The ACT Division of the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) recently co-sponsored the conduct of a seminar on Organisational Stress and Psychological Injury, which was coordinated by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFSEA), and presented by Professor Niki Ellis, Deputy CEO of the Australian Institute of Health Workforce Innovation at University of Queensland, and Ms Kirsten Way, Manager Psychosocial and Cognitive Ergonomics, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.
The full-day workshop was run in Canberra on 8th September 2009 with support from Safe Work Australia, the Office of the ACT OH&S Commissioner, the ACT Division of SIA, and the Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine. The opening address by Mark McCabe, ACT OHS Commissioner and Tony Mitchell President SIA (ACT), provided a good focus to the start of the day which progressed with lots of lively discussion and great networking. Feedback from participants praised the excellent speakers, the strong research base behind their material, and the interactive style of presentation.
Practical information about conducting a stress audit was presented by Niki in an episode of her ABC TV series "Stress Buster" looking at the organisational health of the WA Police Operations Centre in Perth, which was both interesting and entertaining.
The day was very well attended with over 50 people representing a diverse range of organisations including large state and federal government departments, risk and injury management providers, and HR service providers.
Tony Mitchell SIA (ACT) President, Wendy Elford HFESA (ACT) Chair, presenters Kirsten Way & Niki Ellis and Stroma Lawson HFESA National PD Coordinator
Plans to run this session again in other States in the coming year were highlighted by the National Professional Development Coordinator Ms Stroma Lawson. She extended and invitation to interested members of SIA to keep an eye on the Events Calendar on the HFESA website http://www.ergonomics.org.au/ .
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