A powerful one-day event shining the spotlight on the forces that will disrupt your organisation.

Dr Andrew Robertson WA Chief Health Officer
Dr Andrew (Andy) Robertson is the Assistant Director General and Chief Health Officer within the Public and Aboriginal Health Division in the Western Australia Department of Health (WA Health).

With specialist qualifications in Public Health Medicine and Medical Administration, he served with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) from 1984 until 2003, including completing three tours to Iraq as a Biological Weapons Chief Inspector with the United Nations Special Commission in 1996 and 1997. He remains in the RAN’s Active Reserve and was promoted to Commodore undertaking the role of Director General Navy Health Reserves from July 2015 until December 2019.

In October 2003, he took up the position of the Director, Disaster Preparedness and Management in WA Health. In December 2004, he led the Australian Medical Relief team into the Maldives post tsunami, managed WA Health’s response to the 2005 Bali Bombing, led the WA Health team into Indonesia after the Yogyakarta earthquakes in June 2006, worked as the Radiation Health Adviser to the Australian Embassy after the Fukushima nuclear incident in 2011 and conducted the AUSMAT needs assessment in Nepal after the Nepal earthquake in 2015. Since 2008, as Director, Disaster Management and Deputy Chief Health Officer, he has coordinated the WA Health disaster and public health responses to the Ashmore Reef incident, the H1N1 2009 pandemic, the 2011 CHOGM meeting and the 2015 Ebola preparations, and acted as the Chief Information Officer and the Chief Medical Officer. He has been undertaking the current role since June 2018, including leading the WA Health response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
When NASA classified Karl as non-astronaut material in 1981 he walked straight into ABC Radio station Double J and offered to talk about the Space shuttle launch. They said ‘Okay’ and his radio career took off from there. ‘Great Moments In Science’ ran on Double J while Karl moonlighted as a medical student.

Since then, his media career has exploded from radio, to TV, books, newspapers, magazines, scripting, professional speaking, podcasts and the internet.

Karl made his TV debut in 1985 as the presenter of the first series of Quantum. Since 1986 he has reported science on the Midday Show, Good Morning Australia (including a full-time stint in 1991-2 as the TV Weatherman and science reporter), the Today Show and Sunrise. Alongside his fellow geek Adam Spencer, he has written and co-produced two series of Sleek Geeks for ABC TV.

Karl popularises science on ABC radio stations across Australia and, on the BBC, for several hours each week. Many of you will be familiar with the original talk back programme each Thursday on triple j from 11 am to midday.

Karl has written (so far) 45 books, beginning with ‘Great Moments In Science’ in 1984, and includes such titles as ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So…’Bro’ (2006), which was launched, quite literally, via rocket at Sydney’s Bondi Beach (a world first).

November 2009 saw the simultaneous release of Karl’s 28th book, ‘Never Mind The BULLocks…Here’s the Science’, board game (‘Fact OR Fishy’), and first ever music single, ‘Get Fact’. In August 2010 Karl’s 29th book, ‘Dinosaurs Aren’t Dead’, was released. In November 2010, Karl’s 30th book, ‘Curious & Curiouser’, was released into the adult non-fiction market. Dr Karl released two kids’ activity books ‘Dr Karl’s Little Book of Dinos’ and ‘Dr Karl’s Little Books of Space’ in June 2017. © ICMI Speakers and Entertainers Adelaide ▪ Auckland ▪ Brisbane ▪ Gold Coast ▪ Hobart ▪ Melbourne ▪ Newcastle ▪ Perth ▪ Sunshine Coast ▪ Sydney

His latest book is in full colour, with brilliant and funny illustrations, suitable for kids and adults alike, ‘Dr Karl’s Random Road Trip Through Science’ was released in October 2019. It is also the first of his books to come with Augmented Reality! Watch Dr Karl pop-up from the pages and introduce each chapter!

In 1996 Karl was invited by the United States Information Agency to be a Distinguished Foreign Guest in their International Visitor Program. Previous Alumni of this program include Julius Nyere, Anwar Sadat, Indira Ghandi and Margaret Thatcher. As part of this program he visited NORAD, Dryden Air Force Base and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory – and got to sit in the front seat of an SR-71 Blackbird.

In August 2000 Karl was one of first eight Australian Apple Masters to be announced (there are fewer than 100 in the entire world). The Apple Masters Program celebrates the achievements of people who are changing the world through their passion and vision, while inspiring new approaches to creative thinking.

In 2002, Dr Karl was honoured with the prestigious Ig Nobel prize awarded by Harvard University in the USA for his ground-breaking research into Belly Button Lint and why it is almost always blue.

In September 2003, Dr Karl was bestowed with the great honour of being named ‘Australian Father of the Year’.

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki received the Member of the Order of Australia Award in the 2006 Australia Day Honours list. In 2007 the Australia Skeptics Society awarded Dr Karl the Australia Skeptic Of The Year Prize.

In 2012 Karl was delighted to have Asteroid 18412 named after him. Asteroid Dr Karl/18412 was discovered by Robert H. McNaught at the Siding Spring Observatory in Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia, on June 13, 1993. In March 2012 he was named as a National Living Treasure by the National Trust of Australia (NSW).

In 2016 Dr Karl was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

In 2019 The United Nations awarded Dr Karl the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularisation of Science.

Karl has degrees in Physics and Maths, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine and Surgery and has worked as a physicist, tutor, film-maker, car mechanic, labourer, and as a medical doctor at the Kids’ Hospital in Sydney.

Dr Karl is currently the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at Sydney University, where his ‘mission’ is to spread the good word about science and its benefits.

His enthusiasm for science is totally infectious and no one is better able to convey the excitement and wonder of it all than Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.

Sven Ross Executive Director - CyberCX
Sven is the Executive Director, Customer in WA for CyberCX. He is a highly experienced security practitioner with more than 20 years of cyber roles across both government and private sectors, working in roles in the 2nd Commando Regiment, world leading mining companies and founding Diamond Cyber Security.

Sven has led technical teams of up to 150 ICT security specialists in high risk military environments and high tempo commercial mining operations, planning and deploying global security and telecommunications systems. He has provided strategic security advice to business leaders, military forces and government bodies.

Mark Stickells CEO - Pawsey Supercomputer Centre
Mark Stickells was appointed Executive Director of the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in July 2018. Pawsey is one of two, Tier-1, High Performance Computing facilities in Australia, with a primary function to accelerate scientific research for the benefit of the nation and to support Australia's participation in the Square Kilometre Array.

An experienced R&D and technology executive, prior to joining Pawsey, Mr Stickells was the inaugural Director of Innovation and Industry Engagement at the University of WA and former Director of the Energy and Minerals Institute. He also chairs the Board of All Saints' College and its Foundation and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Australian Institute of Management WA.

Natasha Kassam Director – Lowy Institute
Natasha Kassam is Director of the Lowy Institute’s Public Opinion and Foreign Policy Program. She is a former Australian diplomat, researching Australia’s Indo-Pacific strategy, China’s domestic politics, Taiwan, and Australia-China relations. She is also a Fellow of the ANU National Security College’s Futures Council for 2020-21.

Natasha is a regular contributor to Australian and international media outlets including CNN, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC and the New York Times. Prior to joining the Lowy Institute, Natasha was responsible for government policy on human rights and legal issues in China, and she drafted the Australian government’s 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper. Natasha was also a law and justice advisor to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) in Honiara. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons I) and a Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Sydney and speaks Mandarin.

Kate Walawski Partner - Murfett Legal
Kate Walawski has practised almost exclusively in the area of workplace relations and safety law since leaving a previous career in education and forging a new career in law. Working across all aspects of workplace relations and safety law, Kate has specialised in helping clients traverse and navigate the complexities of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), the harmonisation of occupational health and safety laws across Australia and the constantly evolving employment and safety landscape.

She has provided legal expertise in relation to all aspects of employment law arising under common law, state workplace laws, the Fair Work reforms and Australian safety net systems, including compliance with the National Employment Law Standards and the modern awards. Further she has provided legal expertise in relation to securing the health and safety of workers and workplaces, providing industry specific advice and practical solutions to OHS issues and proactively managing regulatory investigation.

She has provided accurate and timely advice, and representation in courts and tribunals, to individual and corporate clients across a wide range of industries in the areas of workplace relations, employment and safety law.

She has advocacy and negotiation experience in the Federal Circuit Court, the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts of Western Australia, the Fair Work Commission, the Western Australian Industrial Magistrates Court and the Industrial Relations Commission, and in the Equal Opportunity Commission and the State Administrative Tribunal.

As a passionate educator, Kate has conducted workshops and provided appropriate training to line managers in relation to, inter alia, workplace behaviour, OHS responsibilities, conducting investigations and performance management.

She has worked closely with Human Resource practitioners and business-owners in the development and implementation of workplace policies and procedures, preparing strategies for organisational change, conducting workplace audits and investigations, developing detailed implementation strategies for enterprise bargaining, and drafting a large array of agreements, checklists, template letters, codes of conduct and policies and procedures. She has worked with clients to introduce an organisational behavioural framework to drive cultural change in relation to appropriate workplace conduct and safety.

Kate has an established history in being able to facilitate the resolution of workplace disputes. As an accredited mediator, she works hard to avoid protracted litigation and to preserve the client’s position in respect of costs, and is able to negotiate a swift resolution and final settlement of all existing and potential claims.

Kate was also recently recognised by Best Lawyers in Australia as a leading Workplace Relations and Employment lawyer for 2020.

When she is not busy with her clients and helping with their employment law concerns, Kate likes to take time out to enjoy floristry and spend time with her two dachshunds, Preston and Winston.


2020 Australian Edition Best Lawyers - Workplace Relations and Employment Law

Event Overview

We are proud to present this unique event: Rolling with Disruption.

This powerful one-day seminar shines a spotlight on the forces that will disrupt your organisation. Providing six expert snapshots – each session answering three questions:

  1. How big is the bang?

  2. How short is the fuse?

  3. What should my organisation do NOW?

Whilst it's impossible to predict all the areas that are at high risk of disruption, we've chosen six that are highly likely.

What you need to know?

Dealing with disruption requires three things:

  1. An accurate assessment and acceptance of the risk
  2. A clear vision of how you want to respond 
  3. An understanding of the first practical steps 

This event will help you respond to each of these imperatives.

Who should attend?

Everyone on your team who needs the mindset, knowledge or strategies to help position your organisation for the inevitable disruptive challenges facing every organisation today.

1. Digital Technology - Speaker: Mark Stickells, CEO, Pawsey Centre

  • AI/ML/Quantum - the good and bad things you need to know
  • loT - the internet just got a whole lot bigger
  • Finding Big data is easy, being able to use it is a massive advantage.

2. Cyber Security - Speaker: Sven Ross, director, CyberCX

  • Watch how easy it is to hack your system
  • Look at how working from home has magnified your risks
  • Calculate the costs of just one attack.

3. work health and safety - Speaker: kate walawski, Partner, murfett legal

  • Ignore the new regulations at your peril
  • Industrial manslaughter is real
  • Your insurance won't save you.

4. COVID-19 - speaker: Dr. Andy Robertson, Chief Health OFFICER

  • Are we there yet with solving COVID-19
  • Life has changed forever 
  • Another pandemic is on the way.

5. Regional Geopolitics - Speaker: Natasha Kassam, Director, Lowy Institute

  • Shifts in the balance of power in our region
  • Alliances - how they help - how they hinder
  • Impacts on local industry. 

6. Climate Change - speaker: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Author and Presenter

  • The tipping point for the environment is close, but...
  • Industry is leading the way to zero emissions
  • We can reverse climate change.

How can we use our newly acquired resilience and agility to respond proactively to the next disruption in our workplace?  

Book online or call Client Services for more information: 08 9383 8000 

You can also download our website brochure here.

Member and Group booking discounts are available.

The 'in person' appearance of speakers from interstate is subject to COVID protocols at that time. 

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