Welcome by the Chair of the College of Fellows
It is an honour and a privilege to be appointed as your College Chair.
The College aims to work with the Board, CEO, AIHS members and staff to improve workplace health and safety, as well as the standing and capability of OHS/WHS professionals.
I gratefully acknowledge the valuable work of previous chairs, including Nathan Winter and Kym Bills, and the past and ongoing work of College Committee members.
Being a member of the College means that you are a thought leader, always seeking to make a difference in society by translating your knowledge and wisdom through advocacy, mentoring and practical reduction of the burden of morbidity and mortality in the workplace and beyond.
In saying that, we all generate and value scientific evidence in our professional work. It’s what sets us apart from other stakeholders. Collectively, we are a major contributor to the evidence base and the innovation that informs policy and practice. Theory and experience allow us to discern what works and what doesn’t, and the means by which we can establish the difference.
Regulation and other health and safety interventions have always lagged behind the science. It is our job to bridge the gap so that interventions are informed by the best evidence and critical thought. Once implemented, those interventions should be evaluated and improved upon. Again, this is the hallmark of an OHS/WHS professional.
I encourage all Fellows to join a College Committee, participate in College activities and suggest potential new members who have the experience, expertise and passion to be part of a College that is now 20 years young.
Dino Pisaniello | Chair, AIHS College of Fellows