Welcome by the Chair of the College of Fellows
It is an honour and a privilege to be appointed as your College Chair.
The College aims to work with the Board, CEO, AIHS members and staff to improve workplace health and safety, as well as the standing and capability of OHS/WHS professionals.
I gratefully acknowledge the valuable work of previous chairs, including Nathan Winter and Kym Bills, and the past and ongoing work of College Committee members.
Being a member of the College means that you are a thought leader, always seeking to make a difference in society by translating your knowledge and wisdom through advocacy, mentoring and practical reduction of the burden of morbidity and mortality in the workplace and beyond.
In saying that, we all generate and value scientific evidence in our professional work. It’s what sets us apart from other stakeholders. Collectively, we are a major contributor to the evidence base and the innovation that informs policy and practice. Theory and experience allow us to discern what works and what doesn’t, and the means by which we can establish the difference.
Regulation and other health and safety interventions have always lagged behind the science. It is our job to bridge the gap so that interventions are informed by the best evidence and critical thought. Once implemented, those interventions should be evaluated and improved upon. Again, this is the hallmark of an OHS/WHS professional.
I encourage all Fellows to join a College Committee, participate in College activities and suggest potential new members who have the experience, expertise and passion to be part of a College that is now 20 years young.
Chair, AIHS College of Fellows
The College of Fellows was established in 2002 and comprises those members who are Fellows and Honorary Fellows of the Institute. As a senior network of the Institute, the College works to support the Institute’s vision, values and strategy.
Membership of the College recognises OHS/WHS professionals who are making a substantial ongoing contribution to and have a record of achievement in the field. Fellows are committed members of the Institute and leaders within the profession.
The College is managed by a College of Fellows Chair and Executive Committee who are selected from the broader College membership. The College Chair is an ex officio member of the Board of the Institute, and Executive members each have a role to progress priorities in the following areas:
- Awards and College Membership Committee
- Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee
- Standards Committee
- Research Committee
- Mentoring Committee
- Policy Committee
- Body of Knowledge
If you would like more information on the College or would like to get involved in the work of the College, please email firstname.lastname@example.org