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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

Patrick Murphy (CFSIA - ChOHSP)

2013 - CURRENT

David Skegg (CFSIA - ChOHSP)

2002 - 2005

Bill Lessels

1986 - 1987

Malcolm Burgin (CFSIA - ChOHSP)

2012 - 2013

Geoff Dell (CFSIA)

1996 - 2002

Frank Davis

1985 - 1986

Sue Pilkington (CFSIA - ChOHSP)

2010 - 2012

Gill Ross (FSIA)

1994 - 1996

Laurie Mason

1983 - 1985

Barry Silburn (CFSIA)

2008 - 2010

Brian Emerson (FSIA)

1992 - 1994

Lyle Leibhardt 

1979 - 1983

Geoff Dell (CFSIA)

2007 - 2008

Ivon Northage 

1991 - 1992

Ron Moulds

1977 - 1979

Phil Lovelock (CFSIA - ChOHSP)

2005 - 2006

Gary Knobel 

1987 - 1991

K. Isbester

1976 - 1977

 

Life Members

Gill (Donald) Ross

FSIA 

Sheryl Dell

FSIA 

Ern Millard

CPMSIA

Barry Silburn

FSIA 

Neville Betts

CFSIA

Neil Dine

FSIA 

John Moroney

FSIA 

David Skegg

CFSIA

Stephen Brindley

CPMSIA

Patrick Doherty

CPMSIA

Patrick Murphy (WA)

FSIA

Robert Tacy

CPMSIA

Fred Catlin

CPMSIA

Roger Fairfax 

CPMSIA 

Peter Nuzum

FSIA 

Geoffrey Taylor 

CFSIA

Gary Chaplin

FSIA 

Terry Farr

FSIA 

Allan Pearce

CPMSIA 

Jim Toshach

FSIA 

Cipriano Corva

FSIA 

Geoffrey Hitchings

FSIA 

Frederick Randall

 

Glyn Williams

FSIA

Frank Davis

FSIA 

Les Jackson

CPMSIA

Richard Ridout

FSIA 

Ralph Willson

FSIA

Dr Geoffrey Dell

CFSIA

Trevor Love

FSIA 

Philip Lovelock

FSIA 

Dr Margaret Cook

FSIA

David Randall

CFSIA

John Kirwan

FSIA 

A/Prof Janis Jansz

FSIA 

Ted Leeson

CPMSIA

Patrick Lawrence

FSIA

     

 

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

John McDonald

Barry Sherriff

Martin Dolan

Donald Hector 

John Merritt 

Derek Viner

Andrew Douglas 

 Julie Honore

Michele Patterson   

John Watson 

Lois Hutchinson Professor Drew Dawson Robin Stewart-Crompton  

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Ciaran MacCarron (FSIA)

Leo Ruschena (CFSIA)

Michael Tooma (FSIA)

 

Harold Greenwood Thomas Award

Pam Pryor (CFSIA - ChOHSP) - 2003 Neville Betts (CFSIA) - 2005 Dr Geoff Dell (CFSIA) - 2011
Professor Mike Capra (FSIA) - 2019