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DWF Industry Forum 2023 - The Workplace Reimagined

Date: 13 October 2023, 08:30 - 18:45
Location: Lyon Room Sofitel Brisbane Central, 249 Turbot Street
0741 Working together WT 767x431

Please join us at the DWF Industry Forum 2023 – The Workplace Reimagined event on Friday 13 October!

Event Details

DWF's full day Forum will bring together industry leaders in the fields of insurance, safety and employment law, providing practical sessions to target the critical workplace issues impacting you and your organisation in 2023 and beyond. Hear from a range of industry experts over six specialised presentation sessions and an interactive panel discussion including Bruce Watson, CEO WorkCover Queensland, Medilaw expert Dr Ghazala Watt and Yvonne Paye, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service. 


  • 08:30 - Registration, coffee and networking
  • 09:00 – Welcome and Opening Remarks: Damien van Brunschot, Principal Lawyer, DWF and The Honourable Grace Grace, MP, Minister for Education, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing
  • 09:15 - WorkCover and Common Law Trends and updates: Bruce Watson, CEO, WorkCover Queensland
  • 10:00 - 2023  - A year for the substitute - Vicarious trauma, vicarious liability and what happened to those floodgates in mental injury claims: Damien van Brunschot, Principal Lawyer, DWF
  • 10:45 - Morning Tea
  • 11:15 - Emerging workplace health, safety, and wellbeing risks - How Engineers Australia maintains a proactive approach: Darren Sharry, DWF Risk and Edwina Hill, General Manager People, Engineers Australia
  • 12:00 - Psychosocial Code of Conduct: Elias Jeha, Principal Legal Officer, Workplace Health and Safety Compliance and Field Services, Office of Industrial Relations
  • 12:45 - Lunch: Suzette Restaurant
  • 13:30 - The Positive Duty to Prevent Sexual Harassment: Matthew Smith, Principal Lawyer, DWF
  • 14:15 - The Future Focus for Work, Health and Safety at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service: Yvonne Paye, A/Director WHS, Gold Coast Health
  • 15:00 - Afternoon Tea
  • 15:30 - Panel Discussion - Vicarious Liability and Psychological Trauma: Dr Ghazala Watt, Alexandra Marks of Counsel and Damien van Brunschot, Principal Lawyer, DWF
  • 16:30 – Closing Remarks
  • 16:45 – Canapés and Drinks Reception