AIHS Visions Conference 2019
Oaks Oasis Caloundra
28-30 August 2019
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Who we are

The Visions Conference has been run for the past 26 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 1/2 day workshop on the 28 August and then runs through 2 days of conference sessions from 29 - 30 August 2019.
    We also provide lunch and coffee breaks in each day.
    Day 1
    28 Aug 2019
    Day 2
    29 Aug 2019
    Day 3
    30 Aug 2019
    12:00 - 13:00

    Registration Desk Open

    Safety Differently Workshop

    In this Workshop we will hear from three safety professionals as they each present case studies and practical demonstrations of real life solutions to contemporary safety challenges. The Workshop will...
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    Kym Bancroft
    Josh Bryant
    Jonathan Lincolne

    Opening / Introduction

    David Whitefield

    QUU’s Evolution to Safety II

    Safety-II. HOP. Safety Differently. The New View. Regardless of what you call it, many organisations across the globe are flipping traditional safety thinking on its head and instead, are seeking to take a bottom...
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    Kym Bancroft

    Mitchell Service’s Journey towards ‘Safety Differently’

    Through the published work of authors such as Sidney Dekker and Todd Conklin, ‘Safety Differently’ as a concept and methodology can make a step change to the culture of an...
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    Josh Bryant
    14:00 - 14:30

    Afternoon Tea

    Practical Safety II Implementation and Human Centered Design

    The inevitable Safety-II evolution gathers momentum. One of the main criticisms is that it seems like a wonderful theoretical model but practical application seems to be lacking. We will look...
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    Jonathan Lincolne
    17:00 - 19:00

    Welcoming Drinks & Networking

    07:00 - 16:00

    Registration Desk Open

    Can Advisors and Designers go to Jail for a WHS Offence?

    Numerous people have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment under mainstream criminal codes for workplace related deaths and there have been some suspended sentences under work health and safety...
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    Alan Girle
    09:45 - 10:15

    Morning Tea

    Go Disrupt Yourself

    Is this an encouragement? A challenge? Or a sarcastic insult?! Disruption, innovation and ‘the Future’ are all buzzwords from the mouths of excitable leaders, yet dampened by a lack of...
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    Andrew Barrett

    Changing the Safety Conversations

    Developing a mentally healthy workplace is a goal for safety professionals, HR teams and lawyers alike, it leads to more productivity and greater safety. Organisations continue to invest in wellness...
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    Linda Ray
    Chris Phillips
    11:45 - 12:30


    Aging Workforce & Musculoskeletal Issues

    The ageing workforce is an issue ubiquitous to the baby boomer generation and it will continue to challenge employers in coming decade. The current retirement age in Australia is 65,...
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    Leanne Loch

    Risk Assessment – What Works?

    Andrea often finds risk assessments have not been done properly, especially when conducting incident investigations. Also, Andrea shares examples from machinery risk assessments and demonstrates why the popular plant hazard...
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    Andrea Rowe

    Keeping it Real in the World we live in Now

    A deep dive into Managing the Wellbeing in Workplaces where managing the risk is the focus and not Yogurt and Yoga !!!!   Peter will be outlining how they successfully...
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    Peter Gould

    New Tech and Automation

    The Mirror and the Lamp view of Automation   The Mirror and Lamp analogy has been used for many years to reflect back to people what is happening around them...
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    Dr Ron Day

    Design for Workplace Diversity

    A human factors’ approach to design for diversity can arise from fundamental task (re)design that  may be traditionally stationed in the areas of work, health, and safety (such as manual task risk  reduction), but the practice, from this orientation, can provide a practical means to integrate the  activity of business units. Recognition of the outcomes arising from these approaches can convey and  advance organisational strategy and, thus, engage executive leadership so that these programs  continue to receive support. Participants will be challenged to consider how their work can advance the agenda of the  organisation in terms of the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce, and how they  can better articulate the connection between their safety initiatives with the objectives to  address occupational health and wellness. Participants will be introduced to an outline of  design for diversity concepts and features broadly and through case study illustration. The  idea of better business unit integration and leadership engagement through shared  investment in design objectives, measures, and outcomes will be presented. Click here to read abstract in full
    Sara Pazell

    New Tech and Computer Vision Systems

    With the new development in technology, particularly drones, sensors and computers, these devices are able to “See” and analyse this data in order to give quick, accurate assessments. Computer vision...
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    14:30 - 15:00

    Afternoon Tea

    Properly Marketing Safety

    ‘Improving’ health and safety seems to be a perpetual challenge for us professionals. Why? Because we have a selling problem. To us, the benefits of better health and safety may...
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    Andrew Barrett

    Fantasy Planning: The gap between systems and safety and safety of systems

    Numerous large-scale disasters have revealed fantasy plans—safety artifacts (plans, risk assessments etc.) that are intended or believed to accurately reflect operational risk and work practices, but do not. In contrast...
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    Ben Hutchinson
    08:00 - 13:00

    Registration Desk Open

    Doing Due Diligence Correctly

    Recent prosecutions of corporate officers and the current focus on penalties for officers of social media companies highlights the increased focus on officer due diligence compliance. Regulators are no longer...
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    Harold Downes

    Challenging the Regulator

    Virgin Australia conducts baggage handling operations at Melbourne Airport. Recently these activities attracted the attention of WorkSafe Victoria, in particular they were looking at how manual handling risks were being...
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    Lead Safety Culture

    Safety culture has been described as one of the most thoroughly researched yet poorly understood concepts in safety science (Reason, 2000). Indeed, a plethora of models and frameworks exist, which...
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    Jennie Trinder
    Tristan Casey
    10:15 - 10:30

    Morning Tea

    Creating a Sense of Us

      Partnering with the University of Queensland; WorkCover and LivingWell in the 5R Program in late 2018, I have applied an intervention using social identity theory (Turner & Tajfel, 1979)...
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    Mark Cooper

    IOU Infections

    Every year in August/September in Brisbane, the number of reported instances of influenza and other communicable diseases spike. Every year the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland host...
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    Amanda Jones

    Yin & Yang Safety Management & Leadership

    What is more important – good safety management or good safety leadership? Essentially this is a debate that began in 1977, when a Harvard Business School Professor published a paper...
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    Alan Sim

    Worker heat stress ‘workability’ in an evolving climate

    While Queensland’s climate is diverse, encompassing tropical, sub-tropical, hot arid and temperate zones, all regions endure extended periods of hot weather with the frequency and intensity of these hot periods...
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    Matt Brearley
    12:00 - 12:30

    Lunch Break

    Contractor Management – NHVR

    Sue Bottrell has worked in occupational health and safety, including the transport industry, and worker’s compensation rehabilitation for the past 18 years. Sue is a suitably qualified OHS professional as...
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    Sue Bottrell

    Beefing up Safety in Red Meat Industry

    The Teys family has been involved in the Australian beef industry since 1946, when four Teys Brothers formed a partnership that was involved in wholesaling and retailing meat in South...
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    Julia Teys


    This study provides a comparison of two events involving a run-away light vehicle which occurred for the same organisation, at the same location, 24 months apart. The first event was...
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    Mark Alston

    What is Measured is Managed – The Role of the Safety Professional in Building a Case for Change

    There has been a significant shift in focus and attention from Boards and Executive leaders when it comes to measurement and reporting for health and safety(HS). For years health and...
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    Olivia Ryan

    5 Disruptive Safety Questions

    Many organisations have reached a point in their safety maturity journey where further improvement is no longer possible with the same strategies that got them to that point (eg. more...
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    David Whitefield
    14:30 - 14:45

    Afternoon Tea

    Understanding the legal concept of reasonably practicable

    The legal standard of reasonably practicable has existed in health and safety legislation in various forms for a long time. While the legal concept is well known, what practical steps...
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    Aaron Anderson


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