Geelong Health and Safety Month conference

This event is presented by WorkSafe Victoria.


7:00am to 8:50am: Construction breakfast

Learn about WorkSafe's strategy for the Victorian building and construction sectors. We'll discuss our current focus on crane safety, precast panel erection and other local issues.

9:00am to 9:30am: Welcome and keynote

Take a glimpse into the future of health and safety and workers' compensation in Victoria. Chief Executive Clare Amies will share Strategy 2030, highlighting the challenges we face and how WorkSafe will transform into a prevention-led, customer-focused and digitally-enabled service organisation.

One of these challenges is the projected rise in mental injuries. WorkSafe Health and Safety Month Ambassador Catherine McClements will share her experience with the Arts Centre Melbourne's The Wellbeing Collective – a collaborative program to address mental health in the entertainment industry.

9:40am to 10:30am (select one)

Note: There are two sessions running at the same time. You can only attend one.

Option 1: Occupational violence and aggression – a health service approach

Learn about Barwon Health's approach to preventing and managing occupational violence and aggression, including some of the key risk areas across the organisation.

Option 2: New OHS Regulations – changes, and what you need to know

Do you work in the manufacture, import and labelling of hazardous substances; mines or major hazard facilities; construction; or with asbestos or plant? Learn how recent changes to Victoria's Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and Equipment (Public Safety) Regulations affect your workplace, so you can comply.

10:50am to 11:40am (select one)

Note: There are two sessions running at the same time. You can only attend one.

Option 1: Workplace bullying and return to work

Hear from a Return to Work Inspector about their experiences responding to cases of workplace bullying. Understand what workplace bullying is, the long-lasting effect it can have on health and wellbeing, and strategies to support someone with a mental injury return to safe work.

Option 2: What an inspector looks for

Learn about WorkSafe's strategic direction for the Geelong region and what an inspector looks for during a workplace inspection.

11:50am to 12:40pm (select one)

Note: There are two sessions running at the same time. You can only attend one.

Option 1: Mental health and wellbeing at work – a 'how-to' for employers

More employers understand their role to protect mental health in the workplace and appreciate the benefits of a positive work environment. But with so much information available, it can be difficult to know where to start. That's why WorkSafe, in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, will soon launch a state-wide program to support Victorian employers.

Hear how one employer's focus on mental health has improved wellbeing in their workplace, learn more about the new program and register your interest.

Option 2: Workcover insurance and contractors

Do you employ contractors? Learn whether you have WorkCover insurance obligations to ensure you're covered if there is a workplace injury.


Thursday, 5 October 2017 from 7:00AM to 12:40PM (AEDT)


Geelong Conference Centre - Adams Court, Eastern Park Gardens, VIC 3219 - View Map

Lunch provided.