2017 AUSA Conference: Education and Research Safety Environment – Playing Devil’s Advocate

Call for Papers

As always the 2017 conference provides an opportunity for members to present papers. The draft program has been structured to allow for up to 12 member papers (30 minute duration including questions).

The conference committee welcomes and encourages abstracts (no more than 200 words) focussing on the following key topics:

  • Contemporary safety methodologies - including incident investigations, risk management systems and processes, new and/or improved operational systems and processes.
  • Research risk strategies - where high risk unusual tasks, environments or activities have had to be reviewed and addressed.
  • Integrated health protection and promotion - creating useful structured systems to assist in addressing the physically and mentally healthy workplace.

As there are special interest groups who would like to have some time to get together at the conference, papers covering the following would be especially welcome:

  • hazardous zone assessments
  • drone technology and research
  • boating and diving
  • nanotechnology

Outreach Program

In 2017 the conference will also include for the first time a pre-conference educational workshop as an outreach program. The aim of this workshop is to improve safety communications with discussions of key topics between AUSA members and primary and secondary school teaching staff as well as a panel discussion. Topics will cover:

  • Lead and lag indicators
  • Shifting safety culture
  • Risk benefit analysis
  • WHS Governance and audits

The conference committee welcomes all abstracts for short presentations on these topics.


  • The preference between oral presentation or poster presentation should be indicated by the applicant on the abstract document, but the final decision on the format of presentation will be made by the AUSA 2017 Program Committee.
  • Save your abstract file as a word.doc file, including your surname (second name) in the file name. Only abstracts in .doc or .docx format will be accepted.
  • Email your abstract as an attachment to ausa.conferencesubmissions@gmail.com and include “AUSA 2017 abstract submission” in the subject heading. Also submit a two sentence overview of your topic.
  • You will receive an email message to confirm that it has been accepted or rejected.
  • Once the abstract is accepted, at least one of the authors must register for the conference and present the work at the conference.
  • Your abstract will not be edited; you are responsible for any spelling, grammatical, and typographical errors.
  • If you have any queries or problems about abstract submission, please do not hesitate to ask.
  • You can submit more than one abstract.
  • Depending on application numbers you may be asked by the committee to change your presentation from a talk to a poster.

Call for abstracts closes Tuesday 14 February 2017
Early bird registration closes 31st March 2017


  • If you are presenting a poster, please report to the registration desk. You will receive instructions about where to hang your poster.
  • • Authors should be present during the poster times on the program which are scheduled for morning tea on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd June 2017
  • Posters can remain on poster boards until the end of the conference, but should be removed by 4pm Thursday 22nd June 2017
  • Size of poster board (usable space): 95 cm x 200 cm (portrait/landscape)


    Oral presentations
  • Save your presentation as a PowerPoint (.ppt or .pptx) file
  • You must deliver a digital copy of your presentation to the registration desk no later than the session BEFORE your presentation. Conference AV Support will upload the files to the relevant conference room in the session breaks.
  • Arrive at the meeting room before the session begins and contact the session convener for last-minute instructions.
  • Your total time slot will be 30 minutes (25 min presentation and 5 min for questions & changeover).
  • A laptop computer and projector will be provided for your presentation.
  • Ensure that your visual aids can be seen clearly from a distance of at least 20 meters.
  • Check any embedded animations or video clips in the session breaks before your allocated time slot.
  • Do not exceed the allocated time for your presentation.