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Free Webinar: Road safety and other workplace benefits of mindfulness
Road crashes are the most common cause of work-related injury, death and absence in Australia. Previous interventions have primarily focused on improving driving skill, but there is limited evidence to support the effectiveness of this approach. An alternative approach for sustainable improvement in driver behaviour, particularly reducing distracted driving and improving attention, self-awareness and self-control, is through mindfulness.

Mindfulness has been shown to improve focus and emotion management, and reduce distraction. Mindfulness training has also been shown to significantly improve sustained attention, working memory, distractibility, emotional reactivity, behavioural regulation, empathy and prosocial behaviours – all of which have important implications for safe driving behaviour.

This webinar will outline research conducted by the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) and Monash University mindfulness experts that has demonstrated mindfulness is significantly associated with improved driving behaviours.

It will also touch on return on investment and productivity benefits of mindfulness for organisations, and outline an innovative proposal to develop a driving-specific mindfulness training program to improve the driving behaviour of work-related drivers.

Nov 17, 2020 02:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Speakers

Craig Hassed OAM
Associate Professor @Department of General Practice within the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University
A/Prof. Craig Hassed OAM has worked in the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University since 1989 and is coordinator of mindfulness programs across Monash. His teaching, research and clinical interests include mindfulness, mind-body medicine, lifestyle medicine and integrative medicine. He has authored over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is regularly invited to speak in Australia and overseas in health, educational, government and corporate contexts. Craig was the founding president of Meditation Australia, is a regular media commentator, and has published 13 books and 14 book chapters. He co-authored two free online Mindfulness courses in collaboration with Monash University and FutureLearn, both of which are rated as the two leading mindfulness courses and among the 20 top online courses in the world. In 2019 Craig was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to Medicine.
Dr Richard Chambers
Clinical Psychologist & Mindfulness Consultant @Monash University
Sjaan Koppel
Associate Professor @Monash University Accident Research Centre
Dr Sjaan Koppel holds a PhD in Psychophysiology and is an Associate Professor at the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC). Within this role, Sjaan has conducted innovative research that explores the safe mobility of vulnerable road users including. Sjaan’s expertise is internationally recognised and is on the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM), is an Associate Editor for Traffic Injury Prevention (TIP), is on the Scientific Program Committee for the TÜV SÜD Conference ‘Protection of Children in Cars' and is an invited member of Safe Kids Worldwide's 'Children in Automated Vehicles' Consortium.