2018 Occupational Health Summit

Practical and technical insights to reduce and eliminate the occurrence of work-related injuries and diseases

CHAIR

Dr Jim Mcleod

Independent Occupational Health Adviser & Director

Robust Medic

Dr Jim McLeod, Father, Husband, grandparent. Ex GP, Doing full time Occ Health for 18 years. Senior Wellness Specialist Northpower. Advisory Group member to WorkSafe on matters health-work related. Ex fireman, current fisherman on a boat his wife bought him for his birthday.
Keynote Speaker

Prof Jeroen Douwes

Director

Centre for Public Health Research

Jeroen Douwes is Professor of Public Health and Director of Massey University’s Centre for Public Health Research (CPHR) in Wellington. Prior to moving to New Zealand in 1998 he obtained his MSc and PhD in environmental epidemiology from Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He leads a comprehensive programme of public health research with a focus on respiratory disease and environmental and occupational health. Jeroen is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, has published 145+ peer reviewed publications and has an H-index of 49. He also serves on the board of the Health Research Council (HRC) and is the Chair of the HRC’s Public Health Research Committee.
Featured Speakers

Assoc Prof Ian Laird

Associate Professor in Occupational Health & Safety

Massey University

Ian is an Associate Professor in Occupational Health and Safety in the School of Public Health at Massey University, Palmerston North. His qualifications include an MSc from the University of London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Ph D in Physiology. He has served on many government committees’ including the provision of advice on occupational health to the Ministers of Health and Labour. Currently, Ian is a member of the Occupational Health Advisory Group, which provides advice to the Board of Worksafe New Zealand. Ian leads the Occupational Health and Safety programme at Massey University and is a Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Julia Crosby

Managing Director

Managing Director

NZRN Comp, Diploma of Occupational Health Practice (Otago), First Aid Instructor, Certificate of Adult Teaching, NZQA Assessor, Independent Vaccinator, Post Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation. Julia is the Managing Director of Waikato Occupational Health Consultancy Ltd. She started the business in 1995. WOHC now employs seventeen staff and has some of New Zealand’s large corporations as clients. Julia has worked in the specialised field of Occupational Health Nursing for twenty years. Her experience covers many industry sectors including Agriculture, Science and Research, Energy Transmission, Meat and Food processing, Manufacturing, and a variety of other industries in small and middle size companies. She has a passion for Occupational Health Nursing, believing that it is possible to influence business managers and individual workers to take positive action to improve health and wellbeing. She takes an active role in her profession, mentoring beginning Occupational Health Nurses, and running training for them in Hearing Conservation, and Audiometry. Her interest in ongoing education extends to her staff, ensuring they are all engaged in ongoing training. She is the Waikato Executive Member for New Zealand Occupational Health Nurses Association.

Marion Edwin

Ergonomist

Optimise Ltd

Marion Edwin is a Certified New Zealand Ergonomist (CNZHFE) providing workplace consultancy services around New Zealand though her business, Optimise Ltd. She is the current Chairperson of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of New Zealand, and represents the society on the Health and Safety Association of New Zealand’s senior leadership team. Marion’s skills include the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders in workplaces and includes incident investigation and optimising the design of workplaces, equipment and work systems for improved business productivity. She has experience across many industries – hospitality, food manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, health services, heavy manufacturing, office, corporate, science and research, through to working with New Zealand’s off-shore fishing fleets. She hails from the sunny climes of Motueka where she enjoys many aspects of the great outdoors and a good belly laugh.

Michelle Buckton

Occupational Health & Wellness Specialist

Protect Health

Michelle Buckton provides an Occupational Health and Wellness consultancy service through her business Protect Health. She is a NZRN and has obtained a Diploma Occupational Health Practice (Otago), British Occupational Hygiene Society qualification in -Noise Measurement and Basic Principles of Occupational Hygiene. Michelle has also completed an Occupational Hygiene paper through Massey University. Michelle has over 25 years’ experience working in Occupational Health and has spent the last 10 years working as an Occupational Health Specialist in the construction industry. With New Zealands shocking work-related health fatality, illness and disease numbers, she is passionate about preventing work-related health exposures to workers and improving the overall health of workers. She is a member of the NZ Occupational Health Nurses Association, NZ Occupational Hygiene Society and the NZISM
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