Leadership of Health

May CEO Summit

Exploring leadership strategies to help protect workers from life-changing health risks at work.

This Summit will focus entirely on the leader’s role in managing workplace health risks.

Work-related illnesses kill an estimated 600-900 New Zealanders each year, compared with about 60 killed in work accidents. Many more develop life-changing and irreversible conditions. Most CEOs are aware of the challenge of managing health risks. But with less good practice information available to guide them, many CEOs are not sure what they should be doing to tackle this issue.

With that in mind, the Summit will focus on two common health risks, as a way of drawing out leadership strategies that could be used on a variety of health risks. These risks are fatigue and noise-induced hearing loss.

Our keynote speaker, Professor Drew Dawson, is a world-leading expert on fatigue and has helped organisations around the world manage this risk. Prof Dawson will share his provocative analysis of what drives fatigue at work. This includes insights into why traditional approaches to managing fatigue are often not successful. He will offer new strategies that are more suited to modern workplaces.

At the Summit we will also launch an initiative with the National Foundation for the Deaf to combat noise-induced hearing loss at work.

This event will be an excellent opportunity to learn from an international expert and your Forum peers.

Note, this event is open to Forum members only. If you are not a member and would like to attend please email info@zeroharm.org.nz

About Professor Drew Dawson

Professor Drew Dawson is internationally recognised for his contributions to the scientific community and to industry in the areas of sleep and fatigue research, organisational psychology and human behaviour, industrial relations negotiations, and the human implications of hours of work.

Professor Dawson has worked extensively with the aviation, manufacturing, retail, entertainment, transportation and mining sectors. He has instigated fatigue management programmes, developed shift work and fatigue policy, undertaken pre-employment assessments, and facilitated shift work education sessions.

As director of the internationally recognised Appleton Institute in Adelaide, part of Central Queensland University, he oversees basic and applied research into the effects of shift work and sleep loss on the health and well-being of employees.



  • SKYCITY Convention Centre, Level 4 Auckland Rooms 3 & 4, 88 Federal St Auckland