Safety and Health Conference

The focus of the biennial CME Safety and Health Conference is to promote collaboration and sharing of best practice approaches across the Western Australian resources sector to foster resilient safety cultures and help industry achieve its vision of zero harm.

The 2015 Conference examined the key themes of Leadership, Resilience and Best Practice.  It brought together international, national and local speakers in a program aimed at sharing best practice and lessons learned, canvassing approaches to regulation and safety and health management systems and examining the role of leadership in developing resilient safety cultures and strategies to promote workforce wellbeing.

The 2015 Conference ensured an equal focus on safety and health by dedicating a full day to the coverage of occupational health and wellbeing topics.

Further information from the 2015 Conference is available at the links below including the 2015 program, speaker biographies, event sponsors and available presentations.

The next CME Safety and Health Conference will be held in mid-2017.  Further details will be published when available.

For information on the 2016 Safety and Health Innovation Awards please visit the Awards Website.


Master of Ceremonies and Speaker

Prof Sidney Dekker

Sidney Dekker (PhD Ohio State University, USA, 1996) is professor at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, where he runs the Safety Science Innovation Lab. He is also Professor (Hon.) of psychology at The University of Queensland, and Professor (Hon.) of human factors and patient safety at Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane. Previously, he was Professor of human factors and system safety at Lund University in Sweden. After becoming full professor, he learned to fly the Boeing 737, working part-time as an airline pilot out of Copenhagen. He has won worldwide acclaim for his ground-breaking work in human factors and safety, and is best-selling author of, most recently, The Field Guide to Understanding ‘Human Error’ (2014), Second Victim (2013), Just Culture (2012), Drift into Failure (2011), and Patient Safety (2011). His latest book is Safety Differently (2015). More at

Keynote Speakers

Dr Todd Conklin

Todd Conklin spent 25 years as a Senior Advisor at Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of the world's foremost research and development laboratories, in the human performance and safety integration program. Conklin holds a Ph.D. in organizational behavior and communication from the University of New Mexico. He speaks all over the world to executives, groups and work teams who are interested in better understanding the relationships between the workers in the field and the organization's systems, processes and programs. He has brought these systems to major corporations around the world. Conklin practices these ideas not only in his own workplace, but also in event investigations at other workplaces around the world. Conklin defines safety at his workplace like this: "Safety is the ability for workers to be able to do work in a varying and unpredictable world." Conklin is the author of several books including the bestselling, Pre-Accident Investigation.  Conklin lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and thinks that human performance is the most meaningful work he has ever had the opportunity to live and teach.

Prof Jim Joy

Jim Joy has worked for nearly 30 years in the Australian and global minerals industry. He was involved in early developments of mining risk management and from 1998, he was Professor and Director of the Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre (MISHC) at the University of Queensland. Since September 2013, Jim has been self-employed, including most recently, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) in the development of the new guide on Critical Control Management. The ICMM Health and Safety Critical Control Management, Good Practice Guide has now been released and is available here.

Andrew Harding - Keynote Presentation: Best Practice, Resillience and Company Wellbeing Strategies

Andrew Harding was appointed chief executive, Iron Ore at Rio Tinto in 2013. Prior to his current role, Andrew spent three years as chief executive, Copper at Rio Tinto, where he was responsible for a range of mines and projects. Andrew joined Rio Tinto in 1992 and has held a range of positions in technology and innovation, energy and aluminium and was president and chief executive officer of Kennecott Utah Copper. He has also been director at Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd between 2009 and 2010 and between 2011 and 2013.

Tim Marney - Panellist: Mental Health in the Workplace

Tim Marney was appointed as Mental Health Commissioner in February 2014. A graduate of Murdoch University, Tim has 20 years’ experience in economics and finance with the state and federal governments. Tim has served on the board of beyondblue, the national depression and anxiety initiative, since 2008, and has been deputy chair of the board since 2010. He has been a vocal advocate of mental health issues and has spoken openly of his own experience with depression and anxiety.

Dr Ali Dale - Plenary Presentation: There’s a Hole in my Bucket: Promoting Wellbeing in the Australian Workforce.

With a Master’s degree and PhD in Clinical and Health Psychology, Dr Ali Dale is the Principal Psychologist for D3 Alliance - a company focused on whole of organisation health and safety. During her career, Ali has provided consulting and coaching services to the resources and construction industries across 18 countries throughout the Asia Pacific region, Europe, Africa and the Americas.



CME welcomes the following sponsors for the 2015 Safety and Health Conference

Gold Sponsors: 

BHP Billiton
Rio Tinto

Conference Dinner Sponsor:

Perth Airport

Silver Sponsor:

Alcoa of Australia
AngloGold Ashanti
Fortescue Metals Group
JMJ Associates
Industrial Hygiene Management

Lunch Sponsor:

Gold Fields 

Award Category Sponsor:

Norton Gold Fields

This FIFO Life

CME is accepting sponsorships for the 2015 Safety and Health Conference.

To view the sponsorship prospectus please click here.


  • Day 1 will include keynote presentations from Dr Todd Conklin, Former Senior Advisor – Los Alamos National Laboratory and Jim Joy, Jim Joy Associates on best practice risk management and safety leadership.
  • The day 1 workshops will include an interactive workshop to challenge our current thinking with Professor Sidney Dekker, Griffith University facilitated by JMJ Associates; and a workshop on leadership including practical advice for site managers and supervisors.
  • Day 2 of the Conference will feature a panel of industry and mental health professionals to promote a discussion on key elements of effective workplace wellbeing strategies - promoting health workplaces, decreasing absenteeism and presenteeism and breaking down stigmas.
  • Additional day 2 plenary sessions will focus on resilience, promoting physical and psychological wellbeing in the workplace and addressing fitness to operate issues.
The Conference topics have been designed to complement ongoing CME projects, including the safety legislation reform, lessons learned project and the Mental Health Working Group.
The Conference program is available here



Registration is open to anyone with an interest in improving safety and health outcomes across the Australian resources sector.

To download the registration brochure please click here

Please click here to register online or download the registration form.

Conference Presentations