Co-Sponsored by the AusIMM Southern Queensland Branch, AusIMM Health & Safety Society and UQ
In person attendance: 5:30pm for 6pm start
Via Zoom: 6pm start
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The adoption of the principles of High Reliability Organisational (HRO) theory was a recommendation of the Review of All Fatal Accidents in Queensland Mines and Quarries to reduce the rate of serious accidents and fatalities. So how does one become a high reliability organisation and what does that journey look like? This panel discussion will include a conversation on leadership as one of the primary challenges in creating an HRO and the need to embrace identity leadership to cultivate and promote a sense of shared social identity built around high reliability. A case study will also be presented on one mining company’s journey towards becoming an HRO.

Panel Members

Susan has spent several decades working to improve mining industry safety and health – chairing major safety inquiries; holding global, and national, senior safety positions within the industry; and advising governments on safety and health issues. She leads the Sustainable Minerals Institute's Governance and Leadership Program at The University of Queensland.
Alex is Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology and Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland. His research focuses on the study of group and identity processes in organizational, social, and health contexts and this has been recognised with a range of major awards from scientific bodies in Australia, the US, UK and Europe. Together with colleagues, he has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles and 15 books in these areas — including, most recently, The New Psychology of Health: Unlocking the Social Cure and The New Psychology of Leadership: Identity, Influence and Power.  
Bobbie is Head of Health, Safety and Environment for BHP Mitsubishi Alliance.  She has almost 20 years’ experience leading sustainability improvement in the mining industry, across multiple commodities and jurisdictions. Bobbie is also a current member of the Coal Mining Safety and Health Advisory Committee, and Co-Chairs the Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre Advisory Board at SMI UQ.


Nikky is a Research Fellow with the Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre within SMI. She specialises in mining occupational health and safety research with a focus on particulates. She is currently serving as a Board member of the AusIMM Health & Safety Society and is past-Chair of the AusIMM Southern Queensland Branch.



40 Isles Road Indooroopilly QLD
Free parking on site
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JKMRC Lecture Theatre