Sharon Richens is an experienced Physiotherapist with a passion for best practice Injury Management strategies, Workplace Wellbeing and Employee Resilience programmes.
Sharon began her career working in private practice for 11 years before establishing her workplace injury consultancy business. She oversaw a team of health professionals that serviced a wide range of industries across NSW, assisting clients with strategies to minimise the social and financial costs of Workers Compensation. Sharon has also specialised in Workplace Mediation and Business coaching. She has consulted to businesses such as McDonalds, TAFE NSW, the mining sector and many regional local councils.
In 2014 Sharon was invited to partner with the ABC, to deliver Happy Body at Work – an evidenced based wellness program designed for workplaces seeking to improve energy, resilience and performance of their people. She has been involved in the product development from early inception and has since delivered the program nationally to companies including PwC, Optus, Commonwealth Bank Australia, Sydney University, CSIRO & Sydney Trains.
Sharon’s extensive experience in the management of workplace injuries has led to a greater understanding of the importance of relationships, communication and early intervention to achieve great outcomes. She coaches employers around the decision making of their teams and why people make the decisions they do in the area of risk management. She also has a particular interest in the impact of psychological injury in the workplace having worked with NSW Police and NSW Ambulance in her career.
Sharon is a highly sought-after speaker for the NSW Business Chamber and has presented at the National Workplace Health Conference, Sydney. She is also a lecturer at Charles Sturt University in the area of Occupational Physiotherapy. Outside of work she is heavily involved in her local community and has a passion for rural health. In 2015 she had the privilege of travelling to Tanzania as part of a volunteer medical team at The School of St Jude- performing medical checks on over 1800 children.