Psychologists and the Law in 2024: Your Legal Obligations for Safety in the Workplace

Demystify your WHS obligations with a focus on managing psychosocial hazards and risks at work as well as other safety risks and responsibilities.

Thursday, 25 July 2024
12.30pm to 2.00pm Your Legal Obligations for Safety in the Workplace

Managing Psychosocial Hazards and Risks in the Workplace

  • Key elements of the new regulations
  • What are psychosocial hazards and what are not and a rundown of common types of hazards in the workplace
  • Practical steps to take to manage psychosocial risks at work

Case Study on Identifying and Managing Other Safety Risks at Work

  • Examining exposure areas for WHS liability
  • Ensuring there are appropriate practices and systems in place
  • Understanding your obligation under the WHS Act

Presented by Alan Girle, Special Counsel, Macpherson Kelley; Leading Workplace Health & Safety Lawyers, Doyles Guide 2023 and Dr Trajce Cvetkovski, Course Coordinator OHSE, Managing People and Organisations Discipline, Peter Faber Business School, Faculty of Law and Business, Australian Catholic University


Attend and earn 1.5 CPD hours
This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories


Dr Lil Vrklevski, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Director Psychology (Allied Health) and Professional Senior Psychology (Mental Health), Sydney Local Health District; Clinical Associate Professor, Australian Catholic University; Conjoint Lecturer, UNSW; Adjunct Fellow, Macquarie University; UoW; Clinical Associate, Sydney University; UTS


Dr. Lil Vrklevski, Principal Clinical Psychologist and Director of Psychology,
Assoc. Prof. Lil Vrklevski B.A (Hons);LLB; MClinPsych; MBA; Dip.Grad.Research; PhD; MAPS; FCCLP; MACPA; GAICD is the Principal Clinical Psychologist and Director of Psychology, Sydney Local Health District. Lil has over 30 years’ experience in law and clinical psychology. She has worked clinically in the areas of sexual violence and mental health. Lil is particularly interested in the relationship between the legal and mental health systems as well as the impact of trauma work on professionals. Her research has been in the areas of vicarious trauma, root cause analysis, professional identity and professional roles as well as the role of allied health in public mental health services. Lil developed the Vicarious Trauma Scale (VTS), a brief screening instrument for VT. Lil is a reviewer on Traumatology, The Journal of Patient Safety, International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, Australasian Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Psychology & Law and is Deputy Chair of the CRGH Human Research Ethics Committee and sits on the NSW Psychology Board. Lil is a Clinical Associate Professor with ACU, clinical associate with the Departments of Psychology at USyd, UTS, WSU, Adjunct Fellow with MQ, UoW, lecturer at COPP and adjunct lecturer UNSW and casual academic with The Australian Institute of Health Service Management (AIHSM) UTAS. She sits on the Industry Advisory Boards with The Schools of Psychology at ACU, UNSW, USyd, and UTS as well as the Academic Board of COPP. Lil is co-chair of the ACI Violence Abuse and Neglect Executive Committee. Lil is a thesis examiner with ACU and MQ Universities and clinically supervises provisionally registered psychologists and clinical psychology registrars from a number of universities as well as lecturing on law and ethics for psychologists.

Mr Alan Girle, Special Counsel, Macpherson Kelley
Alan Girle is renowned for being the first port of call when an incident occurs within the Work Health and Safety space. Recognised as an industry expert, Alan has built a reputation amongst clients, and the wider legal community, as a subject matter specialist when it comes to providing occupational health and safety advice. When it comes to government intervention, Alan prides himself on providing straight-talking and honest advice when managing a business’s response. Prior to working as a leading lawyer in regulatory compliance, including safety, environment and transport prosecutions, Alan honed his skills working within government on legislative reform. It’s Alan’s unique skill set and in-depth knowledge of government regulation makes him a clear choice for clients when defending and negotiating government-initiated prosecutions. Alan lends his invaluable assistance by providing key advice on corporate compliance, advising on risk-prevention strategies, and navigating complex matters through to Court. Alan’s achievements include being recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a “Leading Workplace Health & Safety Lawyer” from 2014-2020 and being included in the 2014-2022 Editions of Best Lawyers for “Occupational Health & Safety Law”.

This seminar is part of a series

Psychologists and the Law in 2024

Designed specifically with psychologists in mind, this lunchtime webinar series will help you steer a safe course through the legal issues that can affect the success of your practice. Receive a step-by-step guide to setting up your practice, obtain a comprehensive guide to recent changes to employment law that affect you, learn from our experts about client complaints and professional regulation, learn about safety at work, rights and obligations, and hear about changes to the laws around family violence, apprehended violence and the new rules relating to coercive control that impact on your professional practice.


Attend the full series and earn 7.5 CPD hours
This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories

If you register for the full series as a live online product after the date of an individual session, you will be sent the recording for the sessions that have passed. Alternatively, you can register for individual sessions by following the links below.


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Psychologists and the Law in 2024: Your Legal Obligations for Safety in the Workplace


Single Session
Thursday, 25 July 2024
12.30pm to 2.00pm Australia/Sydney
CPD Points 1.5
Online 20240422 20240725


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