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NSCA Foundation Member Spotlight: Preventure

Wednesday 03, Feb 2021

NSCA Foundation Member Spotlight


NSCA Foundation is delighted to share a Q&A interview with Amy O'Connor from Preventure. Preventure is an NSCA Foundation Corporate Bronze member.


About Preventure

Preventure works directly with employers, or in partnership with WHS and allied health providers, to level-up injury prevention, manual handling and return-to-work programs. Specialists in the ‘biomechanics of work’, we lease wearable technology and provide unlimited data analytics support to safety professionals via monthly SaaS subscriptions

What is your role and responsibilities?

We are a growing technology startup, so I’m currently wearing a number of hats including; Marketing/Events, Sales and Partnerships, and Customer Support for Key ANZ Accounts. Every day is different, but I am incredibly fortunate to be able to get out of bed every day and do what I do.

What sparked your interest in work health and safety?

I landed at Preventure by chance, with no background in safety/allied health. But what connected for me was remembering my late Uncle who slipped at work and broke his ankle. It was a preventable and minor injury that deteriorated into chronic pain, amputation, and eventually death due to medication complications.Amy O'Connor

What interests you most about your role?

I love working with clients to implement technology that they previously thought was too complicated, or expensive. There are some awesome ‘aha!’ moments when they realise how they can use (and understand) the tools. My favourite clients and workers are the ‘I don’t do computers’ ones!

What are the challenges you most face?

Spreading the word about what we do and building new relationships. My safety network was non-existent when I started, so I’m working with organisations like NSCA Foundation where I can, to meet members, build trust and simply have conversations about the work we are doing across different industries.

What WHS/OHS initiatives have you been involved in recently?

One of our success stories from 2020 was a lead that came through an NSCA Foundation webinar, from a regional safety professional who loved the idea of using objective data to solve injury problems, and signed up for a trial. When management saw the results, the program was expanded across ANZ.

What advice would you offer for anyone wanting to build a career in WHS/OHS?

Embrace new tools and innovation, don’t be afraid of data and technology and actively embark on professional development in the space. There are some great ‘Safety Tech’ training programs appearing now, and I’d be happy to point you in the direction of experts in this space.

What do you enjoy the most about being an NSCA Foundation member?

Connecting with new like-minded safety professionals and engaging with members via the online events. We are new to NSCA Foundation so haven’t had the chance to attend face-to-face, but I’m looking forward to a trip to sunny Brisbane in November for the conference!

If you were stuck on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you?

My answer to this question changes often, currently…

  1. A suitcase full of non-fiction books; philosophy, neuroscience and agritech
  2. Seeds to grow fruit/veg
  3. A desalinator

Apparently, I plan to stay happily there awhile and not request tools for escape!