Speakers announced for Melbourne Workplace Health & Safety Show

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Tuesday, 02 April, 2024

Speakers announced for Melbourne Workplace Health & Safety Show

The Workplace Health and Safety Show has announced the agenda and line-up of speakers for its three new Melbourne Summit Stage conferences, taking place from 22 to 23 May 2024. The new Summit events include the Worker Wellbeing Summit, the Safety Leadership & Culture Summit and the Construction Health and Safety Summit.

The free-to-attend, half-day summits aim to bring together industry experts and subject matter experts to explore these key topics. The Construction Health and Safety Summit will address critical issues and industry challenges, covering topics ranging from mental health and psychosocial risk factors to AI for construction safety; management of silica exposure; as well as the latest construction-specific safety strategies and tools.

Key speakers at the Construction Health and Safety Summit include:

  • Jeremy Trotman, President – Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH)
  • Helen Lingard, Distinguished Professor – RMIT
  • Sarah Cuscadden, Chief Safety Officer – In Her Boots & Melbourne Safety Co.
  • Julie Gratton, Safety, Health, Environment & Wellbeing Director, Australia & New Zealand – Aecom
  • Laine Cassidy, Director, People & Inclusion – KPMG
  • Bill Carson, Author, Speaker, Facilitator and Coach – Inspire Learning
  • Kurt Warren, National HSEQ Manager – Hansen Yuncken

The Safety Leadership and Culture Summit will explore insights and practical strategies to develop a culture of safety in an organisation. Stephen Blackie, Commercial Director of National Media — the organisers of the Workplace Health and Safety Show — said having a strong safety culture is about creating a strong foundation for safety initiatives and fostering an environment where everyone on the team takes ownership for safety in the workplace. The Summit will bring together senior OHS leaders to discuss safety culture in complex and diverse environments and how to leverage technology to build a safer future for all.

Confirmed speakers for the Safety Leadership and Culture Summit include:

  • Jo Cairns, Chief People and Safety Officer – BINGO Industries
  • Sally Stahmer, HSE Director (APAC) – Aquila Clean Energy
  • Kate Connors, Chief Mental Health Advisor – Elemental Coaching & Psychology
  • Harshu Deshpande, Start-up/Scale-up Advisor – Google

The two-day Workplace Wellbeing Summit will see thought leaders sharing their mental health insights and best practices. The Summit will focus on the development of a resilient workplace and the implementation of authentic wellbeing programs and practices that make a measureable difference. Attendees of the Workplace Wellbeing Summit will learn how to manage psychosocial risks and legislation and how to support their workplace when the unthinkable happens. Confirmed speakers for the Workplace Wellbeing Summit include:

  • Dr Georgi Toma, Director – Heart and Brain Works
  • David Rosetto, Engagement Manager – Black Dog Institute
  • Laura Sowden, Partner – Mills Oakley Lawyers
  • Simon Brown-Greaves, Chief Mental Health Officer – Australia Post
  • Jessica Simionato, Workforce Wellbeing Lead – Austin Health
  • Nicola Hogan, Health, Safety & Wellbeing Lead – Westpac
  • Michelle Falzon, Positive Psychology Coach & Mentor – Positive Wellbeing Education

The event will also feature industry experts exploring workplace safety and health through interactive forums and seminars at the Knowledge Hub. An exhibition will round out the education programs, with 130 brands showcasing innovative advancements in safety, health and hygiene products, solutions and services.

“Visitors will benefit not only from the opportunity to network and connect with their peers and industry specialists, they’ll leave with the knowledge, practical insights and solutions required to create safer, healthier and more productive workplaces,” Blackie said.

More information about the Summits is available here: https://whsshow.com.au/whats-on-melbourne.

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