Musculoskeletal Disorders Symposium 2020 cancelled.

Dr Christopher Reid, Boeing

Dr Christopher Reid, Boeing

Technology and design

The workshop will cover:

  • How to measure value in an exoskeleton
  • How to select the best exoskeletons for your application needs
  • A process for interacting with your end users through demonstrations and trials
  • How to provide feedback to exoskeleton developers
  • What exoskeleton integration concerns should be considered.

Professor Sarah Sharples, University of Nottingham

Professor Sarah Sharples, University of Nottingham

Strategic leadership in diverse organisations: tales from the coalface and lessons (still) to be learned

Drawing on Sarah’s experience in leading health and safety; equality, diversity and inclusion, Sarah will lead an interactive session that considers how to embed systems thinking and a human-centred approach within workplace settings.

Attendees will gain a better insight into how systems thinking can be translated into workplace prevention of work-related MSDs.

Dr Peta Miller, University of New South Wales

Dr Peta Miller

Reporting to influence management

In practice, getting the right information to the right decision makers can be challenging. This practical influencing workshop will draw on and expand the insights from presentations by Associate Professor Sharron O’Neill on measuring and reporting WHS and Dr peta Miller on critical MSD risk controls.

Participants will work in small groups guided by the facilitators to discuss a range of issues including:
  • influencing tactics
  • who are the key management influencers within their own organisation and what information is needed by them to make good WHS strategy and management decisions
  • options for persuasive and usable information formats.

Participants will create their own SWOT and action plan to take back to their own workplaces to collect and deliver more useful MSDs information for action.

Neil Adams, Neil Adams and Associates

Neil Adams, Neil Adams and Associates

Hazard identification and risk assessment approach to preventing slips, trips, missteps and falls

This workshop will involve outline some of the main factors involved in slips, trips and falls (with reference to issues of physical, perceptual and cognitive ergonomics).

Neil will then take you through an examination of several real incidents that have caused life changing injuries (including a brief look at the stories of the individuals involved, to highlight the very human nature of these incidents). This will include the consideration of hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control processes in order to determine the key causal factors of slips, trips and falls. The session will also look at how these measures could have been eliminated or at least controlled, and how they might be applied to other situations.

David Caple, Director of David Caple and Associates and Adjunct Professor, La Trobe University

David Caple, Director of David Caple and Associates and Adjunct Professor, La Trobe University

Preventing MSDs during the design stage

This workshop will discuss the important role of the WHS specialist and generalist in the design process of new or refurbished workplaces to ensure that safety is integrated into the design stage. Be it a new production line, office or piece of technology, the process of integration of safety in the design process is essential. This includes designing to providing a safe system of work for the operators as well as designing for maintenance, cleaning and decommissioning.

A range of tools and processes will be discussed that are useful for the WHS person who is contributing to the design team.

Associate Professor Genevieve Healy, University of Queensland

Associate Professor Genevieve Healy, University of Queensland

Addressing sedentary behaviour; an emerging workplace health and safety issue

This workshop will:

  • provide participants with the knowledge and skills to assist them in addressing the emergent work health and safety issue of too much sitting at work
  • outline how sedentary work is linked to poor health outcomes and MSDs and what the business case for change is.

Using scenarios, participants will work through a process of how elements within the workplace environment and organisational system could be changed to better manage the risks and improve outcomes for all workers.

Available resources and tools that can assist in creating a dynamic workplace where workers are encouraged and supported to regularly shift between sitting, standing and moving, including the BeUpstanding toolkit.

Associate Professor Jodi Oakman, La Trobe University

Associate Professor Jodi Oakman, La Trobe University

APHIRM - A participative hazard identification and risk management toolkit for the prevention of MSDs

This workshop will provide participants with an:

  • understanding of the evidence base that supports APHIRM
  • overview of the toolkit and the software supporting its implementation
  • opportunity to interact with APHIRM
  • overview of options for organisations to implement APHIRM.

Regulator Showcase - What are the regulators doing for the prevention of MSDs from hazardous manual tasks (HMTs)?

Facilitated by Suzanne Johnson, Manager Ergonomics Unit, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

This session will provide you with an opportunity to hear about new and updated tools and programs available across Australia to prevent MSDs in your workplace.

These tools and programs highlight the different approaches to more holistically and sustainably prevent MSDs. The session will involve short presentations followed by question time.

The programs and topics included in the Regulator Showcase:

Participative Ergonomics for Manual Tasks (PErforM) program
Jay Lewis, Assistant State Inspector – Ergonomics (SafeWork NSW)

People at Work – psychosocial risk assessment tool
Samantha Sellwood, Chief Advisor, Psychological Health Unit, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

What is compliant and evidence-based manual handling training content?
Pam Knobel, Principal Advisor Ergonomics, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

The Work health and wellbeing Toolkit
Roslyn Miller, Acting Principal Advisor, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

The Patient Handling Injuries Review of Systems (PHIRES) Toolkit
Natassia Goode, Senior Ergonomics and Human Factors Unit, WorkSafe, Victoria

Last updated
13 March 2020