SIA SA Safety Symposium - Health & Wellbeing

Thursday 19 October, 2017

The SIA SA Branch is pleased to announce the 2017 South Australia Safety Symposium: Health & Wellbeing which will be held at the Adelaide Zoo on 19 October 2017.

Health and Well-being is an area that continues to grow in significance and complexity. The more we find out, the more we realise that there is so much more we need to know. Come along to the symposium to find out how a range of different organisations and industries are meeting the ongoing challenge of workplace health and well-being.

Event Details

Date: Thursday 19 October 2017

The Adelaide Zoo, Figtree Conference Facility, Frome Rd, Adelaide SA 5000


SIA Member                       $150 + GST
SIA Corporate Member      $200 + GST
Student                                $75 + GST
Non Member & Join           $300 + GST
Non Member & Join           $350 + GST  

Register your attendance here




8:45am - 9:15am
Registration and Delegate Arrival

9:15am - 9:45am

9:45am - 10:30am

Share 4 Care: Designing Good Work in Aged Care 
Presented by Dr Valerie O’Keefe,School of Engineering, University of South Australia

Providing care can be psychologically and physically demanding for aged care workers, impacting on both job quality and quality of care. Despite multi-faceted task, equipment, and policy interventions, workers’ injuries continue unsustainably. Psychosocial factors are important components of job design, yet poorly understood by many ‘work designers’ in aged care organisations. Psychosocial factors influence worker satisfaction and safety, and are likely to affect resident care.

Within this session Dr O'Keefe will discuss the outcomes of a collaborative intervention pilot case study in one aged care site and examine whether improving aspects of care workers’ psychosocial working environment would be beneficial in reducing workers’ musculoskeletal injury risk and enhance quality of care.  

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Does the involvement of staff in tailored small-scale changes that place equal priority on staff health, safety and wellbeing and workplace productivity, promote greater quality of care and worker safety.
  2. Are the benefits of workplace change achievable in relatively short time frames and with low costs.
  3. Does the encouragement of care worker involvement in planning care potentially boost innovation and job satisfaction, making aged care more rewarding and safer work.
10:30am - 11:00am  
Morning Tea

11:00am -11.45am

Presentation by Margo Lydon, CEO, Superfriend

11:45am - 12:30pm

Linking Team and Organisational Resilience.
Presented by Kathryn McEwen, Managing Director, Working With Resilience

The emerging focus on organisational resilience is bringing occupational health and safety together with a range of functions such as business continuity, cyber security and emergency, crisis/risk management. 

At the same time, turbulent and pressured work environments have created concern around the resilience of the workforce.  While both fields of enquiry seek to build proactivity and adaptability around change and disruption, there seems to be limited integration across domains. 
This session explores whether organisational resilience can occur without resilient work teams, especially at senior leadership level. It uses the Resilience at Work (R@W) Team model to outline the elements of resilient teams.
Learning Outcomes:

  • Why resilience has become a hot topic in organisations
  • Dispel the myths around resilience and discuss the limitations of interventions
  • Introduce the Resilience at Work (R@W) Toolkit – a validated and integrated model that outlines the actions needed by employees, teams and leaders to build resilience
  • Link team resilience to organisational resiliency.
12:30pm - 1:30pm

1:30pm -2:15pm

Fatigue alcohol and other drugs in the construction industry
Presented by Chris Ginever, SQE Manager, Master Builders Association of SA and James Bisset, Project Officer Aboriginal Workforce Development, Drug Policy and Population Health Division Drug & Alcohol Services of South Australia

Impairment through fatigue and the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs, is common place in society and as a result is now a workplace hazard.
The presenters will discuss the current trends in fitness for work management including:
·         Common myths and misconceptions regarding substance abuse
·         Policy and procedure developments and improvements in the management of fitness for work
·         Testing and screening programmes for alcohol and other drugs
·         Sleep deprivation and its effect on the workplace, and
·         Employee assistance programmes
2:15pm -2:30pm
Afternoon Tea

Wrap up of speakers presentations and introduction to the afternoon session

3:00pm - 4:30pm
Speed-dating” – small group sessions with speakers 

4:30pm - 4:45pm
Summary & Close

4:45pm - 6:00pm
Networking Drinks

Your Presenters

Kathryn McEwen
Managing Director, Working With Resilience

Chris Ginever
SQE Manager, Master Builders Association of SA

Margo Lydon
CEO, Superfriend

Dr Valerie O’Keefe
School of Engineering, University of South Australia


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