Diversity and difference are our guiding principles.

Michael Lawrance

Sheep shearer turned Occupational Therapist

With a background of having worked hands-on in heavy manual handling and high-risk industries Michael trained in occupational therapy (physical and psychological training), ergonomics and safety; then did research in workplace design and hazardous physical work injury prevention.

Michael has worked in safety, injury prevention, injury management and ergonomics in mining, horse racing, shearing, construction, manufacturing, transport and health for 20 years.

His first 20 years of working life as a shearer provided a good grounding in consistent physical performance while managing musculoskeletal health. Michael has worked in state and national industry injury prevention projects in shearing and horse racing and worked in senior safety management roles in underground mining.

David Bick

Physiotherapist to the sports stars

An award-winning Sports Physiotherapist, David has committed his career to inspiring Australians from early development up to elite athlete level. He is a recognised specialist in tendonopathy, running clinics and lectures educating other physiotherapists from around the country. For seven years, David has traveled the world as Team Physiotherapist to our Australian Rugby Union Team – the Wallabies. And as a former Australian Under 21 representative himself, David’s private clients read like a who’s who of Australian Champions – George Gregan (Rugby), Ian Thorpe (Swimming), Matt Shirvington (Track and Field), Jamie Dwyer (Hockey), Alyson Annan (Hockey) and Melanie Roche (Softball) just to name a few.

Before the Wallabies, David traveled domestically and internationally for two years as Team Physiotherapist for NSW rugby team The Waratahs, twelve years with the Olympic men’s and women’s Track and Field, Softball, Gymnastics, and Hockey Teams, and another eight years as Team Physiotherapist at the NSW Institute of Sport for Softball, Gymnastics and Track and Field. In 2000 David caught the eye of royalty, being awarded the Australian Sports Medal for service to Sport by Her Majesty the Queen. Today, JointAction is David’s passion, using his knowledge, experience and wicked sense of humour to teach everyday Australians and their employers the secrets to looking after themselves in the workplace.

John Pryor

International Rugby Strength & Conditioner

John has provided services to elite sporting organisations in Australia and Japan in the areas of fitness training, strength training, nutrition, biomechanics and injury management for over 15 years. His most recent role in sport was as the strength and conditioning coordinator for the all-conquering 2015 Japanese National Rugby team. John has also worked for the ACT Brumbies, NSW Waratahs, the Brisbane Broncos, the Qantas Wallabies and Suntory Japan.

He has completed a masters degree researching muscle mechanics and has international publications in sports medicine, ergonomics, biomechanics and strength training journals. He works extensively with all football codes as well as maintaining an ongoing role in occupational health.

Dr Forbes Smith

Merchant Seaman/Medical Practitioner

Sea Experience
North sea herring fishing fleet. Midshipman/Navigating Deck Officer British Merchant Navy. Deck Officer Far East Landing ship Tank Fleet,Borneo Confrontation.Awarded Borneo Star. Yachtsman. Multiple coastal and ocean racing and cruising experience over thirty five years.

Medical Graduate Aberdeen University Scotland. Anaesthetist, Dept. Of Anaesthesia Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Anaesthetist Assiniboine Anaesthetic group Winnipeg Canada. Medical Practitioner/Anaesthetist Australia,General and Spinal surgery. Founder and Medical Director Nabenet (national back evaluation network),a multidisciplinary post spinal surgery and occupational rehabilitation provider with special interest in MSD injury risk minimisation.

Golf, gardening and sailing. Volunteer Sailability (sailing for the disabled).

Steve Cowley

PhD, BSc (Hons) (OHS ), MSc (Occ Hyg), GCert(Ed), FSIA, GIOSH

Steve has been an OHS practitioner & academic since 1983 in the UK, Australia and Asia and the South Pacific. His focus has been the practical application of hazard management and industrial hygiene principles in a wide variety of industry sectors ranging from mining, agriculture and construction through manufacturing and retail to emergency services and education.

He has worked on focused injury prevention projects in the shearing, thoroughbred horse racing and plastering industries. Other recent research projects have looked at the impact of increasing obesity on the safety of health care, emergency service and funeral workers; prevention of hazardous noise exposure; prevention of asthma in the motor vehicle smash repair (MVR) sector; and factors influencing PFD (life jacket) use among commercial fishers. His PhD explored strategies to market health and safety solutions and increase their adoption by business managers.

Steve is a member of the UK’s IOSH, a Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia Editor-in-Chief of the Safety Institute of Australia’s Journal of Health & Safety Research & Practice, a visiting lecturer at Swinburne University and a visiting academic with Middlesex University.