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Day One

Madonna King Madonna King is one of Australia's accomplished journalists, having worked at senior levels with News Limited and the ABC, where she presented the Mornings program in Brisbane for six years. Madonna writes for Fairfax's Good Weekend, has a highly successful weekly column for the Brisbane Times and has a regular radio spot on Brisbane's 4BC.

She has written seven books, all defined by her skilful reporting and her ability to get people to talk in depth.

Professor Sarah SharplesSarah is a Professor of Human Factors and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Nottingham in the UK. Her research has been applied to transport, health care and manufacturing, with a focus on the design of new technologies and systems for complex work environments.

Sarah will discuss how technology is changing the way we work, and how work is designed.

Associate Professor Jodi OakmanAssociate Professor Jodi Oakman leads the Centre for Ergonomics and Human Factors at La Trobe University. Jodi holds a MRFF TRIP Fellowship, which focuses on translating research evidence into practice. She has published widely on the area of occupational influences on health and leads a range of projects concerning the impact of work on people’s health at work, with a particular focus on musculoskeletal disorders (MSD).

David CapleA Director of David Caple & Associates Pty Ltd since 1984, David is also an Adjunct Professor at Latrobe University.

He is a Certified Practicing Ergonomist in Australia, UK and USA and was the 16th President of the International Ergonomics Association 2006-2009. An independent member of the Victorian Government OHS Advisory Committee for 15 years, David provides independent advice to Safe Work Australia.

David was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2018 for services to public health with specific leadership in health and safety as well as ergonomics.

Peter Pollnitz Peter Pollnitz is the Manager of Work Health Safety and Injury Management for the Central Adelaide Local Health Network. He manages a team of WHS Professionals and develops and implements strategies to prevent injury and promote worker health and wellbeing.

Peter is a physiotherapist with qualifications in management, training and education, and clinical rehabilitation.

Peter Schumacher Peter has a Bachelor of Industrial Design from the University of South Australia. His PhD at the Australian National University focused on the design of pictorial assembly instructions for developing countries and methods of researching and codifying knowledge for human-technology interaction design.

Peter currently leads an Australian Defence Science and Technology Group project to examine design and development methods for submarine habitable spaces. The project deploys user centred investigation and development methods to improve usability, and the practical application of anthropometry and sleep and fatigue research.

Neil AdamsNeil Adams is an ergonomist and safety management consultant in private practice with a long history of working in slip, trip, misstep and fall prevention. He has degrees in science and education, and a Masters in Ergonomics and Safety Management (completed at UNSW in the mid-1990s).

Neil has assisted numerous businesses with assessment and prevention processes. He has also donated his time and expertise to Standards Australia over many years in the development and updating of Standards in the areas of slip resistance of pedestrian surface and access for people with disabilities. Neil continues to be active on Access Standards committees.

A key professional focus has been the forensic evaluation of injury events that have had serious outcomes that result in legal claims for compensation. Over the last 26 years Neil has produced well over a thousand reports intended to assist the courts in the resolution of cases arising from slips, trips, missteps and falls.

Sharon Todd Sharon Todd is a Certified Professional Ergonomist with more than 30 years’ experience in industry including manufacturing, construction, healthcare and the investigation of slips, trips and falls.

She completed her Masters Degree at the University of Queensland and is currently employed as an Independent Consulting Ergonomist working across industry in many areas including work-space design, manual handling, and slips, trips and falls.

Sharon provides expert opinions for work injury damages matters relating to general work health safety, manual handling and slips trips and falls. Her expertise includes the undertaking of slip resistance testing and the provision of recommendations in the improvement of workplaces for the safety of all users.

Day Two

Nick BuettnerNick is based in the US and is the Vice President for Product at The Bluezones™.

He will present National Geographic funded research on the longest-lived and healthiest places in the world. Nick will discuss the common lifestyle and cultural traits of these locations and how these traits align to workplaces.

Associate Professor Sharon NewnamAssociate Professor Sharon Newnam is the Director of the Systems Safety Team at the Monash University Accident Research Centre. Sharon has published widely in the area of workplace safety from a systems-thinking perspective.

She is an Associate Editor of the Leading Safety Journal, Safety Science. Sharon was invited by the Transportation Research Board to be an international member of the Truck and Bus Safety and is Chair of the Subcommittee in Safety Management.

Associate Professor Anjum NaweedAnjum Naweed is an Associate Professor at Central Queensland University with over 15 years of experience across a range of industry sectors in complex domains and occupational settings. He has a PhD in Applied Cognitive Science and is a certified professional ergonomist.

Anjum’s current research interests include complex decision-making and knowledge representation in skilled work, transport human factors, job design, as well as creative and cultural applications of simulation.

Mark EndersMark Enders is a physiotherapist with 17 years clinical experience in public and private health where he worked in large and small organisations in Queensland, Western Australia and Chicago in the US.

For the last 12 years he has worked with the health safety and wellness department in the Townsville Hospital and Health service working across workplace rehabilitation, ergonomics, hazardous manual task management and staff wellness.

Brian Cropley Bryan Cropley has been City of Ryde Council’s Work Health and Safety Coordinator since January 2006.

The role, located within Council’s Risk and Insurance Section, is responsible for the management and development of the WHS framework, including improvements of hazardous manual tasks.

Bryan has led the development in WHS at Council by providing subject matter expertise on WHS at both a strategic and operational level.

He has worked in the field of WHS since 1994, after completing a three year OHS Diploma course through RMIT University in Melbourne.

Associate Professor Sharron O'Neill Sharron is an Associate Professor in the Canberra School of Business at the University of New South Wales. Sharron holds academic and professional accounting qualifications, as well as a PhD in corporate accountability for work health and safety.

Sharron will share her research into the design, measurement and reporting of performance measures for organisational governance and accountability including non-financial indicators of work health and safety performance.

Dr Kirsten WayKïrsten is Senior Lecturer and Program Director at the Centre for Business and Organisational Psychology at the University of Queensland where she conducts research on the role of supervisors in conflict, occupational stress, fatigue, injury management and occupational health and wellbeing. As an Organisational Psychologist, Occupational Therapist and Certified Professional Ergonomist, Kirsten specialises in the study of worker and group-level psychology and its influence on various aspects of organisational performance, but in particular, WHS and injury management.

Kirsten has worked as the Discipline Leader, OHS at Australian Catholic University, Director of a private consultancy specialising in WHS and organisational psychology, and has held positions for Australian and UK WHS regulatory authorities, including Principal Inspector, Manager Psychosocial Strategy Unit, and Manager of the WHS Policy Branch.

Day Three

Dr Christopher ReidChristopher is a Human Factors and Ergonomics Associate Technical Fellow for Boeing in Charleston, South Carolina in the US. Specialising in wearable technology, his collective work on Boeing exoskeletons has earned him a 2018 Rising Star Award from the National Safety Council.

Dr Reid will present on the improved acceptability and utilisation of industrial exoskeletons, including how they can be designed to fit a variety of worker sizes and demands.

Professor Jonathon Roberts Jonathan is Professor in robotics at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). His main research interests are in the areas of field robotics, design robotics and medical robotics.

Jonathan was a co-inventor of the UAV Challenge, an international flying robot competition. Before joining QUT, Jonathan was the Research Director of CSIRO’s Autonomous Systems Laboratory where he developed projects in the area of museum robotics and telepresence.

Jonathan is a past president of the Australian Robotics & Automation Association, was a member of the Founding Editorial Board of the IEEE Journal of Robotics and Automation Letters and currently serves as a Senior Editor.

Dr Tristen Casey Dr Tristan Casey is a Lecturer at Griffith University’s Safety Science Innovation Lab. Tristan is an experienced and endorsed Organisational Psychologist with extensive experience in work health and safety. He has an interest in teamwork, leadership and organisational culture. Tristan teaches into the Graduate Certificate of Safety Leadership and Bachelor of Social Science at Griffith University. Recently, he completed his second doctorate, this time in safety leadership. Tristan is currently working on research around the management of safety amid COVID-19, psychological safety, and safety climate.

Shane Stockill Shane is a registered psychologist with tertiary qualifications in workplace health and safety and organisational psychology. Since 1999, Shane has worked across a broad range of strategic and operational roles at Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ).

Shane’s current role is Manager of the Safety Leadership and Culture Unit at WHSQ.

Shane’s unit is coordinating the Office of Industrial Relations’ role in a Research Consortium with leading safety leadership and safety climate researchers. A key output of this partnership is the development of a valid and reliable measure of safety culture, as assessed by worker survey. This measure, supported by a suite of resources, will assist organisations to assess supervisor and team-leader capacity to lead safety.

Tracie Dickenson Tracie Dickenson is a director of Daryl Dickenson Transport. Tracie oversees the day to day running of the business from office management to the coordination and efficiency of the warehouse. Tracie is also responsible for and passionate about staff training focusing largely on assisting with safety and compliance including driver wellbeing.

Tracie was a winner of the Queensland Trucking Association Woman of the Year in 2012 and since has been made a board member of the QTA. She currently sits on the committee for the Heavy Vehicle Safety Group. In 2017 Tracie was awarded the Australian Trucking Association Industry Woman of the Year.

Pam Knobel Pam is a Principal Advisor Ergonomics at Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and has worked in the occupational health and safety field for 20 years.

Pam has qualifications in ergonomics, occupational health and safety, and psychology. She has worked in a variety of industries, including, transport, health and community services and civil construction.

Associate Professor Genevieve HealyGenevieve is a Principal Research Fellow at the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on understanding how much we sit and how this influences our health and wellbeing, as well as the feasibility and acceptability of reducing this behaviour in key settings and populations, with a particular focus on desk based workers.

Her work has influenced policy and guidelines regarding the importance of reducing prolonged sitting time, and she works with multiple industry and partner organisations to translate her research into practice.

Professor Sharon Parker Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow Sharon Parker is a John Curtin Distinguished Professor in Organisational Behaviour in the Faculty of Business and Law, Curtin University.

Sharon is the Director of the Centre for Transformative Work Design and is the Chief Investigator of the Mature Workers in Organisations stream of the Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing.

She has worked as a researcher and consultant in a wide range of public and private organisations and delivered numerous keynote talks/executive education for practitioner audiences. Sharon has published high-impact articles in the Harvard Business Review, the Conversation, and other practitioner outlets and has contributed to various government inquiries and policy reviews. She was the lead consultant on the national Good Work Design initiative, SafeWork Australia.