Melbourne Health and Safety Month conference 

This event is presented by WorkSafe Victoria.

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9:00am to 10:00am: Keynote address - The changing norm: health and safety challenges of the future

Globalisation, technology and demography are transforming the way we live, work and learn. So what will that mean for how WorkSafe Victoria and other employers operate in the future, and how can we start preparing now?

10:15am to 11:15am: Keynote address - I CARE: 5 ways to help a stressed workmate

Depression and anxiety disorders account for 34% of lost productivity through absenteeism and presenteeism; yet 86% of those afflicted suffer in silence rather than discuss with work colleagues. What can be done to address this? In Back From The Brink, over 4000 people who have learnt to manage their depression or anxiety were asked "what worked best?" Their answers reveal some surprisingly simple themes. Not only will Graeme provide practical tips to help individuals, he will also be discussing critical success factors for creating a mentally resilient culture.

11:30am to 12:30pm (select one)

Note: There are five sessions running at the same time. You can only attend one.

Option 1: Mental health and wellbeing

Preventing mental injury and promoting positive mental wellbeing in the workplace

This session provides an overview of the integrated mental health model as well as practical tips to help employers create a mentally healthy workplace.

Option 2: Return to work (SOLD OUT)

GP engagement & RTW consultation

Work is recognised as an important part of the injury recovery process and communication between general practitioners (GPs), injured workers, employers and Agents is vital. Learn about WorkSafe's current initiatives to engage with GPs and health professionals to improve return to work outcomes.

Option 3: Case study (SOLD OUT)

Thiess Services Pty Ltd

What went wrong when Thiess Services built a barge to load and transport a 5.3 tonne excavator to do conservation and maintenance works on the Patterson River for Melbourne Water? This case study is a lesson for all employers about the costly consequences of ignoring safety risks that have been identified in the workplace.

Option 4: Reporting and investigating musculoskeletal disorders (SOLD OUT)

Learning the lessons from work-related musculoskeletal disorders - A framework for reporting and investigation

What you learn from workplace injuries depends on how well your incident reporting and investigation system is designed. Learn about a new systems thinking based framework for developing and evaluating incident reporting and investigation systems.

Option 5: Mental health

5 megatrends impacting the mental health of young people

In 2016, VicHealth and CSIRO released a report called 'The Bright Futures: Megatrends impacting the mental wellbeing of young Victorians over the coming 20 years'. This session talks about the challenges facing young people into the future and their potential implications for work, skills, social connection and mental health.

12.30pm to 1.30pm: Lunch break

Please note: lunch is not provided.

1:30pm to 2:30pm (select one)

Note: There are five sessions running at the same time. You can only attend one.

Option 1: Mental health and wellbeing

Mental health injury management and return to work

We'll share insights from research and practice on the critical role employers' play in supporting workers with a mental illness or injury to remain at or return to safe work.

Option 2: Return to work (SOLD OUT)

Organisational culture for successful RTW

This session shares insight into the barriers and enablers of a successful and integrated return to work program, in the unique context of a workplace employing people with disability.

Option 3: Case study (SOLD OUT)

Vibro-Pile (Aust.) Pty Ltd and Frankipile Australia Pty Ltd

This case study explores a 2011 workplace incident in which a series of actions by Frankipile Australia and Vibro-Pile resulted in the tragic death of an employee who fell approximately 40 meters from the leader mast of piling rig that collapsed.

Option 4: Occupational violence and aggression in health (SOLD OUT)

Addressing occupational violence and aggression in health

In this session the Institute of Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research will share the latest research on occupational violence and aggression (OVA) in the healthcare sector. We'll talk about adopting a systems approach to OVA and the important role of senior leadership in achieving sustainable change.

Option 5: Asbestos (SOLD OUT)

Working on asbestos containing material - what every tradie needs to know

Whether you're a plumber, electrician, carpenter, tiler or other tradie, there is potential for asbestos to be disturbed while carrying out your work. You'll hear from ex-plumber Kevin Sheedy and learn how to identify asbestos and take precautions to prevent being exposed.

2:45pm to 3:45pm (select one)

Note: There are five sessions running at the same time. You can only attend one.

Option 1: Mental health and wellbeing

Doing prevention well: Practical tools, resources and insights from workplaces / Early intervention: How can mental health first aid assist? 

This session will give both employers and employees the tools, resources and on-the-ground insights they need to prevent and respond to mental injury and illness in their workplace.

Option 2: Return to work (SOLD OUT)

Early claim processes, initial liability and RTW intervention

Learn about the process for determining a worker's initial entitlement to compensation following a workplace injury and how employers can assist with early return to work while the claim is still pending.

Option 3: Case study (SOLD OUT)

Bullying in the workplace

This is a case study of a young apprentice carpenter who experienced verbal, physical and psychological bullying and harassment at the hands of his employer and fellow workers. It highlights just how vulnerable young workers are.

Option 4: Noise control

Noise control at source - It's not as hard as you think!

Noise induced hearing loss is irreversible, and has a broad range of physical and social impacts. But it's also preventable. Learn how to control noise at its source in the workplace and prevent noise induced hearing loss.

Option 5: Hazardous materials (SOLD OUT)

Introducing the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) to Victorian workplaces

Find out about changes on chemical labels and safety data sheets and your legislative responsibilities before the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals system takes full effect in Victoria in 2017.


Wednesday, 26 October 2016 from 9:00 AM to 3:45 PM (AEDT) 


Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre - 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, VIC 3006 - View Map