As the fog lifted over Melbourne 87 women who work in the field of OHS met to network, hear from inspiring speakers, enjoy a sumptuous breakfast and take in the stunning view from Level 89 at the Eureka Tower.
The breakfast , held twice a year and hosted by the Victorian Division of the Safety Institute Division was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. Women commented on the session given by Edie Hester on how to keep ourselves professionally detached when faced with the frustrations of working with clients who may not see things as we think they ought. This important skill helps us all be better at our job which is as a trusted advisor. The women who attended spent some time learning some practical ways to reduce stress and keep perspective when faced with challenges in their role.
Sue Pennicuik, former ACTU advisor and current member for the Southern Metropolitan Region also gave an inspiring speech on the need to maintain the noise about ensuring the safety of workers across all workplaces. Using the battle waged over asbestos as an example Sue highlighted the need to keep our eye on new technologies and their potential OHS risks, including such things as nanotechnology.
The venue was stunning and the breakfast set all those who attended up for the day. Several women who attended were lucky enough to win the amazing door prizes, sponsored by Simple OHS Solutions, which included a Tiffany jewellery voucher, an accommodation voucher at Peppers resort and a session with communication coach Edie Hester.
Sue Pilkington the President of the Victorian Division of the Safety Institute also spoke ad reminded those attending of the upcoming elections for the Victorian Division Committee and encouraged those attending to not only vote but get involved and nominate themselves or others to be on the committee and contribute to the ongoing work of the Institute.
The next breakfast is to be held on 10 November 2009 at the Melbourne Zoo. All women who work in OHS are encouraged to attend this wonderful event.