The final program is now available to download here: Visions Program 2018 [updated 01 August 2018]

Day 1
05 Sep 2018
Day 2
06 Sep 2018
Day 3
07 Sep 2018
12:00 - 13:00

Registration open

Workshop Mock Court

What role do systems play in court? Are you uncertain what role your safety system documents could play in court? Do you want a better understanding of how they may be treated? This interactive mock court session will take you through...
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Aaron Anderson
17:00 - 19:00

Welcoming Drinks & Networking

07:30 - 16:00

Registration open

Opening address

David Clarke

Humanising Safety. Tapping into the emotional drivers of behavioural change

Have you ever thought “how come my safety message isn’t getting through”, or “am I speaking the right language”? This interactive active session will introduce you to a different way of identifying what it is that your employees value about safety,...
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Jennifer Jackson
09:30 - 10:00

Morning Tea

LEADing your safety climate and culture: An integrative Safety-I/Safety-II model

Across the discipline of safety science, there is a growing movement around doing safety ‘differently’. Known as Safety-II, developments thus far have been largely limited to theoretical discussions rather than empirical studies testing specific hypotheses. In addition, safety culture and climate...
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Tristan Casey

Project Red Tape: Extending the Woolworths project into High-Risk industries

Bureaucracy is dependent on the adherence of those it governs to be effective. However, as far back as 1917, the Australian philosopher and pioneer in industrial psychology, Bernard Muscio, argued that health and productivity would be managed much more effectively by...
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Michelle Oberg

Safety Culture- Easy to feel, difficult to define

Safety culture is a widely discussed topic within organisations, particularly in relation to poor safety performance, and as a focus area for safety improvement. Somewhat paradoxically however, while most can easily discuss culture in relation to how it feels, few can...
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Dave Whitefield

Safety Systems, Culture and Resilience: convergent ideas?

The recognition of emergent human factors and engineering feed forward and feedback loops in complex socio-technical systems has led to a search for understanding and optimisation of the human in the loop. The search has led to the profound ideas of...
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Peter Marshall

Remedies to Oversights in Safety Leadership Programs

Safety leadership programs are often employed to address worrisome performance or to make a transition to safety excellence. The effectiveness of a program plays a key role in an organisations long term safety effort. Oversights and missteps in safety leadership programs...
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Phil Walton

Session Questions & Panel Discussion

An opportunity to ask all speakers questions relevant to the topics presented.
12:00 - 13:00


Director and officer liability – One size fits all?

Within legislative paradigms, there is a diverse range of roles that fall within the various definitions of “officer”. Commonwealth and state legislation creates statutory duties for that diverse range of roles, but does little to distinguish between those roles. Whilst governments...
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John Bremhorst
Alan Girle

Critical Risk Management – Features for Success

Critical Risk Management (CRM) focuses on low likelihood, high consequence events that hold the potential to significantly impact an organisation, the environment and the general public that surrounds it. With little value found in approaches that focus purely on low consequence...
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Cameron Caldwell

Embedding Lead Safety Climate Indicators Across Industry

The world of safety is constantly maturing. Over the past two decades, safety programs have moved away from ineffective, retrospective ‘lag-indicators’ such as fatalities, incidents, and accidents, and have focused instead on predictive ‘lead-indicators’. As an organisation approaches a “zero harm”...
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Sarah Colley

A better approach to Health and Safety and compliance in protecting our workers from the Medical and Legal perspective

Occupational Physician Dr Sid O’Toole and WHS Lawyer Sarah-Jayne Rayner will draw from their experience in dealing with the aftermath of workplace illness and injury to provide their views, from both the medical and legal perspectives, on how better health and...
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Sarah-Jayne Rayner
Dr. Sid O’Toole

Changing safety behaviours in the heavy vehicle and supply chain – Chain of Responsibility as solution, not a punishment

Securing behaviour modification in heavy vehicle safety, whether on-road or the influencing conduct of the supply chain, is rarely affected when applying traditional enforcement models of prosecution and punishment. Interventions must become focussed upon using the most appropriate tool to ‘fix...
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Michael Crellin

Session Questions & Panel Discussion

An opportunity to ask all speakers questions relevant to the topics presented
15:00 - 15:30

Afternoon Tea

Hazard Profiling: a useful first step for incorporating context into the design of OHS management system in SMEs

Safety interventions for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) have intensified over the past fifteen years in Australian and other developed economies. International research highlights the limited success of these programs due to a number of factors. A broader approach that incorporates...
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Frank Bogna

Occupational Salutogenesis: A means to develop projects and sustain programs that promote worker health

Occupational Salutogenesis focuses on work and work systems that support health, well-being, productivity, and sustainability, rather than the factors that cause disease, illness, and injury (a pathogenic approach). A salutogenesis model, in the instance of work, implies a transactional relationship among...
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Sara Pazell

Leadership, Resilience and Mindfulness Theory in the Adaptive Age of Safety

Safety science researchers have proposed that the fifth age of safety has begun and have identified it as an adaptive age, one which will be depicted as where a fluid adaptive culture will exist and where human variability is an important...
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Dr. Karen Klockner

Session Questions & Panel Discussion

An opportunity to ask all speakers questions relevant to the topics presented
19:00 - 19:30

Pre-Dinner Drinks

19:30 - 23:30

Conference Gala Dinner

08:00 - 13:00

Registration open

The Mental Health in Health and Safety: “I know I wasn’t right, I’ve got Depression, It happened to me, Can it happen to you too?”

“I’m feeling trapped, I have physiological symptoms including heart palpations, high blood pressure, high cholesterol. I’m numb, but tired and fatigued. I cry as I don’t feel like I fit into society. My self esteem is low and I don’t have...
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Matt Skubis

The Plus Side of Mental Health: The Imperative f a Proactive Approach

Organisations are beginning to recognise that a proactive approach to the management of psychosocial risk (the interaction between psychological and social factors) can reap significant long-term benefits. More resources than ever before are being invested into areas like leadership development, ergonomics,...
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Peter Kennedy
10:15 - 10:45

Morning Tea

Participatory ergonomics: Evidence and implementation lessons

Participatory ergonomics programs have been proposed as the most effective means of eliminating, or redesigning, manual tasks with the aim of reducing the incidence of occupational musculoskeletal disorders. This review assesses the evidentiary basis for this claim; describes the range of...
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Robin Burgess-Limerick

Organizing for Mindfulness: Insights into Mindful Organizing Perceptions Between Front Line Workers and Middle Managers

For over 100 years safety professionals, academics and legislators have been searching for ways to reduce workplace injury, illness and deaths. Evidence shows that while there is movement in reducing the number of workers injured, the safety profession has been slow...
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Peter Meredith

Vehicle Ergonomics – Staff are complaining about their truck/car/machine. What are you going to do about it?

Reports of musculoskeletal discomfort are prevalent among professional drivers – truck drivers, machine operators, couriers etc – and the risk of low back pain is known to be higher than average. Drivers may experience several musculoskeletal disorder risk factors including exposure...
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Leanne Loch

Compliance sense-making – How to move away from bureaucratic (WHS) processes

Over the past 40 years, increasing goal and risk-based legislation has coincided with an increase in demand for safety professionals. Driven by regulation, liability and insurance arrangements, outsourcing and contracting, and technologies for surveillance, the primary role of a safety professional...
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Naomi Kemp

Sustaining Machinery Safety – What works!

Andrea has led international machinery safety programs which have significantly reduced machinery incidents in several leading businesses including Nestle, Reserve Bank Australia and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). In 2009, Safety Action, together with GSK introduced the ‘Zero Access’ program, a zero-harm program for...
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Andrea Tassioulas

What Works for Engagement – Understanding the Financial Relevance of Safety & the Opportunity for True Engagement

When trying to justify the business benefits of safety in order to get management buy in, if you can’t talk in financial terms the engagement is lost. All businesses are in operations to make money – even charities. As a safety...
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Jillian Hamilton
12:30 - 13:30

Lunch Break

Whole-Body Vibration associated with Dozer Operation at two Australian Surface Coal Mines

Bulldozers are used extensively on surface mine sites, and have previously been identified as potential sources of high amplitude whole-body vibration exposure. An iOS application (WBV) has made it possible to use consumer hardware to efficiently estimate whole-body vibration exposures simultaneously...
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Danellie Lynas

Controlling the Cause – Planned & Strategic Management of Respiratory Hazards

Chronic respiratory illnesses remain prominent in the Australian workforce, after years of understanding and control. This presentation provides a comprehensive overview of contemporary respiratory hazard management the steps to take to prevent the following health outcomes: Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis Silicosis Mesothelioma...
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Dustin Bennett

Bugs, blood and bacteria: managing biological risks

Biological safety tends to be treated as either a compliance risk (University/ Hospital) or a personal hygiene issue (hands to be washed after manual/dirty activities, before eating etc).  By just doing this, is something being missed?  Do workers, supervisors and contractors truly...
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Amanda Jones

The need to drive the message: A human‐centred approach to vehicles and mobile plant procurement strategy

Good work design provides for productivity and well‐being among workersi. A work designer (ergonomist) analyses task requirements and synthesises this information with knowledge about the complexity of human performance to advise structural designers (e.g. engineers) and organisational strategists how to provide...
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Sara Pazell
14:45 - 15:15

Afternoon Tea