Injury Prevention and Return to Work Conference

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Business leaders, work health and safety and workplace rehabilitation professionals will congregate on Wednesday 16 October for the annual Injury Prevention and Return to Work Conference (IPRWC).

This year’s program(PDF, 1013.53 KB) is jam-packed with expert presenters who will discuss, analyse and give their perspectives on key injury prevention and return to work topics.

The 2019 conference line-up features:

  • Master of Ceremonies delivered by one of Australia’s most accomplished journalists and media personalities, Madonna King.
  • Renowned keynote speakers including Donna Thistlethwaite, Dr Lorimer Moseley and Dr Stefan Hajkowicz.
  • Ground-breaking research and trends in work health and safety and return to work including artificial intelligence, office design and the science of sleep and fatigue in the workplace.
  • Trade displays featuring sponsors and industry suppliers.
  • Networking from 5pm - 6.30pm.

Event details

Date Wednesday 16 October 2019
TimeRegistration: 7.30am - 8.30am
Conference: 8.30am - 5pm
Networking drinks: 5pm - 6.30pm
Venue Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane
Cost $297 (including GST), including morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a post-event catered networking function.

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7.30am - 8.30am Registration
8.30am - 8.45am Madonna King
Master of Ceremony welcome
8.45am - 9am Welcome address
9am - 9.45am Donna Thistlethwaite
Mental Health: The Perfect Storm
9.45am - 10.30am Professor Lorimer Moseley
The neuroscience of chronic pain
10.30am - 11am Morning tea
  Safety stream Return to work stream
11am - 11.45am Dr Nicholas Mabbott
The science of sleep and fatigue in the workplace.
Blythe Rowe
Injured worker engagement: overcoming perception-based barriers to return to work.        
11.45am - 12.30pm Dr Matt Brearley
Managing heat stress in the workplace.
Dr Andrew Khoo
Secondary psychological injuries and PTSD.
12.30pm - 1.15pm Professor Paul Salmon
Human factors in safety critical domains.
WorkCover Queensland and Monash University
Tailored care and support to meet individual needs.
1.15pm - 2pm Lunch
2pm - 2.45pm Dr Margaret Cook
The future of office design, computer-based work and changes in technology
2.45pm - 3.30pm Dr Natasha Lazareski
Creating psychologically healthy workplaces
3.30pm - 4pm Afternoon tea
4pm - 4.45pm Dr Stefan Hajkowicz
Intelligent Not Artificial – the future of work and why we’ll still have baristas (not coffee machines) in the year 2040
4.45pm - 5pm MC wrap up
5pm Close
5pm - 6.30pm Networking function

Attendees must select either the safety OR return to work stream during registration.

Injury Prevention and Return to Work Masterclass Series

Following a successful launch in 2018, the Masterclasses return this year on Tuesday 15 October. The facilitated workshops will provide delegates with the opportunity to focus on key safety or return to work topics including obligations of supervisors, good work design for psychological injuries, resolving conflict and current and emerging occupational lung disease.

Masterclass tickets are $44 each and limited to 130 seats per session. Find out more about the masterclasses and secure your spot today.

Last updated
25 September 2019