Conference 2022 - HSR Lifesavers

Another HSR Conference done and dusted! The theme for this year was "HSR Lifesavers".

When: Thursday, 27 October 2022, 8:30am - 2:30pm




Conference recording

Missed the conference? No worries! You can watch the conference back below:

You can also watch the WorkWell project video here: 

This year we heard from keynote speaker and acting Chief Health Officer Professor Ben Cowie on the future of the government's COVID-19 response in Victoria and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers. Professor Cowie highlighted the amazing work done by frontline medical workers and the lessons that can be learned and applied to future pandemics. 

We also heard stories of how HSRs have used their powers to control infectious diseases and psychological hazards in their workplaces from HSRs across three vastly different industries. Josh spoke about his experience controlling COVID-19 on the wharves, Sheila spoke about how she issued a PIN on excessive workload and won monumental changes off the back of this action and Penny spoke about the day to day of being a HSR in the childcare industry. 

We heard about projects across different industries being led by union members to improve mental heath and well being in the workplace by controlling psychosocial hazards. 

After lunch, attendees participated in breakout groups to discuss how the ideas learnt can be implemented in their workplace.

This conference was made possible by our friends at Slater and Gordon.



Conference resources

Find all our conference materials below:

HSR Conference Slides - These include all of the HSR presentations

Conference Booklet

Psychological Risk Survey Tool

Conference Agenda

Session 1: 8:30am - 10:00am

  • Welcome to Country 
  • Welcome address by Luke Hikakari (VTHC Secretary), Colin Radford (WorkSafe CEO), Ingrid Stitt (Minister for Workplace Safety)
  • HSR Keynote Presentation

Morning Tea: 10:00am - 10:30am

Session 2: 10:30am - 12:15pm

  • Keynote address by Professor Ben Cowie
  • Creating Psychologically Healthy Workplaces panel discussion

Lunch Break: 12:15pm - 1:00pm

Session 3: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

  • Breakout sessions

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