Australia Day Honours for safety
A physiotherapist, a resource industry reformer and a mounted police officer have received Australia Day Honours for their services to work health and safety.
Barbara Jean McPhee received an Order of Australia for significant service to physiotherapy as a practitioner in occupational health, and as an author.
McPhee is a specialist occupational health physiotherapist and the principal consultant at OHS Services Network.
Her long association with WHS includes being an independent expert member of the New South Wales Mine Safety Advisory Council since 2006, a member of the NSW Joint Coal Board Ergonomics Intervention Project from 1990 to 1991 and President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia from 1991 to 1993.
Among her books, she co-authored Bad Vibrations: A Handbook on Whole-Body Vibration in Mining (2nd Edition Coal Services Health and Safety Trust, 2009), and she authored Practical Ergonomics: Human Factors at Work (Coal Services Health and Safety Trust, 2005).
Tania Joy Constable received the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service in the development of Australia’s liquefied natural gas and other resource and energy industries.
Among her achievements, Constable oversaw the regulatory reform that established the single national regulator for offshore petroleum in Commonwealth waters, the National Offshore Safety and Environmental Management Authority.
Sergeant Karen Mercia Owen received the Australian Police Medal.
Owen is a sergeant at the Mounted Unit of the New South Wales Police Force. She has been with the unit for 30 years.
Among her duties, she is responsible for managing the WHS risks of pairing riders with horses.
She has also led the Anzac Day parade, worked on many demonstrations and rode the Household Cavalry horses and performed for the Queen at the Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
Other recipients were also honoured for their WHS and other achievements.
For more details, visit the Australia Day Honours.
Published on 30 January 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.