Wigglesworth Lecture: Remote and Dangerous – Practical tools for increased safety leadership

The Safety Institute of Australia invites you to attend the 2017 Dr Eric Wigglesworth AM Memorial Lecture on Tuesday 29 August at Victoria University’s City Convention Centre in Melbourne.

Presented by International Keynote speaker and best selling author Rachel Roberton, this year’s lecture is entitled: Remote & Dangerous: Practical tools for increased safety leadership

Antarctica is an isolated and inherently dangerous environment. Strangers are thrown together 24×7 and live cheek by jowl; there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. Mental and physical safety is paramount, but so is the requirement to meet targets, be productive and efficient.

Rachael Robertson faced these challenges head-on with the team she was given. She created a culture characterised by respect and safety and now delivers her unique stories and tools to organisations that know personal resilience and an open culture are key factors for staff health and safety. Her presentation is memorable, full of hilarious stories and unique insights.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday 29 August 2017
Time: 6.00pm – 10.00pm ( SIA Annual OHS Education Awards will be presented at this event)
Venue:  Victoria University City Convention Centre,
Level 12, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost:  SIA Member: $150 + GST  |  Non Members: $220 + GST
Includes: networking drinks, canapes & 3 course dinner

Your Speaker

Rachel Robertson, International Keynote Speaker & Best Selling Author

After 15 years leading diverse and remote teams and business units, Rachel took the jump and lead the 58th annual expedition to Antarctica. It was a tough, gruelling and exhausting year, but ultimately extremely rewarding and fruitful.

The intensity of this leadership role, where the leader is on-duty all day, every day, for 12 months with no respite.

It gave Rachel the opportunity to road test her leadership ideas the hard way – without the luxury of peers, a desk or any way out! It was a ‘leadership laboratory’ in the most extreme, hostile environment on Earth.”

About the event

The Dr Eric Wigglesworth AM Memorial Lecture is presented in conjunction with the SIA’s Annual Education Awards. This year, the lecture coincides with the SIA Victorian Safety Conference, which will be held from 29 – 30 Aguust 2017 at the Victoria University City Convention Centre in Melbourne.

Now in its eight year, the Dr Eric Wigglesworth AM Memorial Lecture is an annual event presented by the Safety Institute of Australia. The event was established to recognise the pioneering contributions and engagement of Dr Wigglesworth in the field of occupational health and safety. The lecture is a not for profit event. All proceeds are redirected to the Dr Eric Wigglesworth Travel Scholarship, to support the professional development of future generations of OHS leaders.


  • 29 August 2017
    6:10 pm - 10:00 pm



Level 12, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia