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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

Please note: We have now reached capacity for in person registrations. If you would like to be added to a waitlist in case of cancellations, please email . Waitlist will be actioned on a first in best dressed allocation.

We suggest you also register as a virtual attendee, and in the case of any cancellations, we will be in contact.

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


  • In-person delegate: $95 GST Incl (sold out)
  • 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.

Jacqui Cooper: A champion attitude

Jacqui Cooper

Jacqui is one busy woman who manages many different roles. She is a published author, company director at Champion Events Pty Ltd, a Speaker, MC, and Ambassador for La Trobe Financial. Jacqui has also developed a gluten-free range of products for supermarkets, is a regular commentator on 3AW, an athlete mentor, regularly donates time to local community causes, all while being a mum to three young children.

Jacqui is passionate about communication and connection, and being a keynote speaker gives her the perfect platform for her passion. Whether she is on stage or your computer screens, her energy is real and tangible. Jacqui’s presentation inspires change in her audiences; they rise to a higher place of commitment, self-belief, and passion with a drive to do and want more for themselves both personally and professionally.

Her resilient and entrepreneurial spirit in sport is still the foundation for her success beyond the ski suit. There are parallels between business and sport; Jacqui makes this connection perfectly.

Jacqui represented Australia in the sport of aerial skiing for over 20 years. With a detailed plan and unwavering commitment, Jacqui became a World Champion; and in the decade that followed, dominated and revolutionised her sport. In her long and decorated career, Jacqui competed in 139 World Cup Events, 9 World Championships and 5 Winter Olympic teams. She is the first Australian woman in history (Summer or Winter Games) to have enjoyed this honour. With a record 5 world titles, 39 World Cup medals, 25 World Cup wins and 3 major World Championship medals, Jacqui Cooper is indisputably the greatest aerial skier of all time.


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

Download the Program as a PDF to print off or share with your colleagues. This PDF has room allocations (PDF, 162.3 KB).




Registration desk opens; arrival and tea and coffee in the foyer


Opening and Welcome to Country


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


Michael Weston: Head above water


Stop and Stretch: WorkSafe Tasmania Advisory Service


Morning refreshments


Concurrent #1

Mental Health and Wellbeing


The burden of toxic people: Understanding the impact of workplace bullying on workplace culture and productivity

Fiona Girkin, Little Things Consulting

Concurrent #2

Work Health and Safety


Protecting the worker in labour hire supply chains

Dianne Gibert, Certex International

Concurrent #3

Workers Compensation and Return To Work


MSK injury within the personal injury market

John McMahon, Navigator Group, Marc McLennan, CGU Workers Compensation



Occupational burnout: Can people recover and if so, how? Proven strategies for bouncing back

John Clarke, Rural Alive and Well


Preventing harm to employee mental health through psychosocial risk assessment and control: A case study of ISO 45003 implementation

Adam Nebbs, Menzies Institute for Medical Research


Improving work injury schemes: We have the evidence, our shared challenge is implementation

Mary Wyatt, Australian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine / Royal Australian College of Physicians



Promoting mental health through nature-based interventions in the workplace

Geeta Shyam, Wolters Kluwer


Workplace diversity and inclusion

Jennie Gorringe, Equal Opportunity Tasmania


Workers compensation: Engage or avoid? Lessons from the middle by Worker Assist Tasmania

Mylinda Purtell, Worker Assist




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


Jacqui Cooper: A champion attitude


Conference close

Further information

For more information contact Naomi Will at EventSphere.

0439 336 511 (external link)

Updated: 14th July 2022