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Musculoskeletal Disorders Symposium 2017

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, Principal Scientist in Strategic Foresight, Data61

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz is a Brisbane-based principal scientist at CSIRO who thinks about how people make choices and plan for an uncertain future.

His work over the past six years in the foresight and strategy field has helped government and industry organisations adapt to a rapidly changing world. Stefan has a doctorate in geography from the University of Queensland and postgraduate qualifications in economics from the University of New England. He is widely published in the international scientific research literature in the fields of decision theory, economics and policy analysis.

During his 15 years at CSIRO he has successfully delivered more than 50 research, consulting and advisory projects/services to clients from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Dr. L. Casey Chosewood

Dr. L. Casey Chosewood is the Director of the Office for Total Worker Health at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

He has presented extensively on the topic of occupational safety and health, biological and laboratory safety, international travel medicine, and workplace well-being.

Dr Chosewood promotes the protection and improvement of the safety, health and well-being of workers around the world. His Office has led numerous CDC workforce protection programs, including all occupational health services, laboratory and biosafety programs, environmental and compliance activities, and workplace well-being and prevention initiatives.

His team has overseen a multi-faceted workplace health program providing more than 200,000 encounters, screenings, and health opportunities annually. Dr. Chosewood has a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Connecticut. He has been an Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine since 1997. He received an MPH in Health Policy and Management from Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health in May 2014.

Robin Burgess-Limerick

Robin Burgess-Limerick is Professor of Human Factors in the Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre, The University of Queensland.

Robin has been researching the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders for more than 25 years with funding from the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission, the National Health and Medical Research Commission, Workcover Queensland, Coal Services Health and Safety Trust, the Australian Coal Association Research Program and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (USA).

Robin's research includes leading the team which developed and evaluated the PErforM program (2000-2004).

Peter Kennedy, Senior Manager - Ernst and Young

Peter is a registered psychologist with more than a decade of health safety and wellbeing consulting experience. Working across a variety of sectors ranging from power and utilities, transport, construction and government, Peter has partnered with both ASX200 and global operations to help drive positive results in safety culture maturity, leadership capability, and corporate wellbeing.

Peter was the principal author and lead consultant of a successful WorkCover grant submission by designing a bespoke coaching and mentoring program for a Queensland-based organisation to improve young worker safety outcomes.

Peter is currently a Senior Manager at Ernst and Young based in Brisbane, and is primarily focused on the design and execution of long-term health safety and wellbeing strategies which align workforce engagement, psychology of risk and business-specific priorities.

Anna Clarkson, Sentis

As an experienced psychologist, Anna's career has been dedicated to bringing out the best in individuals and organisations within Australia, and around the world. Her service offerings include organisational consulting, culture change, leadership development, training and facilitation, executive coaching and psychological interventions for mental health.

Her work with Sentis focuses on building and delivering cultural change projects to create safety citizenship, increased organisational resilience, an engaged workforce, and sustained behaviour change. Anna uses proven insights from psychology and offers customised consulting, assessments, training and coaching to help client organisations achieve their goals.

Dr Gary Dennis

Dr Gary Dennis BHSc (Hons) PhD CPE, consults extensively on ergonomic issues to a wide variety of industrial sectors both within Australia and internationally. He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist and past Chair of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Queensland Branch.

Combining a research doctorate in spinal biomechanics with engineering and a First Class Honours degree in Health Sciences, Gary has the ideal combination of an in-depth understanding of biological tissues with engineering based solutions to effectively address ergonomic (i.e. injury and productivity) issues. With an academic career at various universities, Gary now focuses his time as the Managing Director of ErgoSolutions (an engineering driven ergonomic solutions company) and ErgoEnterprises (providing risk management solutions through its participative ergonomics risk management system - ErgoAnalyst), and also holds an Adjunct academic appointment in ergonomics and biomechanics with The University of Queensland.

Rob Hanson, Senior Research Consultant, Data61

Rob Hanson supports decision makers in dealing with uncertainty. He has qualifications in risk management, technology and strategic foresight, which he uses to reveal blind‐spots.

Rob specialises in delivering actionable decision support products and services that integrate into planning and operations. He holds a Masters in Strategic Foresight from Swinburne University, a Masters in Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Business. He is a PhD candidate.

Rob has over 18 years of government experience, including the Defence, Criminal Intelligence, and Emergency Management sectors, primarily in risk management and strategic foresight roles.

Rob is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), is Certified in Risk and Information System Control (CRISC) and has a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA). Rob currently volunteers his time on various boards and committees for the Association of Professional Futurists and ISACA.

Stephen Hehir, Manager, Safe Design, Australia Post

Stephen is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE), safety engineer and specialist HR consultant with 20+ years' experience.

Stephen specialises in, safe design, specification and testing of plant and work systems to prevent harm and enable efficient use of equipment and processes.

He is dedicated to enabling safety leadership to achieve safety culture transformation and metrics, and management systems.

Stephen provides strategic management systems advice to capture the right data and provide the right metrics to drive performance and governance.

He has had experience in navigation of the WHS industrial and regulatory maze, enabling the right people with the right behaviours and the right systems to get the best safety outcomes.

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.

Neil O'Sullivan

Neil O'Sullivan is the Managing Director of NOJA Power. He founded the company more than a decade ago with three other partners to research, develop, manufacture and export globally high voltage switchgear.

The high voltage switchgear is used today in more than 80 countries around the world and is considered leading edge technology. NOJA Power is a Queensland success story employing hundreds of people and is one of the top 100 privately owned companies in Queensland today.

Neil has travelled extensively to more than 120 countries worldwide. He has been involved in exporting Australian technology globally for more than two decades and is proud of the employment and opportunities created from the export success.

He is an Industry Fellow in the University of Queensland Business School and a Member of the Premier of Queensland's Business Council.

NOJA Power was the Premier of Queensland Exporter of the Year in 2007, 2009, 2012 and the Australian Prime Minister's Exporter of the Year in 2009.

Neil was awarded a prestigious Australian export hero award in 2007 and the Sydney University medal for engineering innovation in 2009.

Tammy Roberts

Tammy Roberts is a Principal Advisor (Ergonomics) with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ). Tammy is an Accredited Exercise Scientist and full member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia.

Since 2003, Tammy has worked as a WHS inspector, advisor, project manager, senior research assistant, and has undertaken high-level investigations related to psychosocial issues and musculoskeletal disorders. Tammy has worked across a range of industries including health, education, manufacturing, transport and community care.

Tammy's current role involves building business capability to prevent and manage musculoskeletal disorders.

Dr Kirsten Way

Dr Kirsten Way is the OHSE Discipline Leader and member of the Centre for Sustainable HRM and Wellbeing in the Peter Faber Business School, Australian Catholic University.

She conducts research on the role of supervisors in conflict, occupational stress, fatigue, and occupational health and well-being.

Kirsten is a qualified Organisational Psychologist, Occupational Therapist and Certified Professional Ergonomist. She has held a number of senior roles in industry including Director of a private consultancy specialising in WHS and organisational psychology, Manager Health, Safety and Wellbeing for a large (4000+) organisation, and positions for Australian and UK WHS regulatory authorities, including Principal Inspector, Manager Psychosocial Strategy Unit, and Manager WHS Policy.

Karen Wolfe

Karen Wolfe is the Executive Officer to the CEO, providing high level direct operational advice, coordination and support to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Commencing at ANSTO in December 1997, she has managed work health and safety and emergency response for site and high reliability operations for ANSTO Health.

Karen has over twenty five years' experience in work health and safety: to ensure compliance and to identify and establish best practice safety.

She has had the privilege of managing high performing teams of safety professionals who were best-in-class. She has presented workshops for the International Atomic Energy Agency on safety culture.

Karen is part of the leadership of the ANSTO Gender Equity team and is a member of Women in Nuclear Australia Inc.

Karen is a Chartered Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) and has been a member of the national board as well as past a president of SIA, NSW. She collaborates with Macquarie University IGAP (International Governance and Performance) as technical expert on research projects for Safe Work Australia.

Paul D Johnstone

Paul D. Johnstone previously served in the Australian Army and has worked for The Department of Defence and Australian Customs Service. These roles include workplace health and safety, rehabilitation, compensation and human resource management projects.

He currently teaches within the QUT Faculty of Health, Health Safety and Environment/ Environmental Health post graduate disciplines. Previously he taught in the Business Schools of Queensland Universities with roles and responsibilities that included industry liaison, mentoring and coaching. More recently, Paul has been employed as an Occupational Hygienist/Safety Manager and Environmental Engineer within open cut coal mines and an WHS practitioner within high rise residential construction.

Olivia Yu

Olivia is a PhD student at The University of Queensland who attained her Master of Occupational Health and Safety Science at the University of Queensland.

Her PhD project is on Evaluating the role and benefits of calculating return on investment of workplace health and safety in Australian businesses.

She also works as a data analyst at the Office of Industrial Relations (Queensland Government).