Home' HR Monthly : June 2017 Contents StrokeSafe
In Australia a stroke occurs every 10 minutes across people of all
ages... and the impacts last a lifetime. One-third of stroke survivors
are of working age. But did you know stroke can be prevented?
The Stroke Foundation has passionate volunteer StrokeSafe Speakers available to present to
workplaces and community groups. Many have personal experience with stroke and are willing
to share their challenging yet inspirational journey.
Your group will learn:
• What stroke is and how to recognise the signs of stroke
• What to do if someone is having a stroke
• How to prevent stroke in you or the people you love
Make a StrokeSafe presentation a part of your
staff health and wellness program.
To find out if there is speaker in your area
What people say
about StrokeSafe talks
“The talk was incredible, totally captivating. To
have her story shared first hand was both an
inspiration and an eye-opener. It really got us all
thinking and talking about the way we look after
ourselves. And we’ve changed! Thank you so
much for organising this for us, it’s had a huge
and very important impact on each and every
one of us.”
“This has been one of the best
information nights our club has
had for many years.”
17/05/2016 1:44 PM
The senior lecturer in management at
Charles Sturt University has worked to
improve channels of communication
between business and universities.
What is your favourite book
or movie and why?
A recent book I read was a sporting biography
called Journeyman. It’s about an English
coach’s journey through the English football
league. It was really interesting to see the
parallels between the world of coaching and
the world of HR. As a coach moving from club to
club and having to reinvent himself, he couldn’t
just keep supplying the same answers. The key
takeaway was the importance of adaptability.
Where is your favourite destination?
Anywhere in Tasmania is good for me. It’s got
such a variety of amazing landscapes. I ’m a cool
climate person so I love it there.
What are the barriers to innovation in
There’s a tendency to think about short-term
solutions and neglect longer-term ones, like
HR capability. What that leads to is a culture
that sees people as resources but not assets.
The people themselves need to be the subject
of innovative practice, but there’s a tendency to
expect that treating and paying people well – the
old school approach – is enough.
Innovation has become an industry in
itself, and one of the things that may be
working against a practical approach to it is
there’s a view out there that it’s bigger than
most companies feel they can achieve.
How can knowledge transfer between
academia and business be improved?
Universities have lots of agendas and one is
contributing to knowledge. But another is
contributing to the user.
It’s about improving the thought processes
of businesses and academics. I think that we
need to understand, but we also need to be
understood. It’s a bit of a two -way street.
What would you say has been your
career highlight so far?
The biggest challenge has been to help people
who have only trained and worked in HR to
engage with business strategy in a meaningful
way. My own backgrou nd wasn’t originally
in HR; it was in economics. I think the fact
that I worked in other areas gives me a
different experience and perception.
For anyone about to embark on a
career in HR, what advice would
you give them?
A key word is diversity, in the sense of
experience, but also exposure and engagement
with people from different backgrounds. There
is wisdom in appreciating and valuing diversity,
as well as being exposed to different working
environments. I would encourage people to
study broadly, not just deeply, in HR.
What do you think about AHRI’s
drive to professionalise HR through
I’m very supportive of anything that encourages
being an effective professional in a consistent
way, so it gets a big tick from me. •••
AHRI NATIONAL CONVENTION
AND EXHIBITION 2017
Learn about innovative HR strategies
at the AHRI National Convention and
Exhibition in Sydney (21 – 23 August 2017).
19/5/17 3:44 pm
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