A popular aspect of the ANZSOM conference, workplace site visits provide an insight into the varying nature of work and the issues facing health professionals working in occupational health. Site visits include:
Boeing Aerostructures Australia (BAA)
Boeing’s manufacturing facility, based in Lorimer Street Port Melbourne, is the largest Boeing site outside of North America and manufactures flight control surfaces for Boeing aircraft including the 787 Dreamliner, 777, 737 and 747. This will be a rare opportunity to observe the manufacturing process of this state-of-the-art facility. A presentation by the Environment Health and Safety team will provide insight into the management of injury risks and environmental issues.
Cochlear Care Centre
The Cochlear Implant was developed in Melbourne by Professor Graham Clark and his team in 1978. Since 1978, Doctors, researchers and clinicians have continued their ground breaking work to make the Cochlear Implant the standard of care for children and adults with a severe or profound hearing loss. The Cochlear Care Centre is a partnership between Cochlear Ltd and The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, providing long term support for all recipients with Cochlear Ltd devices. Delegates on this site visit will explore how the implant works and who it is appropriate for. Delegates will also tour the Cochlear Care Centre and possibly meet a recipient who will discuss their experience with the Cochlear Implant.
Defence, Science & Technology (DST) Group
DST is the Australian government's lead agency responsible for applying science and technology to safeguard Australia and its national interests. As one of Australia’s largest employers of scientists and engineers, DST delivers expert, impartial advice and innovative solutions for defence and national security. The visit to the laboratory at Fisherman’s Bend will feature state of the art research facilities, such as the environmental test facility, low speed and transonic wind tunnels, combustion test facility, and physical performance standard work areas.
Metropolitan Remand Centre
The Metropolitan Remand Centre is a maximum security facility at Ravenhall in Melbourne’s west. The prison houses up to 883 inmates, most of whom are awaiting the outcome of their court case. During this site visit, delegates will have a unique opportunity to observe and gain a better understanding of the inherent physical and psychological demands of prison officers. Please note that delegates will be subject to eye scanning and wanding for security check.
Nestle’s confectionery plant in Campbellfield manufactures 28,000 tonnes of chocolate every year, and employs 320 workers. During this site visit, delegates will observe various factory processes with an opportunity to discuss the management of workplace risks, focusing on hazardous manual handling and tasks involving repetitive or awkward movements.
Victoria Police Operational Safety and Tactics Training Facility
Over 15,000 Police Officers and Protective Service Officers undertake training in Operational Safety and Tactics biannually. During this visit delegates will observe this training and gain an understanding of the inherent physical and psychological demands of police work. There will be the opportunity to discuss the medical and psychological issues that Police Officers face and how Police Medical Officers contribute to the health and safety of the workforce.
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research is Australia's oldest medical research institute, founded in 1915. The institute hosts more than 1,000 scientists, support staff and students who work to understand, prevent and treat diseases including blood, breast and ovarian cancers; inflammatory diseases (autoimmunity) such as rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes and coeliac disease; and infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV and hepatitis B and C. This site visit will provide delegates with an overview of the Institute, its history and the latest research coming out of it. It will also include a tour of the research laboratories led by Institute researchers.
WISE Employment: Employment programs for people with mental illness
Gaining access to suitable employment is a key aspect of recovery for people living with a severe mental illness. The WISE Ways to Work program assists with skills development, graded exposure to work, and employment opportunities. This visit will support understanding of the value of employment for people with a severe mental illness, the challenges of securing and maintaining work and the importance of vocational rehabilitation. From an employer’s perspective, there will be an opportunity to explore issues regarding attendance and productivity, integration into the workforce, and provision of appropriate support to staff with mental illness.
NOTE: Interest in attending site visits should be indicated on registration and will be allocated prior to the conference.