National Organising Committee

Associate Professor Richard Franklin (Committee Chair)

Dr Richard Franklin PhD, MSocSc, BSc, FPHAA, FARL is an Associate Professor in Public Health (Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion) in the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences at James Cook University and Senior Research Fellow with the Royal Life Saving Society - Australia. He has worked in Public Health with a focus on the area of Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion since 1996.  He has worked on and published in the areas of general injury prevention, farm safety, rural safety, workplace health and safety, health systems strengthening, health promotion, fall prevention, quad bike safety, alcohol, disasters and aquatic safety.e.

Associate Professor, Public Health (Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion), College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University

Dr Sarah-Jane Wilson

Dr Sarah-Jane Wilson has a PhD in animal health economics and epidemiology and has worked as Government Veterinarian in the field, in policy and in emergency preparedness.

She has also work as a consultant in the beef industry and her research interests include management of biosecurity, risks in beef enterprises, using processing data to support management of health plans on farm and OHS implications of zoonotic diseases in farm workers.

Senior Lecturer, Veterinary Preventive Medicine College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, James Cook University

Professor Bruce Gummow

Professor Bruce Gummow is a registered specialist in Veterinary Preventative Medicine (Epidemiology) and a Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Public Health with European certification as a specialist in population medicine. He is also recognised as a Fellow of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine due to his interest in One Health and zoonotic diseases. He is currently heading the section of Veterinary Preventative Medicine at James Cook University.


He holds a dual appointment with the University of Pretoria in South Africa where he is an Extraordinary Professor and has taught for many years at their Faculty of Veterinary Science. He is recognised as a leading scientist in South Africa by the National Research Foundation and is one of their top rated scientists. He is also a registered specialist with the South African Veterinary Council and Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.


In addition, he Chairs the Research and Postgraduate Committee in the Discipline of Veterinary Science, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences and is their Academic Advisor for Veterinary Postgraduate Studies. He also serves on several other JCU committees and is a member the Executive for the Discipline of Veterinary Science.


His other activities include being an external examiner for the epidemiology Fellowship exams of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and member of the examiners committee for the VPH/VPH management programme at the University of Sydney.

Professor College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences Centre for Biosecurity in Tropical Infectious Diseases, James Cook University

Mr James Cupples

Jamie is currently the Managing Director of the family company; AuSafety Systems Pty Ltd and the Executive Director of Farmsafe Queensland. He has been involved in agriculture and rural and related industries for over 45 years.


Born in Roma Queensland, he has been a grazier, (beef cattle and sheep) grain and cotton producer; earthmoving and agricultural contractor, and for the last 25 years he has been involved in providing Health and Safety programs and concepts to rural industry. Jamie is a tertiary trainer / assessor specializing in a number of competencies including Work Healthy and Safety, Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical Safe Application and Plant, Machinery and Vehicle safety.


From a community safety perspective, Jamie is particularly interested in highlighting the safety issues around farm safety and providing practical solutions to primary producers and their families to manage safety in their workplace. He provides his time pro bono to child safety programs, particularly the child safety demo days.


Jamie has owned and operated Quad bikes both in the workplace and recreationally for the last 30 years and is a qualified trainer / assessor for both Quad-Bikes and Side by Side Utility Vehicles. Jamie is passionate about the current Quad Bike safety debate and is keen to see meaningful outcomes and behavioural change, resulting in a lowering of the injury rate from the use of these vehicles, without unduly restricting their use both in the workplace and recreationally.

Managing Director, Farmsafe Queensland

Ms Maree Gooch

Maree Gooch is the CEO of Safe Farms WA, providing leadership, advocacy and support to the agriculture industry on health, wellbeing and safety relating to Occupational Safety and Health Legislation in Western Australia.


Safe Farms WA has developed a new website with an interactive Member Section and a Farm Safety Health and Wellbeing Manual for agri-businesses to assist industry to work towards compliance, align with audit systems and be ready for WorkSafe audits. The Safe Farms products apply to all farming businesses in Australia and can be used nationally by agri-businesses operating in states with Work Health and Safety legislation.


Maree has more than 30 years’ experience in agriculture, business and community development following a 25 year career running her own Primary Production business (Beef cattle, Sheep- superfine wool; prime lamb feedlot; coarse grains and oilseeds) at Bremer Bay on the South Coast and Beverley in the Wheatbelt after growing up on the family farm at Gillingarra in the Wheatbelt.


Maree sees the value in helping many farming and agriculture businesses increase their profits by implementing safety systems as well as reducing costs such as insurance premiums and wages which will improve the bottom line.

Project Director, Safefarms WA

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Thank you

The National Organising Committee wishes to thank Ms Kimberly Pearsall for her time and work on the Farmsafe Conference 2018. Ms Pearsall has moved onto a new role and the committee wishes her all the best. 

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