ANZSOM's mission is to engage and collaborate with our members and other professionals, governments and relevant organisations to facilitate workplaces that are safe, healthy and committed to worker wellbeing.
One of our key goals is to foster a culture of collaboration with other health professionals, organisations, government, regulators and consumers, actively seeking opportunities for partnership development across the activities of the organisation. Reflecting this, we are proud to be involved with the following organisations and projects that seek to improve the health and wellbeing of workers in Australia and globally.
The Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine
The Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) is a Faculty of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) that connects and represents Occupational & Environmental Medicine Fellows and trainees in Australia and New Zealand. ANZSOM and AFOEM are closely aligned, sharing a commitment to professional development in the field of occupational medicine. This is reflected in the Model of Collaboration which was signed in 2017.
ANZSOM is proud to be a signatory of The Health Benefits of Good Work initiative lead by the Australasian Faculty of Occupational Medicine (AFOEM) of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). This initiative is based on compelling Australasian and international evidence that good work is beneficial to people’s health and wellbeing and that long term work absence, work disability and unemployment generally have a negative impact on health and wellbeing. Our commitment to the principles outlined in the Consensus Statement and companion position statements is reflected in this Charter of Principles.
The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) is the organisation for all healthcare professionals working in or with an interest in occupational health in the UK, providing continued professional development and education and a forum for the exchange of ideas, best practice and networking opportunities. The Society stimulates interest and research in occupational medicine and works with the government, the healthcare community, health charities and other bodies to promote a healthier workforce. It also acts as the voice of occupational medicine, responding to consultative documents and media enquiries on issues affecting the speciality.
Reflecting the alignment of our organisational goals, ANZSOM signed a Memorandum of Collaboration with the Society in March 2021.
The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) and ANZSOM have also joined forces to deliver the "Learning Together" webinar series. The last of these was held on the 23 February with presentations on ventilation and COVID-19. Click here to view the webinar recording.
The next Learning Together webinar will be held on Wednesday 7 September, featuring presentations from Dr Mary Wyatt, Professor Neil Greenberg, and Dr Shriti Pattani. Click here to register for the webinar.
International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH)
The International Commission on Occupational Health(ICOH) is an international non-governmental professional society whose aims are to foster the scientific progress, knowledge and development of occupational health and safety in all its aspects. ANZSOM is pleased to be an organisational member of ICOH.
International Occupational Medicine Society Collaborative
The International Occupational Medicine Society Collaborative (IOMSC) is a medical and scientific organisation that provides an assembly for representatives of occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) societies worldwide. ANZSOM is pleased to be a member society of IOMSC and to contribute to the important body of work that enables advocacy for occupational medicine globally.
DECLARATION AND STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES ON HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS’ HEALTH AND WELLBEING
ANZSOM is proud to endorse this Declaration and Statement of Principles, which aims to drive improvements in health care professionals’ health and well-being at work which also results in enabling the provision of high-quality and safe health care for patients.
The OHS Body of Knowledge (OHS BoK) is the collective knowledge that should be shared by generalist OHS professionals to provide a sound basis for understanding the causation and control of work related fatality, injury, disease and ill health (FIDI). This knowledge can be described in terms of its key concepts and language, its core theories and related empirical evidence, and the application of these to facilitate a safe and healthy workplace. ANZSOM, through its collaboration with the Australian Institute of Health and Safety (AIHS), has worked closely in contributing to and promoting the OHS Body of Knowledge as a resource for all those involved in occupational health.
The Coalition of National Nursing & Midwifery Organisations
The Coalition of National Nursing & Midwifery Organisations (CoNNMO) is made up of more than 57 national nursing and midwifery organisations in an alliance to work collectively to advance the nursing and midwifery profession to improve health care. ANZSOM is now a member of the coalition and will represent nurse members at regular meetings to advance the standing of nurses involved in occupational medicine.
The Tasmanian Foundation for Occupational Medicine Inc. (‘The Foundation’) is the body dedicated to supporting the training of occupational physicians to the standards required by the Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) – Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
The Foundation has an emphasis on developing and maintaining an Occupational and Environmental Physician (DEPS) workforce based in Tasmania, with specialised knowledge of Tasmanian industry and healthcare and a commitment to the health, safety and well-being of Tasmania’s workforce.
Equally Well calls for better collaboration and coordination between governments, professional bodies, social and community services and other leaders in mental health to make the physical health of people living with mental illness a national priority. ANZSOM is a supporter of this initiative, acknowledging the close relationship between mental and physical wellbeing and the relevance to the workplace.
ANZSOM is proud to endorse the 'Reach for the Facts' campaign which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of long-term use and misuse of prescription opioids, and encourage enquiry into alternatives to opioids for safe and effective pain management via discussions between patients and their medical practitioner.