • Warning signs that you or someone else may be struggling
  • Meeting your WHS/OHS obligations to address workplace risks
  • Supporting others in the workplace
  • Creating a mentally healthy small business
Kate Memish, Small Business Project Manager, beyondblue

Understanding and Profiling Safety Behaviours in Public Safety and Human Services Professions

  • How to identify and minimise safety risks and psychological injury for staff
Prue Laurence, Converge International

Software to Manage and Improve Workplace Mental Health

  • Identify and reduce risk
  • Improve Productivity
  • Promote a positive working environment
  • Raise awareness and reduce stigma
Sarah O’Leary, Opportunity Creator, MyOSH

The Future of Corporate Health – Current Trends and Future Direction

  • Take a journey into the future of corporate health
  • The rise of digital based health programs, gamification and tele health
  • How this engages staff and allows them to continue improving their health even outside the workplace.
Dr Debra Villar, Director, Complete Corporate Wellness

An insight into mental health recovery


PTSD- Unmasked

  • Informative session around Post Tramuatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression education from a lived experience point of view.
  • Presented by a former NSW Police Detective Sergeant who formed PTSD and depression due to work related trauma, this presentation is applicable to all emergency services, military, mental health professionals and the wider community.
Simon Gillard, Motivational Speaker & Former Detective Sergeant, NSW Police Force
Day Two | Wednesday 6th September 2017

Implementing a mental health and wellbeing strategy in the workplace

  • Importance of mental health in the workplace- the business case
  • Key guiding principles
  • Overview of beyondblue’s new implementation resources available to support workplaces take action
  • Key steps in the implementation process
Nick Arvanitis, Head of Research & Resource Development, beyondblue

The Crash Survivor – A Transformational Journey

Doug will speak about his journey after his near death crash experience, the high’s and low’s and his resilience to ‘never give up’.

Doug Wright, Will Never Give Up

Integrated employee wellbeing and safety: Joining the dots

  • Many health programs are stuck in traditional models that fail to join the dots between health, lifestyle balance, injury risk and safety. Simply giving employees information about health does not induce sustainable behaviour change.
  • We know that it makes more sense to develop programs that helps employees join the dots between their physical, mental and emotional health rather than simply pushing them towards a specific isolated behavior – ie. Diet, exercise or stress.
  • Discussing case studies, we’ll explore how giving employees better insight and tools to understand or manage their behaviour can provide far more productive and sustainable health changes. It’s far more than just providing one-off testing, auditing or general education.
Greg McLoughlin, Managing Director, Health by Design


The Science of Happiness

This will be an information session which introduces positive psychology; and explores the latest research around what brings employees higher levels of fulfilment, wellbeing and work satisfaction.

Antoinette Ciavarella & Olivia Petrovska, Happy Boosters

Mental Health? I wouldn’t start from here!

  • The growth of mental health concerns
  • Resources & the law
  • Proactive and Reactive approaches
  • The failure of the workplace
  • A new way?
Helene Lee, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
Day One | Tuesday 5th September 2017

The Biomechanical Interaction between Footwear Design and Worker Safety

  • Prevalence of footwear related health issues in the workplace
  • How footwear design can influence worker safety and productivity
  • Selecting the right footwear for the task
Dr Caleb Wegener, Footwear Research & Design, Bunzl

Navigating Around Substance Abuse Traps that Challenge Drug Testing and Safety in the Workplace

Managing substance abuse is a common issue and one of the hardest tasks facing employers today.

This session will provide an experts insight into laboratory testing and understanding substances that are in use and the testing that is available to detect and minimise drug abuse.

  • Avoiding the trappings of substance abuse and the compounding effect on worker fatigue.
  • Understanding the drugs in circulation.
  • The benefits of workplace drug testing.
  • Understanding Medicinal Marijuana and the impact to your drug testing.
  • Case studies: Examples of substance abuse detection and avoiding erroneous result interpretation.
Dr Charles Appleton, Director of Biochemistry and Toxicology, QML Pathology

Leading a positive safety culture

We all know that strong leadership is essential to achieving high safety performance. This presentation shares new research conducted by Sentis on over 8,000 employees in heavy industry worldwide. The study explored how employees view their manager’s competence in leading safety. In particular, attention is paid to how effectively leaders provide reward and recognition and the impact this has on safe work.
Anna Clarkson, Leading Safety Culture Excellence, Sentis

National Coordination of Asbestos Safety

  • Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) driving consistency of messages in awareness campaigns across Australia
  • The latest on ASEA’s disaster planning project
  • Updates on other key ASEA projects.
Nick Miller, Director & CFO, Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency

ISO45001 or bust? The Future of OHS Management Systems

Explores the future of OHS audit standards like AS 4801, OHSAS 18001, SafetyMAP / National Audit Tool, OFSC, and many more!

Ross Macfarlane, The Risk Manager

Has the Rise of Start-ups Disrupted the Way We Look at Safety?

  • What we can learn from small to medium organisations and what large organisations can teach them
  • An innovative way of looking at traditional risk management for Organisations
Felicity Tighe, Occupational Rehabilitation Consultant, Felicity Tighe Consulting
Day Two | Wednesday 6th September 2017

The Pitch Forks Are Rising – How to increase workforce Health & Safety Participation?

  • Utilise the Power of Technology to increase workforce participation in Health & Safety
  • How to use bottom-up methodology to drive Health & Safety change
  • Empower people to enhance Health & Safety Culture
  • How can Real-Time communication help you stay compliant
  • Build habitual Health & Safety behaviour to drive productivity
Anthony Vernon, Business Development & Channel Manager, Blerter (New Zealand)

Using Wearable Technology to Reduce Injury Risk

During this presentation we’ll answer the following questions:

  • What devices can be effectively used to provide accurate and valid information?
  • How can this information be used to identify and measure the injury risk for specific work tasks or individual workers?
  • Innovation and technology usually come with a hefty price – are cost-effective and sustainable options available?
Scott Coleman, Program Director, Preventure

What is the latest in Technology to manage Safety in the Transport Industry

The transport burden is increasing, more road transportation is increasing at a quicker rate than infrastructure can keep up. Whilst there has been a technology focus on vehicle tracking in transport, what other areas can technology help driver safety? Paul Weiss, Transport solutions specialist from Teletrac Navman will discuss two emerging technologies – Driver Fatigue and Route safety adherence in the transport industry. How is driver fatigue actively managed by the driver, by the transport operator what are the processes in place, are they adequate to manage the “chain of responsibility” how do we achieve better safety outcomes? How do drivers know what roads their vehicles are permitted to drive on, what bridges can be safely crossed? How do we plan safe routes and journeys and get the driver to adhere?

What tools does management have to manage the “Chain of responsibility?” – these are two key areas of emerging technologies that industry has been pushing to become available when safety is the legislated priority.

Paul Weiss, Business Development Manager, Teletrac Navman

Tools For Mitigating Risk And Enhancing Safety In The Australian Rail Industry

Jesse Baker, RISSB General Manager Safety & Innovation, RISSB

Australia’s First Manual Handling Risk Assessment Program using Innovative Sensor Technology

This is Australia’s, and possibly a World first, manual handling risk assessment program using innovative, technology based live analysis via micro sensors in the workplace. In conjunction with a leading biotechnology company, a large diverse and multi-disciplined Australian company is managing its manual handling issues using live sensor technology in the occupational space. This presentation will provide a unique insight into this unique approach, the process and the practical application of this technology.

Ennio Bianchi, Director, Pacific Risk Pty Ltd