Master of Ceremonies
Madonna King is an award-winning journalist, author and commentator, with more than 20 years' experience across newspaper, radio and television.
As a fellow of the prestigious World Press Institute, Madonna has served as a visiting fellow at the Queensland University of Technology, and on the Walkley Advisory Board for Journalism. She has completed a Diploma in Company Directorships, through the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is on two not-for-profit boards.
Donna Thistlethwaite is a career coach and trainer, small business owner, and suicide survivor. She has demonstrated incredible courage, resilience and transformation to successfully move from darkness and fear to shining her light. Donna owns and shares her story so that others may also find their light.
Professor Lorimer Moseley
Professor Lorimer Moseley is a pain scientist, clinician and educator. He has authored five books and 330 research articles. He has given 100 keynote lectures in 30 countries and has received awards for his contribution to the pain field from government or professional societies in 15 countries, including the American Pain Society Public Service Prize & the International Association for the Study of Pain’s Clinical Science Prize.
Dr Nicholas Mabbott
Dr Nick Mabbott is the Director of Beyond Midnight Consulting and has over 21 years’ experience in sleep and fatigue management. He has provided fatigue management training and education to thousands of personnel from office workers and to those in the health, construction, transport, gas and mining sectors.
Blythe Rowe, is widely recognised for her expertise in 'People, Culture & Performance' as well as her ability to shake things up. She partners with organisations across the globe to future proof their people and business by developing brain-friendly leaders, building connected and accountable teams and creating workplaces which optimise performance.
On a mission to rid workplaces of toxic behaviours, build meaningful relationships and create workplaces worth belonging, Blythe has worked in Senior Human Resources & Organisational Development roles for over 13 years in global organisations and is the author of the book ‘Bullies, Blamers & Bludgers’.
Dr Matt Brearley
Dr Matt Brearley is Australia's pre-eminent occupational heat stress consultant, conducting and applying research to guide industry practice. He’s the 2018 Exercise Scientist of the Year, holds a PhD in Thermal Physiology and has developed practical, evidence-based procedures to maximise health, safety and performance in the heat, yielding more than 25 papers over the past five years.
Dr Andrew Khoo
Dr Andrew Khoo attained his fellowship from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2002. He has worked as a private psychiatrist in the Brisbane since 2002 and has also worked in the Day Programs at the Toowong Private Hospital (TPH) for the last 18 years providing CBT based group therapy for PTSD, mood and anxiety disorders. In 2016, he was nominated to the position of Director of Medical Services and Chair of the Medical Council at TPH.
Andrew holds academic title with the University of Queensland and has published, and continues to publish, academic papers in peer reviewed psychiatric journals. He is a member of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Clinical Reference Group, Deputy Chair of the Open Arms National Advisory Committee and holds the Psychiatrist position on the Consultation Reference Group for Phoenix Australia’s Centenary of Anzac Centre. He is also the Psychiatric Advisor to the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation (GMRF), a member of the GMRF Strategic Oversight Committee and the Queensland Medical Assessment Tribunals.
Dr Natasha Lazareski
Dr Natasha Lazareski is the Managing Director of PsyFlex and an occupational health specialist, expert in organisational health and psychosocial risk management. With more than 20 years’ experience in the life insurance industry, workers compensation, occupational health and safety, wellbeing and psychosocial risk management, Natasha's expertise is in developing a holistic and sustainable approach to managing employee’s wellbeing.
Natasha has developed best practice, scientifically based psychosocial risk management approach, cultural transformation, leadership and resilience training programs and works with organisations across the globe to support creation of safe and healthy workplaces.
Professor Paul Salmon
Professor Paul Salmon holds a chair in Human Factors and is creator and director of the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He has almost 20 years’ experience in applied human factors and safety science research in a number of areas, including defence, transportation, workplace safety and disaster management.
Paul has co-authored 19 books and almost 200 peer reviewed journal articles. He has received various accolades for his contributions to research and practice, including the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Australia’s Cumming Memorial Medal, the UK Ergonomics Society’s Presidents Medal and William Floyd Award, and the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Hodgson Prize for best research and paper.
Dr Margaret Cook
Dr Margaret Cook is currently employed as the Program Leader for Occupational Health and Safety Education, within the University of Queensland, Australia. Margaret initially qualified as an Occupational Therapist and completed higher degrees in Occupational Health and Safety and Ergonomics. She is a Certified Professional Ergonomist and a Chartered Generalist OHS Professional. She holds a range of Ministerial Appointments, acting as an expert on Government Panels and Committees, and is currently Immediate Past President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia, and a Director of the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia.
Dr Stefan Hajkowicz
Dr Stefan Hajkowicz is a senior principal scientist working in the field of strategic foresight at CSIRO. Stefan leads the Data61 Insight Team which is a group of researchers and consultants helping organisations navigate digital disruption.
He is a world leading scholar in the field of decision theory and with models that have guided investments worth hundreds of millions of dollars and have been used by Australia’s State and Federal Governments to make critical policy choices. Stefan has a doctorate in geography from the University of Queensland and postgraduate qualifications in economics from the University of New England. He is a member of the OECD and World Economic Forum global strategic foresight communities.
Andrew Douglas is an experienced legal practitioner who works nationally with publicly listed businesses, companies and substantial SMEs across industries including manufacturing, agriculture, construction, government, not-for-profit, education, health and financial services. He practises in numerous areas of workplace law, including employment, health and safety, workers’ compensation, dispute resolution, privacy and investigations.
Andrew is also an accomplished speaker and chair of masterclasses in workplace law, has authored several books on health and safety law, and is a widely published legal practitioner on workplace wellbeing. Andrew had been the National Head of Workplace Relations and Head of Dispute Resolution at other law firms before establishing FCW Lawyers in 2018.
Peter Diaz is the CEO of the Workplace Mental Health Institute and a dynamic and thought provoking speaker on topics of workplace mental health, leadership, resilience and emotional intelligence. He is also the author of ‘Mental Wealth: An Essential Guide to Workplace Mental Health’ and ‘Reclaim Your Power’.
Peter’s professional experience includes positions as a visiting fellow of the University of Wollongong, a field educator for the Australian Catholic University, NSW President of the Australian Association of Social Workers, and psychological injury expert for GIO Australia. He is also well known for his expertise in change management, and the development of Recovery Oriented programs and workforces.
A/Professor Deborah Yates
A/Professor Deborah Yates trained in Medicine at Cambridge University and completed her medical training at several London teaching hospitals. Later, she joined the Central Pneumoconiosis Panel in London and gained experience in a broad spectrum of occupational lung diseases including coal workers pneumoconiosis, silicosis, asbestos-related disorders and occupational asthma.
Since permanently moving to Australia in 1995, Deborah has continued her research and clinical interest in occupational and obstructive lung diseases. She is a Senior Staff Specialist at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Conjoint Associate Professor at UNSW and Co-Chair of the Coal Mine Dust Lung Disease (CMDLD) Collaborative Group, and is active in the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) and Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).
Ross Iles is a Senior Research Fellow in the Insurance Work and Health (IWH) Group at Monash University. He has a Physiotherapy degree and PhD from La Trobe University, and a postgraduate diploma in Work Disability Prevention studies from the University of Sherbrooke, Canada. Prior to joining the IWH Group he taught physiotherapy and research skills to university students for over ten years.
Ross’ research interests focus on methods of identifying individuals at risk of prolonged work disability and has led projects in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland related to the development and implementation of methods to enable early and appropriate intervention. His approach to research focuses on developing a partnership to understand not only the problems to be solved, but also to identify solutions that fit best with the demands of all stakeholders involved.
Tim Meadows has been with WorkCover Queensland for 14 years, and is currently a Business Engagement Manager. Tim leads a team at WorkCover which is focused on working on new customer initiatives, and how they are introduced into the business. He has spent time leading a pilot to test an improved way to manage claims.
Prior to his role as Business Engagement Manager, Tim led three teams in the Priority Industries segment within WorkCover’s Customer Group.
Tim holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement Studies) and a Bachelor of Business (Management). He is focused on providing an exceptional customer experience and delivering successful outcomes for injured workers and employers through best practice claims and injury management.