Building a healthier & more productive public service
Conference Date
4th & 5th December 2019
Location
Hotel Realm Canberra
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Day 1 - Wednesday 4th December, 2019

8:00
Registration, coffee & networking
8:30
Opening remarks from the Chair
Geri Sumpter
Workplace Engagement Lead
Beyond Blue
8:40
Why mentally healthy workplaces are better for everyone
  • The impact of mental health on productivity
  • The benefits of creating mentally healthy workplaces
  • The ROI on investing in staff mental health
Chris Burns CSC
Commissioner
South Australian Mental Health Commission
9:20
Why social connections matter in the workplace
  • The positive impacts of fostering social connections for businesses and individuals
  • Understanding the socially connected workplace as a productive and safe workplace
  • Leveraging the potential of social connection for a successful workforce
Andrew Ellery
Head of Community Engagement
icare NSW
10:00
SPEED NETWORKING

In this fun, interactive session, you will have the opportunity to meet fellow attendees and speakers in two minute bursts, to exchange business cards and set up conversations for the rest of the event

10:30
Morning tea & networking
11:00
Leading by example & empowering holistic employee wellbeing
  • Breaking stigma through leadership around health strategies
  • Addressing fears and concerns preventing a culture of openness around mental health
  • Adopting a holistic approach to employee wellbeing
Stephen Hayward
First Assistant Secretary, Human Services Division
Department of Home Affairs
11:40
INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: Why make mental health an organisational priority?
Dom Sheil
Assistant Commissioner, Working Well
Australian Taxation Office
Adrian Daley
Manager, Performance and Wellbeing
Department of The Treasury
Stephen Hayward
First Assistant Secretary, Human Services Division
Department of Home Affairs
Damon Muttukumaru
Senior Psychologist
Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
12:40
Networking lunch
1:40
Beyond illness: adopting a framework of wellbeing
  • Understanding of what’s required of an organisation in supporting staff mental health
  • Going beyond minimum requirements in taking a holistic approach
  • Insights from the ATO’s approach to ‘Working Well’
Dom Sheil
Assistant Commissioner, Working Well
Australian Taxation Office
Engaging leaders & managers in normalising the conversation around mental health & wellbeing
2:20
INTERACTIVE ROUNDTABLE SESSION
  • Making the most of your psychological services
  • Staff engagement initiatives and their benefits
  • Understanding the relationship between physical health and mental health
3:00
Afternoon tea & networking
3:30
Encouraging multi-level engagement in mental health
  • Developing capability, confidence and understanding of mental health
  • Supporting team members experiencing mental health issues
  • Managing workplace risks to mental health
Catherine Doherty
Workplace Engagement Manager
Beyond Blue
4:10
The value of peer support networks: Lessons from mates in energy
  • Developing and operationalising a multi-tiered network
  • Empowering employees to become connectors
  • Using technology efficiently across a network
Aaron McCann
Mental Health Advocate
Energy Queensland
4:50
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Day One
Workshop C: How to develop an end-to-end mental health strategy
Wednesday 4th December 2019, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

An employee’s mental health is often directly shaped by the efficacy of their workplace’s mental health strategy. In developing such a strategy, it is important to adopt an end-to-end approach, in order to ensure that the support provided to staff is both comprehensive and relevant.

This workshop will cover the key components of what makes a mental health strategy successful, and provide participants with the understanding of the process involved in developing a successful strategy. Attendees will also learn how to implement some of the most effective early intervention initiatives within their mental health strategy.

Why attend this workshop?

  • Understand the full scope of an effective end-to-end mental health strategy
  • Learn how to identify available strategies and evaluate them for suitability

What you will take away by attending

  • Confidence in your approach to developing a mental health strategy
  • An understanding of the most important considerations in strategy development
  • Awareness of existing strategies and their effectiveness

Price $499 + GST

* Refreshments & dinner provided

Samantha Sellwood
Chief Advisor, Psychological Health Unit
Work Health and Safety Queensland
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Day 2 - Thursday 5th December, 2019

8:00
Welcome, coffee & networking
8:30
Opening remarks from the Chair
Geri Sumpter
Workplace Engagement Lead
Beyond Blue
8:40
KEYNOTE: Engaging leaders & understanding the importance of strategic leadership
  • The importance of setting the tone from the top down
  • Making mental health an organisational priority
  • Generating cultural change through effective leadership
Tony Walker ASM
Chief Executive Officer
Ambulance Victoria
Evaluating the latest research to develop an evidence-based mental health strategy
9:20
Identifying key considerations in developing a mental health strategy
  • Evaluating existing programs for organisational suitability
  • Reducing stigma and barriers to conversations around mental health
  • Case study insights in implementing an internationally-developed program and its evidence-based success
Carrie Leeson
Chief Executive Officer
Lifeline Canberra
10:00
Launching a mental health advisor program
  • Realising the support potential of peers and staff
  • Understanding the impact of mental health on staff retention
  • Adopting a holistic view of the employee experience
Cassie Alexander
Assistant Secretary, Human Resources
Department of Finance
10:40
Morning tea & networking
11:10
Championing a preventative approach to workplace mental health

Engaging in early intervention to promote mentally healthy workplaces

Sue Weston
Chief Executive Officer
Comcare
11:50
Empowering managers to address mental health in the workplace
  • The benefits of training managers
  • Understanding work-related mental health risk factors
  • The importance of preventive and responsive managerial behaviours
Aimee Gayed
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Black Dog Institute & UNSW Workplace Mental Health Research Program
12:30
Networking lunch
1:30
Looking beyond the individual in addressing organisational wellbeing
  • Lessons from the field of systems psychodynamics- discovering the covert dynamics of organisational life
  • Understanding the impact of organisational culture on employee wellbeing and mental health
  • Implications for employee wellbeing and organisational performance
Karen Olver
Principal Adviser Employee Wellbeing
Department of Health and Human Services Victoria
Implementing proactive mental health initiatives based on best-practice case study examples
2:10
Ensuring multi-level mental health & wellbeing literacy through effective interventions
  • The importance of prevention and early intervention, not simply recovery
  • Vertical and horizontal avenues of support for staff around mental health
  • Strategies to empower staff and build confidence around mental health
Stephen Whittaker
Manager Health, Wellbeing & Peer Support
Melbourne Health
2:50
Afternoon tea & networking
3:20
CASE STUDY: Creating a mentally healthy culture at Metro Trains Melbourne
  • Metro’s Positive Psychology Framework for Mental Health
  • Positive results from the Wellness Advocate Program
  • Implementing and measuring mental health initiatives at Metro Trains
Jules Robinson
Wellness Specialist
Metro Trains Melbourne
4:00
Developing a cohesive workplace wellbeing strategy
  • Incorporating individual projects and pieces of work into a single strategy
  • Operationalising the strategy for improved mental health outcomes
  • Explaining approaches to evaluation, and understanding ROI benefits
Catherine Carvolth
Director, Employee Relations, Safety & Wellbeing
Department of Family & Community Services NSW
4:40
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Conference
Workshop A: How to train managers to best support their staff
Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Managers play an integral role in supporting the wellbeing of their team members, from exhibiting behavioural leadership, to recognising and providing support in instances where a team member may be struggling. It is therefore important to equip managers and people leaders with the tools, techniques and resources necessary for them to carry out this multifaceted role.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for organisations to understand the common challenges in engaging managers and provide best-practice strategies that will empower managers to proactively and confidently approach mental health in the workplace.

Why attend this workshop?

  • Learn to identify the behaviours that make a supportive and effective manager
  • Develop an understanding of warning signs of ill mental health to provide early intervention to staff
  • Understand the importance of engaging with mental health in the workplace

What you will take away by attending

  • Strategies to support staff through critical incidents or periods of ill mental health
  • Understanding of resources available to managers to support their own wellbeing
  • Clarity of the manager’s role in workplace mental health

Price $499 + GST

*Refreshments provided

Kash Thomson
Psychologist & Consultant
YES Psychology & Consulting
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Workshop C: How to develop an end-to-end mental health strategy
Wednesday 4th December 2019, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

An employee’s mental health is often directly shaped by the efficacy of their workplace’s mental health strategy. In developing such a strategy, it is important to adopt an end-to-end approach, in order to ensure that the support provided to staff is both comprehensive and relevant.

This workshop will cover the key components of what makes a mental health strategy successful, and provide participants with the understanding of the process involved in developing a successful strategy. Attendees will also learn how to implement some of the most effective early intervention initiatives within their mental health strategy.

Why attend this workshop?

  • Understand the full scope of an effective end-to-end mental health strategy
  • Learn how to identify available strategies and evaluate them for suitability

What you will take away by attending

  • Confidence in your approach to developing a mental health strategy
  • An understanding of the most important considerations in strategy development
  • Awareness of existing strategies and their effectiveness

Price $499 + GST

* Refreshments & dinner provided

Samantha Sellwood
Chief Advisor, Psychological Health Unit
Work Health and Safety Queensland
Register Now
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Key Speakers

Stephen Hayward
First Assistant Secretary, Human Services Division
Department of Home Affairs
Chris Burns CSC
Commissioner
South Australian Mental Health Commission
Sue Weston
Chief Executive Officer
Comcare
Cassie Alexander
Assistant Secretary, Human Resources
Department of Finance