HSR Conference Speakers & Program

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Sean Mathews has been an elected HSR for 5 years. He is an Equipment and Resource Nurse at Eastern Health. Sean won WorkSafe’s HSR of the Year in 2015 for improving health & safety when his worksite was moved and several hazards cropped up, including carcinogenic chemicals being placed near food preparation areas!

Vasalia Govender has been an elected HSR for 16 years while working as a Disability Development Support Officer. Vasalia is a passionate advocate for her DWG, and this passion has led her to take on studying a Masters of Occupational Health, Safety and Ergonomics at La Trobe University. She will speak about her personal experiences as well as presenting the findings of her research into consultation. (Take her survey here).

Clayton Larkin is a WorkSafe Inspector. He has a long working history and involvement in OHS since being elected as an HSR in 1997 at Kraft in Port Melbourne. Clayton worked as the OHS Officer at the National Union of Workers for 8 years.

Lauren Keillor has been an elected HSR for 2 years. Lauren works as a Lab Operator at Boeing Aerostructures Australia. Lauren will feature on the panel sharing her successes improving safety in her worksite by using the hierarchy of controls to prevent exposure to solvents.

Krista Barnes is a teacher who has been an elected HSR for 2 years at Sebastopol Primary School in regional Victoria.

more speaker bios will be published in the lead up to the conference. The important thing is all the speakers at the conference have a lived experience worth sharing that you can learn from.


Consultation & Issue Resoultion

MC Melbourne: Wil Stracke, Industrial/Campaigns Officer VTHC

Facilitator Bendigo: Deidre Chance





1: Welcome


Welcome to country

Aboriginal Elder


HSRs, Unions and OHS.

Luke Hilakari

VTHC Secretary


The importance of HSRs and Government Commitments

Minister Robin Scott


WorkSafe – report card, program for 2016/17, commitment to HSRs

Claire Amies, Chief Executive WorkSafe.


2015 HSR of the Year

Sean Mathews

2015 HSR of the Year


Questions from the floor (30min)


Morning Tea Break 20min.

2. Keynote Speech


HSRs, Consultation and Issue Resolution.

Vasalia Govender

La Trobe Masters Student

Dr Paul Sutton

VTHC Lead OHS Organiser.


Questions from the floor (20 min)


3. HSR Panel Session


Welcome from the chair

Framework Question: As an HSR, what is an experience you have had where you successfully resolved an OHS issue in your workplace?

Renata Musolino

Occupational Health and Safety Information and Website Organiser


Panel 1

Occupational violence in my workplace.

Krista Barnes

HSR - Sebastapol Primary School


Panel 2

Bullying and poor workplace behaviours.

Tarek Soueid

HSR - Woolworths Distribution Centre Broadmeadows


Panel 3

Solvents in my workplace.

Lauren Keillor

HSR - Boeing Aerostructures Australia


Panel 4

Setting up an HSR and DWG structure in my old workplace at Kraft.

Clayton Larkin

WorkSafe Inspector


Questions from the floor (25 min)


13:00-13:40 Lunch

4. Breakout Sessions

Get together with members of your union to talk about what you’re going to do when you get back to your workplace.

HSRs who are not union members can choose to attend one of several breakout sessions.


  • What are the key points we have learnt today?
  • How well is consultation used in our workplaces?
  • What can we do to improve consultation in our workplaces?
  • Conference Evaluation

Bendigo: Deidre Chance

MCEC Room 101: Community & Public Sector Union -
Carl Marsich

MCEC Room 102: Education Unions - Brian Martin (IEU) & Janet Marshall (AEU)

MCEC Room 103:

Non-union HSRs - Trevor Shewan

MCEC Room 104: Construction, Forestry, Mining, and Energy Union (CFMEU)   - Sue Bull

MCEC Room 105: Australian Manufacturing Workers Union Sarah Ross & Cindy O’Connor

MCEC Room 106: Construction, Forestry, Mining, and Energy Union (CFMEU) - Rose Nechwatel

MCEC Room 108: The Police Association - Michael Clark

MCEC Room 110:

Non-union/ General Anna Pupillo

MCEC Room 111 & 112: Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation - Zoran Bukarica


Non-union HSRs  - Paul Sutton

14:40 Room Change to Plenary (10 min)

5. Wrap Up


Report Back and close

Luke Hilakari

VTHC Secretary

15:20pm Close

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