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Saddling unicorns

05 Sep 2017, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in Inside OHS articles

  I was amazed to find this quote on the ‘interweb’. It was attributed to George Sand, the famous French novelist, who was a woman, born Aurore Dupin, in 1804 and who died in 1876. I found it shortly after reading an article by Nick…

R U OK(anagan style)

06 Jul 2017, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in Inside OHS articles, WHS

Ross Gittins wasn’t losing any sleep over cuts to universities in this year’s budget. In a Sydney Morning Herald article titled ‘Our universities aren’t earning the money we’re giving them’ he laid out his criticisms. They can be summarised as: Having recently spent a decade…

Best in Show

29 Apr 2017, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in Inside OHS articles

The International Convention Centre (ICC) in Birmingham is one of those in the middle-of-nowhere, vast complexes. However, the sense of desolation as I made my way from the railway station that delivers you into the heart of the complex through endless empty pavilions and past…

Good Karma

09 Mar 2017, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in Inside OHS articles

I can cope with life as long as every morning I can go to a good café, have toast and coffee and read the paper. I do a trade with the Gods – give me that and I pretty much don’t mind what gets thrown…

Naughty or nice

20 Dec 2016, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in Inside OHS articles

‘He’s making a list He’s checking it twice; He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice Santa Claus is coming to town’ This morning, as I flicked through Twitter and opened number 12 on my advent calendar, I found an article with the headline, ‘If…

WorkSafe NZ 10-year strategic plan

06 Dec 2016, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in WHS

WorkSafe NZ have issue a 10-year strategic plan for work-related health. Safeguard, a WHS safety magazine, asked me, along with others to comment.  I thought the plan reflected the rather reluctant transition WHS is currently experiencing as it broadens from a health protection model: mandated…

How work heals us

13 Sep 2016, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in Inside OHS articles

According to Safe Work Australia the cost of work-related injury and illness was $61.8 billion in 2012-13, which is 4.4% of GDP. We know work harms us, but how does it heal us? The Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine’s Realising the Health Benefits…

Mental Health: how it will change WHS forever

28 Jul 2016, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in WHS

The Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) in Tasmania held an event on Thursday 22 July at the slightly surreal hockey centre. The CEO of SIA, David Clarke, opened up outlining the action SIA is taking to enhance the professionalisation of the safety discipline. This includes defining…