HON GRACE GRACE MP – OPENING ADDRESS – MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
Grace Grace was first elected to State Parliament in October 2007 and remained the Member for Brisbane Central until March 2012. She was re-elected as the Member for Brisbane Central in January 2015 and again in November 2017 after the seat was re-named McConnel.
Grace was appointed Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs in December 2015 and successfully implemented a series of important legislative reforms including the Racing Integrity Act, the Multicultural Recognition Act and the Industrial Relations Act 2016.
Following the 2017 state election, Grace was appointed Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations – both areas she is passionate about. Grace understands the importance of education and her tireless advocacy in this area will see a new high school built in Fortitude Valley to be opened in 2020.
During her career, Grace has had extensive board experience with organisations including Sunsuper, Energex and Southbank Corporation.
She has worked with local community organisations in her electorate including P&Cs, the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre, Teneriffe Progress Association, Queensland Aids Council (QuAC), Fortitude Valley Chamber of Commerce and many others.
Grace has lived her whole life in her electorate where she and her husband Michael raised their daughter, Alex.
Colin James – Key Note Speaker and MC for the Event
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.
Dr Mary Wyatt MB,BS, FAFOEM, (RACP) – Special Guest Presenter
Mary is an Occupational Physician with special interests in back pain and return to work management.
Mary is the founder of RTWMatters.org, an online resource for people involved in RTW management. She has seen many thousands of patients with work injuries over her career, as a treating occupational physician and as an IME practitioner. She is an adjunct lecturer at Monash University. Her previous work has included time as a Conciliator in the Victorian dispute resolution system.
Mary is active in policy development, including initiating of the Health Benefits of Work agenda through the Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Her research includes back pain management and evaluation of the National Return to Work Survey for Safe Work Australia. Mary has a strong interest in getting research into practice.
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 Coyne – Chief Executive – EML
Mark commenced as the Chief Executive in January 2012, after joining EML in 2010.
Mark has over 20 years’ experience in the workers compensation sector, in both strategic and operational roles. Over this period, Mark has worked intimately in both the icare and Insurance for NSW Schemes. He previously held the position of Chief Executive/Managing Director of Coal Services Pty Ltd, a specialist workers compensation insurance scheme for the coal mining industry.
Between 2003 and 2009 Mark held various positions within GIO, culminating in his appointment in 2007 as Executive General Manager of their national workers compensation claims business.
Prior to his career in insurance and workers compensation, Mark achieved success as a professional rugby league player with St George, Queensland and Australia.
Mark has a degree in Business Management and was a Director of Police and Citizens Youth Club for 10 years and a Director of the NRMA Road Service between 2000-2003. He commenced as a member of the National Rugby League (NRL) Commission in 2019.
Geniere Aplin – Group Executive, Personal Injury – EML
Geniere Aplin is a lawyer by trade, holds an Executive MBA from the AGSM and has 19 plus years’ experience within the insurance industry.
As EML Group Executive Personal Injury Geniere is charged with EML’s Australia-wide businesses; EMLife, National Self Insurance, Federal Government Services, Insurance for New South Wales, and Claims Optimisation.
Prior to this Geniere has held senior executive roles and board positions both within the public and private sectors. Geniere has also utilised her talents as a plaintiff personal injury lawyer and a Suncorp Executive where over nine years she held diverse portfolios including procurement and real estate, commercial and personal insurance, through to the banking strategy during the GFC. She also led WorkCover NSW (now icare) through its 2012 reforms and as a consultant in insurance scheme design. Geniere has been the Chair of the Board of the Motor Accidents Authority in NSW.
Geniere is focussed on transformational change, both personally and professionally and enjoys leadership, coaching and mentoring her teams and clients to develop or hone their skillsets to adapt to an ever-changing market.
Kylie Ah Wong – General Manager – Health, Safety and Training – Glencore Coal Assets Australia
Kylie is the General Manager of Health, Safety and Training for Glencore Coal Assets Australia. She has worked within the mining industry in both operational and safety roles for over 20 years in Queensland and NSW. Kylie is the chair of the NSW Minerals Council Health and Safety Committee, a trustee on the Coal Services Health Trust and a member of the QRC Health and Safety Standing Committee along with a number of other industry groups.
One of Kylie’s first roles in the industry was in the capacity of a Workplace Rehabilitation Coordinator, which is why she has a true appreciation and respect for timely and effective injury management and obtaining sustainable work outcomes.
Doctor Halima Goss ( MBBS , PhD, Grad Cert Mgt) – General Practice Registrar, Port Village Medical Centre, Port Douglas -Research/Education Officer National Wellness Institute of Australia
As a medical doctor with a research PhD in Wellness , I often find myself negotiating across the confines of the medical model with health matters that are squarely requiring a Wellness approach to find a solution. I engage daily with folks who have been injured at work and I find that the missing link in achieving positive results in workers compensation cases is often a more holistic framework for dealing with such situations. I am grateful to be able to share a few stories, offer some thoughts and promote some discussion in this arena.
Bold and contemporary return to work and rehabilitation programs are formed through creative and analytical endeavour. Organisations whose aims are to engender a sense of belonging and wellness must demand and enact these programs insightfully to achieve cohesion from recruitment to retirement. At a time when worker diversity is exponentially expanding, a wellness based culture holds significant promise for transformational change of our programs and our people. Some back to basics values propositions will be offered in this session as a segue to considering modern approaches for injury prevention and management.
Mark Wiemers – Principal – Insurance & Health – Barry.Nilsson.Lawyers
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 – Brisbane Office Managing Partner and Deputy Line of Business Leader (Risk, Regulatory, Insurance and Controversy) – MinterEllison
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 Quentin Mungomery – Consultant Psychiatrist
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 – Assist. General Manager & Senior Rehabilitation Consultant – Strive Occupational Rehabilitation
Chris Merrilees may be young in age but has a passion and enthusiasm for making change, and an approach to working with people beyond his years. Chris studied Occupational Therapy, graduating in 2011. 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 moved to Brisbane in 2013 and completed a short-stint at WorkCover Queensland in Claims Management before starting at Strive in mid-2013. Chris is a key pillar at Strive and 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 Anthony Purvis from the Department of Housing and Public Works to think laterally and creatively about how find new ways to support Housing Service Centre staff amidst a time of ever demanding customers and an increasing workload. After much collaboration, the Department’s Pilot Program was born. The Program looks at a new and prevention focused approach to managing stress and mental health in the workplace before it becomes an issue.
Anthony Purvis – A/Senior Advisor, Workplace Health and Safety, Human Resources – Department of Housing and Public Works
Achieving qualifications in Human Resource Management and Psychology, Anthony Purvis has always been keenly motivated to help facilitate positive outcomes for others. After honing his generalist HR practitioner skills in the private construction industry for four years, Anthony was eager to learn how he could contribute to better outcomes for Queenslanders through working in the public sector.
Anthony joined the Department of Housing and Public Works in 2016 as a generalist HR Business Partner supporting the Housing and Homelessness Services (HHS) division. Using his personable demeanour and an educational approach to coaching to engender successful relationships with his clients, Anthony sought further opportunities to engage in more proactive health and wellbeing initiatives by joining the WHS team.
Responsible for the coordination of the department’s Early Intervention Program, Anthony worked collaboratively with the business and Chris Merrilees from Strive to support the development and delivery of the Employee Support Pilot Program to HHS frontline staff.
Anthea Raven – A/g Branch Manager, Evidence and Compensation Branch – Safe Work Australia
Anethea is responsible for developing policy and guidance relating to workers’ compensation and work health and safety (WHS), and oversees the development of workers’ compensation and WHS data and evidence.
Anthea has been with Safe Work Australia since June 2017. She has a background in health services, with over 14 years of experience in key health and social policy areas of the Australian Public Service. These include population health and chronic disease prevention, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Aged Care Reform and Family Programs Policy.
Megan Cruickshank – Manager Experience Design – WorkCover Queensland
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.
Aislin Harper – Principal Advisor, Psychological Health Unit, Specialised Health and Safety Services – 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 – National Health and Safety Manager – The Reject Shop (Joint Presentation with Aislin 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.
Sharon Stratford — Manager Corporate Relations and Engagement – WorkCover Queensland Facilitator – Panel Session Day 1
Sharon Stratford has over 25 years of experience in workers’ compensation insurance and injury management. During the majority of this time, she held senior management roles at WorkCover Queensland. Sharon has tertiary qualifications in physiotherapy, business systems, policy and management. Having had careers in all of these disciplines during her working life, she is now managing corporate relations and stakeholder engagement at WorkCover Queensland while also being involved with family businesses and lecturing nationally on claims strategy for the Personal Injury Education Foundation.
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.
Bill Nevin – Association of Self Insured Employers of QLD (ASIEQ) – President
Bill has been in the Workers’ Compensation industry for around 30 years with about equal time spent working with WorkCover and Self Insured Employers. Currently the Licence Manager for Glencore’s QLD Self-Insurance Licence, current ASIEQ President and Chair of the Conference Committee he has strived to improve outcomes for injured workers over many years. Bill is committed to achieving sustainable return to work outcomes and has developed and implemented a risk management approach to working with employers to achieve better outcomes.