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Food for Thought sessions

Presentations from our popular Food for Thought information sessions with guest speakers covering various work health and safety issues including positive psychology, sedentary work, workplace consultation, mature age workers, violence against women, working in hot conditions, fatigue, manual handling, building resilience and preventing workplace bullying. (average duration 20 minutes)

April 2016

Sitting less and moving more - health issues, current research and solutions

Prolonged sitting at work - just how much is too much? Find out what the latest research reveals and what the associated health issues can be. The pros and cons of standing desk solutions plus tips on introducing more movement into your day are also shared.

Guest speaker: Helen Moody, Certified Professional Ergonomist - Corporate Health Group

March 2016

Trends in effective workplace consultation

Presentation by Nev Kitchin, the Public Service Association's General Secretary, and Natasha Brown, the Assistant General Secretary, on their experience of what works and what doesn't when it comes to consultation. Special guest speaker Greg Stevens - former IRC Commissioner.

February 2016

Kiss my assets - a guide to mature age workers

Guest speaker: Susan Mitchell, one of Australia's most respected authors and public speakers. She speaks on a wide range of topics including success, education, women and society.

November 2015

Working together to reduce violence against women

Currently, over 70 women have been killed across Australia this year, the majority by their partner or ex-partner. Gain an insight into domestic and family violence within a gender equality context and explore how we can all play a role in creating positive cultural and social change.

Guest speaker: Fiona Mort (Director, Office for Women, Department for Communities and Social Inclusion

Dave Symons is a SafeWork SA White Ribbon Advocate and talks about his role in increasing public awareness around violence against women and the role of advocates within the workplace.

September 2015

Too hot to handle - Working safely in hot conditions

With another hot summer fast approaching, it is timely to think about the health risks arising from working outdoors in hot weather or where heat is generated as part of work. This presentation highlighted some of the recent studies conducted by researchers at the University of Adelaide on the impact of hot weather on work health and safety in South Australia. The recommended actions and measures for workplaces to prevent or minimize the likelihood of heat-related illness were also addressed.

Guest speaker: Dr Alana Hansen, School of Public Health - The University of Adelaide

August 2015

Stop! Bully. Preventing Bullying at Work

Find out more about the most common workplace bullying causes as well as how these can be prevented, as well as principles for handling bullying complaints.

Guest speaker: Dr Michelle Tuckey

July 2015

Demystifying fatigue

Before you nod off, listen to Jill explain workplace fatigue and why some people seem to cope better than others.

Guest speaker: Jill Dorrian, UniSA School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy + Centre of Sleep Research)

June 2015

Injury Prevention - Beyond Back Care

"Bend your knees! Keep your back straight!" Many manual handling hazard seminars or workshops in the past could be summarised in that one statement. However, injury prevention is a bigger concept than good manual handling techniques. Hear about the factors Brett considers when designing injury prevention programs, particularly for office workers.

Guest speaker: Brett Sparnon, accredited physiologist

May 2015

Recovery at work

As workplaces develop and embed recovery approaches in return to work systems, this presentation will provide valuable information on:

  • mental health first aid as an early intervention approach for a person who is moving from mild mental health problems to a mental illness
  • recovery focused occupational therapy in mental health.

Guest speakers: Doula Theodosi (Principal Master Mental Health First Aid Instructor) and Eleni Lucas (Occupational Therapist in Mental Health) of nb&a rehab

April 2015

Building resilience at work

This session focusses on strategies for building individual, team and organisational resilience, including measurement of work resilience.

Guest speaker: Kathryn McEwen, organisational psychologist

March 2015

Diversity and discrimination in the workplace

The session focusses on discrimination and diversity in the workplace.

Guest speaker: Robyn Dwight, Equal Opportunity Commission

February 2015

Is sitting the new smoking?

The session focusses on sedentary work, including ways to ensure office workers incorporate more movement into their work day.

Guest speaker: Jo Bills, occupational physiotherapist