Last week we held the first face-to-face AIHS National Health & Safety Conference since the emergence of COVID-19. After much consultation with members, it was clear there was a great desire to return to a face-to-face format, and so the conference was held as a hybrid event, with the option to attend in person in Melbourne at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, or to view it online.
As our first hybrid conference, we experienced some small technical difficulties with short lags in audio/video, and some issues in streaming international speakers, but all of these were hastily rectified and there were many lessons learnt for the team.
We had a fantastic lineup of national and international speakers who covered a diverse range of topics. Some highlights were hearing from Julia Banks, Author, Business Leader & former Member of Federal Parliament who kicked off day one, Jean-Christophe Le Coze who joined us virtually from France to discuss the identity, value and contribution of the profession, as well Mark Griffin, Director at the 'Future of Work Institute' as part of Curtin University discussing the roles of uncertainty and connectivity in our work lives.
Returning to an in-person format meant we were once again able to hold Workplace Health & Safety Show as part of the conference, which saw hundreds of individuals makings use of the free exhibition to learn about new technology and equipment used in the industry.
The conference provided an opportunity for colleagues and friends to reunite once again and network with like-minded individuals from the profession. We were also able to host a lunch for the College of Fellows network to celebrate 20 years since the formation of the College, with a number of the most senior and experienced members in attendance.
Overall, the 2022 AIHS National Health & Safety Conference was a great success and a much-needed return to face-to-face events after a long hiatus.
We look forward to this continued greater sense of connectivity with our peers with a number of in-person state symposiums coming up in the next couple of months.