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AIHS Visions Conference 2020
Virtual Conference
10-13 November 2020

Who we are

The Visions Conference has been run for the past 27 years by the Queensland Division of the Australian Institute of Health & Safety for the benefit of its members and everyone in the Safety Community.

Visions has been run since its inception by a small, but dedicated, group of Queensland AIHS members – all of whom are volunteers who contribute their own time to ensure the continued success of the conference.

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What we do

Provide an inclusive forum for the development of new ideas and learning in relation to the AIHS’s stated vision – “OHS professional excellence to facilitate a safe and healthy workplace for all Australians”. Our objective is to promote the safety and health of people. Our aim is to achieve the highest possible standards of safety and health, at work, on the road, at play and at home.

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Why us?

We provide an avenue for developing connections and friendships within the Safety community that will last a lifetime. We are the friendliest and best value safety conference in Australia. We have a reputation for advancing new ideas and concepts in Safety and for challenging delegates with alternative skills and learnings. More importantly, we aim to provide delegates with presentations about what works.

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    This conference kicks off with a 2 hour workshop on Tuesday 10 November 2020 and then runs through 3 days of conference sessions from 11-13 November 2020.
    Day 1
    10 Nov 2020
    Day 2
    11 Nov 2020
    Day 3
    12 Nov 2020
    Day 4
    13 Nov 2020

    Safety Culture – Understanding and analysing safety culture through the lens of the WHSQ Measures of Safety Culture diagnostic tool

    The workshop will provide a unique opportunity to better understand safety culture, as well as giving the participants direct involvement in the early creation, validation and implementation of a new...
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    Kirsten Way
    Shane Stockhill

    A commentary on the first IM prosecution in Australia

    Mills Oakley is representing the company and the two directors facing what is understood to be the first corporate industrial manslaughter (IM) prosecution under a WHS Act in Australia. It...
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    Belle Sakrzewski-Hetherington
    Harold Downes

    Risk vs Reward: Partnering with industry to reduce risk and make a positive difference

    WorkCover Queensland vision is to make a positive difference and keep Queenslanders working. While not reducing its focus on return to work, WorkCover has recently added influencing and investing in...
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    Jo Kitney
    Sharon Stratford

    Creating a Learning Culture: Using Learning Teams to Improve Engagement and Organisational Problem Solving

    How do we improve the way we learn as an organisation? This was the starting question that drove the implementation of a Learning Teams strategy within Downer. When we started...
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    Amanda Clements
    Sarah Colley

    Data Analytics for WHS Improvements

    The presentation is a case study exploring the deployment of a field-data capture solution with targeted data analysis to mitigate the risk of fatalities associated with tree-felling in the remote...
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    Cameron Stevens

    Under reporting of safety incidents in the workplace

    Accurate and timely reporting of safety incidents is a crucial component of a positive safety culture. These invaluable learning opportunities allow us to adapt, make improvements and prevent future injury....
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    Dom O’Brien

    Developing a reporting culture: A systemic approach

    Hazard, near miss and injury reporting is an important component for organisational learning, risk reduction, and developing a safety culture and arguably the corner stone of any safety management system....
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    John Whale

    When the problem isn’t the problem

    How many times have you identified a safety problem, come up with a solution, written plans and procedures, presented the solution to the workers; only to have the problem raise...
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    Brad Matthews

    Including Learning from Normal Work in Incident Investigations

    This will be a highly interactive mini-workshop requiring audience participation. Introduction to Learning from Normal Work as part of an investigation.
    Mark Alston

    New normal, new risks: How duty holders can manage the issues associated with hybrid working arrangements

    COVID-19 has presented numerous challenges across the globe. In the industrial space, most workplaces have been forced to implement flexible working practices that are both productive and safe. Although this...
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    Aaron Anderson

    The safety professionals dilemma: Safety work vs the safety of work

    The safety profession has grown and evolved over recent decades, and despite the prominence of the role within organisations, there is limited research about the current state of safety professional...
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    Dave Provan

    The Culture Wars: Constructs; Controversies; and Capabilities

    Safety Capabilities Frameworks (see for example, Casey et al., 2020) are a powerful alternative to the continuing debate about how safety climate and culture should be conceptualised and measured. The...
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    Kirsten Way
    Shane Stockhill

    Understanding Reality. Using Triangulation to Uncover Work as Done

    Work as Imagined and Work as Done is a Safety-II principle that has received a lot of focus when discussing how we can improve our safety approaches long term. Put...
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    Michelle Oberg

    Use stories to transform your safety culture from Heroes and Villains to Teamwork and Trust

    Storytelling is a powerful tool for enhancing learning, building engagement and creating a culture of teamwork and trust. Why is this? Research demonstrates that knowledge is stored in our brains...
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    Stephen Kenney

    Anticipatory analytics – why we can’t predict incidents

    This presentation builds on the Master of WHS research project I completed in 2017, which focused on WHS-owned and driven data analytics use cases. This project gave me the opportunity...
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    Andrew Heinrichs

    Heat Stress at Work – causes and controls (that work)

    Of all workplace hazards, few match heat stress for the diverse range of opinions regarding causes and controls. The variety of approaches is not surprising given the combination of pseudoscience...
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    Matt Brearley

    Expensive non-compliance “the persistence of lifting technique training”

    This presentation surveys the safetyscape to examine the misconception that lifting technique training reduces injury frequency rates and meets compliance with WHS legislation. Behavioral based programs, where workers are trained...
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    Suzanne Johnson

    A day in the life of an active professional

    The presentation will support attendees in educating their desk-based workforce on the benefits of movement on a daily basis in the challenging and sometimes stressful environment of office work. Consistent...
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    Daniel McAuliffe

    The Hidden Health Hazards lurking in your workplace that are likely not on your risk register

    We are more and more aware that workers bring their whole self to work and this means employers adopt a lot of hazards that are not normally considered being a...
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    Peter Gould

    Supporting the Work Health and Safety needs of Australia’s ageing workforce

    Social, economic and employment policy may not be changing swiftly enough to address the pressures created by a population that is ageing, particularly with respect to older worker health and...
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    Peter Thorning

    The aging Australian worker – A health and safety issue

    In 2017, over 1 in 7 Australians were aged 65 years and over, whilst during 2016, 1 in 8 older Australians were engaged in active employment, education or training. Australians...
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    Chris Cunneen

    Creating psych safety culture (+ supplemental on COVID 19 safety responses)

    Psychological safety, defined as the willingness to present an authentic self (Kahn, 1990) and undertake an interpersonal risk such as speaking up and voicing a concern or idea, even if...
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    Tristan Casey

    Dissecting Mental Health in the Workplace – Exploring the Triggers and Contributing Factors, Impacts, Strategies and Lessons

    Mental health definitely has some traction at the moment in industry but what does it cost? What is the literature telling us that we need to be aware of? How...
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    Matthew Skubis

    Have we lost the battle for workplace mental health?

    Workplace Mental health remains a hot topic, with no signs of interest abating. But is what we are doing working? How can we have so many providers, so many supposed...
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    David Burroughs

    Effectiveness of EAPs in mitigation of psychological harm caused by work related stress

    Workers the world over are under greater pressure than ever before to meet the demands of modern working life. (Forastieri, 2016) The level of control over work, the level of...
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    Emma Wyhoon

    Audits: What are their value at law

    Audits are a very common method for business to assess how safe their business is and what they can do to improve safety. From a legal perspective, audits might be...
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    Graham Easterby
    Alan Girle

    Engaging the Frontline – Best Practices from Human History

    The presentation is a story of how our innate human fears and psychological conditions formed tens of thousands of years ago now create huge challenges to changing behaviours and creating...
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    Jamie Ross

    The OHS Professional’s Role in the Changing World of Work: An Exploration

    Occupational health and safety professionals are confronted with a changing world of work given the advent of new technologies, the need to determine cognitive task demands, emerging wellness initiatives, and...
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    Sara Pazell

    WHS Governance: What works?

    WHS Governance is often talked about by safety professionals, executive leaders and board members. However when it comes to designing a practical system to ensure that officers of an organisation...
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    Deanna McMaster


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