4th Annual
Driving cultural change & engaging staff to normalise mental health in the workplace
Conference Date
26th & 27th February 2020
Bayview Eden Melbourne
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Effectively implementing mental health strategies for complete wellbeing
The mental health of first responders has received increasing media scrutiny since coming to the spotlight in 2016. In the years that have followed, first responder organisations have had to deal with the stigma and lack of trust associated with accessing support services and the challenge of equipping middle management to comfortably handle difficult mental health conversations. Developing evidence based mental health strategies, successfully implementing strategies and increasing mental health literacy will be of top priority as first responder organisations look to provide employees with the support they need.

Strategise with and learn from leading first responder agencies, researchers and experts at the 4th Annual Mental Health for First Responders conference. Hear case studies about best practice in supporting first responders and employees in high exposure roles, and take back ideas, strategies, and practical tips to proactively support the holistic wellbeing of your employees.

What will you take away from this event
  • An understanding of evidence based practice & how the latest research should inform strategy
  • Insights to overcome stigma and a lack of trust as a barrier to accessing support services
  • Strategies to practically support the holistic wellbeing of employees
  • Ideas to engage & equip management to adequately support first responders
  • Insight into the use of early intervention & group based reflective practices to boost wellbeing
  • Case studies from leading first responders who are spearheading action in mental health support
Who will attend?
Commissioners, CEOs & other Senior Executives responsible for
  • People & Culture
  • Strategic Performance
  • Human Resources
  • Operations
Operational Management responsible for
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Counselling
  • Peer Support
  • Psychological Services
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)

Attend to learn:

  • Increase accessibility of support services through cultural change & by building trust
  • Support middle management to have difficult conversations & normalise mental health
  • Explore evidence based approaches to developing mental health strategies
  • Improve strategy implementation through streamlined processes & follow up
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Key Speakers

James Maskey
National Engagement Manager - Police & Emergency Services Program
Beyond Blue
Allyson Lardner
Acting Deputy Chief Fire Officer
Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning Victoria
Elisha Balfour
Senior Psychologist
Queensland Police


What People Are Saying

  • “It was a fantastic opportunity to speak with and listen to people from a range of services who are all trying to provide the best support they can for their members. It was great to hear about new and developing approaches and share ideas.”

    Trudy Deller
    Country Fire Authority & 3rd Annual Mental Health Strategies for First Responders 2019 conference attendee


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