Program Highlights - Perspectives in Occupational Health
A diverse program will highlight varying perspectives in occupational health including clinical updates, setting-specific issues, legal considerations and more. Workshops will build practical skills and site visits will bring learning to life across a number of fascinating workplaces.
This year’s keynote address will be presented by Tony LaMontagne, a Professor of Work, Health & Wellbeing at the Centre for Population Health Research in the School of Health & Social Development at Deakin University in Melbourne. He leads a research unit in Work, Health & Wellbeing, and from 2016 also serves as overall Director of the Centre for Population Health Research. His broad research interest is in developing the scientific and public understanding of work as a social determinant of health, and translating this research into policy and practice to improve workplace and worker health.
The 2018 program addresses a range of contemporary clinical topics of relevance to workplace health professionals. Well known experts have been engaged to explore these issues, with case studies and opportunities for in-depth discussion towards identifying practical solutions for workplaces and workers. Topics include:
Silicosis – an issue remerging in association with artificial stone
Hip and knee surgery – with a focus on implications for tradespeople and emergency services
Head injury – exploring the impacts and implications for various types of work and the key considerations for assessment and management
Obesity - identifying the risks and potential strategies for workplaces
Health surveillance and fitness for duty
The bread and butter of workplace health; fitness for duty and health surveillance will feature strongly in this year’s program, with updates on audiometry and spirometry as well as a comprehensive session on functional capacity assessment. A workshop on colour vision will also support in-depth understanding of this important issue.
Workplace risks and solutions
Mental health continues to be a major issue impacting workers and workplaces. This year, an expert panel lead by Professor Andrea DeSilva will focus on strategies and solutions that you can apply in your workplace. The session will draw on recent work in the areas of occupational violence, bullying and harassment to present a practical way forward.
Mental health will also be a key feature of a special session on farmers’ health. Current research will be complemented by practical case studies to highlight the many challenges for those working on the land.
Back by popular demand, the Mental Health First Aid course will again be on offer at this year’s ASM.
Always a much anticipated aspect of the ANZSOM ASM, this year’s medicolegal session will focus on medical indemnity claims, including risks, strategies and sources of support.
Workplace site visits
A popular aspect of the ANZSOM conference, site visits provide an insight into the varying nature of work and the issues facing health professionals working in occupational health. Visits include:
Victoria Police Operational Safety & Tactics Training Centre
WISE Employment – Programs for people living with a mental illness
Boeing Aerostructures Australia
Defence, Science & Technology Group
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
Corrections, Prisons & Parole - Metropolitan Remand Centre
The social program provides an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues and includes:
Welcome Reception, Sunday 7 October, and
ANZSOM 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner, (Including National Sports Museum tour), Tuesday 9 October
All social events are included in Full Registration and in the Partner Package. Tickets to the Welcome Reception and the ANZSOM 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner and tour may also be purchased separately.
ANZSOM's Annual Scientific Meeting is proudly sponsored by Sonic HealthPlus