Bruce Watson has led WorkCover Queensland since 2016, during which time he has driven technologically advanced claims management, underpinned by his commitment to outstanding customer experience.
As a self-described humanistic leader, he values care and empathy as critical for optimal outcomes. Previously, as CEO of Mine Wealth and Wellbeing Super Fund for 11 years, these values contributed to the organisation's significant success while receiving recognition as a "Top 50 Best Place to Work".
With his characteristic inspirational style, Bruce will share his career journey and provide insights into the experiences that have shaped his career and life more broadly, and have helped him to lead others through challenging and changing times.
Dr Richard Heron
Vice President Health and Chief Medical Officer at BP
Dr Graeme Edwards
Senior Consulting Physician, Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Professor Malcolm Sim AM
Emeritus Professor in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University
Naomi Armitage is a Director and Registered Psychologist of Humanology Group Pty Ltd with over 18 years’ experience owning and operating a nation-wide employee assistance and fitness for work company. She has worked intimately within high risk industries assisting clients develop and implement organisation wide programs to improve employee wellbeing. Her experience has seen her work across all levels of organisations from developing strategic initiatives with executive leaders, to delivering frontline skills training. Her depth of experience in mental health, fatigue and drug and alcohol and the ability to operationalise complex constructs into a practical and simple form has seen her being recognised as an industry expert in the sector.
Danny is a Director of Clifford Gouldson Lawyers, practicing in the area of Employment and Workplace law. With extensive experience in this area of law, many of the region’s largest enterprises seek Danny’s advice for both strategic direction and guidance to manage day-to-day workplace challenges. Danny and his team provide solutions across the full spectrum of workplace issues including employee management, discrimination, health & safety, agreements & awards, policy implementation and training. Danny has acted for a wide range of clients in the health sector including hospitals, specialists and general practitioners.
Sandra has been an Occupational Health Professional for 30 years and held a variety of positions including: Health Services Manager, Post Injury Management Co-ordinator, OHS consultant and OHS co-ordinator across key multinational organisations including Hospira (a Pfizer company), Boral Plasterboard, Nestlé and Heinz Watties’, working in the Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing and Food industries respectively. Currently she is the Health Services Manager at Transdev Melbourne, looking after the health & wellbeing of all employees, including 1200 bus driver’s, and manages all aspects of WorkCover, Injury Management and Return to Work. Sandra was the first Nursing Liaison Officer appointed to the Federal Executive of ANZSOM in 2019 and has been a member of the organising committee for the annual Scientific ANZSOM Conference since 2013.
Chris Dolman has worked for BOC since 2004 both in South Pacific and in the United Kingdom and has held a number of roles across product and marketing management, business development, sales and health and safety during this time. He has extensive experience in the applications of gas across key growth sectors including universities and research, agriculture and clean energy.
Chris is an active member of the NERA hydrogen clusters as well as various state based Zero Emission working groups. This allows Chris to bring an extended network potential project partners including Standards Australia for Hydrogen and the Australian New Zealand Industrial Gas Association which has been working with hydrogen safely and effectively for decades. Collaboration as well as safety are key components to a successful transition to a clean energy future including hydrogen exports. The hydrogen economy remains a key opportunity for Australia as we look towards a less fossil fuel reliant future.
Chris holds degrees in Bachelor Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from Macquarie University and a Diploma in Marketing from Cambridge Marketing College.
Dr. Edwards is a Senior Consulting Physician with extensive experience in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. His experience of over 25 years includes working as a consultant and medical adviser for a wide variety of companies and industries. Dr Edwards has had a prominent role in first identifying, and then facilitating the medical profession’s response to the Accelerated Silicosis epidemic in Queensland and across Australia. He is an authorised spokesperson on the subject for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and its Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM). His current work includes being a Queensland representative for The Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) Council and the Director of Work & Health Risk Management.
Niki Ellis, Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, has spent one-third of her career working in policy for governments; one third in the private sector building up a consultancy she sold to PriceWaterhouseCoopers; and one-third in academia, first at the University of Queensland and then at Monash, leading innovative centres aiming to close the gap between research and practice in occupational and public health.
She was the Inaugural President of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational Medicine, and in May this year stepped down from the RACP Board where she was member director and Chair of Policy and Advocacy.
Now Niki is the Work for Health Advisor to Comcare, and in this capacity has provided technical leadership to an initiative aiming to establish greater collaboration between workers compensation, motor accident, life insurance, superannuation, employment services and disability support services, and so improve work participation by people with physical and mental health conditions; as well as being a director on a number of boards.
She has an interest in future studies and has advised on a number of futures projects, most recently on optometry in 2040 for the Australian Optometry Association.
Dr John Gall is a forensic physician with over 20 years experience in the field. He is a Senior Consultant in the Victorian Paediatric Forensic Medical Service located at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Medical Centre, a Clinical Associate Professor within the Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne, a member of the International Editorial Board of the Journal of Legal and Forensic Medicine, Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, and Egyptian Journal of Forensic Sciences. He undertook postgraduate training in anatomical and forensic pathology and clinical forensic medicine.
Dr John Gall practiced Clinical Forensic Medicine for over twenty years initially as a Forensic Medical Officer with Victoria Police and later as a consultant at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. He has been extensively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education both at the University of Melbourne and Monash University, has been involved in forensic medical research and has published several books and research papers in the field. He is also the President of the World Police Medical Officers.
His Medical areas of specific interest include: sexual health, mental health issues; men’s health; injury management; occupational health; aviation, rail, maritime and diving medicine; workplace assessments; forensic medicine; toxicology; child abuse.
David Goddard graduated in medicine from Monash University in 1969. Post-graduate coursework led to his obtaining a Diploma in Occupational Health (University of Sydney, 1975) and a Master in Health Professional Education (Monash University, 2010). He has worked in occupational medicine since 1973 and as a medical educator since 1990. His years of experience with the railways, State Government Occupational Health Service, State Worker's Compensation system and his network of practitioner friends have contributed in their own ways to his teaching.
David teaches medical undergraduates in occupational medicine and has taught postgraduate students in occupational hygiene, toxicology and basic OHS. He has a passion for teaching, which in 2001 led to his being awarded the Monash University Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Between 2008 and 2013, he worked part-time as lead Fellow in educational development with the Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He led development of a new training curriculum, a training handbook, formative assessments and the summative assessment for basic trainees. In May 2013, he received the AFOEM President’s award for outstanding contribution to education, training and assessment.
Professor Henry, is a graduate of the University of Queensland, B Sc (Hons), Macquarie University, M Sc (Hons) and La Trobe University (Ph D). In 2000 Professor Henry was awarded a higher doctorate (D Sc) by UQ for his work on analysis of variation in plants.
He is currently Professor of Innovation in Agriculture. Before being appointed QAAFI Director (May 2010-September 2020), he was Director of the Centre for Plant Conservation Genetics at Southern Cross University, a centre which he established in 1996. Other previous positions held by Professor Henry include Research Director of the Grain Foods Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) (until 2010) and Research Program Leader in the Queensland Agricultural Biotechnology Centre (until 1996).
Professor Henry's speciality research area is the study of agricultural crops using molecular tools. He is particularly interested in Australian flora and plants of economic and social importance and has led the way in research into genome sequencing to capture novel genetic resources for the diversification of food crops to deliver improved food products.
Dr Richard Heron is vice president health and chief medical officer at BP, and is responsible for strategic development of the group’s health agenda, including employee wellbeing, occupational health and hygiene, and community and public health in the locations where BP operates.
He joined BP in 2006 from AstraZeneca, where he was head of global safety, health and risk management. He trained in internal medicine in the UK and New Zealand before specialising in occupational medicine. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, UK Faculty of Occupational Medicine and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Dr Heron also holds honorary appointments as professor of international business and health at the Institute of Work, Health and Organisations, Nottingham University, and is an honorary teacher at the University of Manchester, UK.
Sally commenced her nursing career in the 70’s being part of the first cohort of nurses to be trained in the University system in Victoria. She has gone on to work both in Australia and abroad in a variety of areas and fell into Occupational Health Nursing whilst working at Heathrow Airport in London in the 80’s. Her passion for Occupational Health and the preventative side of healthcare has seen her work in a variety of settings from manufacturing, hospitality, and service industries. She has been at her current position of Environment Health and Safety Manager at Agilent Technologies, a multinational high-tech company in the analytical chemical instrumentation business, for 26 years and has overseen many changes in the way people work and their health and safety. She has always been involved in her professional group in a variety of positions firstly with the Australian College of Occupational Health Nurses and in the last 10 years following a merger with the Australian and New Zealand Society of Occupational Medicine. When she is not championing Occupational Health, she sings in a pop choir and is on the Board of a local Youth Club.
Dr Vern Thomas Madden graduated in 1979 from the University of Queensland and after working for four years in the public hospital system as both Resident and Registrar. He worked in general practice for eleven years in the Queensland country town of Tara, moving to Toowoomba in 1996 and practicing a further five years in General Practice. He commenced work in occupational health in 2001 and his practice has been confined to Occupational Health since then as the Director of The Health Advantage.
He has a particular interest in the conduct of pre-employment medicals and was jointly granted a patent (with Konekt) in 2008 for the development of a paperless online pre-employment system which used algorithms to inform the decision making process. He continues to consult with Konekt, most recently on the addition of an AI capacity to the algorithms.
Dinesh was the first quadriplegic medical intern in Queensland and the second person to graduate medical school with quadriplegia in Australia. Dinesh is a doctor, lawyer, disability advocate, and researcher. Dinesh has also completed an Advanced Clerkship in Radiology at the Harvard University.
Halfway through medical school, he was involved in a motor vehicle accident that caused a cervical spinal cord injury. As a result of his injury and experiences, Dinesh has been an advocate for inclusivity. He is a founding member of Doctors with Disabilities Australia.
Dinesh works in the emergency department at the Gold Coast University Hospital. He is a senior lecturer at the Griffith University and adjunct research fellow at the Menzies Health Institute of Queensland and a researcher in spinal cord injury. He is a doctor for the Gold Coast Titans physical disability rugby team. Dinesh is also a senior advisor to the Disability Royal Commission.
Dinesh was the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service’s Junior Doctor of the Year in 2018. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2019. He was the third Australian to be awarded a Henry Viscardi Achievement Award. Dinesh was the Queensland Australian of the Year for 2021.
Dr Amanda Sillcock is an occupational physician with over 35 years’ experience across diverse industries, including transport, energy and manufacturing. More recently, she has pursued her interest in education, taking on an academic position at Monash University, where she coordinates the third year occupational and environmental medical courses and delivers a unit of the Master of Public Health. She has also joined the DHHS team in Victoria, supporting workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic. Amanda is a past President of ANZSOM and remains active in Vic/Tas Branch.
Liz is a Specialist Medical Administrator with a wide range of hospital and military experience. Following a full-time military medical career spanning almost 25 years, Liz transitioned to Queensland Health in Feb 2016, working initially at The Prince Charles Hospital where her interests expanded into patient flow, business continuity, and emergency preparedness. She is currently the Incident Controller for Covid-19 Response and Chief Medical Officer for Metro North Health in Brisbane where her portfolio includes Medical Workforce and Education, and Business Continuity & Emergency Management.
Liz is also a Board Member of Disability Sports Australia and Chair of Disaster Relief Australia.
Malcolm Sim is an occupational and environmental physician who is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. He was previously Head of the Monash Centre for Occupational and
Environmental Health in the School for many years. His research interests focus on identifying and reducing hazards in workplaces and occupational disease prevention in the workplace. He established the Silicosis research program at Monash University, including the stonemason screening registry and silica-associated disease registry. Malcolm is President of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He is a member of the Worksafe Victoria OHS Advisory Committee and the registry steering committee of the National Dust Disease Taskforce.
During the COVID-19 pandemic he has been a member of the Infection Control Expert Group which advises AHPPC, the Victorian Healthcare Worker Infection Prevention and Wellbeing Taskforce and the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce Infection Prevention and Control Panel. In 2019, Malcolm became a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to occupational and environmental medicine.
Tim Stewart is an Occupational Physician who has followed the well worn track of spending time in General Practice prior to specialising in Occupational Medicine. Tim moved from country Victoria to Hobart via Sydney where he read for a MPH at the University of Sydney.
Tim passionately believes that the one aspect that separates an Occupational Physician from all other branches of medicine lies in the ability to perform a worksite visit and make sense of the injured/ sick person’s workplace. There are not enough visits performed to the workplace which is often a missed opportunity and only delays solutions.
Tim has been a Past President of AFOEM during a period of major RACP reform.
A/Professor Cate Storey is a retired neurologist, who developed a passion for history while working as a registrar at Queen Square, London, the birthplace of British neurology. She has a post-graduate degree in the History and Philosophy of Science which led to an academic career in the history of the neurosciences. Currently her aim is to demonstrate that there is a place for the integration of the history of medicine into modern medical practice, by supervising medical students in related history projects, as Chair of the Library committee of the RACP promoting the Colleges’ historical resources and bringing to life the Rare Books Collection at Sydney University.
Michael Yelland is a general and musculoskeletal medicine practitioner at the Arana Hills Medical Centre and is an honorary Associate Professor at the School of Medicine at Griffith University. He was Associate Professor of Primary Health Care at the School from 2005-2016 after over 18 years as a GP academic at the University of Queensland. His teaching, research and clinical interests focus on evidence-based diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal pain. He is the Education Officer of the Australian Association of Musculoskeletal Medicine and the Brisbane convenor of their Certificate in Musculoskeletal Medicine for doctors. He has served on several national committees relating to guidelines for osteoarthritis, low back pain and musculoskeletal radiology.
Bruce Watson has lead WorkCover Queensland since 2016, during which time he has driven technologically advanced claims management, underpinned by his commitment to outstanding customer experience.
As a self-described humanistic leader, he values care and empathy as critical for optimal outcomes. Previously, as CEO of Mine Wealth and Wellbeing Super Fund for 11 years, these values contributed to the organisation's significant financial success while receiving recognition as a "Top 50 Best Place to Work".
With his characteristic inspirational style, Bruce will share his career journey and provide insights into the experiences that have shaped his career and life more broadly.
Dr Zen Yap is an Occupational Physician who has worked across various industries including shipbuilding, meatworks, healthcare, mining and transport. She is currently the company doctor for ASC Pty Ltd at the South Australian facility and also consults at various locations across Adelaide.
Dr Zen Yap completed medical school at the University of Adelaide. She then went on to complete the Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety at the University of South Australia and won the Award for Academic Excellence from the Safety Institute of Australia in 2017. In 2021, she was also awarded the Ramazzini Prize by the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) for best Australasian scientific paper related to occupational and environmental medicine for her research titled – “Social determinants of health and surgical outcomes for chronic lower back pain: A Systematic Review”.