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Queensland construction work health forum 2016

Manage health to improve safety

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is pleased to present the inaugural Queensland construction work health forum.

Attendees will hear from industry leaders about the latest research and best practice to manage work health risks in the construction industry. There will be a mix of presentations, case studies and workshops covering:

  • manual tasks
  • mental health
  • chronic disease
  • sun safety
  • silica exposure
  • fatigue
  • culture and leadership.

Industry leaders will also be showcasing workplace examples and sharing lessons they have learnt.

Event details

Date: Tuesday 1 March 2016
Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank, Brisbane
Cost: $99 per person (including GST).
Includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
For more information please contact  

Event program

Time Details
8:00 am Registrations open
8:40 am  Introduction and welcome MC: Nigel
9:00 am Keynote presentation – Construction industry profile: impacts now and for the future Presenter: Mark McCrindle 
9:45 am Presentations/workshops/case studies streams
Presentation 1
Sun safety at work
Presenters: Peter McGarry and Ross Di Corleto
Presentation 2
What is our critical risk in construction
Presenter: Justin Ludcke
9:45 am Presentation 3
Designing work for your workforce: younger and older workers
Presenter: Professor Helen Lingard
Presentation 4
Good. Better. Best. Applying good work design principles to maximise health and wellbeing
Presenters: Dr Rebecca Loudoun and Jamie Gilbert
10:45 am  Morning tea
11:00 am Workshops Presentations
Workshop 1
Silica – managing the risk
Presenters: Brad Geinitz, Daniel Dunne and Heather Rowsell

Spaces limited to 50
Workshop 2
Manual tasks risk assessment
Presenters: Michelle James, Kerry Cowling and Barry Tinder

Spaces limited to 50        
11:00 am  Presentation 5
Who is at risk of too much sitting in construction
Presenter: Dr Nick Gilson
Presentation 6
Mood and food: Improved productivity through a healthier workforce, an industry case study
Presenters: Liz Borgo and Brian Goodwin
11:45 am  Presentation 7
Communicating effectively with your workforce
Presenter: Mark McCrindle
Presentation 8
Small business health and wellbeing master class
Presenters: Alison Holyoake and Bell Leahy
12:30 pm Lunch
1:15 pm Mental health in construction presentation
Presenter: Bernie Scully
2:00 pm Workshops Presentations
Workshop 3
Building a supportive health culture
Presenters Dr Tristan Casey and Professor Helen Lingard
Spaces limited to 50
Workshop 4
A holistic approach to managing the physical and mental risks in high risk construction work
Presenters: Deidre Rutherford, Carla Hamett, Warwick Holmes, Russell Armstrong and Glen Cook

Spaces limited to 50        
2:00 pm  Presentation 9
Engaging with your workforce
Presenter: Daniel Hummerdal
Presentation 10
Impacts of alcohol and other drugs in construction
Presenter: Professor Bert Biggs
2:45 pm Presentation 11
Alert at work - a practical approach to identifying and managing workplace fatigue risks
Presenters: Jenny Krasny and/or Brett Haskins
Presentation 12
Industry case study 
Presenters: Jason James and Todd Dunlop
3:30 pm Afternoon tea
3:45 pm Panel discussion
4:30 pm Forum close

(There may be small alterations to the current program).

Please note that specific places for workshops and presentations have not been pre-decided. Due to limited space and resources it is unlikely that all attendees will be able to access their first preference. To secure a seat in your chosen stream, please arrive at the designated room as early as possible.

Event terms and conditions



Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre,
South Bank,

Date 1 March 2016
Time 8.00am - 4.30pm
Cost $99 inc GST

Fully Booked

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Last updated
22 February 2016