Musculoskeletal Disorders Symposium 2020

Cancellation of Musculoskeletal Disorders Symposium, 24-25 March 2020

We have received a significant number of enquiries about whether the MSD Symposium will proceed as planned due to the rapidly developing situation with COVID-19 in Australia. Some participants have withdrawn from the forum due to these concerns.

The Office of Industrial Relations’ priority is to protect the health and safety of its staff and stakeholders. While there is currently no official advice from Australian health authorities to cancel events of this size, the situation may change over the weekend.

With this in mind, and to prevent any potential risk to staff and participants, we have decided to cancel the Symposium. We apologise for any associated inconvenience.

You will be refunded in full via the method of payment you used. You don’t need to do anything to action the refund and you should receive your refund in the next two to three weeks.

Thank you for your support of this event. We are considering alternative options for the symposium and will be in contact in the coming months.

If you have any concerns please email us at

The program

The 2020 national symposium will feature international and national experts, interactive workshops, industry case studies and specialised streams as well as a trade expo and networking dinner.

The symposium focus is Safety by design. Design out hazards, incorporate effective risk controls and design in efficiencies at the outset to protect workers from harm, improve their health and wellbeing and increase productivity.

2020 national symposium program

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Sponsors and exhibitors

Sponsorship and trade exhibitor opportunities are available for those who want to stand out!

Sponsorship and trade exhibitor opportunities

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Symposium speakers

The two-day symposium features a line-up of key industry and international speakers, case studies and breakout streams on the latest research, best practice approaches and the critical role safety by design plays in preventing musculoskeletal disorders.

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Networking dinner

A dinner will be held on the evening of the first day of the symposium, Tuesday 24 March and will include two keynote presentations.

Dinner includes a three-course meal and limited alcohol (a cash bar is also available).

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Trade expo

Come and have a chat to our industry exhibitors at the symposium. Exhibitors are from a diverse range or organisations working in the health and safety industry.

Exhibitor details available soon.