This Public Sector Workplace Mental Health Strategies conference is an essential opportunity for government agencies to better understand how to navigate the issue of employee mental health. Learn from peers across the public sector and take away practical strategies to develop a positive workplace culture and improve employee mental health outcomes.
Why should you attend this conference?
- A thorough understanding of the importance of mental health in the workplace
- An appreciation for the positive benefits of investing in mental health and wellbeing
- Insights from senior leadership champions of employee wellbeing on driving organisational culture change
- Lessons from evidence-based case studies in designing and implementing mental health initiatives
- Tools to address and overcome barriers to reducing stigma
- Strategies to develop a comprehensive, relevant, & effective mental health strategy
Who will attend? Senior leaders from Federal, State & Local Government, and Public Hospitals & Health Services, with responsibility for:
- Occupational Health & Safety
- Work Health & Safety
- Health & Wellbeing
- People & Culture
- Human Resources
Attend to learn how to
- Destigmatise mental health in the workplace & transform organisational culture
- Engage leaders & managers in normalising the conversation around mental health & wellbeing
- Evaluate the latest research to develop an evidence-based mental health strategy
- Implement proactive mental health initiatives based on best-practice case study examples
Department of Home Affairs
Stephen Hayward is the First Assistant Secretary, Health Services Division in the Department of Home Affairs. He is also the Department’s Mental Health Advocate with a passion for helping those suffering from mental health issues through a lived experience.
Stephen joined the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service in December 2013 as the National Manager of Security, Risk and Assurance with responsibilities for the agency’s security, risk and assurance planning and activities. Stephen has held Assistant Commissioner Positions in the Australian Border Force with responsibility for the Air and Marine Capabilities and Business Services. Prior to his appointment with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Stephen was the Executive Director of Operations at the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI), responsible for the investigation, intelligence and operational support arms of the Commission.
In 2009, Stephen was appointed to the Senior Executive Service of the Australian Public Service, where he served as the National Manager, Fraud and Intelligence in Centrelink.
Stephen served as a sworn member of the Queensland Police Service for 16 years, where he performed duties in a range of positions investigating serious and organised criminal activity.
Stephen holds a Graduate Diploma of Leadership (Policing and Emergency Services) from the Australian Institute of Police Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Married with three adult children, outside of work Stephen enjoys four wheel driving, scuba diving and camping.
South Australian Mental Health Commission
SA Mental Health Commissioner Chris Burns CSC is a passionate advocate for strengthening the mental wellbeing of his fellow South Australians. Chris is involved with people from all walks of life and organisations ranging from government to private enterprise as he spreads the message that good mental health starts with strong, inclusive communities and early intervention, promotion and prevention rather than acute care and emergency departments.
He prioritised and incorporated the views of South Australians as he led the development of the SA Mental Health Strategic Plan 2017-2022. Chris and his team are now implementing the Strategic Plan.
Sue Weston PSM was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Comcare in April 2019.
Before joining Comcare Sue was a Deputy Secretary at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science working across many areas and providing policy advice and support to portfolio Ministers. Most recently this included working with the portfolio’s science groups and the Corporate Division. Sue has held the role of Head of the Office of Small Business and has had an extensive career in the Australian Taxation Office covering a broad range of areas including business education and training in implementing the Goods and Services Tax and Pay As You Go reforms.
Sue holds a Bachelor of Science degree, a post graduate diploma in accounting, is a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Chartered Accountant.
Department of Finance
Insurance and Care NSW (icare) protects, insures and cares for the people, businesses and assets of NSW.
They provide workers compensation insurance to more than 326,000 public and private sector employers in NSW and their 3.6 million employees. In addition, they insure builders and homeowners, provide treatment and care to people severely injured on NSW roads; and protect more than $193 billion of NSW Government assets, including the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, schools and hospitals.
The data surrounding mental health is alarming and icare recognises its role in supporting their customers to adapt to meet changing employee needs. New mental health initiatives have been introduced to better support employees and employers including an online resource kit to assist managers to build social connections at work and a pilot workshop for employers to help them identify workplace risks that could lead to cases of poor mental health.
They have also partnered with the Black Dog Institute from the University of New South Wales to develop its mental health training program HeadCoach, which gives managers the skills, knowledge and confidence to effectively identify and provide support to employees who are experiencing mental health issues.
As Australia’s largest and most trusted Third Party Claims Administrator, Gallagher Bassett provides a complete range of claims management and consulting solutions including, workers’ compensation, general insurance, self insurance and advisory services. Drawing on our global network and extensive local resources, we provide customised claim and risk mitigation solutions that improve our clients’ outcomes. With Australian offices in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney, and New Zealand offices in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Globally, Gallagher Bassett employs a team of more than 6,000 claims management professionals who provide a unique suite of claims management and related consulting and technical services to clients around the world.
What People Are Saying
“The mental wellbeing of people at work is good for everyone and enhances personal and organisational resilience, and success.”2019
Date: 18 Nov 2019 By: Criterion Content Team
While one in three of us will experience mental illness at some point in our lives, there remains a pervasive stigma in the workplace preventing us from talking openly about our mental health. We compiled a fact sheet about the rates of mental health issues in the workplace, the associated cost and which industries are …
Date: 10 Nov 2019 By: Criterion Content Team
More Australians are accessing mental health services than ever before and Emergency Departments are groaning with the weight of associated presentations. Over the last four years emergency departments saw an increase of 20% in mental health presentations. This is not only a strain on under-resourced ED staff but also poses harmful consequences for patients. Research …
Date: 7 Nov 2019 By: Criterion Content Team
“What other job requires you to be in a constant state of hyper vigilance and alertness yet at the same time be a counsellor, a social worker, a lawyer, or a prison warden. What other profession authorizes you to take a person’s liberty, or potentially use deadly force, but then mandates that you attempt to …
Date: 8 Oct 2019 By: Criterion Content Team
Nearly 70% of people are uncomfortable disclosing a mental illness to an employer; 35% said it wasn’t even a possibility. Of people taking sick leave due to depression, 40% hid the fact from their boss. If you notice changes in a colleague or employee, it’s important to have the conversation and let them know they …
Endorsers & Media Partners
WayAhead Workplaces (formerly Workplace Health Promotion Network) was formed in October 2006 in Sydney. Our goal is to improve the health of Australia’s working population. We do this by resourcing and supporting organisations to create healthy workplaces. While mental health issues are key concerns within Australian workplaces, the WayAhead Workplaces aims to resource its members in relation to all aspects of employee wellbeing.
Our members are located across Australia, with our primary networks and meetings in Sydney and Brisbane. We welcome members from any organisation that has an interest in and commitment to workplace health and wellbeing. Find out more about our members and membership tiers and benefits.