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Five Reasons Why You Can’t Miss The SIA National Safety Convention This September

Posted by Work Safety on Sep 14, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Australia's premier safety conference returns this month with a program that is arguably its best ever.

SIA National Safety Convention 2015



The SIA National Safety Convention will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 September. For industry professionals and anyone with an interest in occupational work, health and safety this is an event that can't be missed. The conference is renowned for bringing together hundreds of safety leaders and teams from world class companies to share the latest in safety performance and improvement.


Here’s just some of the reasons why we believe you should attend:


  1. Discover Best Practice and new innovations for safety in the workplace

The theme of the 2015 conference is the need for change in systems. As an industry we are faced with constant change, new ways to do business and different ways of thinking. Featuring two days of keynote addresses, panel discussions and interactive Q&As, the SIA National Convention helps delegates tackle the big issues confronting the industry.


  1. Leverage the great networking opportunities

This is your annual opportunity to rub shoulders with colleagues and contemporaries in an informal yet productive setting. Day one closes with networking drinks while the annual conference dinner will be held at the Spectacular Cargo Hall on South Wharf promenade. Swap stories and business cards with people who can offer real world insights that can help improve your business and operations. Meanwhile, expand your professional network and meet like-minded professionals keen to set new benchmarks in health and safety.


  1. Hear from national and international speakers

The conference attracts the best and brightest minds in the industry who share their thoughts, experiences and practical advice to help you work better. The 2015 line-up includes:

  • Michael Lutomski, Former Risk Manager, International Space Station (NASA Retired)
  • Corrie Pitzer, CEO, SAFEmap
  • Dr Matthew Hallowell, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado
  • Jennifer Taylor, CEO, Comcare
  • Clare Amies, Acting Chief Executive, WorkSafe Victoira
  • Daniel Hummerdal, Safety Innovation Leader, Thiess
  • Dr Kirstin Ferguson, Professional Company Director & Founder, Orbitas Group


  1. Get up to date on the diversity of conference topics

Full credit to conference organisers who do their best every year to cater for the breadth of our industry. No matter what your role or organisation, there is something in the 2015 program for everyone. Here’s a snapshot of what will be covered this year:

  • Governance and Directors
  • The Regulatory Landscape
  • Leadership and the Executive
  • Industrial Relations
  • Health and Wellbeing at work
  • Workers Compensation Management
  • Professional Development
  • Safety by Design
  • Due Diligence Engineering
  • Risk and Rewards


  1. Attend these promising highlights

With a two day program featuring national and international speakers of industry acclaim, it's hard to pick a favourite. If we had to name just a few presentations to keep your eye on, here's a selection:

  • Creating Mentally Healthy Workplaces, Dr Kirsten Way, Principal, Work Psychology & Ergonomics
  • Innovation: Construction and Injury Prevention, Dr Matthew Hallowell, Associate Professor, University of Colorado
  • The national regulatory landscape, Barry Sherriff, Chairperson, Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission and Seacare Authority
  • The Future of Work, Professor Peter Gahan, Director, Centre for Workplace Leadership, The University of Melbourne
  • The Courtroom Experience, Robert Taylor, Barrister and Independent Law Practice Professional, Victorian Bar
  • Turning Injury into Capacity, Jordan Conti, Care Services Manager, Cater Care
  • There’s an App for That - a comprehensive review of the applications currently available designed to make safety management more efficient and effective.
  • Eric Wigglesworth Memorial Lecture with Rosa Carrillo, President of Carrillo & Associates. She is a thought leader in transformational leadership for environment, safety and health. Her unique understanding of safety culture and complex environments is translated into direct and concrete recommendations and tools to manage environmental protection and safety performance.

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