Victorian Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (VIOSH) Australia is the Asia-Pacific centre for teaching and research in occupational health and safety (OHS) and is known as one of Australia's leaders on the field.
VIOSH has a global reputation for its innovative approach within the field of OHS management.
VIOSH had its first intake of students in 1979. At that time the Institution was known as the Ballarat College of Advanced Education. In 1990 it became known as Ballarat University College, then in 1994 as University of Ballarat. It was 2014 that it became Federation University.
VIOSH Australia students are safety managers, senior advisors and experienced OHS professionals. They come from all over Australia and industry.
Students are taught active research and enquiry; rather than textbook learning and a one-size fits all approach. VIOSH accepts people into the Graduate Diploma of Occupational Hazard Management who have no undergraduate degree - on the basis of extensive work experience and knowledge.
Ballarat College of Advanced Education had been trying for approval of a PG1 Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hazard Management during 1976 and 1977. This last application was 1978. They were hoping to introduce it in 1979. Present at this meeting held on Tuesday 8th August 1978 were representatives from:
EAC Subcommittee; W J Robertson (Convenor), Dr K B Brown (Medical Officer}, Dr A J Christophers (Chief Industrial Hygiene Officer, Dept of Health, E O'Keefe (Secretary to the Committee)
Ballarat CAE Course Advisory Committee; W Jinkins (Safety Engineer, Gas & Fuel), E Wigglesworth (Injury Research Unit, Royal College of Surgeons)
Ballarat College of Advanced Education; D J Woolley (Head of School of Engineering), T D Norwood (Head of Dept Mechanical Engineering), D Viner (Course Co-ordinator}, G Fernandez (School of Business}
Recommendation that the proposed course for the award of PG1 Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hazard Management at Ballarat College of Advanced Education be approved for introduction in 1979 at first year level. This still needs approval from the Tertiary Education Commission for the purposes of the expenditure of funds under the provision of the State Government.
Ten A4 pages - typed. Four correspondence and six the Draft of course for the application
Letterhead of Victoria Institute of Colleges and the Prime Minister, Canberra
Signature: R I Viner - Minister assisting the Prime MInister in Public Service Matters
Elizabeth O'Keefe - Secretary to the Academic Committee in Engineering, V.I.C.
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