Program

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Presentations

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WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER

9:00am - 10:30am -Opening Plenary Session

Conference Welcome
Speaker: Associate Professor Richard Franklin, Chair, Conference Organising Committee

Farmsafe Australia Welcome
Speaker: Mr Charles Armstrong, Chair, Farmsafe Australia

10:30am - 11:00am -Morning tea and exhibition

11:00am - 12:30pm - Plenary Session 2

#PlantASeedForSafety
Keynote Speaker: Ms Alexandra Thomas, Director and Principal Consultant, Alex Thomas Pty Ltd


Q-fever: Australia’s silent rural burden; separating the facts from fiction
Keynote Speaker: Dr Simon Firestone, Academic, Veterinary Biosciences, The University of Melbourne


Mental health retrievals in rural and remote Australia: what are we seeing?
Keynote Speaker: Dr Fergus Gardiner, Manager Research & Policy, Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia

12:30pm - 1:30pm - Lunch and exhibition

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

1A - Quadbikes​
 

  • Quad bike safety - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
    Speaker: Mike Keogh

  • Vic approach to Quad bike safety
    Speaker: Bruce Gibson

  • NSW approach to Quad bike safety
    Speaker: Di Vaughan

  • Qld approach to Quad bike safety
    Speaker: Fiona O’Sullivan

  • NZ quad bike approach
    Speaker: Al McCone (via Zoom)

1B - Zoonotic Disease / One Health

  • Zoonotic diseases of relevance to horse owners in Northern Queensland and associated risks 
    Speaker: Bruce Gummow

  • Soil associated tropical Zoonoses
    Speaker: Jackie Picard

  • The seroprevalence of Q Fever in cattle, sheep and goats in Victoria
    Speaker: Tabita Tan

  • Infectious diseases at work: are you at risk?
    Speaker: Patricia Coward

  • Brucella suis in pig dogs: an emerging zoonotic threat
    Speaker: Jonathan Lee

  • Q-Fever: Implications from a linked dataset 
    Speaker: Damon Eisen

3:00pm - 3:30pm - Afternoon tea and exhibition

3:30pm - 5:00pm - Concurrent Session 2

2A - Quadbikes​
 

2B - Biosecurity

THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER

9:00am - 10:30am - Plenary Session 3

Using recycled water, potential health impacts and mitigation measures
Guest International Keynote Speaker: Professor Guéladio Cissé, H Professor Sanitary Engineering & Environmental Epidemiology, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
 

Future Challenges around ageing farmers for health and safety 
Guest International Keynote Speaker: Professor Don Voaklander, Professor and Director of the Injury Prevention Centre, University of Alberta

 

Recent Developments in Pesticide Application
Keynote Speaker: Mr Bill Gordon, Application and Control Officer, Australian Plague Locust Commission

10:30am - 11:00am - Morning tea and exhibition

11:00am - 12:30pm - Concurrent Session 3

3A - Heavy Ag Vehicles 
 

3B - Child Safety

12:30pm - 1:30pm - Lunch and exhibition

1:30pm - 3:00pm - Concurrent Session 4

4A - Health of Farmers

Session Sponsored by

 


 

  • Rural Health Moments - RDAQ Foundation BEEF 2018 Healthy Rural Communities Outcomes; Preliminary Findings
    Speakers: Tarun Sen Gupta & Marissa Loxton

  • Mentally Healthy Workplaces Toolkit
    Speaker: John Finn

  • Drought, mental health and media; building resilience
    Speaker: Robbie Sefton

  • Drought-related stress amongst farmers during the Millennium Drought
    Speaker: Emma Austin

  • Older Farmer Fatalities in Canada
    Speaker: Don Voaklander

  • Role of URDC in developing farmer safety and Health
    Speaker: Sabina Knight

4B - Chemical Safety

Session Sponsored by

4C - Corporate Agriculture

  • Graincare & QA: a farmer’s perspective
    Speaker: Rob McRae

  • Leadership in WHS
    Speaker: Christian Coffey

3:00pm - 3:30pm - Afternoon tea and exhibition

3:30pm - 5:00pm - James Cook University Field Trip - Safety Behind the Scenes 

7:00pm - 10:00pm - Conference Dinner

Sponsored by

FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER

9:00am - 10:30am - Plenary Sessions 5

 

What agribusiness can learn from other industries
Keynote Speaker: Ms Robbie Sefton, Founder and Managing Director, Seftons


Safe Work Near Overhead and Underground Powerlines
Keynote Speaker: Mr Jason Beasley, Community Specialist, EnergyQ 


An evidence base for river drowning prevention in regional Australia
Keynote Speaker: Ms Amy Peden, National Manager – Research and Policy, Royal Life Saving Society

10:30am - 11:00am - Morning tea and exhibition

11:00am - 12:30pm - Concurrent Session 5

5A - Rural Drowning Prevention Forum

Sponsored By

 

 


 

5B - Women in Agriculture

  • Celebrating rural women
    Speaker: Alex Thomas

  • Education to enhance women in agriculture role in farm safety and health

  • Speaker: Sabina Knight

  • Experiences in safety, women leading to innovate and guide safety on the farm
    Speaker: Robyn Neilson

12:30pm - 1:30pm - Lunch and exhibition

1:30pm - 3:00pm - Concurrent Session 6

6A - Rural Drowning Prevention Forum

Sponsored By

 

 


 

  • Challenges in Rural Learn to Swim
    Speaker: Danielle Taylor

  • Austswim’s activities in rural water safety
    Speaker: Tamara Price

  • Rural community initiatives for drowning prevention
    Speaker: Shayne Baker

6B - Policy

  • The influence of effective coalitions on addressing agriculture safety issues
    Speaker: Bob Aheirn

  • Increasing farming profits by implementing safety systems
    Speaker: Maree Gooch

  • Paper vs Digital: What is the future of Agriculture WHS Management?
    Speaker: Mark Orr

  • Suggested methods of embedding a health and safety landscape in the Agriculture Sector
    Speaker: John Ringland

  • Windmills
    Speaker: Ben Hammer

  • Comprehensive grain safety training program and resources
    Speaker: Bob Aheirn

  • Ensuring University students are risk ready for placement
    Speaker: Raelene Fewquandie 

3:00pm - 3:30pm - Afternoon tea

3:30pm - 4:30pm - Closing Plenary Session

Conference Wrap Up

Speaker: Associate Professor Richard Franklin, Chair, Conference Organising Committee

Conference Close

Speaker: Mr Mike Norton, Deputy Chair, Farmsafe Australia

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