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Health and Wellbeing Specialist

Date: 26-Feb-2021

Location: North Wollongong, NSW, AU, 2500

Company: South32 Group Operations Pty. Ltd.

About South32


South32 is a globally diversified mining and metals company. We produce bauxite, alumina, aluminium, energy and metallurgical coal, manganese, nickel, silver, lead and zinc at our operations in Australia, Southern Africa and South America.


We are also the owner of a high-grade zinc, lead and silver development option in North America and have several partnerships with junior explorers with a focus on base metals.


Our purpose is to make a difference by developing natural resources, improving people’s lives now and for generations to come.


We are trusted by our owners and partners to realise the potential of their resources.


Illawarra Metallurgical Coal is a long term and leading coking coal supplier which operates two underground metallurgical coal mines, two preparation plants and a logistics chain.


About the role


Reporting to the Lead Health and Hygiene, the purpose of the Healthy and Wellbeing Specialist is to provide specialist support and advice to operation-based and functional teams on health management aspects to support adherence to the South32 Global Health Standard. In addition, you will advise and maintain legal compliance and material-risk mitigation at operational level and ensure delivery of the functional business plan, health authorisations and strategic improvement projects.


Other accountabilities include:


  • Coordinate and drive the early intervention process within OSHA guidelines including initial assessments, provision of treatment and recommendations to the respective Illawarra Metallurgical Coal (IMC) site Lead teams
  • Initial injury assessments and triage for determination of appropriate treatment (as required) within the initial injury treatment timeframes
  • Regularly monitor injured employee progress to ensure a successful recovery and RTW
  • Liaise with and escalate all complex injury management cases to the IMC Health Specialist
  • Facilitation of RTW plans (precautionary suitable duties) and treatment (physiotherapy, etc) where applicable
  • Complete required Workers Compensation documentation and submit to insurer within required timeframes
  • Formulate, coordinate and monitor all return to work plans in consultation with injured worker, manager/supervisor and treating medical provider


This position will be a site-based role (Appin/Dendrobium Operations) which are in the southern coalfields of New South Wales.


About you


  • Graduate qualifications in an Allied Health field with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) certification required Specialisation in soft tissue injury management preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree – Allied Health Qualification
  • Sound understanding of health management processes and technologies and relevant industry standards (eg. ICMM). Knowledge of NSW Coal Mines Insurance Scheme preferred
  • Demonstrated site-based experience in managing multiple complex injuries and illnesses within a heavy industry setting (min 3 years)
  • Capable of working with minimal supervision and able to self-manage priorities
  • Experience in identifying issues, analysing data and recommending sensible and practical improvement solutions
  • Experience in executing technical health related work
  • Current and valid driver’s license


Our benefits


  • Competitive salary and bonus structures
  • Industry leading parental leave and family care policy
  • Education and career development
  • Participation in the Employee Share Plan


Our culture


At South32, our people are fundamental to our success. We’re focused on creating an inclusive workplace, with the right people in the right roles, who are engaged, empowered and appropriately rewarded.


We aspire to be an inclusive organisation, where our workforce reflects the broader demographic of the countries and communities where we operate.


South32 embraces diversity and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds.