WHS Research Symposium 2019

From energy models to mental health and well-being - the contemporary and future workplace. An opportunity to connect with key research and evidence based practice in this significant area. Date And Time Fri., 26 July 2019 9:30 am – 5:30 pm AEST Add to Calendar Location Theatre 301 Building F Chancellor Drive Mount Helen, VIC …

Gesture in Risk Matters

  A gesture is an embodied communication that signals a bodily sign with or without language. When we wave goodbye or shake hands on ‘hello’ we communicate symbolically which is the power of embodied communication. Whether the ‘pat on the back’ is a metaphor or a physical gesture, it conveys more than descriptive (phatic) language. …

Why Metaphors Matter in Risk

  We all use metaphors in how we speak and communicate to each other. Metaphor is poetic language that requires imagination to understand how a bridge is created for understanding. A metaphor is a mechanism that uses an image to convey meaning about something else (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metaphor ). Essentially a metaphor is a paradox, we try …

Framing Risk Through Regulation

  I watch with amusement every time some safety body claims ‘transformation’, ‘difference’ or ‘vision’. Then look at the next proposed conference and everything is just the same: opening speech by the Regulator, followed by legal speeches followed by the Minister for WHS and then further speeches on systems. Then perhaps turn to a published …

Collaborating, Cooperating and Cohesion in Risk

Image Source It’s interesting to work with teams that are falling apart and factionalising in organisations because it always comes down to undisclosed ideological assumptions. Many people in organisations don’t think they have a worldview (paradigm) and can rarely can articulate their ideology (ethic). Indeed, many think their view is neutral and can’t understand why …