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Victoria's Emergency Management Reform
CSG August 2014 Presenter: Tony Murphy, Director of Capability and Response, Emergency Management Victoria

Victoria's Emergency Management Reform

Presentation by: Tony Murphy, Director of Capability and Response, Emergency Management Victoria

Presentation package now available (members only)

Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) was launched on 1 July as a single authority to coordinate all State emergency services’ response to emergencies and disasters. It is the first of its kind in Australia and represents a step change in emergency management by the State.
Tony Murphy, Director of Capability and Response, Emergency Management Victoria, presented to Central Safety Group on August 12, 2014, and spoke about the creation of this new authority in the wake of emergencies, such as Black Saturday. Reports highlighted shortfalls in integration between the emergency service agencies and so EMV was created to address this.
Tony outlined the agency’s brief, which includes reaching out and working in conjunction with communities and business as well as Government as a whole, not just agencies involved with emergency services.
Tony also explained the newly-established control arrangements for response to Class 1 emergencies, as well as the incident management structure.
As a result of this integration, the approach to health and safety requires an overhaul. It is a key agenda item for EMV and is being led from the top. Tony said there was recognition of the importance of aligning operational standards and procedures and having a joined-up, consistent approach to health and safety across the different emergency service agencies.

 
Return on
Investing
in OHS
CSG July 2014 Presenter: John Knowles, OHS Consultant, Xchanging

Return on Investing in OHS

Presentation by: John Knowles, OHS Consultant, Xchanging

Presentation package now available (members only)

How much can investing in OHS improvements pay off in measurable financial terms? And what should be measured? These questions were explored by John Knowles, OHS Consultant at Xchanging in a lunchtime presentation to Central Safety Group on 8 July, 2014.
John cited wide-ranging research, which has shown that returns can be high. However, there are many variables when it comes to measuring this, which John discussed in detail.
John offered a checklist of both direct and indirect costs that should be considered when measuring returns. He also suggested a range of different ways to measure return on investment and gave details of several international case studies that showed OHS-related improvements in a variety of situations and which used a range of different measures to assess returns. These showed measurable outcomes obtained both in financial terms and changes in human health and behaviour.

 
Advances
in Harmonised
OHS Legislation
CSG June 2014 Presenter: Rhonda Murray, Director, National Fraud Response Unit and Regional Services Vic-Tas, Comcare

Advances in Harmonised OHS Legislation

Presentation by: Rhonda Murray, Director, National Fraud Response Unit and Regional Services Vic/Tas, Comcare

Presentation package now available (members only)

Advances in harmonised OHS legislation and the widening role of Comcare were outlined by Comcare Director Rhonda Murray at Central Safety Group's meeting on June 17, 2014.
In a move designed to widen access to the national Comcare workers compensation scheme, the Federal Government, in March this year, announced proposed legislative changes that would allow private sector organisations, who work across State borders, to be regulated by Comcare, which was originally set up to cover public sector employees. Rhonda discussed various aspects of this proposed legislation and the implications of new rules.
Rhonda also spoke about new approaches already being adopted by Comcare to be more procative when dealing with workplaces.

 
Failure of
Return to Work
Rates
CSG May 2014 Presenter: Dr Alex Collie, Research Leader and Acting Chief Executive Officer, ISCRR

Australia’s failure to improve Return-to-Work Rates

Presentation by: Associate Professor Alex Collie, Research Leader and Acting Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research, Monash University

Presentation package now available (members only)

Current obstacles to successfully bringing injured people back to work and the need for new approaches was discussed by Associate Professor Alex Collie from Monash University in his lunchtime talk to Central Safety Group on 13 May, 2014.
Alex Collie has done substantial research on this and related issues. He said that surveys had shown that Australia has failed to improve return to rates for the past 15 years, describing this as a major public health and economic challenge.
There is abundant international research showing that a worker's recovery can be shaped by their interactions with employers, healthcare providers and the workers' compensation system. But it takes new thinking, careful planning and sustained effort on behalf of those involved in the process.
Alex presented some of his latest research findings, explored some of the key issues and made recommendations on what we should be doing to improve return to work outcomes.

The presenter:

Associate Professor Alex Collie, Acting Chief Executive Officer of ISCRR (Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research) at Monash University, is an applied public health and social policy researcher, with a specific focus on work disability benefit and compensation systems and their impact on the work, social and health outcomes of injured and ill people. Alex has advised multiple state and commonwealth government departments and in private sector organisations in matters relating to workplace health, insurance and injury compensation. He has held numerous board positions on non-profit health sector organisations. He has a PhD in psychology. He has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and technical reports, and is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences.

 
Measuring
Safety
Performance
CSG April 2014 Presenter: Conor O’Malley, Director, Global Safety Index, Safety Culture and Leadership Insights

Are we measuring safety performance the right way?

Presentation by: Conor O’Malley, Director, Global Safety Index - Safety Culture and Leadership Insights

Presentation package now available (members only)

Conor O’Malley, Director, Global Safety Index – Safety Culture and Leadership Insights, spoke at Central Safety Group’s meeting on 8 April, 2014, and discussed how measures and data collection usually fail to give insight into the safety climate, culture capability or competence of an organisation.
The Global Safety Index – GSI - has captured some useful findings with its Culture and Leadership surveys on what companies were doing well, as well as where the gaps lay. Conor discussed some survey findings in detail and the broad picture was that outputs were driven by culture, and that culture was driven by leadership.

The presenter:

Conor O'Malley has coached and led teams all his career as an Executive GM, with a strong supply chain background. His previous roles have been Chief Operating Officer for Glen Cameron Storage and Distribution, GM Logistics for Coles and the Group Executive at National Foods, responsible for Group Safety, Procurement, Shared Services, Logistics and Planning. Prior to coming to Australia in 2006 his career in the UK spanned 3rd Party Logistics and Wholesale supply chain management. He has a passion for strong safety leadership and, having had Executive accountability for safety in the Logistics and Manufacturing sectors, he has had success in leading organisations on a journey using leadership and culture as core drivers of that success. In 2013 he joined Global Safety Index as Sales and Distribution Director to support the co-founding Directors grow the business and is now on the Advisory Board.

 
Older
Workers
CSG March 2014 Presenter: Dr Peter Smith, Epidemiologist, Monash University and ISCRR researcher

Health and safety issues associated with older workers

Presentation by: Associate Professor Peter Smith, Epidemiologist, Monash University and ISCRR researcher

Presentation package now available (members only)

The subject of older workers is of growing importance as the Australian population is getting older and people are working longer. Labour market participation by people over 55 has doubled since 2000. Associate Professor Peter Smith from Monash University shared the findings from his research into this at Central Safety Group’s meeting on 18 March, 2014.
Dr Smith said that research was showing a number of variables in the relationship between age and injury outcomes. For instance, while older age is not associated with a greater injury severity, older compensation claimants were more likely to have chronic pre-existing conditions. These findings can, therefore, be used to inform prevention programs suited to older workers.

 
 

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OHS Job Scene–What’s
Different
Now

CSG October 2021 Zoom meeting - Speaker: Helen O'Keefe, Founder & Principal Consultant, HOK Talent Solutions



The current job scene for OHS – what’s different now

Presented by Helen O'Keefe, Founder & Principal Consultant, HOK Talent Solutions

Tuesday 12 October 2021, noon

The current job scene for OHS – what’s different now
What’s the current job scene for OHS? The news is that at the moment there are more roles on offer than candidates, according to Helen O’Keefe, who runs a leading national health & safety executive search agency. This will be the subject of her zoom presentation for CSG at midday on Tuesday 12 October.
Helen will discuss the reasons for the current shortage of applicants happening across the board in a range of industries, as well as in different levels and roles in the OHS field.
She will be offering advice to recruiters, current job seekers and people trying to decide whether to move in the current job climate. “When you have a candidate-led market, the traditional recruitment methods may not work,” says Helen. “Candidates also need to consider certain things carefully before accepting a new role.”
Helen will talk about how workplace changes during the pandemic have led to some organisations creating different OHS roles or adding new requirements.
The session will conclude with discussion and questions from the audience.

About the Speaker:

Helen O’Keefe is the founder of HOK Talent Solutions, which specialises in national HSE recruitment. Helen has a passion for the health and safety industry, and had been working in recruitment for this sector before founding her own agency in 2015. Prior to this, her background includes working as National Recruitment Manager for the Australian Red Cross, and as an HR consultant with pharmaceutical company GSK.

Date: Tuesday 12 October 2021
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
How: Online via Zoom.
N.B. A video recording of the session will be available on the website exclusively for financial members.
Cost: Financial members* free. Others $10
[Individual membership fee for 2021: $75]
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