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Foundation meeting 30 October 2017

Executive Director Mr Peter Dunphy welcomed members of the newly formed Research Foundation and provided an overview of the Centre for Work Health and Safety. Mr Dunphy expressed that the Centre would support research that leads to evidence-based interventions and preventative actions in line with the key focus areas of the Work Health and Safety Roadmap for 2022.

Mr Dunphy noted that the multi-disciplinary Research Foundation had been established to ensure that a range of diverse views were represented in its advisory capacity to the Centre, and to further develop strong relationships between the research community, government, industry and professional associations.

Research Foundation members were advised that the Centre’s team had started on 25 September, in preparation for the formal launch of the Centre on 5 December. The team comes from a range of diverse backgrounds; they will challenge the status quo and form a strong collective. The Centre is supported by four streams:

Business Support.

Insights and Analytics.

Science Outreach


The Research Foundation was advised that the Centre will place emphasis on the translation of outputs, and research into practice principles.

The members of the Research Foundation introduced themselves, and spoke to their biographies. Members noted their opportunity to make a difference to work health and safety in NSW.

The Research Foundation’s Terms of Reference were tabled for discussion. Members discussed appropriate amendments and requested further opportunity for review.

The meeting was closed discussing the ‘next steps’. It was noted that:

  • The Research Foundation will ordinarily meet on a quarterly basis in Sydney.
  • The Centre’s official Ministerial launch will be on 5 December 2017 in Gosford.
  • Actions will be completed accordingly.