COVID-19 has resulted in workplaces adjusting to a new world of remote and flexible working. Join a panel of WorkSafe specialists to discuss what can be done to support the physical and mental health of staff who are working remotely more often. Topics will include human factors and ergonomics, mental health, and what guidance is available to employers and their workforce.
- Sarah Hellwege
- Samantha Harrison
- Renee Walsh
- Lucas Kowalski
Sarah Hellwege - Senior Psychological Health & Safety Specialist, WorkSafe Victoria
Sarah Hellwege is a registered Psychologist and Senior Psychological Health and Safety Specialist at WorkSafe. She has extensive experience working alongside businesses to assess risk and support the development of psychologically safe and healthy workplaces. Sarah has consulted, coached, and facilitated across industry sectors including; Department Education and Training, Department of Health and Human Service, VicPol, Australian Federal Police, Australian Taxation Office, Border Force, Air Services, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Aust Post.
Samantha Harrison - Principal Ergonomist, WorkSafe Victoria
Samantha Harrison is the Principal Ergonomist of the Ergonomics and Human Factors Unit at WorkSafe Victoria. Sam has approximately 17 years’ experience in health and safety across a number of different industries including Government, Education, Health and Labour Hire. As a qualified Human Factors specialist her key area of interest is the prevention of musculoskeletal and mental health injuries through the identification and implementation of system level controls in the workplace.
Renee Walsh - Program Officer, WorkSafe Victoria
Renee Walsh is a Program Officer at WorkSafe with a background in private sector strategic communications and stakeholder engagement. Renee works within the Psychological Health Program team that delivers a range of universal and targeted programs to support Victorian workplaces to implement safe systems of work to prevent mental injury. Renee is passionate about mental health and promoting the benefits of creating mentally healthy workplaces for workers, employers and the community.
Lucas Kowalski - Return to Work Manager, WorkSafe Victoria
Lucas Kowalski joined WorkSafe in July 2018 after 10 years in various roles across Claims Management, RTW and Customer Service. Lucas delivered a number of programs of work whilst at an Agent with a focus on early, safe and sustainable RTW outcomes supported by a high level of customer service for injured workers and employers. At WorkSafe Lucas collaborates closely with the occupational rehabilitation provider panel and Agents on recovery and return to work support services for injured workers and employers.