Oil & gas workforce health & safety management a major focus at AOG 2015

Jan 29, 2015

With the high profile Western Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into “mental health impacts of FIFO work arrangements” set to table its findings in early March, there is no doubt that the Human Capital stream at AOG 2015 on Thursday March 12 will attract a great deal of industry, public and media attention.

A special Panel session on FIFO Mental Health will focus heavily on the Parliamentary enquiry, which has attracted significant media attention on the back of a number of alleged FIFO-related suicides.

Dr Graham Jacobs (MLA), who is spear heading the Parliamentary enquiry is a keynote speaker and a participant in the AOG FIFO Mental Health Panel; he will provide tremendous insight into the issue. Dr Jacobs is joined on the panel by WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) Deputy Chief Executive Nicole Rooke and TLC Directors and psychologist Greg Bayne and Alistair Box.

Australian human capital specialist Lisa Costa, who has played a major role in pulling together the programme for this stream at AOG, says this is a major issue for the resources sector.

Other important sessions to look forward to include:

The Global Human Capital Trends session; this session will be chaired by Wirrpanda Foundation chairman and former West Coats Eagles AFL star, David Wirrpanda. This session features a presentation and workshop on the world-renowned Global Human Capital Trends Report. Julie Harrison a Partner specialising in Human Capital at Deloitte in Perth – will provide an oil & gas perspective and an update on what can be expected to be found in the report when it is handed down later this year.  The session will also feature a presentation on “Ensuring Competitiveness Through Productivity: The importance of workplace relations reform” given by Steve Knott from the Australian Mines and Metals Association.

Human Capital Key Issues and Insights

This session features presentations on “From Green to Brown to Gold: Using the Science of Change to ensure Operational Readiness for Asset Optimisation Projects” to be presented by Corrie Scheepers and Melissa Bell of the Terrace Initiative; “Employee Engagement in the Oil and Gas Industry” presented by Fiona Scullion of The Right Group and Maud Kay of Rigzone; “On the Waterfront; An Indigenous perspective” presented by Wayne Bergmann of Aboriginal Maritime; and “O&G Workforce Planning” presented by Sam Russell of the Rhodes Business School (Australia) and Craig Bonanno of the Rhodes Business School (Australia).

The Human Capital Key Issues and Insights session will include the FIFO Mental Health Panel discussion and a presentation on “Managing Human Capital: Key issues and insights” from Clinton Strahan of Strahan Consulting.

The Human Capital stream will wind up with an interactive play and workshop about workplace bullying entitled “Much Ado about Hector” featuring Angela Sanderson-Green from The Experience Lab and Franca Sala Tenna of EEO Specialists.

AOG also features a key stream entitled Managing Contractor Health and Safety. With a full programme of critical topics and high quality speakers put together in collaboration with the Safety Institute of Australia and IFAP –  Managing Contractor Health and Safety is definitely one of the major items on day one of AOG 2015 .

Topics and speakers for this stream include:

Rethinking Contractor Safety Management, presented by Keynote speaker Greg Smith of STE Safety & Legal; Drafting Offshore Commercial Contracts to Manage Health and Safety Risks, presented by Sam Witton  of Herbert Smith Freehills; Contractor Management – What Have the Courts Said?, presented by Rowan Kelly  of Herbert Smith Freehills; Contractor Engagement: Delivering better safety outcomes can enable better cost and schedule management, presented by Graham Punler of Worley Parsons Services; Raising the Bar: How essential contractors were dragging kicking and screaming into a New Zealand smelter’s exemplary safety journey, presented by Stephen Young of the Victorian Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (VIOSH), Federation University, Australia; and Contractors are Not Footballs so Please Don’t Kick Them!, presented by Michael Gray (MG Training and Development.

There will also be a panel discussion on “Drilling Down to It”: Managing safety on and offshore ” with a legal panel Keynote speaker Greg Smith, Sam Witton and Rowan Kelly; and “Up Close and Personal with Safety Leaders” a Facilitated Panel Discussion with Aaron Neilson of safesearch, Gavin Guyan of NOPSEMA; Neil Yann of Technip Oceania, Rhonda Yoder of Chevron Australia and David Provan of Origin Energy.

With a strong focus on safety, AOG has again shown its strong commitment to the oil and gas industry and its workers. To find out more information and to register visit exaexpo.com.au



The multi-award winning Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference (AOG) has been bringing together global and local oil and gas industry leaders and providing a showcase for technical and technological breakthroughs in Perth, Western Australia, for over 30 years.Australasia’s largest oil & gas industry event is expected to attract over 600 exhibitors from more than 20 countries, and to bring more than 15,000 visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates from around the world to the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 11-13 March, 2015.


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