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Work Well Conference

The Brisbane Work Well Conference (previously the Injury Prevention and Return to Work Conference) returns 24 October.

Work health and safety professionals and business leaders are invited to gather at the Work Well Conference in Brisbane on 24 October to learn, connect and share ideas.

Featuring presentations on good work design, incident preparedness, enhancing your team’s safety skills, behaviours and attitudes, creating a positive culture around workplace safety and wellbeing and navigating unexpected career change, the program will provide you with new ideas and practical strategies to implement in your workplace.

Event details

Date Monday 24 October 2022
TimeRegistration: 7.30am – 8.30am
Conference: 8.30am – 5pm
Venue Plaza Terrace Room, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane

7.30am Registration
8.30am Welcome to Country
8:40amMaster of Ceremonies
Simon Brown-Greaves
8:50amOpening address
Jorgen Gullestrup, Chair, WHS Board
9.00amWhat do serious accidents tell us about safety in any industry?
Sean Brady
9.40amGood work design – theory and solutions
Carlo Caponecchia
10.20am Morning Tea
10.40amWhich chocolate is best? Choosing or building your workplace intervention
Marilyn Hubner
11.20amA systems thinking approach to investigating workplace injuries
Prof Sharon Newnam
12.00pmDisconnect between workers and managers blocking crucial injury-preventing mental health conversations
Dr Mark Cross
12.40pm Lunch
1.30pmMoving from a culture of compliance to commitment
Tim Keeffe
2.30pmNavigating unexpected career change - empathy and purpose in vocational assessments
Matthew Buxton
3.10pmAfternoon Tea


Complex case management, navigating the Workers’ Compensation Scheme and highlighting outcomes and enablers to recovery
Bree Purcell, National Injury Insurance Scheme
Naomi Mason, WorkCover Queensland
4.00pmWorking well within – for a joyful, healthy and safe workplace culture
Julie Cross
4.55pmMC wrap up

Simon Brown-Greaves

Master of ceremonies

Simon Brown-GreavesSimon is a senior executive manager and organisational psychologist with extensive experience in complex, sensitive and high-risk environments. Prior to establishing FBG Group in July 2008, Simon was a Group Regional Manager at Chandler Macleod, Chief Executive Officer for the OSA Group for seven years (subsequently known as PPC Worldwide then Optum), and held senior psychology roles in the Victorian Office of Corrections and Victoria Police. He has vast experience with clients in complex environments including law enforcement, a range of judicial systems, regulatory bodies, superannuation, banking and manufacturing. He has worked with a broad range of Government bodies and has a deep understanding of the operational realities of these types of organisations.

Dr. Sean Brady

What do serious accidents tell us about safety in any industry?

Dr. Sean BradyDr Sean Brady is a forensic engineer who works with business, government and the legal sector to understand and resolve complex issues that typically require a whole of system approach.

Sean completed the Brady Review, an investigation into the causes of fatalities in the mining industry in Queensland, Australia. This review analysed 20 years of incident and fatality information, was data driven, and culminated in 11 recommendations for both industry and the regulator on how to lower the fatality and incident rate.

Sean speaks, podcasts, and writes about failure, human behaviour, data analytics and engineering disasters.

Carlo Caponecchia

Good work design – theory and solutions to support injury prevention and management

Carlo CaponecchiaA/Prof Carlo Caponecchia is an academic at the University of New South Wales. He has a background in psychology and works in human factors and safety. He has particular interest and expertise in psychosocial risks and safe systems of work.

Carlo is a member of the Standards Australia committee on occupational health and safety management and was part of the ISO TC283 working group responsible for the development of ISO45003. He is the current President of the International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment.

In this talk we’ll explore elements of work design, how it fits within work health and safety practice, and why it should be the primary strategy for organisations to use when improving mental health at work. The talk will outline examples of how work can be re-designed, as well as reporting on a tool that was developed to increase confidence and skills in work re-design for managing psychosocial risks.

Marilyn Hubner

Which chocolate is best? Choosing or building your workplace intervention

Marilyn HubnerDr Marilyn Hubner is the Managing Director of BuildUp Research and Interactive Training Services, which partners with SMEs and growing organisations to develop and manage their educational and training systems. After spending more than a decade consulting in training, adult education and safety for large and small organisations across construction, manufacturing, service and utility industries, Marilyn knows what truly drives effective training and safety performance —and it’s not ticking the legislative compliance box. It’s how well you connect with the heart-beating people you’re trying to educate and communicate your understanding back to them.

A big believer in providing relevant training opportunities, Marilyn encourages organisations to strategically plan training interventions to provide for and capture real-time educational needs. Marilyn has designed, developed and delivered training programs across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji and has spoken at international conferences in the USA, Germany, Canada, Korea and other Asia Pacific Nations. Her passion for improving workplace training and safety behaviour drives her to excel at every opportunity. In addition to her extensive adult education and training experience, Marilyn is a qualified safety professional with experience in safety systems development, auditing and inspections.

Drawing on her experience in adult education and safety, Marilyn now focuses on designing, developing and evaluating workplace training systems that encompass a holistic organisational approach.

Prof. Sharon Newman

A systems thinking approach to investigating workplace injuries

Prof. Sharon NewmanProfessor Sharon Newnam is the Head of School, Psychology and Counselling at the Queensland University of Technology. Sharon has published widely in the area of workplace safety from a systems-thinking perspective and has applied this knowledge to improve safety across industries, including transportation and healthcare. Sharon is a prolific author, is an Associate Editor of the leading safety journal Safety Science, and an international member on a Transportation Research Board committee, which is a division of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

Workplace tasks continue to cause a significant number of injuries within Australian, despite a substantial investment in equipment, training and workspace design. The STIR App has been developed to help OHS practitioners investigate why the risk controls for workplace tasks failed to prevent an injury to staff, and then identify effective strategies to prevent future similar injuries. The STIR App is based on best practice for incident investigation and systems thinking. This presentation will provide an overview of the development of the STIR App, case study applications, and practitioner reflections on the benefits of using a systems thinking approach to investigating workplace injuries.

Dr. Mark Cross

Disconnect between workers and managers blocking crucial injury-preventing mental health conversations

Dr Mark CrossDoctor Mark Cross is a psychiatrist with clinical experience spanning three decades. He was the lead psychiatrist on two series of the ground-breaking ABC series Changing Minds. He was also the medical consultant on the eight-part ABC drama series Wakefield.

He’s the best-selling author of two books, appears regularly in the media and on podcasts and is the founder of The Anxious Shrink on Facebook, which has reached around a million people - it’s anxiety advice that won’t make you more anxious.

Mark graduated as a doctor in Cape Town, specialised in the UK, and has worked as a specialist in Sydney since 2005, and is a current board member of SANE.He holds senior conjoint lecturer positions at the Universities of NSW and Western Sydney. Mark has special interests in sexuality issues, mental health in the workplace and improving the care and quality of life of people with lived experience.

In 2015, Mark received the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists NSW Branch Meritorious Award for his “significant contribution” to psychiatry. Mark also has lived experience of one of the conditions he treats - he’s been anxious since he was four. His empathy and humour make him one of Australia’s most loved psychiatrists.

Bree Purcell

Complex case management, navigating the Workers’ Compensation scheme and highlighting outcomes and enablers to recovery

Bree PurcellBree is a Support Planner with the National Injury Insurance Scheme where she helps participants to achieve their goals following catastrophic injury. Prior to NIISQ Bree was a Customer Advisor at WorkCover Queensland within the Specialist Claims team where she provided workers and employers with case management, support and guidance following critical workplace accidents.

Naomi Mason

Complex case management, navigating the Workers’ Compensation scheme and highlighting outcomes and enablers to recovery

Naomi MasonNaomi is a management and operations specialist with more than 18 years’ experience overseeing business operations, managing teams and facilitating corporate change. At WorkCover Queensland Naomi leads the Specialist Claims team, a multidisciplinary team focused on making a difference to the lives of workers who have experienced a catastrophic injury.

Tim Keeffe

Moving from a culture of compliance to commitment

Tim KeeffeWith more than 20 years’ experience in public and private sector organisations, Tim has a passion for developing leaders who drive performance cultures. As the CEO of Actrua Performance Cultures, Tim leads a diverse and talented team of strategists, consultants, facilitators and coaches to achieve outstanding business outcomes for partners.

Tim’s practical experience is amplified by diverse and successful academic achievements, including a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), a Masters of Engineering (Hons), graduate qualifications in Logistics and Human Resource Management, and other qualifications in Coaching and Public Safety.

Matthew Buxton

Navigating unexpected career change - empathy and purpose in vocational assessments

Matthew BuxtonMatthew has 25 years' experience in vocational rehabilitation where he has filled roles of consultant, senior consultant and different employer service manager, Managing Director and Operations Manager.

Matthew has tertiary qualifications in Rehabilitation Counselling and Nursing.  Matthew had worked in insurer-based injury management positions in addition to in-house employer-based return to work roles.

Matthew has provided services for people with both physical and psychological injury. He is passionate about helping people get better, get back to work to get on with life. Prior to working in workplace rehabilitation Matthew worked as a registered nurse in a Local Health District Area setting where he assisted people to recover from orthopaedic surgery and neurological condition with the aim of being able to return home, live independently and avoid the need for residential care.

Julie Cross

Working well within – for a joyful, healthy and safe workplace culture

Julie CrossJulie combines powerful insights into human behaviour with practical strategies that leaves audiences with powerful tools for living their best life and setting a higher standard in all aspects of their existence.

Affectionately known as ‘sparkles’, Julie is a high energy speaker. She can connect her message of inspiration, motivation, and practical personal development at all levels of business — from corporate CEOs to Childcare Assistants.

Her presentations have a residual effect and lasting impact, and she connects with audiences on a deep level. Julie will inspire you to initiate change and create a joyful and collaborative workplace culture. She connects the information in our heads with the inspiration in our hearts, encouraging people to act, and feel energised and empowered.


Connect with industry professionals who can offer you health, safety and return to work expertise and solutions – visit our exhibitors at the Conference.

KINNECT Med Consultants MLCOA

Pathtech OccPhyz Consulting IPAR

Lime Medicolegal No More Pain ErgonomicsMedilaw

OnGuard Prudence RehabWork Rehab

Altius Group Holdings Easec Occupational HealthErgoport

Lifeworks Health ServicesAllens Industrial Products Pty LtdWorkCover Queensland

LexiMedAxisEMP Onsite

The SEA GroupLockton