Nobody could have envisaged that when we sat down for our Christmas lunch last year that our world as we knew it was about to be turned upside down. Things we took for granted, like flying either interstate or overseas, vanished almost overnight — even walking outside has been denied to many people for quite a while, and then the tragic impact on those families who lost their loved one as a result of contracting COVID-19.
Despite all the negatives and those massive setbacks we coped, and now we can look forward with hope to a new year with an increased level of confidence. While it has been difficult for us, many in the northern hemisphere have suffered much worse. In many countries that are about to head into their winter, the death rate has been alarmingly high and at the moment it shows no signs of decreasing.
Much has been documented regarding a vaccine, with many very close to being allowed to be used on a mass scale. Only time will tell if this was a wise decision, as a number of experts have raised concern that it may have been rushed through.
In Australia, we have been better off than many. While we have suffered a number of lockdowns and have been subjected to a number of restrictions, it does appear to have worked to our advantage, as we enjoy an outcome other countries would desire.
We must continue to follow the guidelines, wear masks where appropriate, conduct social distancing and keep up a high level of personal hygiene.
This has been a significant year of adjustment for many, and NSCA Foundation would like to thank our members for their continued support, our team and Board of Directors, the fantastic webinar presenters who covered a range of topics — including occupational hygiene, leadership in a COVID-19 environment, industrial manslaughter, mental health and workplace aggression — as well as our many other stakeholders.
Enjoy the Festive Season with your families and look forward to a vastly improved 2021.
Interim CEO | President & Chairman
Image: Bernie Doyle, President and Chairman of NSCA Foundation