Healthcare workers are our last line of defence when it comes to COVID-19 but their health and safety has to be our first priority. As essential workers, they are working tirelessly 24/7 to ensure Victorians get the care and support they need. This session will look at the health and safety obligations of employers, employees and the community in the healthcare industry and touch on how WorkSafe has responded to COVID-19 challenges in this vital sector.
- Dr Natassia Goode, WorkSafe Victoria
- Amanda Tonks, WorkSafe Victoria
- Chris Azzam, WorkSafe Victoria
Dr Natassia Goode - Manager, Program Healthcare and Social Assistance, WorkSafe Victoria
Dr Natassia Goode is the Manager Program Healthcare and Social Assistance at WorkSafe Victoria, and an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Natassia's PhD and honours research in Psychology investigated how people learn about complex systems. Over the last 9 years, her work has focused on applying systems thinking to fundamentally change the way that organisations manage safety, and reduce incidents. She has worked with several industries to design more effective incident reporting and investigation systems, including healthcare, construction and outdoor education. Her team at WorkSafe focuses on improving health and safety outcomes for workers in Victoria’s Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
Amanda Tonks - Inspector, WorkSafe Victoria
Amanda Tonks has been an Inspector at Worksafe for 16 years and is the Technical Expert in health. She comes from a nursing background of 18 years prior to starting at Worksafe. She has a particular focus on occupational violence and Safety in Healthcare and was the Senior Advisor for the WorkSafe Occupational Violence campaign. She plays a key role in Stakeholder support and is always thinking outside the square in order to push the boundaries of today’s thinking to improve health and safety in workplaces.
Chris Azzam - Program manager, WorkSafe Victoria
Chris Azzam is a program manager at WorkSafe Victoria where he coordinates programs in fatigue prevention and management for the health care and social assistance sectors. He has worked in the public service for over 2 years and prior to this worked in tertiary and medical education working on research for physician compliance coordinating university mental wellbeing programs. Chris has a background in psychology as a counsellor and has completed his Masters of International Public Health.