Challenging the status quo: Managing exposure to psychosocial risks

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What is this webinar about?

Our role in preventing and managing exposure to psychosocial risks

As Rehabilitation Counsellors, we need to highlight the preventable nature of exposure to psychosocial hazards and focus on how to better reduce them for our clients and ourselves. This webinar will be a brief introduction to failures in workplace psychosocial risk management, with the aim to inspire you with some ideas that may alter your own practices and your approach and interaction with workplaces to improve the exposure prevention processes.

In this session we will:

examine workplace case studies to better understand, from a prevention perspective, why we are not getting better at the management of psychosocial hazards.

explore the implications of returning a client to a workplace if these factors (or any other type of risk factor) are not altered. This is despite how good the model of biopsychosocial care is prior to their return.

consider examples of work demands, skills, workload, role clarity, work organisation, satisfaction, control, change, communication, support, recognition, work-life, environment, justice & fairness, conflict & relationships.

In addition, we will focus more specifically on how you manage your own exposure to psychosocial risk factors in the care you provide. Do the same exposure prevention barriers apply to the psychosocial risks you are exposed to as a Rehabilitation Counsellor? How do you manage these?

We will examine what psychosocial risk factors you may be exposed to as an allied health professional and how much training you receive to protect yourself.

The Speaker

Julie has worked for over 30 years in the area of human factors risk, work health & safety (HS) and rehabilitative sciences. This included extensive experience demonstrated in academic, clinical, legal and industrial environments. Experience stemmed from an initial Masters degree in biomechanics which progressed to an academic career in anatomy & biomechanics primarily in rehabilitation & occupational health, lecturing at both Australian and British Universities. This initial training in biomechanics flowed onto work in ergonomics, human factors engineering & other safety related disciplines. This was of particular importance when considering the large proportion of costs in any organisation that can be traced back to a mismatch in human-machine-environment interaction design, which biomechanics attempts to redress.

Projects have involved union & government organisations, regulators as well as international consulting firms. Consulting work has included extensive involvement in FEED/EPCM in greenfield and brownfield engineering projects. Involved in the setup of multi country, multisite engineering projects across the Asia- Pacific region providing human factors & HSSE advice Julie is also employed by a variety of law firms throughout Asia Pacific to provide expert opinion.

Julie is a member of a number of professional societies including the International Society of Biomechanics, UK’s Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, International Business Continuity Institute and the Risk Management Institute of Australasia. She is the Government appointed independent member of the Mines Safety Advisory Council.

Specialties include design ergonomics & human factors, procurement HS including mergers and acquisitions, compliance, HS risk management, incident investigations and analysis, training, facilitation and mediation, Exemplar Global (RABQSA) certified HS management systems lead auditor.

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