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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.

Sarah Cuscadden

How Safety Professionals in high risk industries can use data to improve engagement, improve operational safety culture and influence an organisations safety strategy

Sarah CuscaddenFrom construction sites, to warehouses to boardrooms, with nearly two decades of experience, Sarah is a visionary, known to challenge the norm. A passionate safety strategist, Sarah applies her operational knowledge, User eXperience and change management skills, to develop and execute specific health and safety strategies that accelerate safety leadership. Sarah conceptualizes out of the box yet simple solutions to improve health and safety, and is driven to ensure everyone to have a voice and the ability to influence the health and safety of their working environment. Sarah wears many hats, a Global Safety Leader at Amazon, the Deputy Chair of the College of Fellow for the Australian Institute of Safety and part time blogger at In Her Boots.

In the midst of the 4th Industrial Revolution, now is the time to be innovative and leverage technology and data to better understand and improve safety performance. In this presentation you will learn about mechanisms to capture safety performance, how and when to make data driven decisions to improve operational safety, and how to improve frontline leader’s safety capability by utilizing data. Additionally, you will learn some tips on how to use data to influence the wider organizational safety strategy.

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.

Jacinda Falvey

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

Jacinda FalveyJacinda has been a Support Planner with NIISQ for two years.  Prior to this, Jacinda worked as a Senior Rehabilitation Advisor in CTP,  in Occupational Health and as a Trauma & Orthopeadics RN at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.  Jacinda is near completion of her post grad studies as a Registered Nutritionist and also has a Masters in Public Health.

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.

Andrew Russell

Moving from a culture of compliance to commitment

Andrew RussellAndrew is the co-founder and executive director of award-winning consultancy, Actrua Performance Cultures. He has led major corporations through lasting transformational change, working across strategy, culture, leadership and safety.

Andrew’s energetic style enables him to connect and empower leaders at all levels. Having worked with organisations in 27 countries, he thrives on challenging projects that require innovative thinking to uncover an organisation’s hidden strengths.

Andrew is a highly sought-after consultant and coach, supporting executives with strategic insight, cultural acumen and a genuine long-term partnership approach.

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.