The AIHS National Health and Safety Conference will be held from 18-19 May 2021 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

As part of the #SAFETYSCAPE(link is external) Convention, the conference will bring together stakeholders across the health and safety profession to discuss some of the challenges currently faced by WHS professionals and practitioners and explore the impacts these have on the OHS profession, as well as new ideas, innovation, research and leadership.

The convention is a two day conference program bookended by a series of partnered and co-presented events which include, Pre-conference workshops, Dr Eric Wigglesworth Memorial Lecture, Australian Workplace Health & Safety Awards Gala Dinner and Industry Breakfast.

 Call for Speakers 

On behalf of the Australian Institute of Health & Safety, we are pleased announce a call for Speaker Expressions of Interest to present at the 2021 AIHS National Health & Safety Conference.

The 2021 conference theme will be: A New Perspective – Rising to the Challenge!

We invite applicants to submit: Poster presentations, keynote presentations, masterclasses, panel discussions or 10 minute short talks which explore innovative ideas, evidence-based research or workplace health & safety case studies.

We ask that all submissions:

  • Reflect on where WHS has been where you believe it is headed.
  • Examine the evolving perspectives on the new normal for WHS, lessons learnt from recent disruptions to workplace practices and predictions on how we should prepare to move forward as a profession.

The presentation topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Law & Compliance
  • Industrial Manslaughter
  • Construction
  • Contractor Management
  • Leadership & Culture
  • Safety Governance
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Physical Safety
  • Ethics
  • Hygiene
  • Risk Management
  • Emergency Management
  • Emerging Research

All submissions must address how the concept or research can be translated from theory into the real-life work of Practitioners and Professionals at all levels of the company.

Presentations which strongly focus on practical takeaways for practitioners and Professionals will be highly regarded.

If you wish to submit an expression of interest, please refer to the following guidelines prior to completing the online submission form here: 

PLEASE NOTE: Submissions must be received through the online portal prior to Friday 9 October 2020

Expressions of Interest Guidelines to Present

Acceptance of proposed presentations will be based on the content of the online submission, which will be reviewed by the Program Committee for the 2021 AIHS National Health & Safety Conference.

Once accepted the presenter will be asked to provide a written paper and/or presentation slides to events@aihs.org.au  (approximately 3 months prior to the event).

The author of the paper must be present in person to deliver the presentation.

Presentation Formats: We are calling for a series of submissions which can be presented in one of the following ways:

  1. 30 Minute Presentation
  2. Poster Presentations
  3. Panel Discussions
  4. 8-10 Minute Short Talks
  5. Masterclass sessions

Please note: Most presentations will be allocated within a 30-minute session inclusive of questions. Selected submissions may be invited to be featured presentations, delivered over 45-minute session.

NOTE: Presentations considered to be of a marketing nature or promoting/advertising specific products, services or companies will not be accepted.

SUBMIT YOUR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST HERE: https://safetyinstitute.wufoo.com/forms/r1wlj37p0k8f85l/ 

Important Dates

September 2020Call for Speakers open
9 October 2020Speaker submissions close
17 May 2021Eric Wigglesworth Memorial Lecture & National OHS Education Awards
18-19 May 2021AIHS National Health & Safety Conference
18 May 2021Australian Workplace Health & Safety Awards
19 May 2021Industry Breakfast
1 July 2021Call for Speakers opens for AIHS National Health & Safety Conference 2022

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Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in sponsoring for the AIHS National Conference in Melbourne, please contact the  Events Team on email – events@aihs.org.au or phone (03) 8336 1995

Prospectus available please click here.

Call for Speakers closed

Thank you to everyone that has submitted an expression of interest for the 2020 AIHS National Health & Safety Conference. The call for speaker has now closed and will reopen for our 2021 conference in July 2020.

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