Dr Mike Fray

PhD, BSc(Hons), BHSc, MCSP, FHEA

Dr Mike Fray is a Senior Lecturer in Ergonomics and Human Factors in Loughborough Design School at Loughborough University, UK.  Dr Fray has worked in the fields of ergonomics, musculoskeletal injuries and rehabilitation and patient handling for almost 30 years.

His PhD research focussed on the areas of measurement of outcomes from patient handling interventions (TROPHI) and the improvement of patient handling strategies, solutions and equipment.  He has worked on many projects in healthcare ergonomics including the design of ambulances and urgent care delivery, the biomechanical, physical and physiological evaluation of healthcare risks to staff, patients and organisations.

Dr Fray supported to present by Arjo

Lynda Enos


Ergonomist/Human Factors Specialist,

Ms. Enos is an certified occupational health nurse and certified professional ergonomist with over 25 years of work and consulting experience in industrial and health care ergonomics. She holds an undergraduate degree in nursing and a graduate degree in human factors/ergonomic
Ms. Enos was a contributor for the American Nurses Association (ANA) Interdisciplinary Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Standards 2013, and the 2016 American Association for Safe Patient Handling and Movement “Healthcare Recipient Sling and Hanger Bar Compatibility Guidelines”.

She is also the recipient of the 2017 Advocacy Award for Safe Patient Handling awarded by the Tampa VA Research and Education Foundation and the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals.

Dr Susan Gallagher


Susan Gallagher is a wound ostomy continence nurse, certified bariatric nurse, health care risk manager and certified safe patient handling professional. Dr. Gallagher holds a masters degree in nursing, a masters degree in religion and social ethics, and a PhD is policy ethics.

She is a recognized expert in safety, outcomes and communication with an emphasis on bariatrics, skin and wound care, safe patient handling and mobility, and risk and loss control.

Dr Gallagher supported to present by Essential Helpcare

Michelle A'Court, MC

Winner of “Female Comedian of the Decade” at the 2010 NZ Comedy Guild Awards, Michèle A’Court is a stand-up comedian, freelance writer and best-selling author.

Michèle is the Patron of the Moving & Handling Association of NZ (MHANZ) which cares for carers in the health sector. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity, and a Life Member of the NZ Comedy Guild.

Julie Slatter

Moving & Handling Educator at Waitemata DHB. Registered Nurse, Waitemata DHB, Auckland. Working in Assessment, Treatment & Rehabilitation, Health of Older Adult Services.

Luke Skinner

He is a physiotherapist with an interest in older adult and stroke rehabilitation. He has a decade of clinical experience in the inpatient hospital environment and is one of the moving and handling educators for WDHB.

Julia Salmon

She is a highly experienced Senior Occupational Therapist with current AHPRA and AIHI affiliations.

She completed her OT studies in the UK in 1989 and continues to expand her knowledge base through professional development and short courses. She is currently working towards her Masters in International Health at Curtin University.

Over the years Julia has excelled in the varied roles she has undertaken. Having spent many years in clinical settings in several countries, she can appreciate the challenges faced by her trainees and as a result her approach is very relevant and practical.

Julia is supported to present by USL

Zdenka Chalabalova

Linet Clinical Coach, and CZ. Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and Management in Social and Health Organisations (combined). Her background is in clinical support, training and education to the Linet global team, partners and customer network. She specialises in Moving and Handling, Wound Care and Intensive Care and has been a registered nurse since 2005.

She has travelled from the Czech Republic to present workshops with Active Healthcare alongside Nathan Carney and Fletcher Suckling.  She is supported by Active.

Rochelle Paice

Rochelle is currently a Moving & Handling Educator at Waitemata DHB and a nurse in the HDU and ICU unit at North Shore Hospital. Rochelle has extensive experience in Orthopaedics, Spinal Injuries and ICU, all areas that Moving and Handling is an integral part of care and improved outcomes.

Billie Lai

I am a Moving and Handling Educator for WDHB. Currently I work at North Shore Hospital’s Cardiology Centre as a registered nurse. My goal is reducing the risks associated with moving and handling to patients and carers. 

Anne Maisey

Anne has been a Senior Moving and Handling Educator at Waitemata District Health Board for 10 years. Anne has a background as a Registered Nurse specialising in the care of Stroke patients and rehabilitation of older adults.

Jenn Hooper

Founder and Manager of ‘Changing Places NZ
Devoted to improving the lives of New Zealand’s most vulnerable, Jenn Hooper has an impressive trail of achievements. 

Changing Places provide full bathroom facilities in public spaces where safety and dignity are maintained for all of its users – both the person with disabilities and their carers and whanau, enabling confidence for trips away from home.

The specialised equipment – including height adjustable change table; toilet and hand basin – fitted in Changing Places facilities means that carers or the cares for are no longer at risk of injury through unsafe lifting and handling.

Jenn is using her own experience as a mother of a profoundly disabled child and extensive knowledge of the disability sector to start ensuring that our most vulnerable and their carers can safely access their community.

Jenn is supported to present by

Allan Skinner (Chch and Wlgn)

Allan has 30 years Human Resource Development experience at Senior levels in a variety of organizations, including Public Service, Manufacturing, Engineering and Food Industry

In 1998 Allan established Leading Edge Training Solutions, an Auckland based Learning and Development Consultancy. Leading Edge develops and presents a range of courses and other performance improvement solutions. Their speciality is training trainers (IMPACT! Training for Trainers), supervisors and their teams. Team training includes Health and Safety.

Allan has a degree in Economics and Management and has lectured Management and Human Resources at several Educational Institutions, as well as presenting short courses for Auckland University of Technology and Auckland College of Education

Ara Cho (Akl only)

Ara is a Clinical Nurse Educator in Theatres and has been a Moving & Handling Educator at Waitemata District Health Board for 2 years. Her aim is to make the Theatres environment as safe as possible for both patients and staff.

In Auckland only

Gillian Miller

Gillian is a Design Lead at ACC in the Workplace Safety team and has been in post for 6 months.  Prior to working at ACC Gillian was at Capital and Coast DHB and Ministry of Health working in Disability System Development and Policy.  Gillian has 13 years’ experience in service redesign and improving policy and practice in public services in Scotland and in New Zealand. She has designed/redesigned services in the health service, prison service, UK Home Office, local authority services and Government policy.  To do this she has co-designed in partnership with the LGB community, Transgender people, people with learning disabilities, the Deaf community and asylum seekers. She firmly believes that the only way to solve complex problems is to work in partnership in an equal and reciprocal relationship