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KISS is dead: no more reductionism

19 Mar 2015, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in Uncategorized

These ideas have far reaching implications for WHS. For a start we need to recognise that the health issues with which we are dealing are complex. For too long we have accepted a reductionist approach – focusing on the easier to identify workplace risk factors and neglecting…

Finegood rejects ‘command & control’

19 Mar 2015, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in Uncategorized

Diane Finegood, the President of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research in Canada addressed CEIPS event (below).The session was described in a CEIPS blog which said Finegood explained how a systems approach differed from business as usual in public health as it would support adaptive…

Separating the ‘complex’ from the ‘complicated’

19 Mar 2015, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in Uncategorized

In the course of this work the question emerged: “What is the difference between complex and complicated?”. The first time I read this it did my head in, even more so than my new daily ritual of The Age crossword. The answer is (I think), complexity is…

Public health adopts ‘systems thinking’

19 Mar 2015, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in WHS

The era of top down communication is dead and, it was observed in discussion, governments have not yet come to terms with this fairly dramatic change with huge implications for policy development. For us in workplace health and safety (WHS) it means the days of…

Keep it complicated stupid

19 Mar 2015, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in WHS

Adjunct Professor, Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research and Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University First published in Thomson Reuters Inside OHS, the supplement to Occupational Health News, February 2015 Recently a board of which I am a member had a planning…

Building on the foundation of safety

12 Nov 2014, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in RACP

Glorian Sorensen is an international guru on the integration of occupational health and safety and workplace health promotion.  The light bulb went off for her decades ago when she was working on quit programs in a foundry. The look on the men’s faces as they…

Where’s the medical leadership?

27 Mar 2014, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in RACP

There are signs that the Federal Government is gearing up for health policy changes.  Early in March Peter Dutton, the Minister for Health, when addressing a conference of general practitioners, made it clear that health workforce planning was on the agenda.  Later he floated the…

This is what I think of the Board Reform Consultation Paper

27 Mar 2014, Posted by Professor Niki Ellis in RACP

Nick Talley, Chair, RACP Working Party on Governance Reform has issued a consultation paper on board reform. I think its strengths are that it has gone back to basics. The paper is not offering a couple of options to choose from. Instead it has gone…