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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…

Breathing new life into return to work

07 Jul 2016, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in Inside OHS articles

Roseanne Barr, presumably in character on her eponymous sitcom, once said: “Excuse the mess, but we live here”. With apologies to my many colleagues in rehabilitation provider firms, general practice, occupational medicine, insurance schemes and workplaces, that is the situation our complacency has got us…

The Integrated Approach – a very slow burn

10 Jun 2016, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in WHS

This week I gave a webinar to the Workplace Health Association of Australia on the integration of OHS and workplace health promotion (WHP). I assumed that the members of this organisation were experts in WHP and would have heard of the ‘integrated approach’ or Total…

Future of Return to Work

12 May 2016, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in WHS

I attended the Northern Queensland conference on return to work (RTW) in Townsville on Friday 29 April. This was a terrific conference. Professor Alex Collie, ISCRR, gave an update on the evidence on engaging GPs in the RTW process. He showed that the proportion of…

People in glass houses shouldn’t throw footballs

07 Apr 2016, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in Inside OHS articles

The Essendon supplements regime was back in the news recently after ABC’s Four Corners program exposed the Club’s hard line response to junior player Hal Hunter’s quest to obtain information about the substances he received in 2012 and 2013. A dream for the media and…

Is Your Workplace OK?

02 Jun 2015, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in WHS

By Niki Ellis Adjunct Professor, Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research and Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University www.nikiellis.com.au Follow @ProfNikiEllis Recently an organisation asked me to consider what being a mentally healthy workplace might look like for them. It was a…

WorkSafe Victoria breaking ground with partnerships

19 Mar 2015, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in WHS

We are starting to see evidence of a more collaborative approach in WHS. Recently WorkSafe Victoria has begun a new program, for example (I am a paid advisor), in which it has formed partnerships with organisations in the manufacturing and health industries.. The organisations have…

‘Collaborate to prosper’

19 Mar 2015, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in WHS

In public health, the point of thinking about systems, of mapping systems (agonising though it looks!), is to find “new ways of framing public health (that) may increase our understanding, expand our options and increase our effectiveness”, said Kenneth McLeroy in the American Journal of Public Health, March 2006. When…