About this event

  • Date and time Tue 30 Jun 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Occupational Medicine, Society of Occupational Medicine

This three-part webinar series is a unique opportunity to examine the recent developments and future directions for occupational respiratory issues. Hear from a range of experts from academia, clinical practice and policy makers who will provide a greater understanding of the topic.

For part 2 of this series, Dr Will Ponsonby, will be joined by Professor Malcolm Sim and Dr Ryan Hoy, both from Monash University in Australia, and Samantha Wilding, Health Policy and Public Affairs Lead B and CE. This session will dig deeper into cases of silicosis in construction within the UK and Australia.

Meeting topics include:

  • The current policy position towards respiratory issues
  • The implications for management by occupational health practitioners
  • Medical knowledge of respiratory issues with regard to multi morbidities

The talk will be concluded with an interactive discussion where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions to our panel of experts.

This is a joint meeting between RSM's Occupational Medicine Section and the Society of Occupational Medicine.

Register here for part 3Tuesday 7 July 2020 at 5:00pm (BST)

A CPD certificate with CPD credit will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording. 

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Key speakers

Professor Malcolm Sim

Professor Malcolm Sim

Occupational and Environmental Physician, Occupational and Environmental Health (MonCOEH), Monash Centre

Speaker's biography

Professor Malcolm Sim is an occupational and environmental physician and epidemiologist who is Head of the Monash University Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health in Melbourne, Australia.


He leads an active research program of occupational cohort studies focused on workplace hazards and chronic diseases.  He is a chief investigator for the silicosis research program involving artificial stone workers in his home State of Victoria


Professor Sim is also president of the australasian faculty of occupational medicine of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and has recently completed his term as editor-in-chief of occupational and environmental medicine. In 2019, he was made a member of the order of Australia for significant service to occupational and environmental medicine. 

Dr Ryan Hoy

Dr Ryan Hoy

Senior Research Fellow, Occupational and Environmental Health (MonCOEH), Monash University

Speaker's biography

Dr Ryan Hoy is a respiratory physician with a Master's degree in occupational and environmental health. He is a senior research fellow at the Monash University Centre for occupational and environmental health in Melbourne, Australia.


His research has included the areas of work-related asthma, laryngeal dysfunction and artificial stone associated silicosis. He is a member of the recently establish National Dust Diseases Taskforce, which aims to develop a national approach for the prevention, early identification, control and management of occupational dust diseases in Australia.

Samantha Wilding

Samantha Wilding

Health Policy and Public Affairs Lead B and CE

Speaker's biography

Samantha Wilding leads on public affairs and stakeholder engagement at B&CE. She has been the driving force behind the joint inquiry into silicosis in the construction industry, delivered in partnership with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Respiratory Health. 


Wilding has significant experience in the construction sector, having advised Lend Lease, Balfour Beatty and Aggregate Industries on public affairs, stakeholder engagement and corporate responsibility strategies.  


She has an MSc in Modern British Politics from the London School of Economics, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Corporate Communications through the PR Academy/University of Chester. 


View the programme

Welcome and introduction

Dr Will Ponsonby, Past President, Occupational Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

The accelerated silicosis epidemic in Australia

Professor Malcolm Sim, Director and Dr Ryan Hoy, Senior Research Fellow, Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health (MonCOEH), Monash University

The UK inquiry into silicosis in construction

Samantha Wilding, Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement Lead, B&CE

Questions and answers
End of webinar



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

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