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GP encourages industry to ‘love their safe work’

The “Love Your Work” expo in Brisbane next week is an opportunity for the workplace health and safety industry to come together as a powerful reminder during Work Safe Australia Week that we all need to be fully committed to safety at work.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Executive Director Dr Simon Blackwood said each year in Queensland around 100 people are killed as a result of work-related accidents and diseases, and almost 30,000 families are directly affected by a loved one who is seriously injured at work.

“Someone who has first-hand knowledge of the impact of workplace stress and ill health and the impact that has on the community is Royal Flying doctor director and CEO of Ford Health Dr Toby Ford,” Dr Blackwood said.

“Dr Ford will speak at the expo on health risk management in the workplace and will look at ways that a corporate health program can deliver results for all employees and savings to business.

“He has a strong interest in prevention of illness, early screening and detection. After graduating from the University of Queensland Medical School and spending his residency at the Mater Hospital, Dr Ford spent time as a flying doctor and in suburban general practice.”

Dr Blackwood said one of Australia’s leading educators, researchers and thought leaders in the area of human performance, Dr Adam Fraser, will also speak at the expo on work life balance.

Dr Fraser's vast experience in this field includes working with elite level athletes, the armed forces and business professionals wanting to achieve increased productivity and performance.

The expo is an innovative and informative event for people who keep workplaces safe and help injured workers to return to a happy and safe work environment, including rehabilitation and return to work coordinators, workplace health and safety officers, insurers, employers, unions, health and legal professionals.

The expo is a joint initiative of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, the Electrical Safety Office and the worker’s compensation regulatory authority Q-COMP, Queensland’s independent authority overseeing worker’s compensation.

The expo will also showcase excellence in the injury prevention and rehabilitation industry, with the achievements of the 2009 Work Safe Awards and Return to Work Awards finalists on display.

For more information about the expo and Safe Work Australia Week 25-31 October visit www.worksafe.qld.gov.au or call the Workplace Health and Safety Infoline on 1300 369 915.

*Note to news editors: Mr Griffiths will be available for media interviews after his presentation.
To arrange an interview call 3405 3762 or 0438 769 091.

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Last reviewed
1 February 2010
Last updated
5 November 2015

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