Media Release: Safe Work Australia to present on Psychological health and safety in the workplace

Tuesday, 10 April, 2018 - 14:00
Media release
National News

Media Release

Recent media from the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) called for a wider conversation amongst the industry on the issue of harassment, bullying and abuse in the workplace. Dr Kelly Johnstone, Chair of the Institute’s think tank the SIA College of Fellows, called on Safe Work Australia to develop a code of practice.

In early May Safe Work Australia will consider the draft National Guidance - Work-related psychological health and safety: A systematic approach to meeting your duties. This guide will provide clear national guidance for employers on prevention, early intervention and how to support effective recovery from work-related psychological injuries.  

Peta Miller, Strategic WHS Adviser Safe Work Australia will present at the SIA National Conference: In Practice, on the 24th May at the Melbourne Convention Centre. To hear more about this important presentation visit

David Clarke, SIA CEO welcomed the work as an important contribution to the national discussion. “Psychological health and safety is justifiably in the spotlight. There is widespread concern and confusion about what Australian employers can and should be doing, and what compliance and best practice looks like. Industry and health and safety professionals urgently need good quality advice on this topic. It’s important we work to develop a model code of practice, especially around the issues of bullying, harassment and abuse, but, this is a positive step.”


About Safety Institute of Australia Ltd

The Safety Institute of Australia Ltd is Australia’s peak body for the health & safety profession. Established more than 60 years ago, our membership comprises more than 4,000 individuals, many of whom work in the field as Health and Safety Representatives, or OHS practitioners and professionals. Our vision is for healthy and safe workers in productive workplaces. Our mission is to advance the health and safety profession, to deliver the highest quality advice; and be a voice for the profession to positively influence the development of health and safety policy and practice.

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SIA Contacts:   

David Clarke (SIA CEO)

Tel. 0416 156 923                              



Kelly Johnstone (Chair of College of Fellows)    

Tel. 0400 200 604