Colin James – Key Note Speaker
Colin James is in the business of supporting, developing and promoting Professional Employees. He is in the business of building Professional Employee cultures. Over his 30 years as an Educator, Speaker, Facilitator and Trainer, he has worked with an extensive array of clients, in a variety of industries throughout Australasia, Asia Pacific, Europe and the USA.
Colin is one of those people that has spent his life exploring cultures, religions, philosophies and human psychology, which has seen him travel far and wide and have adventures others only read about. He has a background in broadcasting and marketing but it is his unique corporate style, captivating cartooning skills and content that sets him apart.
He was a recipient of the Australian Educator of the Year, 2008. His work as an Educator began in 1988 at the Australian Quadriplegic Association where, as Training Manager, he designed a ground breaking 18 week Tertiary Rehabilitation Program. His work with people with spinal cord injury led to him working alongside Christopher Reeve and Facilitating the Australian Spinal Cord Injury Summit in 2002.
Brant (Bugsy) North – Key Note Speaker
Brant is a 42 year old young man who lives in Brisbane with his wife and 8 children ranging in ages from 2 months to 21. He is a wheelchair dependant bilateral amputee as a result of injuries sustained in a workplace accident that occurred on the 20th January 1999. Before his accident, Bugsy was an active person involved in a range of sports, but particularly loved rugby league which he played from the age of six. These days he is still very active and is involved in disabled sport competing in sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball.
“ The presentation itself is called ‘Choices and Consequences’. The choice I made at the time resulted in the consequences I must now live with. If there is one thing I want you take away from the session is that the old saying ‘it wouldn’t happen to me attitude is gone. There are also three words that have stuck with me to this day… “Never give up.”
Michael Crossland – Key Note Speaker
Michael is at the forefront of today’s new generation of inspirational speakers and after releasing his first ‘tell all’ autobiography in January, he is now a number 1 bestselling author across 6 different countries. Michael speaks to businesses, schools /colleges and professional sporting groups around the world. In the past 12 months his total audience numbers both nationally and internationally exceed 250,000.
Diagnosed with an aggressive life threatening cancer before his first birthday, doctors told him school and sport were not options – infection and fatigue were too great a risk. As a boy Michael’s only wish was to lead a normal life and be able to do all the things that other ‘normal’ kids took for granted every day.
Now an accomplished businessman, Australian of the Year finalist, Australia Day Ambassador, Camp Quality Ambassador and international Hall of Fame inductee, Michael inspires many people from all walks of life with his story and inspirational message of self-belief and achieving the impossible dreams.
Michael captures audiences no matter what size and inspires each individual to achieve ongoing positive change in their life. He has an absolute passion and belief in people’s ability to change direction, achieve success and become who they truly want to be.
Bruce Watson – CEO WorkCover Queensland
Bruce Watson has been the CEO of WorkCover Queensland since January 2017. His humanistic leadership approach is behind WorkCover’s new direction where customers are at the heart of everything the organisation does. In Bruce’s presentation, he will show how WorkCover is making a positive difference in people’s lives with the ultimate aim of keeping Queenslanders working. Bruce is passionate about helping people and organisations achieve their potential.
WorkCover and its customers/stakeholders are benefiting from Bruce’s 20+ years of successful executive experience in mining and funds management. Insights from his extensive experience Bruce will openly share at the conference.
Mark Wiemers – Barry.Nilsson.Lwyers – Principal – Insurance & Health
Mark has represented self-insured employers in all aspects of workers’ compensation since 2002, and he is currently a panel solicitor for six self-insured employers in the Queensland scheme.
Mark is passionate about helping self-insured employers achieve sustainable outcomes in claims management. Mark’s practice is based upon obtaining, through collaboration, a clear understanding of the employer’s objectives, and tailoring advice on each and every matter to achieve an outcome which corresponds with those objectives and achieves a sustainable solution. Mark is also passionate about innovative practices in this sphere, such as early resolution beneficial to all parties.
Mark also devotes his time to organising and presenting educational initiatives, and has a long-standing relationship over many years with ASIEQ to deliver one-day conferences, masterclasses and seminars.
Trent Forno – MinterEllison Brisbane Office Managing Partner and Deputy Line of Business Leader (Risk, Regulatory, Insurance and Controversy)
Trent is passionate about working with clients to devise best-practice strategies for managing risk and resolving complex disputes.
The majority of Trent’s experience is in employee relations and safety, where he has acted for both public and private sector clients. Trent also worked with insurers to manage workers compensation, general liability and professional indemnity claims.
Trent’s roles as Managing Partner of MinterEllison’s Brisbane office and deputy leader of the firm’s Risk, Regulatory, Insurance and Controversy practice enables him to engage with both the business community and government. Tent is also heavily involved in pro bono and not-for-profit work through the firm’s Community Investment Program.
Dr Quinton Mungomery – Deputy Chair Office of Industrial Relations’ Medical Assessment Tribunal
Dr Mungomery is a Consultant Psychiatrist who currently works in private practice on the Sunshine Coast. He has over 20 years of experience in forensic psychiatry, and the provision of independent medical assessments and opinion for government and non-government organisations in the workers compensation, common law, insurance and superannuation sectors.
Dr Mungomery is a Deputy Chair of the Office of Industrial Relations’ Medical Assessment Tribunal and their nominated Queensland representative on the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder review initiative. He is also a member of WorkCover Queensland’s Medical Advisory Panel.
Dr Mungomery is an expert in psychological claims management and passionate about helping Queensland workers’ compensation scheme stakeholders acquire the skills and expertise needed to help workers’ return to early and safe work after a work-related psychological injury as well as receive the necessary, evidence based psychological treatment to facilitate this.
Kevin Conlon – CEO & Managing Director KINNECT
Kevin Conlon founded KINNECT in 1996 in a caravan in North Queensland with the sole purpose being to help people. Being a clinician by trade (Exercise Physiologist) he loves to measure everything including outcomes and has always had an interest in technology. This fascination with numbers and how they impact outcomes has driven Kevin to better understand technology enabled occupational health. Kevin’s presentation will enlighten us as he explores whether “the machines” will help us get better outcomes or take our jobs?
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, surfing and travel. He is also an avid exerciser even though it’s not something he likes but describes as a means to an end!
Chris Merrilees – Strive Occupational Rehabilitation Assist. General Manager &Senior Rehabilitation Consultant
Chris started his career as a Mental Health Occupational Therapist in an inpatient psychiatric hospital in Victoria. After seeing the worst of the worst when it comes to acute mental health, Chris thought there must be a better way to help people.
Chris is a well sought after Consultant when it comes to problem solving challenging rehab cases. Chris’ industry experience, passion and calm nature has found him working across a variety of areas including workers compensation, DVA, income protection and particularly in early intervention with State Government.
Chris worked closely with Jodie Schipper from the Department of Housing and Public Works to think how to find new ways to support Housing Service Centre staff amidst a time of ever demanding customers and an increasing workload. A pilot program was developed to provide a prevention focused approach to managing stress and mental health in the workplace before it becomes an issue. The successful program is now being implemented through the Department.
Megan Cruickshank – WorkCover Queensland Manager Experience Design
Megan Cruickshank once wanted to become an academic in counselling psychology. Luckily, she discovered the discipline of Human Centred Design which is a unique combination of social psychology, technology and design thinking. This discipline allowed her to combine her passions and forgo academia for business. She has spent some time as a researcher, user experience specialist and manager of various design teams. Megan spent several formative years in federal government, several more in Telstra, dabbled in private practice and now finds herself at WorkCover Queensland.
The common theme of her working career has been a focus on establishing design approaches, methodologies and ways of working. She seeks to create deeper insights into customers and find practical solutions to better delivering services and experiences to them. She has a fondness for bunnies, cheesecake, video gaming and virtual reality.
Aslin Harper – Office of Industrial Relations (Joint Presentation with Keith Govias)
Aislin’s interest in mental health started when she finished school. Aislin always wanted to take a one to many approach in improving the mental health of others rather than a one to one approach. As such, Aislin undertook a Masters in Organisational Psychology. Working in workplaces at a systems and leadership level enables a one to many approach in improving the mental health across a workplace. Aislin has worked across the public and private sector in the areas of psychometric design and development, leadership development and mental health and wellbeing strategy and program design. Her current role is with the Psychological Health Unit in Workplace Health and Safety Queensland in the Office of Industrial Relations.
Keith Govias – Retail Industry Safety Professional (Joint Presentation with Aslin Harper)
Keith Govias worked in operational roles in Hotels, Food&Bev and Retail prior to landing a full-time gig in Safety. Being a glutton for punishment; Keith has completed a Masters in Health, Safety and Environment Management and has spent 10 years working as a Retail Industry Safety professional. Keith has worked with Regulators towards better engagement, policy development and practical utilisation of developed tools for employers. He is interested by the journey of the mental health awareness amongst employers and seeks to make a better workplace for his Team.
Simon Morrison – Managing Director Shine Lawyers – PANEL SESSION DAY 1
Simon Morrison joined Shine lawyers in 1988 and became a partner of the firm in 1995. He has built a reputation as an accomplished legal tactician and applies those skills in all aspects of the firm’s litigation activities. He has been instrumental in the growth of the firm from a staff of 10 people when he joined in 1988 to over 600 people today. He currently holds the position of Managing Director of Shine. He has particular expertise in the field of workers’ compensation and is an acknowledged leader at both a state and national level.
Simon represents Australia, on the International Board of the American Association of Justice, the peak body for Plaintiff Lawyers in the United States of America. In addition he is a member of the US based, Melvin Belli Society, an invitation only organisation of Plaintiff Lawyers around the globe.
Chris Foley – Managing Director Strive Occupational Rehabilitation – PANEL SESSION DAY 1
Chris Foley is Managing Director of Strive Occupational Rehabilitation, www.striveor.com
He is currently the National Vice President of the Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association. www.arpa.org.au
In 2004 Strive Occupational Rehabilitation opened its doors in Brisbane and over the past 11 years has grown in reputation as a provider of early intervention and complex case management of workers with injury and disabilities.
Danielle Wilson – Industrial Team Leader Independent Education Union – PANEL SESSION DAY 1
Danielle Wilson has been a union official, assisting members with workplace injuries for 23 years.
Danielle is currently an Industrial Team Leader with the Independent Education Union – Queensland Northern Territory Branch, having worked there since 2008. Prior to this, she worked for the Queensland Public Sector Union for thirteen years. Danielle studied Labour Studies at the University of Adelaide prior to commencing her career in the union movement, and has since completed post-graduate studies in Industrial Relations. Danielle has also been a member of WH&SQ’s Health and Community Industry Sector Standing Committee since 2010..