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CSG February 2015 Presentation: Dr Jane Canestra, Program Manager Health Emergency Management, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

How would we manage Ebola – and other public health emergencies?

Presentation by: Dr Jane Canestra, Program Manager Health Emergency Management, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

Victoria’s emergency management arrangements for health emergencies, such as Ebola, were outlined by Dr Jane Canestra at Central Safety Group's meeting on February 10, 2015. She discussed the emergency management responsibilities of the Department of Health and Human Services and how the State Health Emergency Response Plan is used to coordinate the Victorian health response to significant emergency incidents, giving the arrangements for Ebola as an example.
While the risk of importation of Ebola into Victoria is low, Victoria may eventually need to manage a confirmed case of Ebola. The Department of Health & Human Services has developed the Victorian Ebola Virus Disease Plan which has been issued to metropolitan, regional and other health services and stakeholders including general practitioners.
Victorian health services have responsibility for ensuring all potentially involved staff are appropriately trained, informed and clear about each individual’s role in the event of a suspected Ebola case presenting at any hospital or health care service.
Jane spoke about coordination at departmental, health sector, Victorian and national level as well as about health services training in specialist preparedness.

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A medical practitioner and specialist emergency physician, Dr Jane Canestra was involved in disaster medicine for many years before her appointment to her current role. She has also provided medical expertise to numerous State and National Working Groups, including the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.


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CSG April 2023 Zoom event - Green ergonomics: Designing a sustainable workplace - Rosie O’Halloran, Ergonomist, University of Melbourne

Green ergonomics: Designing a sustainable workplace

Event: CSG Online Lunchtime Presentation -via zoom

Tuesday 4 April 2023, noon
*Note: a week earlier due to Easter public holidays
Non-Members welcome to attend

Green ergonomics: Designing a sustainable workplace
How do you gain a green star rating for ergonomic design? You can learn what’s involved from Rosie O’Halloran, an award-winning Human Factors and Ergonomics practitioner, in her presentation to Central Safety Group on Tuesday 4 April.
She will present a methodology she developed for evaluating and certifying the interior of buildings with a green star rating credit for ergonomic design. Following her success with this at the University of Melbourne, Rosie won the 2022 University Safety Association’s Safety Professional of the Year award.
Rosie says incorporating ergonomics and human factors principles and practice into the interior design of buildings comes down to three fundamental principles, and stakeholder engagement is key to getting it right. The outcome is work spaces that promote physical well-being and perceived environmental comfort.
Rosie explains that, while the green star ergonomics credit rating for interior design requires certification by a Certified Professional Ergonomist, the method she will outline offers a verified, quality benchmark that could be used with confidence by all safety personnel.
The rating is awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia for interior design that meets selected ergonomic criteria. It is given in recognition of the substantial health benefits afforded by designing spaces and interfaces that provide optimum user comfort, safety and wellbeing and prevent or limit the risk of illness or injury.

About the Speaker:

Rosie O’Halloran is a Certified Professional Ergonomist with over 35 years’ experience in the field as a Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) practitioner. She is employed in a part-time capacity at the University of Melbourne as well as working privately as an HFE consultant.
Rosie has extensive experience in HFE across a broad range of industries. A focus of her work is designing workplace environments, systems and tasks to match the capabilities, needs and limitations of people, with the goal of maximising health, safety, wellbeing, productivity and satisfaction.

Date: Tuesday 4 April 2023
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
How: Online via Zoom -the link will be sent out on the afternoon of Monday 3 April
N.B. A video recording of the session will be available on the website exclusively for financial members.
Cost: Financial members* free. Others $15
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The Zoom event link will be emailed on the afternoon of Monday 3 April 2023.

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