Injury Prevention and Return to Work Masterclasses

These facilitated two-hour workshops gave delegates an 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.

SpeakerMasterclass topic
Andrew DouglasWorkplace law and good work design for psychological injuries

Safety law is increasingly influencing other workplace law and has created an emergent stream of cases that identify and check poor leadership, and requires early and planned intervention in psychosocial risk and injury.

Increasing supervisors’ knowledge of this legal tool kit will improve productivity, employee health and risk management within their workplaces. This masterclass covered FCW’s ‘Supervisor Handbook of Health’; a simple toolkit for all supervisors.

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A/Professor Deborah YatesCurrent and emerging occupational lung disease

The session outlined the spectrum of occupational lung diseases seen in Australia today, including asbestos-related diseases, occupational lung cancers, traditional pneumoconioses, occupational asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). It discussed the re-emergence of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis as well as other diseases related to coal mine dust exposure and emerging occupational lung diseases such as artificial stone silicosis, popcorn lung, humidifier-associated lung and nylon flock lung. Prevention is key and awareness of these hazards is paramount for all involved in occupational health in Australia today.

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Matt Bannan
WorkCover Queensland 
An integrated approach to return to work with mental injuries or illness

This masterclass gave participants an insight into the integrated approach to return to work with mental injuries or illnesses including early intervention and support, graduated return to work including workplace adjustments and work design, and working in collaboration with all parties for successful outcomes. Key issues were identified and specialist medical practitioner, allied health provider, employer and insurer views were shared on achieving timely and sustainable return to work.

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Last updated
16 January 2020