Event Details

Friday, 22 October, 2021 - 11:30 to 17:00
Australian Central Standard Time (ACST)
SA Branch


The Sanctuary
Adelaide Zoo
1 Plane Tree Drive
Adelaide SA 5000


Standard Rates 
AIHS Member ( Symposium only) $240+GST
AIHS Member ( Symposium & Dinner) $320+GST
Non-Member ( Symposium only ) $390+GST
Non-Member (Symposium & Dinner) $520+GST
Non-Member & Join AIHS ( Symposium only ) $390+GST
Non-Member & Join AIHS ( Symposium & Dinner) $520+GST
AIHS Member Dinner Only $150+GST
Non-Member Dinner only $175+GST
Student ( Symposium only) $75+GST
Student ( Symposium & Dinner) $205


Event Organising Body: 
Australian Institute of Health & Safety
Event Organiser: 
Australian Institute of Health & Safety
(03) 8336 1995



The Australian Institute of Health & Safety invites you to join us for the 2021 Annual South Australian AIHS Branch Symposium which will be held on Friday 22 October 2021 located at the Adelaide Zoo

The Symposium will commence at 11:30 and will run until 17:00. A light lunch will be served on arrival. 

A separate annual Branch dinner event will be held after SALUS 2021 preceded by drinks amidst the animals for which all attendees at the Symposium are warmly invited to book in at a discounted rate.

The focus of the SA Learning and Update Symposium for 2021 (SALUS21) will move beyond the COVID pandemic to consider major ongoing WHS lessons and priorities. This is well reflected in our two keynote speakers with SA's Chief Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier discussing pandemic risk more generally through planning and use of both infection and WHS controls, and Business SA's CEO, Martin Haese, outlining what small and medium enterprises need from WHS professionals. 

Our WHS regulator, Safework SA Executive Director, Martyn Campbell, who also chairs the national regulator's group, will outline lessons from the respect at work report and on bullying and, with Jason Mavrikis, demonstrate a psychological risk tool that is very helpful. As always, we will have an update on key legal WHS cases relevant to professional members from Luke Holland and Daria McLauchlan that can help keep members and their employers and clients out of jail.

Feedback from last year sought a session on the construction industry and the focus for doing this will be what can be learned from human factors and ergonomics presented by Heidi Turbill and Dr Valerie O'Keefe and cover both practice and theory. All safety professionals and leaders need to use learning to improve performance and the dynamic Andrew Barrett will lead a session with attendees to outline what this could mean in practice.

We have invited the four locally-based universities with health and safety graduate students to present brief summaries of their research to keep attendees up to date with a range of current topics and to seek follow-up if they wish - the topics will be added to the program as we have them. SALUS21 will provide a packed program and an exciting opportunity to network with local WHS members and professionals.

Those who can, are also warmly invited to book into the drinks and dinner event that follows.  Kym Bills, SA Branch Chair."

Event details
Date: Friday 22 October 2021
Time: 11:30 
-  17:00 (ACDT) 
Venue: Sanctuary conference facility, upstairs before the entrance Adelaide Zoo, 1 Plane Tree Drive, Adelaide 5000

Standard Rates 
AIHS Member ( Symposium only) $240+GST
AIHS Member ( Symposium & Dinner) $320+GST
Non-Member ( Symposium only ) $390+GST
Non-Member (Symposium & Dinner) $520+GST
Non-Member & Join AIHS ( Symposium only ) $390+GST
Non-Member & Join AIHS ( Symposium & Dinner) $520+GST
AIHS Member Dinner Only $150+GST
​Non-Member Dinner only $175+GST
Student ( Symposium only) $75+GST
Student ( Symposium & Dinner) $205


Click here to download a copy of the program 

11:30  Registration & Light plated lunch
12:15  Welcome & Introduction to SALUS21:  by Kym Bills, SA Branch Chair


Legal update: "The big stick – Investigations, EUs, and Prosecutions". In this presentation, Daria and Luke will take us through the recent legal matters from SA and across the harmonised states by Luke Holland and Daria McLachlan, Sparke Helmore



Overview of the National arena including the recent Sex Discrimination Commissioner's Respect@Work Report into Parliamentary Bullying and Bullying in the Legal Profession by Martyn Campbell, Executive Director SafeWork SA.


People at Work Psychological risk assessment digital tool - What it is and how to use it by Jason Mavrikis WHS Advisor SafeWork SA

13:40   Update on AIHS; Review of WHS national strategy by Nathan Winter, Chair of college of fellows 
14:05 Keynote speaker - ‘Applying best practice infection and WHS control procedures to minimise pandemic risk’ by Professor Nicola Spurrier Chief Public Health Officer for SA Health
14:30  Keynote speaker  -  'What do small and medium enterprises need from WHS professionals?' by Martin Haese Chief Executive Officer Business SA
14:55  Afternoon tea
15:15  “Human Factors and Ergonomics in the Construction Industry” by Heidi Turbill and Dr Valerie O'Keefe from HFESA
15:40  Using Learning to Improve Performance: A Practical by Andrew Barrett - audience session
16:10  "Ignite" - 3-5 minutes WHS Research student summaries
  CQUniversity - Jodie Stevens - "Rail OHS and train driver job design"
  Uno of Adelaide - Tassis Oswald - "Mental Health of young Australians during the Pandemic"
  Flinders Uni - Kosa Manning - Can technology support human visual inspection in harsh environments
  Uni of Adelaide - Matthew Borg 'Heat stress in the workplace: health service burden and labour productivity loss in Australia'
16:55  Overview and Close of SALUS21: by Kym Bills, SA Branch Chair