UQ participates in Safe Work Month, a national event held every October that encourages all working Queenslanders to get involved with workplace safety.

While most working Queenslanders come home safe each day, tragically, around 17 die each year as a result of traumatic workplace incidents. Over 5000 suffer a permanent injury. These deaths and injuries have a devastating and personal impact on workers and their families, with significant financial cost to the Queensland community.

This October, let's use Safe Work Month to continue to make Queensland workplaces safer by helping to reduce the incidence of death, injury and disease in the workplace. Health and safety events that provide helpful information on how to keep our workplaces safe will be held across UQ and Brisbane throughout the month.

For more information about Safe Work Month, contact the Health, Safety and Wellness Division.

UQ events

Date and time Location Event

3 Oct 2018

9.30am-11.30am

St Lucia

Resilience Tester

Resiliency refers to the ability to bounce back despite life's setbacks. This session will provide participants with some introductory strategies and insight into how to build personal resiliency in dealing with workplace challenges. Participants will also be provided with insight into some mindful based practices that help individuals grow and flourish through life challenges.

3-9 Oct 2018

8.30am-4pm

St Lucia

Health and Safety Representatives Training (Queensland)

This course supplies the basic knowledge and skills needed by elected health and safety representatives (HSRs) and their deputies to exercise their powers and entitlements as specified in the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. HSRs will gain an understanding of the objectives of the legislation, knowledge of their role under the legislation, skills in representing workers, skills in identifying workplace health hazards and the processes by which they can be controlled, and practical skills in undertaking workplace inspections.

4 Oct 2018

1pm-3.30pm

St Lucia

Health, Safety and Wellness Training for UQ Senior Managers

The aim of this course is to provide Senior Managers with the knowledge and strategies necessary to enhance the UQ safety culture, meet their obligations under the UQ OHS Policy regarding demonstrating their commitment to the health and safety of their staff and students, as well as their obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act, and the UQ PPL 2.10.04 Staff Responsibilities for Occupational Health and Safety.

8 Oct 2018

All day

St Lucia

Skin checks - book via the Bupa Wellness Portal

UQ staff can take advantage of free Bupa health skin checks. Skin cancer screening can provide a quick insight into a person’s potential risk of developing skin cancer to help them better protect themselves, and it can bring to light any current signs that may need further investigation.

8 Oct 2018

2pm-4.30pm

St Lucia

Biosecurity Workshop

The primary aim of the workshop is to understand biosecurity requirements when it comes to Permits and use of material, handling and storage, facility AA/Biosecurity area requirements, and audit preparation.

9 Oct 2018

All day

St Lucia

Skin checks - book via the Bupa Wellness Portal

UQ staff can take advantage of free Bupa health skin checks. Skin cancer screening can provide a quick insight into a person’s potential risk of developing skin cancer to help them better protect themselves, and it can bring to light any current signs that may need further investigation.

9 Oct
2018

12pm- 1pm
St Lucia
Ball's in your court: A bloke's way to wellbeing

Being a happy, healthy, successful bloke is absolutely possible. This entertaining and educational session outlines what blokes can do to increase their health, wellbeing and productivity.

 

10 Oct 2018

9am-1pm

St Lucia

# Winning Wellbeing (with Murray Altham)

This dynamic presentation is all about YOU! You will explore a range of topics including ‘overthinking to overcoming’, ‘defiantly different’, ‘emotional fitness’ and ‘waves of wellness’. Murray Altham is an accomplished keynote speaker and workshop facilitator. Murray inspires people to consider their unique strengths, while cultivating a collaborative learning experience.

10 Oct 2018

2pm-4.30pm

St Lucia

Bullying and discrimination prevention and resolution

UQ is committed to developing an environment that ensures staff, students and visitors are not subjected to behaviours, practices or processes that may constitute discrimination, bullying, vilification or victimisation. This course will support supervisors to understand their obligations under the Workplace Health and Safety Act and Fairwork Act, identify and minimise risks relating to such interpersonal issues, and effectively resolve such issues should they arise.

11 and 18 Oct 2018

8.30am-4pm

St Lucia

Mental Health First Aid

Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis (e.g. the person is suicidal or has had a traumatic experience). Like physical first aid, mental health first aid is given until the person receives professional help or until the crisis resolves.

12 Oct 2018

12pm- 1pm

St Lucia
Daily rituals to calm and energise

In this workshop you will learn how to implement simple tips and strategies to decrease stress and anxiety. Create a healthier mind and body with habits that rebalance your emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing.
 

15 Oct 2018

All day

St Lucia, Gatton, Herston, Long Pocket, PACE

Skin checks - book via the Bupa Wellness Portal

UQ staff can take advantage of free Bupa health skin checks. Skin cancer screening can provide a quick insight into a person’s potential risk of developing skin cancer to help them better protect themselves, and it can bring to light any current signs that may need further investigation.

16 Oct 2018

All day

St Lucia, Gatton, Herston, Long Pocket, PACE

Skin checks - book via the Bupa Wellness Portal

UQ staff can take advantage of free Bupa health skin checks. Skin cancer screening can provide a quick insight into a person’s potential risk of developing skin cancer to help them better protect themselves, and it can bring to light any current signs that may need further investigation.

17 Oct 2018

All day

St Lucia, Gatton, Herston, Long Pocket, PACE

Skin checks - book via the Bupa Wellness Portal

UQ staff can take advantage of free Bupa health skin checks. Skin cancer screening can provide a quick insight into a person’s potential risk of developing skin cancer to help them better protect themselves, and it can bring to light any current signs that may need further investigation.

17 Oct 2018

2pm-4pm

St Lucia

Support Staff Returning from Parental Leave

This program will provide supervisors with information to assist them to support their staff returning to work from a period of parental leave and adoption leave. Research shows that a person’s experience returning to work following a period of parental and adoption leave is crucial to their ongoing career development.

18 Oct 2018

9am-2pm

St Lucia

Safety Forum and Lunch

UQ runs two Health, Safety and Wellness Forums each year. The October forum will cover the following topics:

  • Regulator Updates: Nature and impact of recent legislative changes
  • Best practice review and changes to monitoring compliance
  • Collaboration between regulators and industry
  • Safety Culture at UQ
  • Mental health and wellbeing initiatives

Morning tea and lunch included. 

23 Oct 2018

8.30am-1.30pm

St Lucia # Winning Wellbeing (with Murray Altham)

This dynamic presentation is all about YOU! You will explore a range of topics including ‘overthinking to overcoming’, ‘defiantly different’, ‘emotional fitness’ and ‘waves of wellness’. Murray Altham is an accomplished keynote speaker and workshop facilitator.  Murray inspires people to consider their unique strengths, while cultivating a collaborative learning experience. 

26 Oct 2018

8.45am-11.45am

Herston

Provide CPR

The Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (HLTAID001), provides you with the practical skills to perform CPR according the Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines.

30 Oct 2018

9am-12.45pm

St Lucia

All About Relationships: Building Positive, Supportive and Respectful Relationships at Work

Facilitator: Ken Warren from Positive People Solutions

There is no doubt that in teams that the quality of team relationships has a direct flow-on effect to morale, team performance, and the outcomes achieved.But relationships with your manager and colleagues are not always easy, and given the pressures that are there and the different personalities you work with, it is all too easy to get out of step and for misunderstandings to occur. 

30 Oct 2018

12.45pm-4.45pm

St Lucia

Enhance Your Resilience and Improve Your Wellbeing

Facilitator: Ken Warren from Positive People Solutions

Many universities are dealing with significant challenges at present - ongoing change, difficult students, and high workloads to name just a few. Unmanaged, these stressors can have a major impact on our health, morale and team relationships. The good news is that there are actions we can take to minimise the impact of these challenges and safeguard our wellbeing!

31 Oct 2018

10am-11am

St Lucia

Biosafety Hot Topic Talk

This training session is for anyone working with Biosafety or Biosecurity materials – HSW Biosafety/Biosecurity Updates, legislation modifications, UQ regulator audit trends/issues, database update.

External events

Date and time Location Event

3 Oct 2018

7am-9.30am

King George Square, Ann Street, Brisbane

King George Square Big Breakfast

5 Oct 2018

6.45am-10.45am

Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre

Mackay Safe Work Month Breakfast Forum

Work health and safety professionals and business leaders are invited to attend Safe Work Month Breakfast Forums held throughout Queensland in October. This year’s forums feature an extended program and a networking opportunity to maximise your professional development.

6-14 Oct 2018

All week

Online

Mental Health Week

Queensland Mental Health Week is an annual event that aims to increase awareness and interest in positive mental health and wellbeing across the state.

The theme for 2018 is to value mental health – with six steps:

  1. Be active – do what you can, enjoy what you do, get moving and improve your mood
  2. Keep learning – embrace new experiences, recognise opportunities, surprise yourself
  3. Connect – talk, listen, be there
  4. Give – your time, your words, your presence
  5. Take notice – remember the simple things that give you joy
  6. Care for our planet – it’s the home we all share.
8 Oct 2018

8am- 12pm
Victoria Park, Herston Mentally healthy Workplaces Forum

You're invited to join us as we explore best practice approaches to work-related psychological health and safety and the perils of choosing the 'do nothing' option.
 

9 Oct 2018

6.45am-10.45am

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns

Cairns Safe Work Month Breakfast Forum

Work health and safety professionals and business leaders are invited to attend Safe Work Month Breakfast Forums held throughout Queensland in October. This year’s forums feature an extended program and a networking opportunity to maximise your professional development.

9 Oct 2018

5.30pm-7.30pm

Breakfast Creek Hotel, Brisbane

Young Safety Professionals Queensland mid-year networking event

The Safety Institute of Australia's (SIA) Brisbane Network in association with the SIA’s Women in Safety and Health (WISH) and Young Safety Professionals (YSP) cordially invites SIA members and non-members for a mid-year celebration.

10 Oct 2018

All day

Online

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

10 Oct 2018

6.45am-10.45am

The Ville Resort-Casino, Townsville

Townsville Safe Work Month Breakfast Forum (all industries)

Work health and safety professionals and business leaders are invited to attend Safe Work Month Breakfast Forums held throughout Queensland in October. This year’s forums feature an extended program and a networking opportunity to maximise your professional development.

11 Oct 2018

6.45am-10.45am

Logan Entertainment Centre

Logan Safe Work Month Breakfast Forum (all industries)

Work health and safety professionals and business leaders are invited to attend Safe Work Month Breakfast Forums held throughout Queensland in October. This year’s forums feature an extended program and a networking opportunity to maximise your professional development.

23 Oct 2018

6.45am-10.45am

Highfields Cultural Centre, Toowoomba

Toowoomba Safe Work Month Breakfast Forum

Work health and safety professionals and business leaders are invited to attend Safe Work Month Breakfast Forums held throughout Queensland in October. This year’s forums feature an extended program and a networking opportunity to maximise your professional development.

24 Oct 2018

6.45am-10.45am

Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane

Brisbane Safe Work Month Breakfast Forum

Work health and safety professionals and business leaders are invited to attend Safe Work Month Breakfast Forums held throughout Queensland in October. This year’s forums feature an extended program and a networking opportunity to maximise your professional development.

25 Oct 2018

6.45am-10.45am

The Frenchville Sports Club, North Rockhampton

Rockhampton Safe Work Month Breakfast Forum

Work health and safety professionals and business leaders are invited to attend Safe Work Month Breakfast Forums held throughout Queensland in October. This year’s forums feature an extended program and a networking opportunity to maximise your professional development.

26 Oct 2018

6.45am-10.45am

Southport Sharks Events Centre

Gold Coast Safe Work Month Breakfast Forum

Work health and safety professionals and business leaders are invited to attend Safe Work Month Breakfast Forums held throughout Queensland in October. This year’s forums feature an extended program and a networking opportunity to maximise your professional development.

30 Oct 2018

12pm-2.30pm

Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane

Masterclass: Cognitive ergonomics

This masterclass will provide participants with introductory knowledge of cognitive ergonomics and how humans perceive, attend to, and interpret stimuli in the workplace, and how design-response incompatibility can impact on health and safety outcomes. These issues, and how associated risk can be managed, will be explored through case studies.

30 Oct 2018

12pm-2.30pm

Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane

Masterclass: Mentally healthy workplaces

This session will equip frontline managers and supervisors with foundational skills to identify, assess and manage risks to psychological health and safety within their team. The workshop aligns with the Mentally Healthy Workplaces Toolkit from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

30 Oct 2018

12pm-2.30pm

Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane

Masterclass: LEADing your safety culture

This session will introduce participants to an integrative model of safety culture, climate and leadership. Participants will workshop practical tools they can use to achieve safety culture change back in their workplace.

30 Oct 2018

12pm-2.30pm

Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane

Masterclass: Workers and employers experience in return to work

This masterclass will give participants an insight into the journey of a claim from the time of injury through to the eventual return to work, from both the worker’s and the employer’s perspective. Key issues will be identified and a specialist medical practitioner will share their views on achieving timely and sustainable return to work.

30 Oct 2018

12pm-2.30pm

Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane

Masterclass: Communicating with influence to maximise return to work outcomes

This session combines practical clinical, insurance and consulting experience, with the latest research in behavioural science, nudge theory and human interaction. Carolyn Mounce will share real-life examples of how the words we say will influence the actions others take.

31 Oct 2018

8.30am-5pm

Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane

Injury Prevention and Return to Work Conference

The Injury Prevention and Return to Work Conference is a must for frontline professionals working in safety and return to work.Conference topics include leadership and culture, creating a positive work environment, good work design and return on investment.