3rd Annual
Practical strategies to embed positive wellbeing & build resilience
Conference Date
6th & 7th March 2019
Location
CQ Functions Melbourne
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Day 1 - Wednesday 6th March, 2019

8:00
Registration, coffee & networking
8:30
Welcome remarks from the Chair
Engaging leadership & changing culture
8:40
Senator Address: Understanding & prioritising mental health for first responders

• Understanding the need for a Senate Inquiry
• Reviewing the findings and recommendations
• Considering the next steps towards better mental health for first responders

Invited: Senator Anne Urquhart
Parliament of Australia
9:20
Leadership Panel Discussion: Mental health strategies from the coalface to the executive

• Exploring the crucial role of leadership in driving better mental health for first responders
• Connecting strategic vision with what’s happening on the ground
• Tackling cultures of stigma, stress and bullying to build supportive workplaces

Andrew Crisp
Commissioner
Emergency Management Victoria
Russell Bowles
Commissioner
Queensland Ambulance Service
Dr Katrina Sanders
Chief Medical Officer
Australian Federal Police
Michael Morgan
Chief Officer
South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service
10:00
International Spotlight: Applying research & improving mental health strategies

• Moving forward after a crisis: recovering and building resilience
• Authentic, compassionate leadership
• Developing, implementing and critiquing mental health strategies with an outcomes focus

Dr Julie Devlin
Research Psychologist
10:40
Morning tea & networking
New research & insights around prevalent & emerging issue
11:10
Answering the call – The National Mental Health and Wellbeing Study of Police and Emergency Services

• beyondblue and the Police & Emergency Services Program
• Understanding mental health and the importance of a mentally healthy workplace
• An overview of the National Study and specific findings
• Where to from here – knowledge to action

James Maskey
National Engagement Manager
beyondblue
11:50
Presentation by Gallagher Bassett
Representative from
Gallagher Bassett
12:20
Networking lunch
1:20
Latest developments in treating PTSD in first responders

• Exploring outcomes from trials into psychological treatment of PTSD
• Highlighting the need for cognitive behaviour therapy that’s tailored to first responders
• New initiatives to target the broad range of mental health issues affecting first responders

Professor Richard Bryant
School of Psychology
University of New South Wales
2:00
Roundtable Discussions

• Returning to work after psychological injury
• Addressing issues of bullying and harassment
• Managing workplace stress and nurturing a supportive environment

3:00
Afternoon tea & networking
3:30
Developing & delivering a graded exposure training program to enhance resilience
Nicole Sadler
Director Military & High Risk Organisations
Phoenix Australia
4:10
Case study: Implementing a psychological job task analysis

• Rating the emotional, cognitive, organisational and environmental demands of each role
• Reviewing initial results of analysis
• Strategising for the future and using insights to improve mental health outcomes

Jodie Earnshaw
Manager Work Health and Safety
NSW Department of Family & Community Services
4:50
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Day One
Workshop B: How to build resilience & improve employee wellbeing
Wednesday 6th March 2019, 5:10pm – 8:10pm

First responder agencies have begun taking a more proactive response to the prevalence of mental health issues, shifting the focus from mental illness to mental wellbeing. To better protect the mental health and wellbeing of their staff, Queensland Ambulance has instituted a comprehensive, evidence based strategy to build resilience and transform culture so their first responders are better engaged and equipped to manage their holistic health and wellbeing.

This workshop offers insights into best practice preventative strategies, with recommendations for how you can tailor them to your organisation.

Why attend this workshop?
• Develop effective preventative strategies to improve mental wellbeing
• Address barriers to accessing mental health support services
• Shift the focus from reactive to proactive, from mental illness to wellbeing

What you will take away by attending
• Examples of tried and tested preventative strategies
• Tools and frameworks to implement in your organisation
• Practical advice to improve your own proactive approaches

* Refreshments & dinner provided

Price: $499 + GST

Todd Wehr
Executive Manager Staff Support Services
Queensland Ambulance
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Day 2 - Thursday 7th March, 2019

8:00
Welcome, coffee & networking
8:30
Opening remarks from the Chair
Driving a proactive approach to mental wellbeing & building resilience
8:40
Beyond awareness & motherhood statements

• Embedding preventative mental health programs
• Ensuring your organisation is ready to support first responders with mental health issues
• Building resilience and a foundation for better mental health in your organisation

Tony Walker
Chief Executive
Ambulance Victoria
9:20
Innovating to support better mental health for first responders

• Integrating mental health training and awareness through technology
• Developing and evaluating the mental health and wellbeing app to provide information, build resilience and track mental health
• Introducing regular screening to normalise mental health and identify vulnerability

Dr Samuel Harvey
Associate Professor, University of New South Wales &
Head of the Workplace Mental Health Program, The Black Dog Institute
10:00
Overcoming stigma & shifting the focus from mental illness to mental health

• Developing salutogenic approaches through education and awareness
• Understanding the science of post-traumatic growth
• Normalising conversation and action to support mental wellbeing

Todd Wehr
Executive Manager Staff Support Services
Queensland Ambulance
11:10
PANEL DISCUSSION: Learning from lived experience

• Understanding the experience of first responders struggling with mental illness
• Sharing insights on the effectiveness of mental health programs and how they can be improved
• Addressing issues of stigma and workplace culture

Developing a collaborative mental health strategy
11:50
Co-designing mental health strategies for greater impact & engagement

• Insights and lessons learned from New Zealand
• Strengthening engagement from the executive to the coalface
• Understanding & strategising for improvement through collaboration

Alison Barnes
Safety, Health & Wellbeing Lead
New Zealand Fire & Emergency
12:30
Networking lunch
1:30
Collaborating to strengthen mental health initiatives

Gaining best practice insights and working together with unions
• Building networks to share resources and support strategies
• Breaking down silos and tailoring rather than duplicating the work

Colin Anderson
Director Safety & Wellbeing
Queensland Police
2:10
PANEL DISCUSSION: Rolling out best practice mental health strategies on the ground

• Positive and proactive strategies for wellbeing
• Growing awareness through training and peer support
• Supporting first responders from recruitment to retirement

Gerard Ryan
Chairperson
Victoria Police Retired Peer Support Officer Program
Brian Moon
Employee Support Project Manager
South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service
2:50
Afternoon tea & networking
Measuring impact to sustain leadership buy in & maximise efficacy
3:20
Demonstrating value & developing effective, sustainable mental health strategies

• Investing in mental health for the benefit of the individual & the organisation
• Reviewing and reporting on mental health strategies
• Overcoming funding constraints and ongoing stigma

Erin Noordeloos
Manager Trauma & Resilience
ABC
4:00
Case study: Measuring & improving resilience programs

• Introducing and improving My 5 and Advanced My 5
• Identifying how to measure the outcomes and efficacy of mental health initiatives
• Applying theory of change and program logic to achieve better mental health

Gary Zuiderwyk
Manager Work Health & Safety
NSW State Emergency Service
4:40
Closing remarks from the Chair and close of Conference
Workshop C: How to engage leadership in mental health initiatives
Thursday 7th March 2019, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

In order to change culture and see improvements in the mental wellbeing of first responders, good leadership is crucial. By getting buy in and building trust from senior executive to front line personnel, mental health strategies can become stronger and more comprehensive. This engagement is also essential for the strategies to be effective and sustainable in the long term.

This workshop will explore what good leadership looks like, as well as practical advice and frameworks to engage all ranks and roles in creating a supportive workplace culture and improving mental wellbeing.

Why attend this workshop?

  • Identify strategies for leaders and influencers to champion mental wellbeing
  • Learn how to tackle stigma by building trust
  • Develop skills to engage your organisation at all levels

What you will take away by attending

  • Understanding of genuine leadership and the importance of building confidence
  • Strategies for cultural change to address key issues affecting mental health
  • Tools and ideas to strengthen engagement with all staff

* Refreshments & dinner provided

Price: $499 + GST

Alison Barnes
Safety, Health & Wellbeing Lead
New Zealand Fire & Emergency
Register Now
Workshop A: How to review & sustainably improve mental health strategies
Tuesday 5th March 2019, 4:00pm – 7:00pm

First responder agencies across Australia and around the world are developing and investing in much needed mental health programs. As these roll out, it’s important to measure and assess impact in order to better understand how to make evidence-based decisions. Identifying gaps and sharing insights can be crucial in driving continuous improvement and achieving greater efficacy.

This workshop will walk you through program design, measurement, and evaluation, sharing insights and strategising for better mental health outcomes.

Why attend this workshop?
• Learn from best practice examples how to design and evaluate strategies
• Identify measures to understand the success of your mental health initiatives
• Develop skills in collaboration to share resources and work together across the sector

What you will take away by attending
• Principles of codesign to develop effective programs and get buy in
• Blueprints for measuring mental health outcomes
• Strategies for evidence-based improvement and innovation of mental health programs

* Refreshments & dinner provided

Price: $499 + GST

Dr Julie Devlin
Research Psychologist
Register Now
Workshop B: How to build resilience & improve employee wellbeing
Wednesday 6th March 2019, 5:10pm – 8:10pm

First responder agencies have begun taking a more proactive response to the prevalence of mental health issues, shifting the focus from mental illness to mental wellbeing. To better protect the mental health and wellbeing of their staff, Queensland Ambulance has instituted a comprehensive, evidence based strategy to build resilience and transform culture so their first responders are better engaged and equipped to manage their holistic health and wellbeing.

This workshop offers insights into best practice preventative strategies, with recommendations for how you can tailor them to your organisation.

Why attend this workshop?
• Develop effective preventative strategies to improve mental wellbeing
• Address barriers to accessing mental health support services
• Shift the focus from reactive to proactive, from mental illness to wellbeing

What you will take away by attending
• Examples of tried and tested preventative strategies
• Tools and frameworks to implement in your organisation
• Practical advice to improve your own proactive approaches

* Refreshments & dinner provided

Price: $499 + GST

Todd Wehr
Executive Manager Staff Support Services
Queensland Ambulance
Register Now
Workshop C: How to engage leadership in mental health initiatives
Thursday 7th March 2019, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

In order to change culture and see improvements in the mental wellbeing of first responders, good leadership is crucial. By getting buy in and building trust from senior executive to front line personnel, mental health strategies can become stronger and more comprehensive. This engagement is also essential for the strategies to be effective and sustainable in the long term.

This workshop will explore what good leadership looks like, as well as practical advice and frameworks to engage all ranks and roles in creating a supportive workplace culture and improving mental wellbeing.

Why attend this workshop?

  • Identify strategies for leaders and influencers to champion mental wellbeing
  • Learn how to tackle stigma by building trust
  • Develop skills to engage your organisation at all levels

What you will take away by attending

  • Understanding of genuine leadership and the importance of building confidence
  • Strategies for cultural change to address key issues affecting mental health
  • Tools and ideas to strengthen engagement with all staff

* Refreshments & dinner provided

Price: $499 + GST

Alison Barnes
Safety, Health & Wellbeing Lead
New Zealand Fire & Emergency
Register Now
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Key Speakers

James Maskey
National Engagement Manager
beyondblue
Andrew Crisp
Commissioner
Emergency Management Victoria
Tony Walker
Chief Executive
Ambulance Victoria
Alison Barnes
Safety, Health & Wellbeing Lead
New Zealand Fire & Emergency