COVID-19 Business Impact & Preparedness Series

As businesses return to normal across Australia and the effect of current and emerging COVID19 variations is felt in every corner of the economy, we’re offering a bit of much needed guidance.

Starting in March, we are bringing together a mix of occupational health and workplace health & safety specialists as well as HR leaders, workplace legal and business professionals to discuss how they are navigating the complexities and challenges of workplace requirements for living and working with Covid-19.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Case studies and insights from well known businesses who are leading the way
  • Legal obligations of the employer
  • What should I include in my WorkSafe Plan
  • Implementing & enforcing vaccine requirements
  • Implementing mask requirements
  • Improving engagement and communication with employees
  • Strategies and process businesses can adopt which reduce the economic impact of COVID Variations.


Fay Calderone
Partner, Hall & Wilcox

Gift Musiwa
WHS Manager & After Hours Manager, Lakeview Private Hospital

Professor Catherine Bennett
Chair in Epidemiology, School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University

James Comer
Head of People & Communities, Australia & New Zealand, Cisco


EPISODE 1 | Legal implications, risks and liabilities of mandatory workplace vaccination policies

Fay Calderone, Partner, Hall & Wilcox

Fay Calderone is a Partner in the Employment team at Hall & Wilcox, based in Sydney, who has paved a path as a lawyer passionate about inclusion drawing on over 20 years of experience acting for employers.

Fay has been recognised for Labour & Employment Law in The Best Lawyers in Australia, Doyle’s Guide and Asia Pacific Legal 500. She was also this year awarded Wellness Advocate of the Year in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 2021 and recognised by Australian Lawyer as an Elite Women and by HRD as a 5 star employment lawyer. Follow on @FayCalderone Twitter and Fay Calderone on LinkedIn.

Hall & Wilcox is a leading independent Australian law firm. We are a firm of around 850+ people delivering outstanding legal services to corporate, public sector and private clients, both Australian-based and those offshore doing business in Australia.

EPISODE 2 | Implementing Workplace Mandatory Vaccination policies from an Industry Professional

EPISODE 3 | Enabling business on how they can react to current and future COVID19 variations

Webinar 25th March 2022 | The basics of infection prevention in the era of Covid-19 – from vaccinations to hygiene and cleaning:
  • Legal Obligations
  • What should I include in my WorkSafe Plan
  • Wearing of Masks
  • Social Distancing
  • Case studies including the challenges and successes

Professor Catherine Bennett, Chair in Epidemiology, School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University

Trained in epidemiology and population genetics, Professor Bennett’s career cuts across university and government sectors, State and Australian Government roles. Catherine was Olympic Public Health Coordinator for Northern Sydney, then returned to academia at the University of Melbourne, then Deakin University as inaugural Chair in Epidemiology. Catherine’s research includes a longitudinal cohort study of household transmission of Staph aureus and COVID-19 studies including asymptomatic case profiling, excess deaths, contact tracing methods and COVID-safe protocols. Catherine is a leading public expert and commentator in the pandemic and advisor to governments, industry and institutions and across the globe.

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Expert & Espresso Networking Event 8th April 2022

08:30    Coffee & Networking

09:00    Keynote – How Risk Assessments have changed

The development of COVID-19 risk assessment guidelines and lessons learnt from experiences and development of such assessments throughout the pandemic.

09:20 Keynote: No jab no jab? Navigating the vexed question of whether employers can mandate vaccination

Across all industries and sectors, organisations are constantly adapting to ever-changing restrictions and health orders, including COVID-19 testing, vaccinations and booster shots. But can employers require their employees be vaccinated beyond what the government mandates? The answer is, it depends.

Join us for a presentation, where we delve into:

  • employer obligations arising from the public health orders
  • navigating Fair Work Ombudsman guidance material, industrial instruments and laws regarding lawful and reasonable directions; and
  • managing employee concerns, discrimination considerations and non-compliance.

Fay Calderone, Partner (Employment team), Hall & Wilcox

09:40    Panel

This panel will be discussing how to effectively engage and communicate with employees regarding COVID19 process and vaccination mandates. Whilst speaking to what supports can be put in place for employees and how working environments have changed with more people working from home.

Gift Musiwa, WHS Manager & After Hours Manager, Lakeview Private Hospital

Gift Musiwa is the Work Health & Safety and After-Hours Manager for Lakeview Private Hospital (NSW). He has worked in this dual role since the organisation became operational in 2015. Gift has 22 years working experience in the health industry, clinical and corporate management in both public and the private sector. He is the main architect of establishing Work Health & Safety and Injury management system at both strategic and operation level for a newly commissioned private health care facility. He has continued to maintain these systems as a strong advocate of effective worker engagement and visibly strong safety culture. Gift has successfully managed to keep workers compensation claims for the past 6 years well below industry peers, a performance that was recognised as highly commendable by our insurer in 2020. He holds a Master of Occupational Health and Safety from the University of Newcastle.
Follow Link: A clear view of safety: Lakeview Private Hospital’s Safety Journey

James Comer, Head of People & Communities, Australia & New Zealand, Cisco

James has over 18 years of experience in Talent and Human Resource Management. This experience spans Global, Asia-Pacific and Australasian geographies; and various industries including IT, Resources, FSI and Retail.

As Australia & New Zealand P&C Leader at Cisco, James leads a team of HR Partners, Generalists and Specialists who run the full lifecycle of HR activity aimed at delivering strategic talent outcomes and elevating the employee experience across the workforce. Cisco ANZ has been awarded the #1 Great Place to Work credential in 2020 and 2021.

Prior to Cisco, James worked with Hewlett Packard holding a variety of HR leadership roles and developing his specialisation in Strategic Workforce Planning. James also worked with Accenture specializing in Change Management and HR Transformation, servicing clients including Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, and Coca-Cola Amatil.

James resides in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and two children. A keen sportsman and arm-chair critic, James loves kayaking and all forms of rugby, and is a huge sci-fi fan. He professes the typical dry Australian humour, often only to his own amusement.

10:30    Networking Morning Tea

11:30    Close

Register for the Networking Event


Register for full Intersection bundle (includes access to Expert & Espresso event + subscription to Health Box newsletter) = $200 +GST

Expert & Espresso Experience only = $200 + GST

Webinar only = FREE

Single Health Box episode = FREE


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Conference Producer- Health Care
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Senior Business Development Manager
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