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NSCA Foundation supports and endorses various events throughout the year to ensure members stay up to date with all things WHS.   Check out past NSCA Foundation events below.

Canberra Member Connect
Wednesday 9 September 2015

60+ guests received direct advice and practical solutions on their incident investigation questions and challenges, relevant to their business and industry, at the recent panel-style interactive Canberra Breakfast Forum and Masterclass.

Guests were keen to utilise the unique opportunity to update and refresh their knowledge on incident investigation requirements through discussion with the panel of experts. Some of the challenges discussed included:

  • Personal liability and self-incrimination
  • Legal professional privilege
  • Due diligence
  • Disclosure of information and privacy concerns
  • Engaging external investigators on serious or fatal incidents, and many more

The expert panel of speakers included:

  • Carlie Holt
    Partner at Sparke Helmore Lawyers
  • Ennio Bianchi
    Principal - Risk Management at Greencap
  • Mark McCabe
    Executive Director – ACT Government
  • Facilitated by
    Phil Archer
    NSCA National Business Development Manager

Guests also enjoyed networking with a broad range of WHS and business professionals across diverse industries and organisations.

Melbourne's  Member Connect
Wednesday 2 September 2015

60 Melbourne based NSCA Foundation Members took advantage of the opportunity to network with other like-minded WHS/OHS and business professionals across a range of industries.

Members were eager to engage with the three guest speakers and encouraged to participate in discussing the topics.

Thank you to AGL for hosting the event and for Portner Press for sponsoring the event.

Meet the speakers:

Psychological Hazards and a workable concept of Wellbeing
Andrew Douglasmandklawyers
Principal and Practice Group Head (Vic) | Workplace Relations
M+K Lawyers


Using software and mobile devices for safety management
Adrian Manessismyosh
Business Development Manager
myosh Safety Software


Injury Proof Your Business – 6 principle to an effective injury prevention program
Rodney HampelBodycare
Director
Bodycare Workplace Solutions


Event Major Sponsor

PortnerPress-Web

Brisbane's first NSCA Foundation Member Connect
Wednesday 19 August 2015

75 Brisbane NSCA Foundation Members took advantage of the opportunity to network with other like-minded WHS/OHS and business professionals across a range of industries.

Members were eager to engage with the three guest speakers and encouraged to participate in discussing the topics.

Meet the speakers:

“Who is looking out for the ‘Sentinels of Safety’?” – the challenges and purpose for the HSE professional.
Luke Chapmantranspac
National HSE Manager
Transpacific Industries
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Using software and mobile devices for safety management
Adrian Manessismyosh
Business Development Manager
myosh Safety Software
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Leading Safety – An Energex Case Study?
Darryl BellDHA
Group Manager Energex Safety
Energex
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Congratulations to NSCA Foundation Brisbane Members for contributing to a successful and enthusiastic Brisbane Member Connect!
NSCA Foundation is hosting a new series of Member networking events across Australia in 2015 – information on future events is available here or by contacting eventregistration@nsca.org.au

Another successful Breakfast Forum and Workshop
Adelaide, Wednesday 12 August

With mental health conditions at work costing Australian business $10.9 billion a year, organisations need to ensure they have strategies and skills in place to ensure the psychological health and safety of their workers and mitigate the associated risk.

More than 45 guests received direct advice and practical solutions from the expert panel of speakers, including:

  • Carl Asker, Assistant Director, Program Implementation Team Scheme Planning & Performance Group at Comcare
  • Patrice O’Brien, Head of Workplace Engagement at Beyond Blue
  • Luke Holland, Partner at Sparke Helmore Lawyers
  • Facilitated by Bernie Doyle, NSCA Foundation President and Chairman.

The interactive panel style event addressed the critical challenges facing Perth business owners and workers managing mental health at work.

Key questions and topics included:

  • How to identify presenteeism in the workplace
  • What are legislative requirements of organisation.
  • Advise on how to get buy-in from senior managers.
  • Attendees also optimised their opportunity to discuss challenges specific to their organisations and industry with the panel of experts

The NSCA Foundation will host Breakfast Forums and essential workshops across Australia throughout 2015. For more information on 2015 events visit upcoming breakfast events, download the events calendar or contact eventregistration@nsca.org.au

Another successful Sydney Breakfast Forum and Workshop

22 July: Incident Investigation

80+ guests received direct advice and practical solutions on their incident investigation questions and challenges, relevant to their business and industry, at the recent panel-style interactive Sydney Breakfast Forum and Workshop.

Guests were keen to utilise the unique opportunity to update and refresh their knowledge on incident investigation requirements through discussion with the panel of experts. Some of the challenges discussed included:

  • Personal liability and self-incrimination
  • Right to legal representation and support for workers at witness interviews by Police and WorkCover inspectors
  • High frequency safety risks in the past 5-10 years
  • Reasonably practicable and the court’s use of the term “real and obvious risk”
  • Disclosure of information and privacy concerns
  • WorkCover NSW perspective on due diligence and responsibility at both organisational and individual executive levels
  • Engaging external investigators on serious or fatal incidents, and many more

The expert panel of speakers included:

  • Carlie Holt
    Partner at Sparke Helmore Lawyers
  • Joe Rivas
    Principal Consultant at Greencap
  • Daniel Beavon
    A/Team Manager – Response Operations at WorkCover NSW
  • Facilitated by
    Bernie Doyle
    NSCA Foundation Chairman

Guests also enjoyed networking with a broad range of WHS and business professionals across diverse industries and organisations.

NSCA Foundation thanks Sparke Helmore Lawyers for hosting the Breakfast Forum and Masterclass.

NSCA Foundation Breakfast Forums and essential workshops will continue across Australia throughout 2015. For more information on 2015 events visit upcoming breakfast events, download the events calendar or contact eventregistration@nsca.org.au

Successful inaugural Perth Breakfast Forum
Perth, Wednesday 24 July

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With mental health conditions at work costing Australian business $10.9 billion a year, organisations need to ensure they have strategies and skills in place to ensure the psychological health and safety of their workers and mitigate the associated risk.

More than 40 guests received direct advice and practical solutions from the expert panel of speakers, including:

  • David Burroughs, Managing Director and Principal Psychologist at CommuniCorp
  • Rodney Powell, Senior Inspector/Scientific Office (Ergonomics) at Health Hazards Branch Worksafe, Department of Commerce
  • Michael O'Hanlon, Workplace Engagement Manager at Beyond Blue
  • Alistair Talbert, Special Counsel at Sparke Helmore Lawyers
  • Facilitated by Bernie Doyle, NSCA Foundation President and Chairman.

The interactive panel style event addressed the critical challenges facing Perth business owners and workers managing mental health at work.

Key questions and topics included:

  • How can executive team or board members do more to manage mental health at work
  • What are legislative requirements of organisation.
  • Early intervention and ongoing communication are critical in managing mental health at work
  • Attendees also optimised their opportunity to discuss challenges specific to their organisations and industry with the panel of experts

The NSCA Foundation will host Breakfast Forums and essential workshops across Australia throughout 2015. For more information on 2015 events visit upcoming breakfast events, download the events calendar or contact eventregistration@nsca.org.au

 

Canberra's first NSCA Foundation Member Connect
Wednesday 20 May 2015

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Hosted by the National Gallery of Australia, 50 Canberra Members took advantage of the opportunity to network with other like-minded WHS/OHS and business professionals across a range of industries.

Members were eager to engage with the three guest speakers and encouraged to participate in discussing the topics.

Meet the speakers:

First Response Program - providing innovation to field-based and isolated workers
Chelsea CookYMCA
National Manager - Safety, Health & Wellbeing Corporate Affairs
Defence Housing Australia


The future direction of Safe Work Australia and the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022
Michelle BaxterGoodman
Chief Executive Officer
Safe Work Australia


WAHAInjury Proof Your Business – 6 principle to an effective injury prevention program
Rodney Hampel
National Business Development Manager
Bodycare Workplace Solutions


Congratulations to NSCA Foundation Canberra Members for contributing to a successful and enthusiastic Canberra Member Connect!

NSCA Foundation and our Canberra Members also thank the National Gallery of Australia for hosting the Member Connect.

NSCA Foundation is hosting a new series of Member networking events across Australia in 2015 – information on future events is available here or by contacting eventregistration@nsca.org.au

Adelaide's first NSCA Foundation Member Connect
Wednesday 6 May 2015

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Hosted by the University of Adelaide, 45+ South Australia Members took advantage of the opportunity to network with other like-minded WHS/OHS and business professionals across a range of industries.

Members were eager to engage with the three guest speakers and encouraged to participate in discussing the topics.

Meet the speakers:

Risk Profile of the Leisure and Recreation IndustryYMCA
Julie King
Manager, Work Health and Safety
YMCA South Australia


GoodmanBehavioural Safety and Safety Management System Application – Making it Real
Snow Hatzigiannis
SHE S.A (Safety Health Environmental)
Goodman Fielder Limited


WAHAWorking at Heights – Are Australian Standards Still Important?
Michael Biddle
Chairman
Working at Height Association

Congratulations to NSCA Foundation South Australian Members for contributing to a successful and enthusiastic Adelaide Member Connect!

NSCA Foundation and our South Australian Members also thank The University of Adelaide for hosting the Member Connect.

NSCA Foundation is hosting a new series of Member networking events across Australia in 2015 – information on future events is available here or by contacting eventregistration@nsca.org.au

Another successful Breakfast Forum and Workshop
Melbourne, Wednesday 11 March

90+ guests discussed tools and practical solutions to contractor management challenges relevant to their business, and industry, at the interactive Melbourne Breakfast Forum and Workshop.

The expert panel of speakers included:

  • Shane Gillard
    Head of Operations and Emergency Management at WorkSafe Victoria
  • Jo Flitcroft
    Partner at Sparke Helmore Lawyers
  • Ennio Bianchi
    Principal - Risk Management at National Safety Council of Australia
  • Facilitated by;
    Bernie Doyle
    NSCA Foundation Chairman

Guests enthusiastically took advantage of the unique opportunity to discuss scenarios relevant to their business and industry challenges with the panel of experts, and found the interactive panel style event to be a positive discussion and knowledge-sharing experience.

Guests also enjoyed networking with a broad range of WHS/OHS and business professionals across diverse industries and organisations.

The NSCA Foundation will host Breakfast Forums and essential workshops across Australia throughout 2015. For more information on 2015 events visit upcoming breakfast events, download the events calendar or contact eventregistration@nsca.org.au

 

Sydney's first NSCA Foundation Member Connect
Wednesday 4 March 2015

Hosted by NSCA Foundation Platinum Partner Qantas, at the Qantas Centre of Service Excellence, 50+ Sydney Members took advantage of the opportunity to network with other like-minded WHS/OHS and business professionals across a range of industries.

Members were eager to engage with the three guest speakers and encouraged to participate in discussing the topics.

Meet the speakers

Dynamic risk assessment: Getting the story
Christian Frost
Head of Workplace Health and Safety
NewsCorp Australia
 

  

Working with Young Workers
Anne Deans
Chief Executive
Youthsafe
  

Preventing manual handling injuries in an airport environment

Judd Lalich
National Manager Health, Safety & Operations
Qantas Freight & Catering

  

 


Congratulations to NSCA Foundation Sydney Members for contributing to a successful and enthusiastic Sydney Member Connect!

NSCA Foundation and our Sydney Members also thank Platinum Partner Qantas for hosting the Member Connect at the Qantas Centre of Service Excellence.

NSCA Foundation is hosting a new series of Member networking events across Australia in 2015 – information on future events is available here or by contacting eventregistration@nsca.org.au

 

 

 

 

 

Successful launch of the 2015 series of Breakfast Forums!
Brisbane, Wednesday 25 February

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With mental health conditions at work costing Australian business $10.9 billion a year, organisations need to ensure they have strategies and skills in place to ensure the psychological health and safety of their workers and mitigate the associated risk.

More than 150 guests received direct advice and practical solutions from the expert panel of speakers, including: David Burroughs, Managing Director and Principal Psychologist at CommuniCorp, Paul Goldsbrough, Senior Director – Workers’ Compensation and Policy Services, Office of Fair and Safe Work Queensland, Department of Justice and Attorney-General, and Matthew Smith, Partner at Sparke Helmore Lawyers, facilitated by Curtis Berry, NSCA Foundation Vice President.

The interactive panel style event addressed the critical challenges facing Queensland business owners and workers managing mental health at work.

Key questions and topics included:

  • How can safety leaders achieve buy-in of mental health programs at work
  • How to make mental health at work a priority - every day needs to be 'RUOK day'
  • Early intervention and ongoing communication are critical in managing mental health at work
  • Attendees also optimised their opportunity to discuss challenges specific to their organisations and industry with the panel of experts
  • A copy of the slide presentations can be found here.
    2015 Brisbane Breakfast Forum Slides (10mb)

Following the breakfast forum NSCA Foundation, in partnership with CommuniCorp, held the 3.5 hour workshop on Psychological Health and Safety - Safety Professional Workshop, facilitated by Dr Jane Austin, with a wealth of qualifications and extensive experience in psychological risk management organisational strategy.

The NSCA Foundation will host Breakfast Forums and essential workshops across Australia throughout 2015. For more information on 2015 events visit upcoming breakfast events, download the events calendar or contact eventregistration@nsca.org.au

 

NSCA Foundation celebrates another successful breakfast forum at Hobart on Wednesday 3 December

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Tasmanian delegates identified the sheer increase in size of the Work Health and Safety Act and Regulations, compared to the size of the previous Occupations Health and Safety legislation, as a concern to businesseses.  They asked:

  • Were their previous OHS safety management systems and practices compliant under the "new" WHS legislation?
  • Did they now need to become experts in the whole WHS legislation?
  • Where could they find assistance and advice?

Interactive discssion with the Hobart breakfast forum panel of experts provided reassurance to attendees in taking an organisational risk management approach to managing their legislative requirements, setting safety goals, identifiying priorities, committing to resourcing and utilising existing government advice and assistance .

In responding to the lively discussion and comprehensive flow of questions, the panel of experts referred to information sources to provide delegates with a combination of assistance and advice relevant to their business needs.

Following on from the highly successful 2014 servies of breakfast forum events and workshops, NSCA Foundation has scheduled 2015 events and also introduces the new 2015 series of Member Meetings.  For more information on the 2015 national calendar of events, read here.

Meet the panel of experts

 

Chris Wighton_headshotChris Wighton - Senior Associate at Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Chris is a lawyer in the work health and safety team. He advises on risk management, compliance, investigations, enforcement and litigation as well as statutory interpretation in a broader context. In addition to advising on work health and safety laws, Chris has particular expertise in transport safety regulation having previously worked as a senior lawyer for the Victorian transport safety regulator.

 

Ennio Bianchi

Ennio Bianchi, Principal - Risk Management at National Safety Council of Australia

Ennio has over 25 years' experience with the area of risk management and has designed and undertaken a diverse range of auditing, incident investigation, hazop, property risk, technical and systems management and consulting assignments. He has key responsibilities in the implementation of risk management processes within various organisations and within the National Safety Council of Australia.

 

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Roman Seliga, Senior Inspector - Worksafe Tasmania Department of Justice

With 15 years’ experience as a Tasmania work health and safety inspector, Roman has extensive experience across diverse industry and safety sectors, including Health, Government, asbestos removal, bullying issues, dangerous goods / hazardous chemicals, Industrial Relations, long service leave issues and workers compensation.

NSCA Foundation Canberra Breakfast Forum:
Managing Mental Health in the Workplace

NSCA Foundation celebrates another successful Breakfast Forum held in Canberra on Wednesday 26 November.

With mental health conditions at work costing Australian business $10.9 billion a year, guests from a mix of small businesses, universities, not for profits and government agencies attended the panel-style forum to get specialist advice on Managing Mental Health in the Workplace from the expert panel of speakers.

The interactive event encouraged audience participation, with questions and robust discussion on managing the challenges of Mental Health in the Workplace, including:

  • Who has responsibilities for mental health and safety at work.
  • Who should employers/PCBUs consider when they are creating mental health policies.
  • Where to get resources to help develop mental health strategies for small to medium businesses.
  • Legal case studies.

Guests were also able to further discuss specific challenges and seek advice from panel members one-on-one after the breakfast forum, and network with other like businesses facing similar challenges.

The NSCA is hosting Breakfast Forums across the major capital cities throughout 2014 – information on future events is available on NSCA’s website or contact eventregistration@nsca.org.au.

Meet our panel of experts

David Burroughs - Managing Director and Principal Psychologist David Burroughs
Managing Director and Principal Psychologist at CommuniCorp

Dave Burroughs is the Managing Director and Principal Psychologist of CommuniCorp, one of Australia’s leading workplace psychology training and consulting companies. With a diverse background across clinical, organisational, military and forensic psychology, he is a recognised expert and speaker in the area of workplace mental health and resilience. With over a decade’s experience internationally in the workplace mental health and corporate performance arena, Dave has a wealth of experience to draw upon.

 

rsz_kritharas_bill_-_photo_-_cropped_portraitBill Kritharas
Partner at Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Bill has extensive experience in WHS matters and has acted in relation to a number of serious incidents in the construction, agriculture and transport industries. He has acted in over 20 fatal incidents and undertakes incident investigations and assists with the implementation of corrective actions to prevent a re-occurrence of such an incident and to improve safety outcomes. Bill acts for his clients in prosecutions brought by the regulator for breaches of the WHS legislation and in coronial inquests. He also advises on WHS compliance and provides training on WHS issues to many of his clients. As a former local government councillor, Bill also has a good understanding of local government and provides training and advice to local councils nationally on WHS issues.

 

rsz_mccabe_mark_photo_-_cropped_portraitMark McCabe
ACT Work Safety Commissioner and Head of WorkSafe ACT

Mark McCabe’s influence in significant leadership roles with Comcare, the Chief Minister’s Department in the ACT Government and the Workplace Injury Performance unit within the Chief Minister’s Department’s Office of Industrial Relations has contributed greatly to work health and safety across ACT. In February 2008 Mark was appointed as the ACT Work Safety Commissioner, a role he continues to hold along with his current appointment as the Head of WorkSafe ACT. Mark’s contribution to health and safety was recognised in 2012 when he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia and again in 2013 when he was elected as a Board Member for the National Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency.

 

NSCA Foundation celebrates successful inaugural Member Meeting in Melbourne

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The first NSCA Foundation Member Meeting was held in Melbourne on Thursday 6 November 2014.

Hosted by NSCA Foundation Platinum Partners, GIO, Melbourne Members took advantage of the opportunity to network with other like-minded WHS/OHS and business professionals across a range of industries.  Members were eager to hear from the three guest speakers and encouraged to participate in discussing the topics.

Meet the speakers:

Amy Hill
YMCA Victoria
Group Manager Health Safety Environment
Risk profile of the Leisure and Recreation Industry - Insights and emerging issues
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Stephen Dowling
St John of God Health Care
Group Manager OHS and Wellness Shared Services
Enabling health care workers to care for themselves as they care for others (metro, regional, rural, remote)
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Dr Hanna Thomas
Communicorp Group
Senior Consultant Psychologist
Psychologically Safe & Healthy Workplaces 

Facilitated by NSCA Foundation Director, Jasmine Doak, the Member Meeting also provided an ideal opportunity for members to meet the new NSCA Foundation team:  Jamie Burrage General Manager, Rhett Pearson Membership Manager and Rodney Breckenridge Events Manager.

Congratulations to NSCA Foundation Melbourne Members for contributing to a successful and enthusiastic inaugural Member Meeting!

NSCA Foundation is hosting a new series of Member networking events across Australia in 2015 – information on future events is available here or by contacting eventregistration@nsca.org.au

NSCA Sydney Breakfast Forum - Managing Mental Health in the Workplace

The NSCA celebrates another successful Breakfast Forum held in Sydney on 23 July 2014.

110+ guests packed the panel-style forum to get specialist advice on Managing Mental Health in the Workplace from the expert panel of speakers, including David Burroughs (Managing Director and Principal Psychologist at CommuniCorp), Paul Cutrone (Partner – National Head of Safety, Sparke Helmore Lawyers), Cherie McGrath (State Inspector – Psychosocial, WorkCover Authority of NSW) and facilitator Jasmine Doak (Director at NSCA).

The interactive event encouraged audience participation, questions and discussion on what Mental Health in the Workplace means, the foundations of a psychologically healthy workplace, and resources currently available to assist businesses to prepare for and manage the challenges of mental health issues at work.

Guests were also able to further discuss specific challenges and seek advice from panel members one-on-one after the breakfast forum, and network with other like businesses facing similar challenges.

The NSCA is hosting Breakfast Forums across the major capital cities throughout 2014 – information on future events is available on NSCA’s website or contact eventregistration@nsca.org.au.

Meet our panel of experts

Paul Cutrone - Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Paul Cutrone -  Partner - National Head of Safety at Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Paul is acknowledged as a leading lawyer in the area of work health and safety throughout Australia. His clients span a number of sectors including retail, energy and resources, transport, construction, manufacturing, finance, telecommunications and government. Paul’s knowledge and commitment to WHS law enables him to deliver timely and industry savvy advice on legal risk management, compliance, enforcement strategies, governance, officer liability, incident management and response, prosecutions and coronial inquests.

 

David Burroughs - Communicorp

David Burroughs - Managing Director and Principal Psychologist at Communicorp

David has a diverse background across clinical, organisational, military and forensic psychology, and is a recognised expert and speaker in the area of workplace mental health and resilience. With over a decade’s experience internationally in the workplace mental health and corporate performance arena, Dave has a wealth of experience to draw upon.

 

WorkCover NSW

Cherie McGrath -  State Inspector – Psychosocial at WorkCover Authority of NSW

Cherie has over a decade’s experience as a WorkCover NSW Inspector, and her previous professional life includes Occupational Therapist in aged care, hospitals and rehabilitation, teacher in the public education sector and National Safety Manager for an Australian airline.

 

 

Jasmine Doak

Jasmine Doak - Director at NSCA and National HR Manager at Linfox

Jasmine has been an NSCA Director since June 2012. Jasmine comes to the NSCA with a legal and human resources background and has previously worked with Minter Ellison Lawyers and Mazda Australia. Currently, Jasmine is the National HR Manager at Linfox where she manages a broad range of issues and programs across the human resources function.

 

 

 


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With mental health now the third biggest health problem in Australia it was fantastic to see the commitment of over a hundred guests who braved a cold Melbourne morning to attend the NSCA Breakfast Forum “Managing mental health in the workplace” with a panel of experts.

The panel consisted of Kathy Skippington Deputy CEO of Comcare, Chris Wighton Senior Associate Sparke Helmore Laywers, David Burroughs Principal Psychologist at CommuniCorp Group and Ennio Bianchi Principal Risk Management Consultant at the NCSA.

With one in five Australians experiencing mental health issues there were many first hand experiences discussed by the panel and audience. The over-arching takeout was that it’s okay to talk about mental health in the workplace and it is imperative that leaders and managers build their confidence and understanding in this area to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, they provide a working environment that’s safe and without risks to health and safety.

Questions and topics included:

  • What does mental health at work mean?
  • Who is responsible for mental health and safety at work?
  • How do you identify psychosocial risk at work?
  • How do workplaces foster a culture that promotes the health benefits of work, psychological health and wellbeing?
  • Does the organisation also have to consider psychosocial risks such as non-work related medical conditions?
  • Safety legislation requires employers to provide a work environment that is safe and without risks to health – what does this look like in relation to mental health and safety at work?

Following the breakfast David Burroughs, CommuniCorp’s Principal Psychologist, ran a three hour workshop on the foundations of early intervention. Participants learnt the importance of mental health at work, roles and responsibilities in ensuring a psychologically safe and healthy work environment and common workplace mental health issues and challenges, including psychosocial risk indicators. Most importantly – through practical case studies – everyone understood how to recognise early warning signs, initiate conversations and provide practical intervention and support options.

A Brilliant Start to 2014: NSCA Brisbane Breakfast Forum a SuccessBrisbane Breakfast

NSCA launched the 2014 series of Breakfast Forums in Brisbane on Wednesday 26 March.

Over 150 guests received direct advice and practical solutions from the expert panel of speakers, including: Paul Goldsbrough, Senior Director – Workers’ Compensation and Policy Services, Office of Fair and Safe Work Queensland, Department of Justice and Attorney-General, Matthew Smith, Partner at Sparke Helmore Lawyers and Ennio Bianchi, Principal – Risk Management at NSCA, facilitated by Matt Dunshea, newly appointed Northern Region Manager at NSCA.

The interactive panel style event addressed the critical challenges facing local Brisbane business owners and workers relating to contractor management – including best practice, legal responsibilities and pitfalls to avoid.

Key questions and topics included:

• Obligations to workers and independent contractors
• Contractual arrangements
• Supervision of contractors
• Major challenges of managing contractor compliance
• Key areas of the legislation to watch out for
• Defining what reasonably practicable looks like
• Major shifts and trends in relevant case law decisions and appeals

NSCA held Contractor Management workshops after the breakfast forum, expanding on Contractor Management responsibilities, knowledge-sharing and solutions, facilitated by expert panel member Ennio Bianchi.

The NSCA will host Breakfast Forums and workshops across all the major capital cities throughout 2014. Information on future events is available on NSCA’s website or contact eventregistration@nsca.org.au

Meet our panel of experts

Paul Goldsbrough

Paul Goldsbrough - Senior Director – Workers’ Compensation and Policy Services,  Office of Fair and Safe Work Queensland, Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Paul has worked in the fields of work health and safety, workers’ compensation and rehabilitation for over 25 years for both the Federal and State governments. His current role involves development of workplace health and safety, electrical and workers’ compensation policy and legislation and includes involvement in a number of national working groups addressing specific aspects of the model WHS laws and workers’ compensation arrangements. Also, to policy and legislation, Paul oversees a number of functions of

Queensland’s workers’ compensation regulator. Paul is a member of the SafeWork Australia significant issues groups and the National Government Advisory Group on Chemical Security. Matthew Smith - Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Matthew Smith - Partner at Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Matthew is the national leader of Sparke Helmore’s Workplace Group. He advises corporate and government clients on compliance issues relating to industrial relations and work health, safety and regulation, and specialises in assisting clients to resolve highly-sensitive issues in often acrimonious litigated matters. He regularly appears in industrial, employment, safety and discrimination matters before various state and federal courts and tribunals. Matthew works predominantly with government and major corporate entities in the mining and resources, construction, transport, manufacturing and retail sectors.

Ennio Bianchi - NSCA

Ennio Bianchi - Principal - Risk Management at National Safety Council of Australia

Ennio has over 25 years' experience with the area of risk management and has designed and undertaken a diverse range of auditing, incident investigation, hazop, property risk, technical and systems management and consulting assignments. He has key responsibilities in the implementation of risk management processes within various organisations and within the National Safety Council of Australia.

 

 


 

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