History

With a 70-year history and recently known as the Safety Institute of Australia, the origins of the Australian Institute of Health & Safety (AIHS) belong to a small group of students who enrolled in and attended the first industrial Safety and Accident Prevention course conducted by the (then) Melbourne Technical College in 1948. This group remained together and formed nucleus of the Safety Engineering Society of Australia and held regular monthly meetings.

Membership of the society expanded steadily and reached the stage where every state had formed a division. With time, it became apparent that the term “Safety Engineering” in the society’s name had an implied bias and emphasised only one of the many disciplines associated with the effective control of accidents, injuries and diseases. As a result, the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) was incorporated in 1977 with a new constitution and members of the society became members of the new SIA.

AIHS has a long and proud history of working with regulators, employers, unions and government departments in the pursuit of more effective health and safety policy, regulation and in particular, practice. Today across Australia, the AIHS has thousands of members and partnerships with many companies who share our vision of safe and healthy workers in productive workplaces and communities.

Annual Reports & Strategic Plan

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AIHS Presidents/Chairs since 1976

Naomi Kemp (COHSProf)

2019 - Current

David Skegg (Life Member)

2002 - 2005

Frank Davis

1985 - 1986

Patrick Murphy (FAIHS - ChOHSP)

2013 - 2019

Geoff Dell (Life Member)

1996 - 2002

Laurie Mason

1983 - 1985

Malcolm Burgin (FAIHS - ChOHSP)

2012 - 2013

Gill Ross (FAIHS)

1994 - 1996

Lyle Leibhardt 

1979 - 1983

Sue Pilkington (FAIHS - ChOHSP)

2010 - 2012

Brian Emerson (FAIHS)

1992 - 1994

Ron Moulds

1977 - 1979

Barry Silburn (Life Member)

2008 - 2010

Ivon Northage 

1991 - 1992

K. Isbester

1976 - 1977

Geoff Dell (Life Member)

2007 - 2008

Gary Knobel 

1987 - 1991

 

Phil Lovelock (Life Member)

2005 - 2006

Bill Lessels

1986 - 1987

 

 

Life Members

Gill (Donald) Ross

FAIHS

Sheryl Dell

FAIHS

Ern Millard

 

Barry Silburn

FAIHS 

Neville Betts

FAIHS

Neil Dine

FAIHS

John Moroney

FAIHS

David Skegg

FAIHS

Stephen Brindley

 

Patrick Doherty

 

Patrick Murphy (WA)

FAIHS

Robert Tacy

 

Fred Catlin

 

Roger Fairfax 

 

Peter Nuzum

FAIHS

Geoffrey Taylor 

FAIHS

Gary Chaplin

FAIHS

Terry Farr

FAIHS

Allan Pearce

 

Jim Toshach

FAIHS 

Cipriano Corva

FAIHS

Geoffrey Hitchings

FAIHS

Glyn Williams

FAIHS

Frank Davis

FAIHS

Les Jackson

 

Richard Ridout

FAIHS

Ralph Willson

FAIHS

Dr Geoffrey Dell

FAIHS

Trevor Love

FAIHS

Philip Lovelock

FAIHS 

Dr Margaret Cook

FAIHS

David Randall

FAIHS

John Kirwan

FAIHS

A/Prof Janis Jansz

FAIHS 

Ted Leeson

 

Patrick Lawrence

FAIHS

Professor Andrew Hopkins

FAIHS

Karen Wolfe

FAIHS

David Segrott

FAIHS

Professor Mike Capra

FAIHS

 

Honorary Fellows 

Michael Chan  

Niki Ellis

Trevor Jensen

Jocelyn Plovits

Alan Clayton

Dennis Else

Sylvia Kidziak  

Don Schofield  

Michael Costello

Brian Gibson 

Gary Lawson-Smith

Rob Seljak

Jean Cross 

Grace Grace

Frederick Randall

Barry Sherriff

John McDonald

Donald Hector 

John Merritt 

Derek Viner

Martin Dolan 

 Julie Honore

Michele Patterson   

John Watson 

Andrew Douglas  Lois Hutchinson Professor Drew Dawson Robin Stewart-Crompton
Professor Jan Hayes Emeritus Professor Andrew Hale    

 

Harold Greenwood Thomas and Lifetime Achievement Award (new)

Ciaran MacCarron (Lifetime Achievement Award)

Leo Ruschena (Lifetime Achievement Award)

Michael Tooma (Lifetime Achievement Award)

Pam Pryor (Harold Greenwood Thomas Award - 2003) Neville Betts (Harold Greenwood Thomas Award - 2005) Dr Geoff Dell (Harold Greenwood Thomas Award - 2011)
Professor Mike Capra (Harold Greenwood Thomas Award - 2019) Professor Andrew Hopkins (Harold Greenwood Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award - 2020)