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SWM Breakfast Forum Speakers

Robyn NeilsenRobyn was a first responder to her neighbour who was critically injured in an incident on a remote agricultural property. For two hours, Robyn gave life-saving care to keep her neighbour alive until the Royal Flying Doctors Service arrived. After the incident, Robyn was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dr Elise CrawfordElise is a Certified OHS Professional with the Australian Institute of Health and Safety and Senior Fellow with Advance Higher Education, UK. Elise currently works for CQUniversity as the OHS Placement Coordinator, Human Factors and Ergonomics teaching specialist, and research higher degree supervisor. Elise’s areas of interest include Human Factors and Ergonomics, Public Health and Safety, Risk Management, and Teaching Technology. Her practical and research experience extends across a broad range of light to heavy industries, including mining, aviation, railways, and utilities. Elise is passionate about optimising human systems interactions in work design and was a significant contributor to the position taken on Good Work Design by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia.

Sara PazellSara is a human-centred, work design strategist and the managing director for ViVA health at work (work design specialty consultancy), working across all industries (industrial and office work settings). She holds affiliations with five Australian universities, including that as an Industry Fellow with the Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland. Sara provides teaching and research support in organisational science, human factors, ergonomics, health and wellness, safety, and allied health. Sara is part of the international advisory committee for the WELL Movement concept v2 and an expert faculty member for Australia’s only certified Wellness WiseTM Practitioner training program.

Sara was the committee chair for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia’s Good Work Design position paper and supporting resources. Her other passions include instructing yoga and sports and strength conditioning.

Nektarios KaranikasNektarios is an Associate Professor in the Health, Safety and Environment discipline of the School of Public Health & Social Work (Faculty of Health) in QUT, where he coordinates the Graduate Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety. Amongst other units, Nektarios coordinates and teaches in the Human Factors and Ergonomics unit and professional course, where work design is a core topic. Nektarios studied MSc Human Factors and Safety Assessment in Aeronautics at Cranfield University (UK), and he was awarded his doctorate in Safety and Quality Management from Middlesex University (UK).

In addition to his academic qualifications, Nektarios holds engineering, human factors, project management, and safety management professional qualifications and has been a member of various national and international associations. Together with Dr Sara Pazel, Nektarios has launched an edited book project on successes and failures of work design across multiple industries and regions. Also, he was a significant contributor to the position taken on Good Work Design by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia.

Naomi ArmitageNaomi Armitage has worked intimately within risk-based industries to develop and implement strategic programs to improve employee health, wellbeing and safety. Her experience has seen her work across all levels of organisations from developing strategic initiatives with executive leaders, to facilitating working groups, auditing internal processes and delivering frontline behaviour skills training. Naomi’s depth of experience in human behaviour and mindset and the ability to operationalise complex constructs in a practical and simple form has seen her being recognised as an industry expert in the sector.

Simon Brown GreavesSimon is a senior executive manager and organisational psychologist with extensive experience in managing multi-disciplinary teams and delivering human capital projects and services in the Australian market. He has experience with clients in both the private and public sectors, including law enforcement, regulatory bodies, superannuation, banking and manufacturing and has worked with a broad range of Government bodies.