David Goddard Best Paper Award
David Goddard graduated in medicine from Monash University in 1969. Post-graduate coursework led to his obtaining a Diploma in Occupational Health (University of Sydney, 1975) and a Master in Health Professional Education (Monash University, 2010). He has worked in occupational medicine since 1973 and as a medical educator since 1990. His years of experience with the railways, State Government Occupational Health Service, State Worker's Compensation system and his network of practitioner friends have contributed in their own ways to his teaching.
David teaches medical undergraduates in occupational medicine and has taught postgraduate students in occupational hygiene, toxicology and basic OHS. He has a passion for teaching, which in 2001 led to his being awarded the Monash University Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Between 2008 and 2013, he worked part-time as lead Fellow in educational development with the Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He led development of a new training curriculum, a training handbook, formative assessments and the summative assessment for basic trainees. In May 2013, he received the AFOEM President’s award for outstanding contribution to education, training and assessment.
Prof Malcolm Sim - David Goddard Best Paper 2017
Paper: The impact of sustained hot weather on risk of acute work-related injury in Melbourne, Australia
Learning objectives: The presentation will enhance learning about injury outcomes following extended hot ambient temperatures, a little-known risk in occupational health.
Method & findings: A time-stratified case crossover study design using workers’ compensation claim data examined the association between consecutive days and consecutive nights of hot weather and risk of work-related injury in Melbourne during 2002-2012. Two and three consecutive days of hot weather was associated with an increased risk of injury. This effect became apparent at 27.6 °C, equivalent to the 70th percentile of maximum temperature distributions for Melbourne during the study period. Exposure to three days of hot weather and the highest temperatures, but not extreme temperatures, was associated with the strongest effect, with a 15% increased risk of injury for workers (OR 1.15, 95% CI 1.01-1.30) exposed to temperatures ≥33.3°C on 3 consecutive days, compared to those who were not. Differences were found for different age groups.
Conclusions & implications for practice: Significant associations between consecutive days of hot weather and risk of work-related injury were apparent at relatively mild temperatures. These findings suggest warnings to minimise harm to workers from hot weather should be given and prevention protocols initiated when consecutive days of temperatures lower than extreme temperatures are forecast.
Anna Snodgrass - David Goddard Best Paper 2016
Paper: Findings of a major mental wellbeing survey - focusing efforts and challenging stereotypes
Rio Tinto Iron Ore (WA) recognised in 2013 that whilst we had many data sources which document the physical health and safety of our workforce, that there was significantly less data was available to understand the 'full picture' of the mental health of our employees.
Subsequently, in 2014 we established a project to measure the baseline mental wellbeing profile of our employee workforce, in consultation with a Clinical Psychologist and a market and social research company. The survey was conducted in September 2015, and 2006 employees volunteered to participate.
The survey has resulted in a number of major benefits including:
- the ability to make more informed decisions regarding mental wellbeing priorities, and resource allocation, based on quantitative evidence;
- an excellent engagement process with our employees which has challenged the stigma surrounding poor mental health by making it 'okay to talk about whether you are okay' at work, and
- the ability to challenge some common stereotypes in the mining industry e.g. if you are FIFO, you are at greater risk of poor mental health.
We feel that there are useful learnings from this survey that may be adopted more broadly across other employment sectors when considering the mental wellbeing of the workforce.