Changing of the Guard for Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership 16 Nov 2016

A passion for Australia’s primary industries and an impressive, active presence in the Health and Safety sector has made Patrick Murphy the perfect candidate for the position of Chair of the Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership (PIHSP) advisory committee.

Mr Murphy is the head of Health, Safety and Environment Corporate for Origin Energy in Queensland, and has extensive board experience.

He is currently a Director on the International Network of Safety & Health Practitioner Organisations, and Chairs the Safety Institute of Australia Board.

“I am a father, farm owner, PhD student and passionate health and safety advocate,” Mr Murphy said.

“I empathise with the fact that significant improvement in health and safety outcomes in the Australian agriculture sector is needed, and I believe the sector needs to identify and deliver the ‘game changers’ that will make a difference in shifting the dial for health and safety across primary industries.”

Mr Murphy takes over from outgoing chairman, Dr Gordon Gregory, who has recently retired after 23 years as the Chief Executive of the National Rural Health Alliance.

Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Managing Director John Harvey acknowledged Dr Gregory’s passion and contribution to PIHSP over the past six years.

“Dr Gregory has been an exemplary leader of the partnership and I sincerely thank him for his service and dedication to rural health and safety,” Mr Harvey said.

“While there is still much to do, Dr Gregory has guided the partnership to establish strong foundations for improving the health and safety record of primary industries.

“Mr Murphy brings new skills, knowledge and experiences to this challenging role, and I look forward to the next wave of the partnership’s achievements under his leadership,” he said.

The goal of the Partnership is to improve the health and safety of workers and their families in farming industries across Australia. It is funded by the Cotton, Grains and Rural Industries Research and Development Corporations, as well as the Australian Meat Processor Corporation and Meat & Livestock Australia.

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