Event Details

Tuesday, 2 March, 2021 - 10:00 to 12:00
Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (AEDT)


Online Workshop


Event Organising Body: 
(03) 8336 1995


This is an endorsed training event.

Join us for an online workshop - Understanding your organisation – A Thinking Sprint.  The Thinking Sprints session goes for 2 hours with each session being limited to 12 participants.

Occupational Health and Safety professionals need to work within organisations and contribute to overall organisational goals rather than attempt to impose OHS change from outside the organisational context.

With the objective of supporting OHS professionals in understanding their organisation, the OHS Body of Knowledge recently published a new chapter titled The Organisation. The chapter discusses the complexity of organisations and the scope of relevant theory and explores three ‘lenses’ – metaphorical, structural and integral –which OHS professionals can apply to assist their understanding of organisations.

As part of the launch this chapter we have developed a virtual Thinking Sprint to enable OHS professionals to engage in a challenging dialogue that applies the principles outlined in the chapter to enable them to analyse and understand their organisation.

A Thinking Sprint is not a webinar. It is not a presentation with many PowerPoints. It is a fast paced, interactive, uncommon, online conversation that is anything but a webinar (at least that’s what participants so far have told us when we have utilised this method to explore other topics). The participants also do most of the talking, guided by some questions in two or three breakout sessions.

This is a time in the history of organisational life like no other. Extraordinary circumstances have given rise to conditions that are rich, ripe and rife with choices. These choices arise from the fissures between the necessity for fast-paced change and adaptation, on one hand, and the need for a dependable and reliable context on the other. This Thinking Sprint will give participants an opportunity to explore the concept of the organisation and how the OHS professional ‘fits’ in this context.

You will have an opportunity to spend some time with a small cohort of your peers taking a deep dive into questions that will lead to a greater understanding of the concept of organisational life, and the OHS professional’s role in this.

During the Thinking Sprint, we will ask you consider the organisation within which you work through the four lenses of Systems, Culture, Perspective and Capability, and how you can utilise these four lenses to truly understand how you can influence and contribute to positive change.

Date: Tuesday 2 March 2021
Time: 10:00 - 12:00 AEDT
Cost: AIHS Members $130.00 + GST | Non-Member $195.00 + GST


By interacting with a range of OHS professionals you will:

  1. Examine the methodologies of metaphor structure and Integral Theory and how enable you analyse the organisation within which you work
  2. Utilise Integral Theory to analyse the challenges faced by OHS professionals in 2021
  3. Share and discuss different perspectives on these methodologies and their use in influencing  and enhancing safety practices.


In booking for a Sprint Thinking session you are making a commitment to:

  • Read the OHS BoK chapter The Organisation prior to the session
  • To follow through your booking by attending the full session unless prevented by exceptional circumstances. (As each session is limited to 12 participants with allocated breakout groups of 3 people any non-attendances impact the Thinking Sprint experience of other participants.)


Debra Burlington

Debra has worked in the field of OHS for 26 years in a variety of positions, mainly focussed on the areas of leadership development and cultural change. She has worked across the globe with organisations intent on embedding OHS as a part of how business is conducted on a day to day basis.

For the past 20 years she has partnered with a wide variety of organisations as an OHS strategist in the pursuit of positive and respectful cultures. This has been in service of exploring and bringing to the fore the full potential that is available within an organisation from an integral perspective. Debra is passionate about learning the latest tools to enhance human potential, applying these to self as well as utilising them in her work with her clients and in the pursuit of continuously improving the way OHS is delivered in an organisation.

As a continuous student, she is currently studying Integral Theory application with Integral Life. She is certified NLP Master Practitioner and meta coach. Debra is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Health and Safety and is the Chairperson of the College of Fellows’ Mentoring Program.

Debra co-authored the OHS Body of Knowledge chapter The Organisation.

Mike Griffiths

Michael has more than 30 years’ experience as an organisational and leadership development consultant for organisations in a variety of industries, including mining and construction. He has a background in psychology and safety leadership consulting, and expertise in applying Integral Theory to organisational issues. Michael is founder and director of Cornerstone Integral Solutions, a boutique Melbourne-based organisational development consultancy.

Mike co-authored the OHS Body of Knowledge chapter The Organisation.