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2022 Safe Bodies, Safe Minds Conference

2022 Safe Bodies, Safe Minds Conference

The 2022 Safe Bodies, Safe Minds Conference is an annual one day event, which this year will be held on Wednesday 27 July at the Tailrace Centre, Launceston.

Delivered in a hybrid format, the Conference is an opportunity for individuals with a passion for work health, safety, wellbeing and injury management to come together to share best practice, be challenged by presentations, and build valuable networks to ensure workers return home safe and well every day. The Conference will consist of a stimulating program of keynote speeches and oral presentations.

Registrations now open

Register now to attend the  2022 Safe Bodies, Safe Minds Conference.

Early bird registration closes on Thursday 30 June 2022.

  • Early bird in-person delegate: $75 GST Incl
  • Early bird virtual delegate: $55 GST Incl

From 1 July 2022, standard registration fees apply.

  • Standard in-person delegate: $95 GST Incl
  • Standard virtual delegate: $75 GST Incl

Keynote speakers

Dr Amy Imms: Workplace burnout: Prevent, detect, manage

Amy Imms

Dr Amy Imms is a medical doctor, founder of The Burnout Project, author of ‘Burnout: your first ten steps’, and mother of five. Since her own experience of burnout in 2016, she has been raising awareness of burnout and helping individuals and organisations prevent and manage burnout well so that workers can have fulfilling and sustainable careers. She advocates for a broad, comprehensive approach to burnout which includes the complex organisational factors.

Amy addresses the growing problem of burnout and the potential impact it can have on workers and organisations. She will take you through a process for preventing burnout, monitoring and early identification, and how to approach management from a workplace perspective.

Michael Weston: Head above water

Michael Weston

Michael will live the rest of his life with an acquired brain injury (ABI) as a result of pushing his body to the point that it couldn’t go on. A career of 20 years in heavy industry saw Michael rewarded with a leadership role; he not only had to ensure production, but he was responsible for other people. A normal 10 to 12 hour workday often dragged out to 14 and 16 hours, and days off were spent answering phone calls from the site or ‘catching up’ on work that just ‘had’ to be done.

Something had to give, and it was Michael’s body. He walked out his front door not feeling quite right but knowing he had to get to work and he collapsed on his driveway and was found unconscious and not breathing. His head had fallen onto his chest and blocked the supply of oxygen to his brain. Michael is now affected by short term memory loss, impaired cognitive function, limited attention span, hypersensitivity to noise and bright light, and other health and wellbeing impacts. With the support of his wife and a good team of health professionals, Michael was diagnosed with an acquired brain injury, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Michael shares the story of a workplace injury that you can’t see. He doesn’t have an arm or a leg missing and he doesn’t require crutches or a wheelchair to get around. Yet his injury is just as serious and life changing. Michael has an acquired brain injury caused by stress and mental fatigue leading to his body breaking down.

Most of us work hard, some of us work harder than others, and then there are some that just work too hard. This was Michael’s story. Long hours at work and more hours away from the job but still working led to something having to give. In Michael’s case it was his body. After a period of recovery Michael tried to get back to work but something was still wrong. He was just not the same as he was prior to his breakdown.

Michael now shares his story to show others that we need balance in our lives, the importance of wellbeing, and understanding the signals that our body gives us.

Katrina Johnston: Wellbeing at work: Where to from here?

Katrina Walton

Katrina is founder/director of Wellness Designs. She specialises in strategic consulting, speaking and training services for workplaces, government agencies and industry groups.

Katrina has built a reputation as a pioneer of workplace wellness. She has over 23 years on-the-ground experience developing and implementing multi award-winning wellness and human capital solutions for small to large organisations across the globe. This includes two-time winner and finalist of the AHRI Award for Best Health and Wellbeing Strategy and three-time winner of the Australian HR Award for Best Health and Wellbeing Strategy. Katrina has presented throughout Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom, including as an Adjunct Lecturer with the Centre for Environment and Population Health, Griffith University. She holds certificates in BAppSci HMS (Hons 1), Masters of Public Health (Hons 1), Grad Cert OHS, Cert IV Training and Assessment.

Creating an effective workplace health and wellness strategy isn’t necessarily easy. Plus, real results take time. Most organisations don’t know where to start or even worse, adopt a scattergun or ‘tick the box’ approach. A more strategic approach is needed.

Katrina outlines the need to think strategically about wellness at work so that it can be integrated into the very DNA of an organisation. She looks at what a well workplace is, what a workplace wellness program looks like, and how we change the culture of workplaces so we can support workplaces to create healthy, safe, engaged and high performing workers.

Draft program

Please note that the schedule and speakers is current at time of publishing, but are subject to change.


Wednesday 27 July 2022

9:00Registration desk opens; arrival and tea and coffee in the foyer

9:30 – 9:45

Opening and Welcome to Country

9:45 – 10:30

Dr Amy Imms: Workplace burnout: Prevent, detect, manage

10:30 – 11:15

Michael Weston: Head above water

11:15 – 11:45

Morning refreshments

11:45 – 13:15

Concurrent sessions

13:15 – 14:15


14:15 –  15:00

Katrina Johnston: Wellbeing at work: Where to from here?

15:00 – 15:45

Closing keynote presentation

15:45 – 16:30

Conference close

Further information

For more information contact Naomi Will at EventSphere.

0439 336 511 (external link)

Updated: 20th May 2022