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The Resource Industry Network 2018 Safety Conference will provide you with the latest industry information from inspirational speakers and experts.

Maintaining high safety standards while competing in a tight economy can be challenging for many businesses. The 2018 Resource Industry Network Safety Conference is an interactive one day conference will provide you with the opportunity to gain further knowledge on a number of key safety topics, including:

  • Fatigue - strategies to effectively manage the risk
  • Suicide Prevention Program
  • Creating a mentally health work culture
  • Getting the best Safety Performance out of your team
  • IPAM Case Study
  • WH&S Qld - New Legislation - What does this mean

Hear from senior leaders about their views on the importance of safety leadership and most importantly provide you with the ideas to challenge the way you currently work and the tools and strategies to continue to make safety a priority.

2018 Safety Conference Presenters:

Graeme Cowan

Graeme Cowan worked in senior leadership positions with Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and AT Kearney. In 2000 he went through a 5 year episode of depression that his psychiatrist described as the worst he had ever treated. He emerged from this crisis with a different view about how we can build our own resilience, mood, and performance, to thrive through disruption and change.

He is the author of 4 books, including the internationally acclaimed BACK FROM THE BRINK, which has a testimonial from the former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, a Foreword by the actress Glenn Close, and it has just been translated and launched in China.

He is a Board Member of R U OK?, and was instrumental in helping Gavin Larkin and a small team, create and grow this extraordinary movement.

Graeme will present “A thriving leader strives to create a thriving tribe – a group with equal emphasis on wellbeing and performance”

During these times of unprecedented uncertainty and volatility, employee disengagement and change fatigue has become very common. Better time management is not the answer – better mood is. A leader and a team with a positive mindset will respond faster and better to the challenges ahead. 

Graeme will outline 3 things a leader needs to do to increase their and their team’s resilience, mood and performance. He will also show how we can help those who may be struggling.

Graeme will also be presenting two breakout sessions in the afternoon and in these interactive workshops you will learn:


  • The role that you can play to create a mentally healthy workplace
  • How to recognize the signs of mental illness
  • 5 proven strategies to help a stressed workmate
  • How to access practical online videos after the workshop



    Deb Rae

    Deb Rae has supported executive, managerial and frontline workers in many government, businesses and not-for-profit organisations across QLD & NSW for more than 20 years.

    She is currently facilitating the development of a Suicide Prevention Community Action Plan (under the auspice of selectability) for Whitsunday, Isaac and Mackay. With a group of key community stakeholders, a plan has been developed, but it's effectiveness is reliant on collaborative, whole community implementation by local partners.

    Deb will present Collaborative Action to Prevent Suicide in Our Region” showcasing opportunities to work better together to reduce the number of attempts and deaths by suicide in our region. We can prevent suicide with a local, whole of community approach.  Deb will present a regional plan with evidence based strategies we need to implement together to reduce the number of attempts and deaths by suicide in our region.



    Sally Ferguson

    Sally Ferguson is a Professor with the Appleton Institute in Adelaide and Deputy Dean of Research in the School of Human Health and Social Sciences at CQUniversity. Sally’s background is circadian biology and understanding how the body clock helps keep us synchronized to the world around us, and what happens when we work against our clocks.

    Sally asks questions about the relationship between sleep, wake and work patterns, particularly for those working shift work. Sally has explored methods used across a wide range of industries to identify risks associated with fatigue and the ways in which these risks can be effectively managed through a range of risk mitigation strategies. Her presentation will provide participants with a solid foundation in the science of fatigue, and novel methods used to assess and control fatigue–related risk.

    Sally will present Fatigue & Safety – Impacts and Controls”

    This will be an overview of the impacts of fatigue for employees and businesses and will discuss some key controls that can be implemented to manage risk of incident and accidents.  

    Safety Conference Networking Drinks - Thursday 22nd March 5-7pm *All Safety Conference Tickets include a ticket to the Networking Drinks
    Thursday 22nd March - Breakwater Bar & Restaurant 5-7pm

    Networking Drinks Guest Speaker

    Joe Williams

    Joe Williams is a Wiradjuri, 1st Nations Aboriginal man born in Cowra, raised in Wagga NSW having lived a 15 year span as a professional sports person. Joe played in the National Rugby League for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs before switching to professional Boxing in 2009. As a boxer Joe was a 2x WBF World Jnr Welterweight champion and also won the WBC Asia Continental Title.


    Although forging a successful professional sporting career, Joe battled the majority of his life with suicidal ideation and Bi Polar Disorder. After a suicide attempt in 2012, Joe felt his purpose was to help people who struggle with mental illness. Joe is also an author having contributed to the book Transformation; Turning Tragedy Into Triumph & his very own autobiography titled Defying The Enemy Within - which is out now in all good bookstores. Joe was recently named as a finalist for the courage award in the 2017 National Indigenous Human Rights Awards and was the recipient of the 2016 Wagga Wagga Australia Day Citizen of The Year Award for his work in the community in Mental Health Education & Suicide Prevention.

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