Manual Handling Collective Podcasts

The Manual Handling Collective is a videoed podcast series curated by Simone Hepburn, made possible by the support of Haines Medical Australia. Haines are proud to collaborate with Simone and the Collective, to inspire you with absorbing interviews drawn from the brains trust of some amazing industry leaders in the occupational health and wellness community.

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

Series 2 -

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

Episode 8 - World renowned expert in manual patient handling, Nico Knibbe of the Netherlands

Episode 9 - Aideen Gallagher best selling author of The Manual Handling Revolution

Episode 10 - Infection Control specialist Marija Juraja out NOW!


Series 1 -

Episode 1 - Bariatric Patient Care with Tracy Nowicki

Episode 2 - Bariatric Patient Care with Stephen Morley

Episode 3 - Pandemics and wellbeing with Tracy Nowicki

Episode 4 - Pandemics and wellbeing with Dr Shahina Braganza

Episode 5 - Technology, the future and professional development with Scott Coleman

Episode 6 - Director of Preventative Injury Planning Strategies and Outgoing Chairperson AAMHP Pippa Wright

Episode 10 - AVAILABLE NOW

Everything you touch has consequences - particularly in a time of Covid-19. Talking Infection Prevention with Marija Juraja.

'Learn how infection and workplace injuries in hospital cleaning staff can be reduced'

This interview explores the strong connections between infection prevention and manual handling injuries in hospitals and healthcare facilities. We are all in this together. Hear about research and audit results and how new materials and innovative equipment design can reduce infections and musculoskeletal injuries and improve operational efficiency, particularly with hospital cleaners.

Highly respected Infection Prevention and Control Clinical Nurse Consultant, Marija Juraja, shares her passionate insights into ways we can create safer and healthier healthcare environments. Marija pushes us to work smarter and help each other, when it comes to manual handling and infection control outcomes. If there was ever a time for prioritising the control of infection and workplace safety – that time is now.

Lowering the Curtain on Healthcare-Associated Infection. Darrel Hicks (2010)

E Fact 39: Cleaners and musculoskeletal disorders, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

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Aideen Gallagher, Occupational Therapist and Co-Director of Risk Managed and No 1 best-selling Amazon Author of 'The Manual Handling Revolution' and 'SmartCare'.

'Getting it right together' - how magic happens when clinicians and equipment suppliers work together.

Aideen’s beautiful Irish accent takes us on a journey through her experiences in mental health O.T and how dealing with grief shapes her approach to safe patient handling . Get a taste of what’s secrets lie in her two books, “The Manual Handling Revolution” and “SmartCare” and her many unique insights, such as ‘creative risk management’.

She talks about the magic of collaboration with clinicians and equipment suppliers and why some basic physics knowledge will help you make better informed decisions when prescribing equipment. With a background in Mental Health Occupational Therapy, Aideen brings an unique perspective to safe patient handling including compelling reasons  why we need to address grief.   Lucky Australia – that another northerner came backpacking – and stayed! Watch and listen to this inspiring industry leader speak about how to help our clients while we learn how to better care for ourselves.

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Nico Knibbe, LOCOmotion

Interview with renowned manual handling expert from the Netherlands

If patient handling utopia exists anywhere — it must be in the Netherlands!

Why are the Netherlands’ patient handling systems at the forefront of best practice?

Learn from world renowned expert in manual patient handling, Nico Knibbe of the Netherlands, in this terrific interview with Simone Hepburn. Don’t forget to explore his wonderful gallery of free resources, now freely available to you.

Connect with Nico on LinkedIn

Free website links & resources from the Netherlands-


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.

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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.

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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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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


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.

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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.

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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


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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**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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