Event Details

Friday, 27 November, 2020 - 12:00 to 12:45
Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (AEDT)


Zoom Webinar


AIHS Member: Complimentary


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



On behalf of the Australian Institute of Health & Safety and Next World Enterprises, you are invited to join us on Friday 27 November 2020 for a 'Virtual Reality Learning is Making Workplaces Safer​'.

This presentation will focus on how workplaces around the world are replacing traditional learning methods with (VR) learning methods. It will examine real-life examples of where this is happening. It will also discuss the reasons why this is happening, focussing in on cost savings, improvements in learning outcomes and safety performance as well as the cognitive neuroscience of learning which is greatly improved through VR when compared to traditional methods.

Additionally, the presentation includes an offer to anyone interested in determining the viability of VR within their own workplace.

Next World Enterprises have made an offer to the AIHS webinar participants to provide a VR Oculus Quest 2 headset at no cost to the business, pre-loaded with common learning experiences of a safety nature for their application and study locally. This offer will be fully supported both technically and with survey data- that will be captured from participants- to evidence the full array of information that can then be used by the company to determine VR’s effectiveness within the business.

This is a fully supported and expense-free study of VR within your business.

The presentation will provide evidence and scientific-based data that focuses in on the key-value opportunities that have arrived for businesses that are now using VR for their learning and development programs.

It will also discuss how businesses are starting their journey into VR, providing a roadmap or pathway for the future for those considering VR.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of how VR is evolving workplace learning on a global basis
  • Witness live examples from real workplaces of how VR is improving learning and safety outcomes
  • Be provided with a roadmap or pathway to trial the technology and see the innovation evolution first hand

Event Details

Date: Friday 27 November 2020
Time: 12:00pm – 12:45pm AEDT
Format: Zoom Webinar
* Please note this webinar will be recorded and a link will be distributed to all registered attendees post event.

Your Speaker


Michael O'Reilly - B Behav Science (Work & Health) Griffith University

17 Years of heavy industry experience in Australia and overseas

Owner of: Harness Group (14 Years), Chorck Pty Ltd (4 Years) & Next World Enterprises (3 Years)

Michael is passionate about innovation, safety and business. The first 15 years of his career, focused on HSE, HR and L&D roles within the heavy industry spaces of oil and gas. Michael led teams here in Australia and in North Africa and Asia before returning to home to start his first business – Harness Group, a specialist RTO and Labour Supply business.

Michael saw that in order to make significant and material changes in safety performance on the learning side, that evolution away from conventional modes needed to occur. This is why he started Chorck and then Next World. These businesses combined have created a unique learning and safety ecosystem that combine the power of technology, innovation, software and cognitive neuroscience of learning, to create new value in the field of safety.

Virtual Reality (VR) in particular is of immense interest to Michael and is the central focus of his new venture – Next World, a Virtual Reality software development business that allows medium to large size businesses in the medium to high-risk space, the opportunity to advance their learning models with the most potent and powerful learning technology available – VR. The recent convergence in hardware and software in this space has led to an amazing timing opportunity for VR to replace ineffective learning methods such as eLearning and face to face with what will become the norm very shortly. Throw in COVID and the need for remote learning models and a perfect opportunity is now in play to support this move.

Next World is well endorsed through its recent acknowledgements with their Finalist position at QODE 2020 and their recognition in the Ignite Funding rounds with Advance Qld.