Event Details

Thursday, 29 November, 2018 - 09:00 to 18:30
Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (AEDT)


Victoria University
300 Flinders Street
Level 12
Melbourne VIC 3000


Early Bird (until Friday 26 October 2018)
SIA / AIOH / HFESA Member - $300.00 + GST
SIA Member Regional Rate - $200 + GST
SIA Non-Member - $500.00 + GST
Student (Full time student) - $ 100.00 + GST

Standard (from Saturday 27 October 2018)
SIA / AIOH / HFESA Member - $350.00 + GST
SIA Member Regional Rate - $250 + GST
SIA Non-Member - $550.00 + GST
Student (Full time student) - $ 100.00 + GST

End of year social drinks
SIA / AIOH / HFESA Member - $25.00 + GST
SIA Non-Member - $30.00 + GST
Student (Full time student) - $25.00 + GST

Please note: Regional rates are available (SIA Members only) living 100km from Melbourne. Regional rate are $100.00 of the SIA Member rate.
To access this rate, please contact the SIA on or call (03) 8336 1995.
Not applicable to Debate only rate.


Event Organising Body: 
Safety Institute of Australia
Event Organiser: 
VIC Branch
(03) 8336 1995



The Victorian Branch Committee of the Safety Institute of Australia is pleased to announce that planning for this year’s Victorian Symposium is taking shape.
Held in Melbourne on Thursday 29 November, this year’s event will explore the theme of ‘Digital Technology in Health and Safety’.

This is a topic that has gained growing exposure, as health and safety people seek to navigate their way through digital complexity, in order to both reap the rewards and manage the risks.


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SESSION 1 (9.00–10.30 am)
Opening Plenary
9.00–9.15 am Welcomes
VIC Branch welcome
SIA welcome
9.15–9.40 am

Rachel Dixon, Victorian Privacy and Data Protection Deputy Commissioner
Rachel will present on privacy and data regulation, how poor practices can impact workers, and how organisations can manage these risks.

9.40–10.05 am How can we design successful digital technology initiatives?
Organisations are now flooded with a range of options to implement digital technologies to assist in managing OHS. But how do we design rigorous initiatives? This session provides delegates with user design principles, and practical ideas on how to define objectives, implement change, and measure success. By learning through well designed, small-scale pilots, OHS professionals can better learn what does and doesn't work, navigate digital complexity, and leverage digital technology to improve OHS. 
Rohan Irvine, UX Designer, REA Group
10.05–10.30 am

Is safety data big data, and can it ever be used to achieve predictive analytics? 
HSE Consultant Andrew Heinrichs takes attendees through some foundational concepts such as big data, analytics and machine learning, and applies them to health and safety contexts. Based on these shared understandings, the OHS profession can better leverage digital technologies to improve OHS performance. From using real-time data feeds to anticipate musculoskeletal injuries, to smart cameras to protect against fatigue events, Andrew provides tangible examples of digital technologies being used to manage OHS risk. 
Andrew Heinrichs, HSE Manager, EY​

10.30–11.00 am MORNING TEA  |  FOYER
SESSION 2 (11.00 am–12.20 pm)
Gadgets - Digital technology case studies demonstrating improved health and safety performance
ROOMS Room 1 Room 2
11.00–11.20 am Can manual handling injuries be predicted?
What if our workers could wear a device that measured 'at risk' movements in real time, and alerted workers, to improve the way they move? What if we can measure body movements, providing real time data feeds to a mobile application, which then guides the worker through a series of tutorials on how to better move? This presentation takes delegates through some of the underlying research and case studies, in a presentation that explores how the profession can use technology and data to tackle Australia's largest injury category.
Matthew Hart, Founder, Soter Analytics
Can we use virtual environments to improve OHS? 
Virtual reality represents one of the most disruptive technologies to impact the training industry. This session explains the various types of technologies, from virtual to augmented to mixed realities, by using case studies and examples of what has and hasn't worked in an OHS context. This presentation will include the challenges in developing high impact content that is successfully embedded into organisation's processes. 
Ty Curtis, Founder, Managing Director, Activate Entertainment​
11.20–11.40 am

How can training be improved by virtual reality technology?

For many years, training has been a go-to administrative control to mitigate health and safety risks. But the effectiveness of training is often challenged, difficult to measure, and often not aligned to organisational objectives or the audience. This session delves deeper into how virtual environments can be used to improve training effectiveness. Use cases will be presented in first aid and emergency response contexts.

Motti Blum, Co-Founder, Real Response

Can we better engage with people when they first work for us? 
The way people interact and learn is changing. Many organisations now face four generations in one workplace, each with their own learning styles and preferences. Online inductions are becoming more accessible for all sizes of companies, provide accurate participation records, and include engaging content. Open-sourced Moodle platforms are crucial to this technology developing further. This session explores how online learning can support and improve the experience of workers when they join an organisation. 
Julie McLoughlin, Director, OHS & HR Management Systems Pty Ltd


11.40 am-12.00 pm Can we use technology to support lone and remote workers?
Working alone is a risk faced by workers in healthcare, government, real estate, utilities, commercial cleaning and retail. This session explores how technology can be used to mitigate this risk, including the benefits and opportunities, as well as the challenges in successfully implementing these technologies. 
Travis Holland, Holland Thomas

What is the difference between well-designed solutions and just 'good ideas'?
In this session, we will explore the differences between a well-designed digital solution versus just a good idea. This session aims to equip delegates with some practical questions to ask when navigating the journey of finding the right digital solution for their business or team. 
Jacqui Broadhurst, CodeSafe


12.00–12.20 pm  

Worker Data Privacy
The case for data integration being used to improve performance of health and safety outcomes is clear. But does the ends justify the means? Data mismanagement can have negative safety outcomes? This session will outline what health and safety professionals should consider when capturing, analysing and utilising worker data. 
Cameron Montgomery, Executive Manager Safety, Risk and Compliance Services, City of Ballarat

Can data be used to 'predict' incidents?
It is a controversial topic, and much of this debate stems from a misalignment in understanding around the term 'predictive analytics'. This session looks at how data can be used to highlight key areas of risk, to better support management in anticipating areas of concern. 
Marcus Cattani, InjuryAlarm


12.20–1.00 pm LUNCH  |  FOYER
SESSION 3 (1.00-2.40 pm)
Digital age - The changing nature of work, and how digital impacts on our people
1.00–1.25 pm

What are our ethics in virtual and digital worlds?
Society, including its workers, are spending more and more time in virtual worlds and online. Interactions between people in these digital spaces are frequent, and sometimes life-like. Using case studies such as sexual harassment claims between avatars, this presentation encourages attendees to consider the ethical frameworks within which our digital identities operate, including boundaries, norms and behaviours.
Lucy Sparrow, University of Melbourne

1.25–1.50 pm

Is constant connection good for us?
As social media becomes ever more prevalent in the workplace and throughout society, the impacts on workers, their families and employers is growing. Our 24/7 lifestyles can enable cultures of constant checking and 'always on' behaviour, and hyper-connected networks can amplify insidious voices. Michelle Murray from Bully Zero takes participants through cyberbulling and the risk to work health and safety, communication and the impact of words, and the role care, respect and empathy play in supporting workers. 
Michelle Murray, GM Programs Development and Delivery, Bully Zero Australia Foundation


1.50–2.15 pm

How can technology and work compliment rather than compete?
This session investigates potential hazards that might arise from the introduction of digital technology platforms. Using familiar methods of risk assessment to identify controls, a real scenario is used to demonstrate the introduction of new ways of working in an office environment and the impact this had on end users. 
Stephanie Cassidy, Productivity Matters


2.15–2.40 pm How can we apply evidence-based methods to better manage OHS?
This presentation explores the development of management profiling tools, to enable a balanced approach to managing safety. When well designed, these tools can support users, from senior executive management level to frontline service providers, by having accurate and informative data for decision-making directly available.
Lisa Brand, Director, Cyntropy and Kim Carter, Founder and Director, Cyntropy
2.40–3.10 pm AFTERNOON TEA  |  FOYER
SESSION 4 (3.10–5.00 pm)
Data analytics – Gathering insights from safety and other data
3.10-3.35 pm

How can governments better use their data?
WorkSafe's Hazardous Industries team is exploring ways of better capturing, analysing and using data to help it focus attention on the right things at the right time. The presentation will cover two emerging initiatives (1) development of a High Consequence Risk Index, to better measure performance of the Hazardous Industries and (2) use of standardised inspection checklists, to enable easier and more effective data analysis and identification of performance trends.
Simon Farrar, Director of WorkSafe's Major Hazards Program and Albert Chemali, Inspector, Major Hazards Program

3.35-4.10 pm What are the new technologies hitting OHS?
Discover the new technologies that are making it easier for safety professionals to report and collate data used for improvement. Technologies such as geolocations, digital signatures, mobile inspections, fast hazard management, streamlined contractor management, and automated workflow are all examples of innovative technologies that are making identification, investigation, and reporting easier.
Adrian Manessis, Director, myosh​
4.10-4.45 pm

Data Driven Business - The power of insights and analytics in health and safety​
The role of data capture and customised reporting are becoming pivotal in the workplace - influencing an organisations quality assurance, performance, and the ability to become more agile in their decision making. Kaja and Disha address the pain points that sophisticated, custom reporting methods are alleviating, and what this means for the future of health and safety.
Kaja Stern, Ramsay Health Care and Disha Manikumar, SafetyCulture

4.45-5.00 pm Data analytics Q&A
5.00-7.00 pm End of Year Social Drinks


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Date: Thursday 29 November 2018
Time: 9.00 am - 6.30 pm
Venue: Victoria University, City Convention Centre, Level 12, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

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