The Manual Handling Collective is a videoed podcast series by Simone Hepburn, made possible by the support of Haines Medical Australia. Haines are proud to help inspire you through this collaboration. You will hear interviews with the ‘brains trust’ of amazing industry leaders in the occupational health and wellness community.

Simone Hepburn, an ever-curious and passionate Manual Handling Educator and Physiotherapist, invites her guests to speak frankly about hot topics. Tune in to absorb the inspiration from their stories and keep up to date with the latest and greatest work and ideas in manual handling.

Series 1, 2020

Episode 1 & 2 - Bariatric Patient Care with Tracy Nowicki and Stephen Morley

Episode 3 & 4 - Pandemics and wellbeing with Tracy Nowicki and Dr Shahina Braganza

Episode 5 & 6 - Technology, the future and professional development with Scott Coleman and Pippa Wright

Series 2, 2021

Episode 7 – Carbon Literacy in Healthcare and Planetary Health with Michelle McLean

Episode 8 – Out soon


Safe Patient Handling Coordinator, Stephen Morley

"Building organisational capability for caring for bariatric patients."

Simple, smart practical thinking when it comes to caring for bariatric patients throughout their hospital journey, including through to their end of life.

Stephen’s journal article: “Management of the Deceased Bariatric/Obese Patient

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Clinical Care Consultant, Tracy Nowicki

"Be inspired to ‘lift our game’ and build more workforce empathy for bariatric patients."

“The Pressure Lady” inspires us through her stories of bariatric care to look to the future and take a more considered approach to bariatric patient admissions.

Connect with Tracy on LinkedIn

You can hear Tracy speak at:

  • NPIAP National Pressure Injury Alliance Panel, USA, annual (next: February 2021)
  • EPUAP, European Pressure Ulcer Alliance Panel, August, Europe
  • Falls, Fractures and Pressure Injury Management, biennial (next 2021)
  • QBIG, Queensland Bariatric Innovations Group, meets via videoconference, twice per year
  • The Prince Charles Hospital, Annual Bariatric Symposium, Brisbane, February, annual


Clinical Care Consultant, Tracy Nowicki

"Coping in a crisis: Impacts of Covid-19 for patient handling in an acute hospital"

In this episode you will hear about: Empowering Covid-19 worker wellness tips from the frontline; Hospital staff responses to Covid-19 disruptions; resilience strategies; changes on ‘the other side’ of Covid-19 and more.

Connect with Tracy on LinkedIn

Episode 4 -  AVAILABLE NOW

Emergency Medicine Consultant, Dr Shahina Braganza

"How do high performing medical teams in chaotic environments optimize their wellness for performance gains?"

Connection is the foundation for optimizing team performance. What is the silver lining from Covid-19 for worker wellness? How does wellbeing link to preventing manual handling injuries? Hear how emergency doctors ‘do’ workplace wellbeing and secrets to reducing burnout and more.

Connect with Shahina on LinkedIn or Twitter @ShahinaBraganza or learn more at Wellness, Resilience and Performance in Emergency Medicine


Sports Physiotherapist and Founder of Preventure Wearable Technology, Scott Coleman

"Lessons from the sports fields for our frontline workers and the future of Manual Handling training using customisation technology and data."

Scott dives into manual handling injury prevention, including use of new, evolving manual handling technologies including the exoskeleton and augmented reality, why measure load rather than force and helpful lessons from sports science.

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Director of Preventative Injury Planning Strategies and Outgoing Chairperson AAMHP, Pippa Wight

"Pippa shares global lessons including the USA’s certification of safe patient handling professionals and encourages forward thinking attitudes toward collaboration."

Do you know what are your manual handling trainers' credentials are? How to set an attitude for success when dealing with WHS challenges and how you can get the best out of your own professional development.

Connect with Pippa on LinkedIn

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Michelle McLean, Educator, Bond University School of Medicine

"Carbon Literacy in Healthcare and Planetary Health with Michelle McLean"

Michelle inspires us to operate more sustainably and spread the word that planetary health = human health”

How is your carbon-literacy? What’s your carbon footprint at work? Michelle McLean from Bond University School of Medicine explains why healthcare professionals need to go greener.

Did you know? Australia’s healthcare system produces almost double the carbon emissions of the world’s average. Even the NHS in the UK produces almost half our carbon emissions.

Watch and listen to Michelle inspire us to operate more sustainably and spread the word that planetary health = human health.

Connect with Michelle on LinkedIn

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The opinions and views expressed in these podcasts are the guests own and are not linked to or said to represent their respective employers.

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