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Building a community of practice

A key aim of was HASANZ CONFERENCE 2016 was to start building a national community of practice for health and safety professionals. I think we've made a really good beginning and the fantastic feedback we've received reflects that.

More than 400 people attended the conference which shows that workplace health and safety professionals are hungry for events to share knowledge and experience with their peers.

My challenge to delegates was to make HASANZ CONFERENCE 2016 an action fest, not just a talk fest. Together we explored:
  • the role of the new health and safety professional
  • health's importance alongside safety; and
  • the what, the why and the how of workplace health and safety.
Heartfelt thanks to our sponsors, exhibitors and to everyone who came and contributed to two remarkable days that really did illuminate, challenge and inspire.

HASANZ CONFERENCE 2016 presentations and photos are on our conference website. We want to make relevant information widely available to our members. With this in mind, we are looking at opportunities for profession-related learning that builds on popular topics at the conference. So you don't have to wait until the next HASANZ conference in 2018 for more.

We are now turning our attention to the HASANZ Register of Workplace Health and Safety Professionals. We're sourcing a software supplier and the successful vendor will determine the timing for delivering the register next year. We'll then be driving development forward, working with our national community of practice to make the register a valued and demanded resource.

If you've only just connected with HASANZ through the conference, we'll be keeping in touch, so we can grow and sustain a strong and supportive community.

Craig Smith