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North Queensland Work Well Conference 2023

This one-and-a-half-day event in Townsville focuses on injury prevention, mental health, work health and safety, rehabilitation and return to work. The program includes a full day conference, networking function and half day of masterclasses.

Join us in person to explore work health design, embrace innovation and technology and foster leadership and culture. Hear from our keynote speakers and safety and return to work experts who will inspire you with practical ideas to implement in your workplace.

Details

Conference

Date: Wednesday 24 May 2023
Time: 8.30am–4.30pm

Networking function

Date: Wednesday 24 May 2023
Time: 5.00–7.30pm

Join us to network with other industry professionals at the Pavilion Terrace. This function is included in your registration but there are limited spaces so make sure to register your attendance. Light canapes and drinks are included.

Masterclasses

Date: Thursday 25 May 2023
Time: 9.00am–1.00pm

Cost

Conference and masterclasses: $198 including GST
Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and barista coffee included across the event days.

Program

TimeSpeaker
7.30am Registration and exhibition
8.30am MC welcome
Chris Parsons, Master of Ceremonies
8.40am Opening address
8.45am The path to recovery – A comprehensive approach to rehabilitating musculoskeletal and psychological injuries for a safe return to work
Ken Ware, Founder – NeuroPhysics Therapy and Neurotricional Sciences Education
9.30am The power of perspective in redressing sexual harassment culture
Dr Skye Charry, Workplace sexual harassment consultant
10.15am Morning tea
10.45am

The future of rehabilitation
Maryanne Hillyer, Director – Robofit

11.25am Evidence-informed care – A smart investment into work injury management
Dr Mary Wyatt, Director and Publisher at RTWMatters Ltd
12.05pm

Work design in practice
Simon Brown-Greaves, Organisational psychologist and Chief Mental Health Officer – Australia Post

12.45pm Lunch
1.45pm

Marketing health and safety properly
Andrew Barrett, Chief connector, coach and podcaster – Safety on Tap

2.30pm

Wellness in the workplace – Injury prevention and enhancing mental health for your team
Dylan Furey, Clinical exercise physiologist

3.15pm Afternoon tea
3.45pm Powerful leadership starts and ends with your team
Kate Munari, Australian Navy pilot and veteran
4.30pm

MC event close
Chris Parsons, Master of Ceremonies

*Program subject to change

TimeSpeaker
8 – 8.30am Registration
8.30am MC welcome
Chris Parsons, Master of Ceremonies
8.35am Opening address
8.45am Difficult conversations – Get confident!
Scott Dutton, Conflict, communication and team culture expert
10.15am Morning tea
10.45am

Managing the risks of psychosocial hazards at work Code of Practice 2022  
Sam Popple and Elizabeth Gray, Psychological Health Unit – Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

12.15pm

MC event close
Chris Parsons, Master of Ceremonies

12.30pm Event close

*Program subject to change

Speakers

Chris ParsonsMC Chris Parsons

Chris is a seasoned television host and producer, with a passion for travel and exploration. He has hosted and produced countless episodes of popular travel shows such as 'Queensland Weekender', 'The Great South East', and 'Creek to Coast’.

Chris is also an experienced MC and has hosted a variety of events and functions around Queensland, from the Queensland Tourism Awards to sporting events and festivals.

Andrew BarrettAndrew Barrett

Andrew (Baz) Barrett was a trained health and safety professional before becoming a specialist coach for health and safety professionals.

He recognised the need to create sustainable change in safety that betters individual, team and organisational learning,  leading to better results.

This led to the creation of Safety on Tap - a change leadership company specialising in the development and growth of health and safety leaders, and more broadly, capability and innovation in the health and safety field.

Safety on Tap supports large organisations across many industries to improve the safety of work, reduce safety clutter and improve learning and operational performance.

Dr Mary WyattDr Mary Wyatt

Mary is an occupational physician who is active in policy development and research for many organisations, including Australasian Facility of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

She has decades of work in injury management including running an early intervention case management approach across several medium to large employers.

Mary’s other work has included Independent Medical Examiners, running RTWMatters.org (a non-profit seeking to share evidence-based practices that support better return to work outcomes), research on return to work, teaching at Monash University, work as a treating practitioner, conducting a state-based review of return to work for a regulator and advisory work for various insurers and regulators.

Dr Skye CharryDr Skye Charry

Skye is an associate professor of law and consults on matters of sex discrimination.

She is passionate about the elimination of sexual harassment, particularly in the dynamic rural context, having written and published a book ‘Whispers From the Bush – The Workplace Sexual Harassment of Australian Rural Women’.

Skye has reviewed and facilitated gender equity solutions for a wide range of industries including Australian forestry, seafood, meat and also in the legal profession.

The Victorian Women's Trust produced a short documentary about Skye's research called 'Grace Under Fire.' She was recently the recipient of the Chancellor’s Young Alumni Award (University of Canberra) for her contribution to sexual harassment redress in Australia

Dylan FureyDylan Furey

Dylan is an accredited allied health professional, clinical physiologist and exercise scientist. His mission in life is to make people stronger.

He believes when people are physically strong, they are better equipped to manage any health challenge preventing them living their best life.

In the past 10 years Dylan has gained a reputation as a preferred treatment specialist in muscular skeletal rehabilitation.

During his time at the renowned North Sydney Sports Medicine Clinic, Dylan successfully worked with multiple return to work (Work Cover NSW) cases and return to full hours cases.

Kate MunariKate Munari

Kate joined the Royal Australian Navy at the age of 18 and completed a Bachelor of Science degree.

Qualifying as a helicopter pilot in 2006, her skill and dedication to flying led to her being selected for a four and a half year posting to the Royal Navy, United Kingdom. There, Kate flew as part of Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) who fly in support of the Royal Marine Commandos.

Kate served in Afghanistan three times as part of CHF, flying day and night, in all weather conditions as aircraft captain and formation commander. She led teams in some of the toughest conditions any workplace can present.

Having been in the military for more than 15 years, Kate has added a new dimension to her professional life where she is keen to share her experiences with others to help them navigate challenges and achieve their goals.

Maryanne HarrisMaryanne Harris

Maryanne holds a Bachelor in Exercise Science. Following her husband Daniel's spinal cord injury in 2010, she travelled internationally to research emerging wearable technologies with a focus on neuroplasticity.

This led to the duo launching RoboFit, with a focus on bringing emerging technologies to Australia as well as centres for individuals to trial assistive technologies to explore what's possible with neuroplasticity.

Maryanne and Daniel have also co-founded software business tappON, to connect individuals with aged care and National Disability Insurance Scheme with support professionals and small businesses.

Simon Brown-GreavesSimon Brown-Greaves

Simon is an organisational psychologist and coach with over 35 years’ experience working with clients in complex environments, including law enforcement, judicial systems, regulatory bodies, superannuation, banking and manufacturing.

He has worked with various Federal and State Government bodies and has extensive experience in delivering occupational violence and aggression training, conducting peer support and leadership development sessions and providing strategic wellbeing recommendations.

Simon has facilitated hundreds of workshops, ranging from tactical sessions to high-level strategic workshops focused on enhancing organisational wellbeing and performance.

Ken WareKen Ware

As the founder of Neurotricional Sciences Pty Ltd and NeuroPhysics Therapy and Research, Ken has been in private practice for more than 35 years, while doing independent and collaborative research.

He has presented unique research at more than 30 major international science conferences including Neuroscience, Neurological Disorders, Physics, Psychology and Life Sciences and Advances in Rehabilitation, all of which cover a very broad scientific audience.

He has co-published highly recognised publications in ‘Frontiers in Clinical Physiology’, ‘World Journal of Neuroscience’ and the ‘World Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases’. Ken has also authored and co-authored many scientific articles and book chapters.

Scott DuttonScott Dutton

Scott is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and recognized as one of Australia's top 100 speaking professionals. He created a simple yet powerful model for conflict management, delivering conflict intelligent insights, strategies, and skills with humour.

He's the founder and company director of a conflict resolution training and services consultancy, and his expertise is sought after by leaders across all sectors.

With a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Bachelor of Science (BSC.-Psych. Major), he's also a member of the Professional Speakers Australia (PSA), the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), a practitioner member of the Australian Dispute Resolution Association (ADRA), a Nationally Accredited Mediator, and a CSP.

Sam PoppleSam Popple

Sam is the Director of the Psychological Health Unit at Workplace Health and Safety Queensland. Sam is an organisational psychologist registrar working in the growing field of psychological health and psychosocial hazard management.

Sam leads a diverse team that provides specialist psychological knowledge and expertise to help minimise Queensland’s work-related psychosocial risk.

Sam’s previous career was as an intensive care nurse and educator.

Sponsors

The conference is expected to attract 250 delegates, offering an excellent opportunity for your organisation to build your brand, expose your business, and network with workers and decision makers from a range of industries.

Download the sponsorship prospectus (PDF, 8.41 MB) to learn more.

Register your interest to sponsor or exhibit.

Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors for their support.