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Friday, 13 September, 2019 -
09:00 to 17:00
Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
NSW Branch


Right Management
Level 22, Tower 2
201 Sussex St
Sydney NSW 2090


AIHS Individual Members $395 + GST
AIHS Corporate Members $395 + GST
Non-Members $495 + GST


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



On behalf of the NSW Branch, we invite you to join us on Friday 13 September 2019 for a workshop titled: Beyond The Wellbeing Cookie Jar: Effective Psychosocial Hazards Risk Management. 

While physical injuries and diseases continue to decline, problematic psychological injury claim trends are causing multi-stakeholder concern. In line with increased attention on associated risk management failures and issues, the recently released ISO45001: Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use emphasises the requirement for PCBUs to establish, implement and maintain ongoing and proactive hazard identification processes that account for various work-related psychological hazards. In addition, the SWA Guide, Work-related psychological health and safety: A systematic approach to meeting your duties highlights the critical role of WHS and related professionals in advising PCBUs on appropriate risk management strategies for psychological hazards.


Commencing with a brief evidence-driven scene setting exercise, this intensive, interactive 1-day post symposium workshop will build on the previous day’s presentation in delving in-depth into effective psychosocial hazards risk management in practice, covering:

  • Different psychological hazard categories, including how work is organised / designed, and work environment risk factors such as workload, work hours, harassment and bullying, leadership and organisational culture;
  • Mental health and psychological stress principles and models, which help explain why the prevailing wellbeing-centric approach to risk management is both flawed and inadequate;
  • Current research evidence on primary causal mechanisms and psychological hazard exposure levels;
  • Consequences of hazard exposures, including psychological, psychosomatic health and job performance impacts and various affiliated business and legal implications;
  • Effective hazard identification methods and relevant risk management frameworks that focus on primary prevention strategies, including alternatives that complement the Hierarchy of Control; and
  • Collaborating across disciplines to improve your influence and build a business case that creates buy-in for changing how psychological hazards are viewed and managed at the Executive level.

This workshop will be dynamic and fast-paced. Attendees should come prepared to work collaboratively with their Workshop Leader through actively participating in and contributing to discussion and activities.

Attendees will also be provided a safe space to critically reflect on their current capabilities and confidence in effectively facilitating psychological injury prevention, rather than cure. Attendees will gain personal and professional insights, and start building a practical skills toolset for doing things new, better and differently within their own roles.  


Date: Friday 13 September 2019
Time: 9:00am - 17:00pm
Venue: Right Management, Darling Park, Level 22, Tower 2, 201 Sussex St, Sydney 
Cost: AIHS Members $395 + GST   | Non Members $495 + GST


Dr Becs

Best described as a no-nonsense HR Strategist with special interest in the corporate governance implications of psychosocial hazards management as these relate to worker and business performance, Dr Rebecca Michalak (Dr Becs) is an experienced public presenter, expert panelist, facilitator and trainer. She has worked extensively with audiences ranging from international to domestic, Executive and business leader to front-line, and from several hundred attendees through to invite-only client boardroom sessions.

Dr Becs brings to her workshop engagements 20 years’ experience in senior management, consulting, and strategic human resources management roles in the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors. Adopting a stress optimisation approach to worker performance, her perspective on managing human resources for strategic competitive advantage is knowledge-worker centric and underpinned by social sustainability principles.

Dr Becs holds a PhD in Business (University of Queensland), an MBA (Strategic HRM) and a Master of Management Research (University of Western Australia), and BA Psychology Hons. (Organisational Psychology) from Murdoch University. She is also a Certified Trainer and Assessor and a Certified Psychometrics (Team Management Systems) Practitioner. Her professional memberships include Member, Australian Institute of Health and Safety, Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors, and Certified Professional Member, Australian Human Resources Institute.