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In 2014 we explored how workplaces are centre stage when it comes to influencing, educating and supporting health and wellbeing. Good employee health and wellbeing naturally extends to good business health and organisations need to take a strategic approach to preventing harm by improving participation, understanding and impact of work—at work and beyond. Programs need to be designed to meet the needs and risks of workers. Senior management involvement and buy-in, along with a supportive environment, is critical for success.

Participate + Prevent + Support = Good Health, Good Business.

Day one—Lead work through prevention

What are the key preventative factors in building a safe, productive and successful workforce? Leaders at all levels in the workplace must embed health and wellbeing in the way things are done within the organisation—know the workforce and respond to risks. Effective education will improve business outcomes and underpin healthy and safe workplaces.

Day two—Support recovery through work

Organisations need to ensure effective care and support for those injured and affected by workplace harm. Build meaningful work and focus on ability. Keep workers informed in the recovery and return to work programs, continually assess and measure program effectiveness and create inclusive workplaces for all.

Day three—Specialist conference streams

Specialist conference streams exploring both prevention and return to work in major industry sectors. Full one day specialist streams being:

  • 2014 Seacare Conference and Awards
  • 2014 Rehabilitation Case Managers Conference
  • WHS in Transport and Logistics Conference.

Day 1 – Tuesday 9 September 2014 - Lead work through prevention

8.30 am – 9.15 am


9.25 am – 9.30 am Welcome to Country

9.30 am 9.40 am

Facilitator welcome

9.40 am – 10.10 am

Opening address

Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon. Eric Abetz

Comcare Chief Executive Officer, Ms Jennifer Taylor

10.10 am – 10.50 am


Stuart King, Managing Director, Risk to Business

Innovative leadership—good for people, good for business

Great workplaces can be created through leadership. Leadership capability is required to protect people, brand and reputation. How do we support leadership in order to make a difference? This is just one of the questions that Stuart will pose in this session. This session will also demonstrate a new way of looking at behaviour risk, including latest research findings, and touch on the importance of workplace prevention as opposed to basic compliance and reactivity. It comes down to one thing—when people feel safe, they do their best work. Safe employees = good business.

10.50 am – 11.25 am

Morning Tea
Exhibition trade area

Concurrent keynotes

11.30 am – 12.10 pm

Leading safety when safety is out of your control

Chelsea Cook
National Work Health and Safety Manager, Defence Housing Australia

Defence Housing Australia presents a unique landscape relating to their work health and safety risks. With 1000+ contractors delivering construction and maintenance services, their contractor base is larger than their actual workforce. Chelsea will discuss DHA's continual compliance campaign to ensure all contractors—big multinational companies to small mum/dad businesses, drive safety in their business and ensure it’s a core business philosophy.

Designing Healthy Work: What, Why, Who, and How

Professor Sharon Parker
University of Western Australia

Creating a healthy and safe workplace requires effective work design – physical, biomechanical and psychosocial.
This session will explore present research studies of good work design and the important links to self-managing teams, job enrichment, and empowerment, and their effects on health outcomes.

People at Work

Warren Sterling
Work Health & Safety Advisor, Australian Taxation Office

Shane Stockill, Principal Advisor, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, Department of Justice and Attorney-General

The ‘People at Work’ project is a system of online resources that aims to assist workplaces in the proactive management of workplace stress. The project measures work demands and resources to give employers an indication of areas that may be causing stress in the organisation.

Building resilience in the workplace

Alex Jenkins, General Manager Customers, Training, Corporate Health and Psychological Services, Injury Treatment Pty Ltd

Working in the world of injury management we continually see cases where personal and organisational resilience have been challenged, often to huge personal and economic cost. This session will focus on strategies to build resilience in the workplace. Understanding the basic characteristics of resilience at an individual, team and organisational level and what can be done to foster greater resilience. Alex will explore how this can be practically applied both in the prevention and effective resolution of injuries when they occur.

12.10 pm – 12.50 pm

The self-insurance journey

Facilitated by Maree Sherwood, Director, Secretariat and Self Insurance, Comcare

Geoff Hoad, Optus

Bruce Butler, Partner, Moray & Agnew

Tim Clift, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

The lifting of the moratorium late last year opened the scheme to eligible multi-state employers to allow them national workers' compensation coverage. This panel discussion will explore the self-insurance story - pros and cons, the challenges and legal implications of joining the scheme.   

Investing in our older workers

Emma Lewis, Bureau of Meteorology

With longer and healthier lives comes an opportunity for many people to work and contribute. Workforce planning, health and safety, and human capital development are important strategies that will assist organisations to shift attitudes and age stereotypes to equip workplaces with high performance work practices to embrace all ages at work.  This session will highlight some key strategies, tips and ideas that can be implemented in your workplace.

Supporting workers during time of change

Paula Robinson, Positive Psychology Institute

Organisation and workplace change is a fact of working life and can bring about positivity for organisations and workers, such as increased productivity, clarity of role and increased work satisfaction. Changes can also be challenging if not managed well, specifically in the pre-planning phase of the change process. This session will explore practical concepts to positive change management based on current research and provide practical examples that will allow participants to immediately apply back in their workplace to build trust, empower people and open opportunities.


12.50 pm – 1.40 pm


1.40 pm – 2.35 pm

Plenary Panel Session

A ‘Heads up’ on creating a mentally healthy workplace

Georgie Harman, CEO, beyondblue

Louisa Hudson, Head of Health, Safety & Wellbeing, National Australia Bank

Jack Heath, Chief Executive Officer, Sane Australia

Creating a mentally healthy workplace is everyone’s responsibility. Organisations of all sizes need to increase awareness of mental health conditions, identify and minimise workplace risks and collectively reduce stigma. Get a ‘heads up’ on why we need to take action now.

2.35 pm – 3.25 pm


International keynote

How vibrant workplaces inspire employees to achieve

Graham Lowe, The Graham Lowe Group Inc

Graham’s extensive research and publications examine healthy work environments, human resource development, organisational change and performance. Graham’s presentation will explore how to integrate employee health promotion, a work environment that enhances health and safety, and a culture that values wellness.

3.25 pm – 3.55 pm

Afternoon tea
Exhibition trade area

3.55 pm – 4.30 pm


Driving and embedding a safety culture across a diverse national network

Chris Sutherland, Managing Director, Programmed

Programmed is a large national company that provides staff, maintenance and facility management. Programmed is faced with a number of safety challenges due to the diverse and wide ranging industry sectors that it services. This session will present the concept of implementing and embedding a safety culture within a national network. Programmed has a strong safety vision and strategy with their ‘Zero Harm’ initiative. Over the last five years, this program has achieved a significant reduction in lost time injuries. This session will highlight the learnings of this program and the importance of safety leadership and building front line worker capability more generally.

4.35 pm – 4.50 pm

Day one wrap up

5.00 pm – 7.00 pm

Welcome reception
Exhibition trade area

Day 2 – Wednesday 10 September 2014 – Support recovery through work

8.00 am – 9.15 am


9.25 am – 9.30 am

Day one highlights package

Facilitator welcome to day two

9.30 am – 10.00 am

Opening keynote

The health of our nation

Deborah Schofield, Professor and Chair of Health Economics
NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre and School of Public Health, The University of Sydney

An ageing population and a reduced growth in labour force participation have been projected to place significant pressure on Australia's future economy. In addition, chronic disease and poor mental health leading to early retirement due to illness also have negative economic impacts. This session will draw on latest research findings to explore the economic and productivity impacts of being off work due to injury or illness. These impacts can be seen at an individual and national level.

10.00 am – 10.45 am

International keynote

How psychology is integrated with health and illness

Professor Steve Linton
The Center for Health and Medical Psychology, Örebro University, Sweden

Professor Linton will share his insights in injury management and how psychology is integrated with health and illness. Through his extensive research in intervention systems, he will discuss how matching psychological interventions to the specific needs of a patient can improve return to work outcomes.

10.45 am – 11.15 am

Morning Tea
Exhibition trade area

Concurrent Keynotes

11.15 am – 12 pm

Mind over body—the power of positive thinking

James McAuley
Senior Research Officer Neuroscience Research Australia

James’ research interests lie in the primary care management of musculoskeletal pain, particularly low back pain where he is focused on identifying the factors underlying the transition from acute to chronic pain.

This session will explore how pain associated with musculoskeletal conditions can be managed using the power of the mind. James will talk about the role of the brain and mind in chronic pain and how the mind influences physiological regulation.

Health effects of compensation systems

Dr Genevieve Grant
Lecturer, Law Faculty, Monash University

This session will explore the relationship between the personal experiences of claimants to injury compensation schemes and their injury recovery trajectory. It will highlight aspects of claims processes that can be improved to drive better claimant experience and scheme outcomes.

Workplace Conflict—recognising how and when to act

Mark Belanti, Director, Carfi 

This session will explore conflict resolution methodologies as they are fast becoming more common when managing workplace injuries.
Do employers focus on ‘right and wrong’ or not act for fear of admitting liability? Are we doing more harm and escalating conflict?



12 pm – 12.40 pm

Behavioural Insights in Return to Work

Julie Mitchell
General Manager, Workers’ Compensation
Allianz Australia

Behavioural insights apply academic research, behavioural economics and psychology and are used extensively where public policy is turned into action. They use certain incentive based concepts to get a positive outcome. This session will explore Allianz’s trial of introducing behavioural insights techniques to get people back to work sooner and the early interaction between the claim manager and the injured worker in the first 30 days of a claim commencing. The trial began in 2013 and the success for this initiative will be measured by the impact of behavioural insights interventions on return to work in terms of days of work, improved timeliness of claims finalisation and cost to the public purse. Results as at March 2014 show positive outcomes in claim finalisation rates.

Supporting individuals with a multitude of barriers preventing return to work

Dorothy Frost, Manager, Research and Innovation, IPAR

In a quest to improve return to work outcomes when traditional rehabilitation has failed, IPAR has adopted a new approach to redeployment utilising standardised bio-psychosocial tools, chronic disease self-management techniques and personalised health and career coaching. The approach recognises that multiple factors impact how an individual responds to an injury.

Initial trials of this model have focused on individuals who may have participated in traditional vocational rehabilitation but remain unemployed and unable to participate in rewarding daily activities. Outcomes have been pleasing, including an individual who returned to work after 16 years. Of significance is the individual experience of greater empowerment and involvement in their treatment and job seeking program. Outcomes and implications for broader service delivery will be presented.

Focus on return to work—From strategy, delivery and beyond

Carl Princehorn
National Manager Workplace Health and Safety
Department of Human Services

The department has implemented a suite of strategies to respond to challenges when integrating portfolio agencies from 2011. The strategies have included an award winning national training program for all managers, team leaders and supervisors to ensure it achieved consistent and effective performance in injury management. Specifically is relating to early intervention strategies, new arrangements to improve workplace rehabilitation provider performance and changes to the operation of rehabilitation case management.  This session will explore the department’s journey and learnings to date.

12.40 pm – 1.30 pm

Exhibition trade area

1.30 pm – 2.15 pm


Breaking the web of "needless disability": reducing the impact of secondary psychological claims

Robert Aurbach, Principal Consultant, Uncommon Approach

Some people recover as expected. Others with similar injuries have much poorer results. This presentation blends cutting edge research on predictors of good and bad outcomes, the latest understanding about the workings of the mind, and 24 years of practical claims management experience to help explain how compensation systems sometimes create bad outcomes. Specific strategies for combatting the risk and a new understanding of individually tailored interventions to bolster resilience are the results.

2.15 pm – 2.45 pm


Look at what I can do… not what I can’t

Carly Findlay, Writer and Speaker

Carly has a genetic skin disorder called Ichthyosis. She talks about managing her chronic illness and how having a visible difference impacts on her work and personal life – not her ability.

2.45 pm – 3.15 pm

Afternoon Tea
Exhibition trade area

3.15 pm – 4.00 pm


A broken body isn’t a broken person

Janine Shepherd

Janine was a champion cross country skier in training for the winter Olympics. Her life was irrevocably altered when she was run over by a truck during a training bicycle ride to the Blue Mountains.
Her neck and back were broken in six places, and her right arm, collarbone and five ribs fractured. Her right leg had been ripped open, she had sustained head injuries and massive internal injuries. Doctors warned her parents that she was not expected to survive her ordeal. Even if by some small chance she recovered, she would never walk again. Janine reveals how our greatest obstacles can become our greatest opportunities and shares the tools that have allowed her to transform her dreams into reality.

4.00 pm – 4.15 pm

Day two wrap up

6.30 pm – 11.00 pm

2014 Comcare Work Health and Safety Awards and 2014 Seacare Awards gala dinner
Melbourne Town Hall

Day 3 – Thursday 11 September 2014 – Specialist conference streams


2014 Seacare conference

2014 WHS in Transport and Logistics conference

2014 Rehabilitation case managers conference

8.00 am – 9.00 am


9.00 am – 9.10 am

Facilitator welcome

Facilitated by Sue McCubbin, Director, Scheme Management and Regulation, Comcare

Facilitator welcome

Facilitated by Paul Orwin, Director, Regional Operations Queensland, Comcare

Facilitator welcome

Facilitated by Roisin O'Hagan, Training Consultant, Scheme Management and Regulation, Comcare


9.10 am – 9.20 am

Opening Address

David Sterrett
Chairperson, Seacare Authority

Opening Address

Cathy Skippington
Deputy CEO, Comcare

Opening Address

Bruce Watson
Executive General Manager, Claims and Liability Management, Comcare

9.20 am – 10.00 am

Keynote speaker

The science of high performance

Andrew May, The Performance Clinic

Today’s workplace is a highly competitive cauldron sharing many similar characteristics with the world of the high performance athlete. Intense effort, thriving under pressure, focused concentration and the ability to recover are fundamental to success. Being able to consistently perform at your peak requires a balance between intense effort and essential periods of rest and recovery. You cannot be 100% efficient if you are on 24/7.

Keynote speaker

Operation AUSTRANS

Chair of the ANZPAA Road Policing Forum (ARPF), Assistant Commissioner Linda Williams, South Australia Police

Every year throughout May, police and a range of road, transport and safety authorities across Australia and New Zealand participate in Operation AUSTRANS – a collaborative multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional enforcement operation to target non-compliance relative to heavy vehicle driver fatigue, drug use, inappropriate speed and other areas which have a detrimental impact on road safety.

Operation AUSTRANS is the only heavy vehicle road safety compliance and enforcement operation which has full participation across Australia and New Zealand. The operation has run for over 20 years and sits under the governance arrangements of ANZPAA, which is a joint initiative of the Australian and New Zealand Police Ministers and Commissioners.

Keynote speaker

At Ease – Recognise, Act, Maintain

Kym Connolly, Director, Mental Health Programs, Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Military service poses unique risks to mental health and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ is using new technology through the At Ease online portal to give veterans the capability to self-manage their mental health within a stepped care model.

At Ease is designed to assist serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel and their family members to recognise the symptoms of poor mental health, take action early, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The site offers symptom-based, self-help advice and tools, and mobile applications.

Veterans can find out when to seek professional care, how to do so and what to expect. Youtube videos are used to break down the stigma of help-seeking. At Ease is supported through promotional activities that include Facebook, digital advertising and Youtube.

This session will outline DVA’s approach to adapting its mental health programs to suit the characteristics of today’s veterans.

10.00 am – 10.40 am

Beyond fatigue management—Navy's experience in performance and endurance optimisation

Scott Hamilton, Commander, Royal Australian Navy

The Royal Australian Navy conducted a study capturing individuals’ daily activities, including sleep in the Anzac Class Frigate, HMAS Warramunga. Navy’s software development enabled the automation necessary to record and review over 5,000 days of data during a representative 4-month deployment schedule. On advice of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, the Command led a revision of the ship’s internal routines resulting in greater sleep and quantitative increase in both individual and collective training output.

Work-related traffic injuries—are they influenced by workplace practices and cultures?

Dr Sharon Newnam
Monash University – Monash Injury Research Institute

The organisational context plays a key role in the safety of work-related drivers. Safe driving behaviour is influenced by a complex system that involves characteristics of the organisation, the supervisors and individual fleet drivers. To improve work-related driving behaviour, it is necessary to focus beyond the individuals’ compliance with safety procedures. This presentation will discuss how driving behaviour is influenced by a system of inter-linked contexts operating within multiple levels within the organisation. Attention will be given to the multilevel contexts that shape and constrain the factors influencing safe driving behaviour and interventions designed to mitigate risk.

Improving return to work outcomes—the strategic impact of Work Oriented Treatment

Dr Chris Stevens, Director and Principal Psychologist, CommuniCorp Group

This session will provide delegates with an understanding of the strategic impact of Work Oriented Treatment for workers experiencing psychological injury. Work Oriented Treatment aligns with the health benefits of work agenda, where work is seen to be good for people's health and wellbeing.

The session will include an overview of psychological injury in the workplace, explore the risks and costs of extended time off work versus the benefits of Work Oriented Treatment, the limitations of typical treatment approaches and how Work Oriented Treatment can facilitate positive return to work outcomes particularly via a more expanded understanding of 'treatment' that extends beyond the practitioner-patient relationship. The session will therefore highlight the importance of collaboration across stakeholder groups in improving return to work outcomes for workers with psychological injury.   

10.40 am – 11.15 am

Morning Tea
Exhibition trade area

11.15 am – 11.45 am

Wellness matters – developing targeted wellness strategies

Laura Cropley, Managing Director, Productivity Matters

Rosemary Selkrig, Site Nurse/Return to Work Coordinator, Mandalay Resources

During this session you will hear both from Productivity Matters Managing Director, Laura Cropley and Rosemary Selkrig, Site Nurse/Return To Work Co-ordinator at Mandalay Resources, Costerfield Operations in Victoria.

Laura will focus on the business case of a wellbeing strategy. She will explore the legislation and statistics that sit behind the employer's role in wellbeing. Laura will outline the components of a customised wellbeing strategy and the economic benefits it brings to the organisation.

Rosemary will share her experience from an employer’s perspective of the wellbeing journey that Mandalay Resources has been on including initiating the conversation with management, managing internal stakeholder expectations, and implementing a wellbeing strategy.

A healthy industry of choice 

Andrew Niven, Group Manager, Safety and Sustainability, Linfox Australia Pty Ltd

This presentation will discuss Linfox's Improving industry health and wellbeing strategy designed to encourage healthy lifestyles in the industry, as well as creating a supportive environment for mental health at work.

Simple steps to radically improved return to work outcomes for case managers

Janette Gale, Chief Executive Officer HealthChange Australia and Health Psychologist

To return to work successfully and in a suitable time frame, injured workers need to be ready, willing and able to take the action required of them to recover and transition back into the workplace. Case managers can play a key role in facilitating and supporting this behaviour change process.

This presentation provides a framework to help case managers perform this critical role. It shares some of the practical findings and methodology used in many public health services to manage patient recovery from acute illnesses and injuries and promote ongoing self-management of chronic health conditions.

11.45 am – 12.15 pm

Driving a safety culture with your Health and Safety Representatives

Prue Dunstan, Safety, Health & Environment Manager, Pacific National Rail

Through Pacific National Rail's Home Safely program, HSR Nathan East wanted to ensure the safety message was reaching all workers. So with his work mates he spread the word! This session will explore Nathan's work and the importance of management and senior leader commitment.

Bringing people and business together through safety

Geoff Hoad
Director, Workplace Health and Safety, Optus

Developing and delivering a health, safety and wellbeing strategy across a large network of businesses is challenging. This session will explore Optus’ journey in integrating strategies across major business networks to ensure a holistic program. Due to the complexity and vast array of operations, it was important that the outcomes were manageable and flexible to appeal to localised issues. Through extensive consultation, Optus implemented a corporate strategy to enable its people to get involved, plan and design the outcomes.

Case study: The impact of systems change on bullying and harassment at CSIRO

Alex Allars, Workplace Relations Manager, CSIRO

As part of a Comcare investigation, CSIRO was issued with an improvement notice related to bullying and harassment. In response to this, CSIRO took swift action and introduced an effective risk assessment process for all formal administrative processes including misconduct and underperformance.

This session will cover the CSIRO’s successful journey to implement significant systems change in relation to workplace bullying and harassment and the positive impacts these changes have had. CSIRO took a very proactive approach and focused on key ways to make a difference - training its people, up-skilling front line managers and building relationships.

12.15 pm – 1.10 pm

Exhibition trade area

1.10 pm – 1.50 pm

Navigating the challenges of an ageing workforce

Rowan Arndt, Corporate Champions Consultant, Sageco

Sageco provides specialist solutions to support people through organisational change such as redeployment, redundancy, retirement, role change and leadership change. They also specialise in navigating the challenges of an ageing workforce and support knowledge exchange between generations. During this session, Rowan will explore the demographic changes to our workforce, typical risks and challenges of an ageing workforce, and focus on solutions that heighten engagement, productivity, flexibility and retention.

Leading the way–loading and unloading best practice

Simon Skazlic, General Manager–HS&E / Compliance, K&S

K&S’ core business is in the management of complex supply chains where linehaul, local transport, export, wharf cartage, bulk transport and storage play key roles. K&S recognised that the safety of drivers during the loading and unloading of trucks was a significant safety issue across the broader trucking industry. In response to this, the innovative joint industry committee known as the LUEZ (loading, unloading exclusion zone) Committee led by K&S, developed industry best practice guidelines to ensure trucking personnel were kept safe. This session will explore the work of the LUEZ committee, the challenges they faced and how they incorporated fundamental principles into the loading and unloading guidelines that previously did not exist. The best practice guidelines have already made a difference to truck drivers around Australia. 

Motivational interactions

Arthur Papagiannis, AP Psychology and Consulting Services

Motivational Interactions (MI) is widely recognised as an important engagement strategy for people working in a case management capacity – working with a range of injured client / worker needs pertaining to resistance, ambivalence to change, motivation, development and return to work. This session will explore key motivation drivers and how to help promote client autonomy, engagement and choice.


1.50 pm – 2.30 pm

Case Study: Cape Lambert Marine Works John Holland Project

Lea Slade, Health, Safety & Environment Manager, John Holland Group

The Cape Lambert Marine Works project was a $400 million contract for John Holland. The project, involving building a new port facility next to the existing port which was already operating at peak capacity, presented a number of challenges. Combining expertise with innovative thinking, John Holland overcame many work health and safety obstacles including:

  • remote and fly in, fly out work
  • high turnover of staff due to the remoteness
  • working at heights
  • working in inclement environmental conditions (cyclone prone area combined with extreme heat)
  • working on a live port.

This session will discuss the interesting challenges the team were presented with and how these were successfully overcome.  

A safe fleet for the community

Toro Havini, WHSE Manager, Bis Industries

Bis Industries is a leading provider of on-site and off-site support and logistics services; primarily to blue chip companies operating in the coal, iron ore, steel and metals/minerals industries. These services are critical to customer processes, and use capital equipment and specialist expertise to provide tailored customer solutions.

In 2013, Bis Industries won the Comcare Work Health and Safety Award for their workplace health and wellbeing initiative – A safe fleet for the community. Delegates in this session will learn about the project, including the key challenges, approach and key achievements. Amazingly, Bis Industries have experienced zero incidents impacting community, employee health or production since 2009. 

Case study: Adopting a new case allocation model

Katrina Ashcroft, Director, Work Health and Safety, Department of Immigration and Border Protection

A new case management approach that better supports injured workers and promotes wellness is important in the return-to-work process. This session will explore the strategies, tools and training for
case managers that the work health and safety team at Immigration and Border Protection has recently implemented.


2.30 pm – 3.10 pm

Last minute change to the program–speaker to be advised

Caring for the transport industry 

Dianne Carroll, OAM, Chief Executive Officer and Founder Trans-Help Foundation

Since Dianne's first husband and father's names were placed on the wall at the Australian Truck Drivers Memorial, Dianne has demonstrated passion, determination and commitment to establish the Trans-Help Foundation. The Trans-Help Foundation is a national charity that supports transport workers and their families affected by the real life tragic side effects of the transport industry.

In this session Dianne will share her inspirational personal story and discuss the many current initiatives of the Foundation which have supported over 10,000 transport families since 2005.

Case study: Improvement strategies for effective return-to-work

Bev Tyler, Director, People Operations, Defence People Solutions Division, Defence Support Group

This session will use various examples to discuss how the effective use of a return to work management self-assessment tool can identify key gaps in rehabilitation systems. The session will explore models used by front of house managers, a medical assessment project and early intervention project.

3.10 pm – 3.30 pm

Afternoon Tea
Exhibition trade area

3.30 pm – 4.15 pm

Success is a choice 

Don Elgin, Australian Paralympian

Don Elgin is a Paralympian with an amazing story to tell. Born without the lower half of his left leg, Don has experienced a vast journey to climb to the top of elite sport.

Don will share his inspiring personal story covering topics of inclusion, achieving against the odds and how success can be a choice. Don's personal motto of 'if you can't win, make the person in front break the record' will motivate you and leave you with a spring in your step!


Heavy vehicle safety opportunities

Angus Draheim, General Manager Operations, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator 

From February this year new heavy vehicle national law was introduced in all participating States and the ACT. For the first time in Australia’s history, heavy vehicles are regulated under this same law regardless of border lines. This means a new beginning for the operations of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator as we work through our first year of business.
Our challenge is to deliver on the benefits of one regulator, one rulebook – a vision and commitment sustained by all participating Governments and transport ministers. This is a journey – there is much work that must be done to make true the detail of the vision. The NHVR is committed to the working to the long term. Our role is to regulate, facilitate and innovate across safety, productivity and efficiency outcome objectives. In the context of this conference the NHVR is seeking to work in partnership governments, industry and the community to make a difference in one of our key objectives – improving the safety of the industry and the community.
This is an opportunity to share our view of the heavy vehicle safety regulatory framework, to engage on critical issues and interactions and to identify the opportunities that can contribute to a future where transport safety is an outcome delivered without regulatory inefficiency.

Resilience and surviving in tough times

Andrew May, The Performance Clinic

Resilient people and organisations have a competitive advantage. They adapt and thrive better than others in environments of non-stop change, have a greater sense of purpose and social conditioning and have the ability to bounce back quickly following times of stress or hardship. Resilience is not just for the ‘lucky few’ who were born with it, resilience can be taught. People with high resilience bounce back from difficulties faster, tend to thrive under pressure, adapt better to constantly changing environments, have higher energy levels and are better adapted to managing stress.

4.15 pm – 4.20 pm

Facilitator wrap up and close

Facilitator wrap up and close

Facilitator wrap up and close

Page last updated: 19 Sep 2014