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Safe Work Month Launch

Shane WebckeShane Webcke, football legend and sports presenter, is Queensland's Safety Ambassador.

Shane has a strong connection and commitment to work safety as his father was killed in a workplace incident.

Now, Shane shares the story of how his father's death impacted his family, visiting Queensland businesses and speaking with workers about the importance of staying safe at work and creating a strong safety culture.

Hear from Shane as he shares his tips for being happy, healthy, and safe at work, and goes head to head with our guest chef Justine for a safety quiz. Shane will also help Justine to whip up a healthy breakfast to keep you energised for work that you can easily make at home.

Justine SchofieldJustine is one of Australia's most recognisable culinary faces, having built a reputation as a simple and elegant cook. Passionate about inspiring families across the country to be more ambitious and creative in their kitchens, Justine brings an infectious energy to everything she does. Justine will show us how to whip up a delicious and healthy breakfast that can be easily made at home. She’ll also go head to head with our Safety Ambassador Shane for a safety quiz.

Garry NicholsGarry Nichols was an experienced farmer when he lost his leg in a tractor rollover incident.

Without being aware of a hidden rock, Garry suffered traumatic injuries when his tractor rolled and crushed his lower body. He also lost his farm through the financial hardship that followed.

As a Safety Advocate, Garry visits Queensland businesses to share his story and help others avoid what he has been through.

Christine KingMeg O'DonnellChristine King is the past QCWA State President, QCWA Country Kitchens facilitator and member of the Moggill Branch, Greater Brisbane Division. Meg O’Donnell is the QCWA Country Kitchens State Program Manager. Christine and Meg join us to chat about healthy eating and the Country Kitchens program. The program supports communities across Queensland to adopt healthier lifestyle behaviours.

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Dom O'BrienDom has more than five years’ experience in project management, facilitation, and solution development. He has managed and executed large-scale, culture change projects with clients across a range of industries including mining, healthcare, manufacturing, defence, and infrastructure.

Dom is passionate about improving his clients’ business and safety performance and enjoys working with executive leaders to drive positive and sustainable change for their people.

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.

Dr Sharon ParkerAustralian 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.

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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.

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Dr Allison J BallardAllison is a sociolegal academic and lawyer who practices primarily in the areas of employment, industrial relations, and administrative law. Her key practice interests include workplace violence (including bullying and harassment), discrimination, human rights, and work health and safety.

Allison has worked in private legal practice and across the community legal, legal aid, government, union and industry sectors. She has represented both employees and employers in employment and workplace relations matters in the Fair Work Commission, the Federal Courts, the NSW Industrial Relations Commission, the ACAT, the AAT, and various anti-discrimination tribunals. Allison worked as sessional academic at the University of Canberra from 2013-2019 and as a lecturer with Charles Sturt University at the NSW Police Academy from 2019-2021. She is a member of ACT Law Society's Industrial Relations and Human Rights and Access to Justice Committees and a committee member of the ACT Chapter of the Australian Labour & Employment Relations Association.

Dr Olivia FisherOlivia has extensive experience in the mental health sector with over 20 years’ experience in clinical, health promotion, community, employment, teaching and research roles. Staff wellbeing and implementation science are two of Olivia's key teaching and research interest areas. Her mental health research focuses on protective factors which may play a role in the prevention of depression and anxiety disorders and promotion of mental wellbeing. Olivia is Research Fellow and Academic Coordinator at Queensland University of Technology in the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI), Centre for Healthcare Transformation, and the School of Public Health and Social Work.