Seminar schedule

DAY ONE | Tuesday 10 September

OPENING | Visitor Registration

Session One | 10:15 – 10:45
Musculoskeletal Disease (MSD) in the Workplace

7 million people living with a Musculoskeletal Disease (MSD) are of working age. Coupled with an ageing workforce, MSD represents a significant and growing risk for organisations. Learn how employers can support people who have or are at risk of developing musculoskeletal disease at work.

  • Increase awareness of the impact of MSDs in relation to work for both employees and employers
  • Help people living with MSDs manage at work through a suite of specialised programs across a number areas including physical therapy, telephone support, information resources educational seminars that address support in the work place, career planning and condition/pain management.
  • Support employers to develop and maintain a healthy and productive workplace environment: reducing absenteeism, staff turnover, workers’ compensation, and medical claims.
  • MSK are also conducting new research on what resources and support people need to stay employed
  • Targeting occupations with a high prevalence of MSD, such as the transport industry (truck drivers), health care industry (nurses, orderlies), education industry (teachers), the trades and sedentary occupations

Rob Anderson, CEO, Musculoskeletal Australia

Session Two | 11:15 – 11:45
Using software and mobile tools to manage and improve work safety

  • Understand how software can improve safety
  • Overview of tools available for process improvement
  • Mobile trends

Adrian Manessis, Director, MYOSH

Session Three | 12:15 – 12:45
Why investigations fail and how to identify the true organisational issues

This presentation discusses how to identify and collect evidence that unlocks the conditions that contribute to an incident.

  • Over classification leads to poor investigations.
  • Collecting the right evidence is key.
  • Failure is not linear.
  • Comparing Work as Normal vs Work as Intended unlocks true organisational issues.
  • Root cause analysis does not add value. A targeted contextual ‘5 Whys’ can.
  • Identifying conditions that contributed to the event and develop actions.

Mark Alston, Principal Consultant, Immotus Consulting

Session Four | 13:15 – 13:45
Are Exoskeletons the musculoskeletal PPE of the future?

  • Exoskeletons, or wearable robotics, are appearing in scientific journals, industry publications, the media, and even in some workplaces as a potential ‘solution’ for workplace musculoskeletal injury prevention. This session will outline:
  • How different exoskeletons can potentially reduce the load on specific muscle groups to minimise fatigue and subsequent injury
  • Documented risks associated with their use
  • Checklist for independent evaluation of such devices
  • ‘Tool-specific’ risk factors to be considered in any onsite formal pre-use / pre-purchase risk assessment for the workplace

Dr Jenny Legge, Managing Director, JobFit Systems International

Session Five | 14:15 – 14:45
Workers compensation strategies for turning premiums into profits

  • Bullying and mental health focus
  • Managing complex cases and preventing workplace injuries
  • Fixing the culture around WorkCover
  • Understanding, auditing and improving policy configurations that go beyond rateable remuneration

Mark Stipic, Managing Director, Mark Stipic Consulting

Session Six | 15:15 – 15:45
Psychological Risk Management

  • Workers’ psychological and physical health can be adversely affected by exposure to a poorly designed or managed work environment, a traumatic event, workplace violence, fatigue, bullying or harassment and excessive or prolonged work pressures
  • This presentation will discuss the mental health continuum, from preventative to reactive measures, and will use successful case studies to identify how these issues can be strategically managed

Penelope Twemlow, Principal Consultant, WSP and Co-Founder and Chairwoman, Women in Power


DAY TWO | Wednesday 11 September 2019

OPENING | Visitor Registration

Session One | 10:15 – 10:45
Safety culture and leadership

  • Learn about Transdev’s journey towards safety culture transformation
  • How the Patrick Hudson safety maturity framework was used to move up the culture ladder

Sheena Sasi Kumar, Group Manager, HSSEQ, Transdev Australasia

Session Two | 11:15 – 11:45
Using personal attenuation rating to select hearing protection

  • Factors impacting the issue of noise induced hearing loss
  • Attenuation – how is it determined and what is the right level?
  • Personal attenuation ratings – a better way to select HPD’s?

Peter Del-Gatto, National Sales Manager, 3M

Session Three | 12:15 – 12:45
Compliance or engagement

  • Organisations have been taking the easy option for too long by relying on compliance
  • The next safety innovation should focus on people instead of systems or engineering
  • Simplifying systems and ensuring our people are engaged instead of making sure all the boxes are ticked

Adam Turns, Safety Manager

Session Four | 13:15 – 13:45
Using data to manage significant incidents

  • A wealth of data exists before, from and after significant incidents
  • Identify what data to focus on
  • Identify the data required to manage legal risks
  • Identify the data that will assist directors and officers meet personal legal duties

Sam Witton, Senior Associate, Seyfarth Shaw

Session Five | 14:15 – 14:45
Preventing injury in the workplace: Putting the H back into OH&S

  • In this presentation Merv will explain how we have been successful in preventing physical injury, but not so with psychological and in particular the mental health of our staff
  • Most importantly he will provide some tips and hints about what we can do about it

Merv Neal, Director, Holistic Services Group

15:30 Last opportunity to view the exhibition/ trade stands

16:00 Exhibition closes

DAY ONE | Tuesday 10 September

OPENING | Visitor Registration

Session One | 11:00 – 11:30
Wellbeing and its impact on Culture

  • What are our responsibilities when it comes to mental health and wellbeing at work
  • How focusing on wellbeing has been proven to increase engagement
  • Summary of the latest research into workplace mental health by Dr. Allison Milner and how this research is being used to cultivate health workplace

Gabrielle Harris, Founder and Managing Director, The Interchange

Session Two | 12:00 – 12:30
Asbestos in our built environment

Asbestos-containing products are not only found in homes and buildings in our built environment but also in infrastructure such as water mains pipes. Whilst many Australians have a general appreciation that asbestos is dangerous, many are not aware how prevalent asbestos is. A nationally consistent long-term strategy for the safe management, removal, transport and disposal of asbestos-containing materials is needed to prevent exposure in the future. This session will explore:

  • The need for prioritised removal processes and effective waste management of Australia’s legacy asbestos-containing materials
  • Case study insights on asbestos-containing water pipes
  • How the Australian Government Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency is working with its stakeholders to implement the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Awareness and Management

Stacey Tomley, Assistant Director, Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency

Session Three | 13:00 – 13:30
Neuroscience for psychological safety and resilience

Asking if workers are OK is a great first step, but oftentimes colleagues and managers are ill-equipped when the answer is ‘no.’ This session aims to provide science-backed tools to help:

  • Re-wire the brain to improve focus and awareness
  • Positively impact on injuries and psychological safety outcomes
  • Outline neuroscience-based brain-changing techniques to boost resilience and mental health

Sally Cumming, Director, Engage Health

Session Four | 14:00 – 14:30
WorkerFirst: Putting the injured worker first to address claims challenges and achieve outcomes

  • Utilising specialists and rehab expertise in a different way to address common claims management challenges
  • Engaging the worker, gaining trust and insights and effecting an outcome
  • Supporting the treating GP to increase diagnostic accuracy, guide evidence based treatment and improve capacity certification.

Kylie Gould, National Account and Marketing Manager, Medilaw Group

Session Five | 15:00 – 15:30
Ageing Workforce Ready: the challenge and opportunity

  • The risks and opportunities in Australia’s ageing population
  • Specific safety and wellness considerations in an ageing workforce
  • Best practice pillars of an ageing ready workforce
  • Practical strategies workplaces can implement to support older workers
  • Update on the ‘Ageing Workforce Ready’ (AWR) project which is supported by the WorkSafe WorkWell Mental Health Improvement Fund

Rachael Palmer, Organisational Psychologist, Transitioning Well

Session Six | 16:00 – 16:30
Leadership initiatives for RTW: Use of the Official Disability Guidelines and APMiQ

  • Outline of the ODG – benefits and evidence behind it
  • How the ODG can be practically used to support positive RTW outcomes and injury management
  • Overview of APMiQ and initial trends from monitoring psychosocial risk factors

Alicia Sanzo, Branch Manager VIC, APM WorkCare


DAY TWO | Wednesday 11 September 2019

OPENING | Visitor Registration

Session One | 11:00 – 11:30
Silicosis, the return of an old foes

  • Who is exposed to silica dust?
  • What are the effects of silica exposure?
  • How much exposure to silica is too much? My reflections on the new exposure limits.
  • How can silica dust be controlled?

Associate Professor Deborah Glass, Occupational Health and Environmental Sciences, Monash University

Session Two | 12:00 – 12:30
Prevention of MSD – a holistic approach

Work related MSD continues as a major OHS challenge across industry sectors and much investment has been made in facilities and equipment to reduce the biomechanical risk factors for workers. However the reporting of injuries is also impacted by a range of psychosocial factors within the workplaces. Evidence from workplaces that have sustained reduction in MSD claims indicates that a holistic approach to prevention is required to take consideration of the biomechanical and the psychosocial risk factors as well as their interaction.

David C Caple AM, Adjunct Professor, Latrobe University

Session Three | 13:00 – 13:30
Drugs and alcohol: Creating an effective model for behaviour change in the workplace

  • Safety and productivity impacts of substance use: impact, current trends and profiles
  • Strategy for workplace drug and alcohol testing: compliance, industry requirements, policy development basics
  • Implementing an effective program: testing, frequency, ROI and factors for success

Scott Osborne, Group General Manager, Fit4Duty

Session Four | 14:00 – 14:30
Flexible Working: Optimising the Present and Cultivating the Future

  • The business case for flexible working and how not implementing flex becomes fiscally irresponsible
  • Successful implementation: human centred approach and critical success factors
  • Why the capability built in working flexibility is exactly what we need in what we know the future of work to be
  • Case study and results found

Maja Paleka, Co-founder, Juggle Strategies

Session Five | 15:00 – 15:30
Reducing worker stress & disease through nutrition

  • Food as medicine, mood boosting foods and improving gut health
  • Nutrition for productivity and longevity

Luke Daley, Co-director, Daley Nutrition

15:30 Last opportunity to view the exhibition/ trade stands

16:00 Exhibition closes