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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…