Our presenters

Madonna King
Madonna King

Master of Ceremonies

Madonna King is an award-winning journalist, author and commentator, with more than 20 years' experience across newspaper, radio and television.

Madonna sits on three not-for-profit boards and has been widely recognised for her support and involvement in local community issues, and was recently appointed Chair of the Queensland Anti-Bullying Task Force.


Toby Travanner
Toby Travanner

Master of Ceremonies

Toby brings his skills as a consultant, keynote speaker and facilitator to his role as Master of Ceremonies.

Being well versed in a multitude of industries and with more than 22 years’ experience in business, Toby will provide more than just introductions and housekeeping.


Libby Trickett
Libby Trickett

Four-time Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Libby Trickett has been appointed the Queensland Mental Health Ambassador to help raise awareness and promote the importance of mental health in the workplace. Libby has personal experience with mental health issues and is passionate about promoting positive mental health.


Kieran Flanagan
Kieran Flanagan

Kieran is an award winning advocate for the commercial power of creativity. Kieran will discuss how human engagement, culture and leadership can have a positive impact on work health and safety and return to work.

Kieran will explain how utilising a marketing approach to promoting work health and safety can influence organisational culture and improve outcomes. Delegates will be provided with skills to help improve outcomes at all organisational levels.


Sidney Dekker
Sidney Dekker

Sidney Dekker (PhD Ohio State University, USA, 1996) is a professor at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, where he runs the Safety Science Innovation Lab.

In this talk, Sidney Dekker will argue that what we see as ‘human errors’ are not the causes of our trouble, but the consequences of trouble brewing deeper in our operations and organisation. Any causes related to the human factor are as complex as the organisation that helps bring them forth.


Natassia Goode
Natassia Goode

Dr Natassia Goode is a Senior Research Fellow and Organisational Safety Team Leader within the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems.

Natassia's presentation will describe how you can use human factors and systems thinking to better understand the complex system of factors influencing workplace injuries in your organisation, and identify more effective prevention strategies. Her presentation will demonstrate how you can apply this approach proactively to analyse the design of current work systems, and re-actively to analyse existing incident reporting data.


Tracie Dickenson
Tracie Dickenson

Tracie Dickenson is a director of Daryl Dickenson Transport. Tracie is responsible for overseeing the day to day running of the business from office management to the coordination and efficiency of the warehouse.

Tracie will outline Daryl Dickenson Transport’s journey in developing an effective safety culture as they grew from a one truck operation to an organisation employing over 70 workers.


Central Queensland University
Central Queensland University

Fatigue is a well-known workplace hazard, associated with significant individual performance impairment and clear negative implications for safety. The latest science also highlights arange of negative outcomes on health and wellbeing associated with working long and/or irregular hours.

This presentation will outline the most recent science relating to shift-work and fatigue and introduce the important steps organisations can take to minimise risk for their workforce by developing comprehensive fatigue risk management systems.


BMD
BMD

As part of the Safety Leadership Challenge, BMD and the Office of Industrial Relations conducted a detailed safety culture diagnostics across three civil construction projects. Following data gathering, each site participated in a debriefing session with feedback provided to help improve safety culture.

In this presentation, BMD Constructions will present a case study around the findings from these cultural investigations and how they link in with general themes and trends in the construction industry. Peter will provide an outline of the high level results obtained, lessons learned and the process used to drive cultural improvements across the three participating sites.


Orange Sky Laundry
Orange sky laundry

Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, founders of Orange Sky Laundry, present their story of innovation and social entrepreneurship and how simple ideas can have enormous impact. Orange Sky Laundry to date has washed over 300,000 kilograms of laundry and has also responded to natural disasters, helping cyclone-affected communities in North Queensland, residents of the Great Ocean Road Bushfires, and more recently, Adelaide flood victims.

They have been named Queensland Young Achievers of the Year, finalists for the Telstra Business Awards, Finalists for the AIM Leadership Excellence Awards and Finalists for the Brisbane Young Entrepreneur of the Year.


Professor Alex Haslam
Alex Haslam

Alex Haslam is a Professor of Psychology and formerly an Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland. His research focuses on the study of group and identity processes in social, organisational and clinical contexts. Together with over 200 co-authors around the world, Alex has written and edited 12 books and published over 200 peer-reviewed articles on these topics. Alex is a former Chief Editor of the European Journal of Social Psychology and currently Associate Editor of The Leadership Quarterly.


Dr Tyler Lane
Tyler Lane

Tyler is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health where he works on the ARC-Linkage grant study of injured Victorian workers in the context of an ageing workforce and increasing psychological health claims. He divides his time between SPHPM and the Institute for Safety, Compensation, and Recovery Research where he works on the ComPARE Project.

Prior to joining Monash, Tyler was a Research Project Manager at the Health, Economics, and HIV/AIDS Research Division at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban and a statistician in the Ministry of Justice in London.


Dr Josephine Sundin
Josephine Sundin

Dr Josephine Sundin is a senior forensic psychiatrist who assists in the Mental Health Court, Supreme Court of Queensland and has chaired the Forensic Faculty of the RANZCP (Queensland Branch). She is the Chair of Psychiatry Tribunals at the Office of Industrial Relations in Queensland and the immediate past President of the Medico-Legal Society of Queensland. Dr Sundin has served on the Medical Board of Queensland and various other government and non-government committees. She has worked in both public and private psychiatric practice. Dr Sundin has also been an adult psychiatrist for 28 years and has a private clinical and forensic practice. She has for many years advised and mentored colleagues in the management of challenging clinical situations.


Bruce Watson
Bruce Watson

Commencing as WorkCover Queensland CEO on 1 January 2017, Bruce was previously CEO of Mine Wealth and Wellbeing Super Fund for 11 years and was awarded “Executive of the Year” in 2010 by the Fund Executive Association for his contributions to business and industry. Bruce is a highly experienced and proven CEO, recognised by industry for delivering sustainable financial performance and customer service excellence in the financial services sector. Bruce is committed to achieving WorkCover’s vision of being Australia’s leading workers’ compensation insurer by driving the delivery of technologically advanced claims management platforms and outstanding customer experience.


Dr Gary Dennis
Gary Dennis

Dr Gary Dennis a certified professional ergonomist, consults extensively on ergonomic issues to a wide variety of industrial sectors within Australia and internationally. He is the Managing Director of ErgoSolutions and ErgoEnterprises.

With a Research Doctorate in Spinal Biomechanics with Engineering and a First Class Honours Degree in Health Sciences, Gary’s in-depth understanding of biological tissues and engineering-based solutions make the ideal combination to effectively address ergonomic issues. He also holds an adjunct academic appointment in ergonomics and biomechanics with the University of Queensland.


Peter Anusas
Peter Anusas

Peter is the General Manager Northern Region of BMD, looking after the Construction business in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia. He has been involved in the civil engineering industry for over 30 years in a number of different sectors including transportation, water, resources and oil and gas. Peter is passionate about safety leadership and culture has recently been involved in the Safety Leadership at Work CEO Challenge. He will share his experience in trying to make a difference through this great partnership between Industry and WHSQ.


Josie Thomson
Josie Thomson

Josie Thomson is a multi-award winning coach, speaker, trainer, business owner, author and single mother of two. She speaks from first-hand experience about bouncing forward with a ‘post-traumatic growth disorder’ and about how to reframe adversity into opportunities for triumph and success. Josie has completed Masters studies in neuroscience and combines 15 years of corporate experience with almost two decades of coaching to corporate executives, entrepreneurs and community leaders.


Carolyn Mounce
Carolyne Mounce

Carolyn Mounce is an experienced personal injury professional that now works with organisations to update the communication that is seen and heard by customers. As a human behaviour specialist, Carolyn converts the latest research in behaviour change and influence into practical tactics that deliver results.

She has co-authored ‘On the Front Foot: Six Simple Steps That Fast Track Return to Work’, which includes a foreword by Professor Sir Mansel Aylward, one of the world's leading experts in worklessness and the health benefits of good work. Carolyn is known for a relaxed, engaged style and a passion that is contagious. You will come away with practical techniques that can be used in business and in life.


Tristan Casey
Tristan Casey

Tristan is a Principal Advisor within WHSQ’s Safety Leadership at Work program. Through his current and prior roles, Tristan has developed skills in safety culture, climate, and leadership measurement and intervention design, and has applied these skills across diverse organisations and multiple industries using validated scientific tools. Tristan holds a professional doctorate in organisational psychology and is currently studying a PhD in safety culture through the University of Queensland.


Aislin Harper
Aislin Harper

Aislin Harper is a Principal Advisor within the Psychological Health Unit, Workplace Health and Safety QLD. Aislin is trained as a psychologist and her current role involves working with industry in the areas of mentally healthy workplaces to build capability and develop practical tools and resources. Aislin’s interest in employee mental health began when she ran two research programs examining work design strategies to minimise stress for employees. Since that time Aislin has worked across the private and public sector in workplace mental health and wellbeing, leadership development, and psychometric assessment.


Nicole Hughes
Nicole Hughs

Nicole Hughes is a Principal Advisor, Psychological Health Unit, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland. Nicole started her career as an occupational therapist working in the area of adult mental health. She has over 14 years’ experience working in the area of workplace mental health with particular interest in psychological safety, injury management, employee support and early intervention.


Dr Kirsten Way
Kirsten Way

Dr Kirsten Way is the OHSE Discipline Leader and member of the Centre for Sustainable HRM and Wellbeing in the Peter Faber Business School, Australian Catholic University, where she conducts research on the role of supervisors in conflict, work-related mental health, occupational stress, fatigue and occupational health and well-being. Kirsten is an Organisational Psychologist, Occupational Therapist and Certified Professional Ergonomist.

She has held a number of senior roles in industry including Director of a private consultancy specialising in WHS and organisational psychology, Manager Health, Safety and Wellbeing for a large (4000+) organisation, and positions for Australian and UK WHS regulatory authorities.In these roles she has been integral in determining and implementing government policy in work-related mental health, including workplace bullying, and has over a decade of experience in investigating work-related injury or illnesses.


Professor Sharon Parker
Professor Sharon Parker

Professor Sharon Parker is an ARC Laureate Fellow, a Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Centre of Transformative Work Design at Curtin Business School, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Science. She is a recipient of the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Award, and the Academy of Management OB Division Mentoring Award. She is currently an Associate Editor for Academy of Management Annals. She has published more than 80 articles in leading journals on topics like work design, proactive behaviour, and job performance.


Callum Robertson
Callum Robertson

Callum Robertson is a Cancer Prevention Advisor at Cancer Council Queensland. Callum has worked in the public health field over the past few years in a range of programmatic and advocacy roles. He has a Bachelor of Public Health and his main interests lie within chronic disease prevention. More recently Callum has found a passion and interest in disease and injury prevention from occupational contexts and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety at the Queensland University of Technology.

Last updated
23 October 2018