Improve productivity by normalising mental health in the workplace
Conference Date
19th & 20th May 2020
Location
Live Stream
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Day 1 - Tuesday 19th May, 2020

8:00
Registration, coffee & networking
8:30
Opening remarks from the Chair
Geri Sumpter
Workplace Engagement Lead
Beyond Blue
Understanding the impact of mental health at work & supporting employee mental wellbeing
8:40
Assessing psychosocial risk in the workplace & the systemic causes of psychosocial harm
  • Psychosocial risk in the public sector: findings from the Australian Workplace Barometer Project
  • Investigating the systemic causes of psychosocial risk in public sector workplaces
  • Breaking down the impact of psychosocial risk on employees
Dr Tessa Bailey
Research Associate, Centre for Workplace Excellence
University of South Australia
9:20
KEYNOTE: Connecting leadership & workplace mental health – Practical tools to better lead teams
  • Understanding leadership considerations for people management when dealing with mental health in the workplace
  • What is your “User Story”? Building a case for mental health programs and support
  • Case Study: The CSYW Mental Health Framework – tools to assist with managing mental health in the workplace
Shannan Quain
Chief Human Resources Officer & Executive Director of People & Culture
Department of Child Safety, Youth & Women QLD
10:00
NETWORKING ACTIVITY
10:30
Morning tea & networking
11:00
Supporting mental health in the workplace & responding to the impact of external stressors
  • Addressing the impact of natural disasters (such as the recent bushfire crisis) on employee mental health
  • Implementing mitigation strategies to manage the mental health of employee during crisis situations
  • Providing employees with the necessary support to deal with long term mental health issues associated with issues external to the workplace
Stephen Hayward
First Assistant Secretary, Health Services Division
Department of Home Affairs
Managing performance & enabling managers to respond to mental health disclosures
11:40
EXECUTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: The role of leadership in supporting mental health at work
Cassie Alexander
Assistant Secretary, Human Resources, Corporate Services Division
Department of Finance
Stephen Hayward
First Assistant Secretary, Health Services Division
Department of Home Affairs
Shannan Quain
Chief Human Resources Officer & Executive Director of People & Culture
Department of Child Safety, Youth & Women QLD
12:20
Navigating the management of underperformance in employees who have disclosed mental health conditions
  • Balancing support for the employee with ensuring work performance is maintained and managing productivity risks
  • Early intervention and implementing reasonable adjustments
  • Insights on the performance management process
Anna Finnegan
Director, Performance & Wellbeing
Attorney-General's Department
1:00
Networking lunch
2:00
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
3:00
How to implement performance management procedures
  • The importance of discussing new performance management strategies with the employee
  • Adapting role expectations with reasonable adjustments to support employee performance
  • Managing mental health when the condition is pre-existing to employment or is exacerbated by circumstances external to the workplace
Peter Gould
Service Manager, Workplace Health
Redland City Council
3:40
Afternoon tea & networking
4:10
Supporting managers to better respond to mental health disclosures
  • Exploring the impact of mental health at work and the role of the manager in responding to disclosures
  • Defining boundaries for managers and employees
  • Understanding the impact of disclosures on managers and other employees
Michael O’Hanlon
Workplace Engagement Manager
Beyond Blue
4:50
Enabling managers to assess & manage psychosocial risk in the workplace
  • The importance of manager engagement in assessing psycho-social risk
  • Developing the SMART framework
  • Responding to psycho-social risk at different levels
Associate Professor Karina Jorritsma
Professor of Practice, Future of Work Institute & Lead of Thrive at Work
Curtin University
5:30
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Day One

Day 2 - Wednesday 20th May, 2020

8:00
Welcome, coffee & networking
8:30
Opening remarks from the Chair
Gain organisational buy in to drive cultural change & normalise mental health in the workplace
8:40
INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: Making mental health & wellbeing a priority in the UK Civil Service
  • Assessing the workplace mental health of public sector employees compared to private employees
  • Understanding the cost and impact of poor employee mental health
  • What does best practice look like? How can employers improve how they address mental health
  • What can Australia learn from how the UK Civil Service has addressed mental health at work?
Senior Representative
Mind UK
9:20
PANEL DISCUSSION: Understanding the importance of taking an organisational approach to mental health
Associate Professor Karina Jorritsma
Professor of Practice, Future of Work Institute & Lead of Thrive at Work
Curtin University
Samantha Vecchio
Branch Coordinator, Medicare & Veterans Health
Department of Veteran Affairs
Rebecca Quinn
Director People & Culture
Parks VIC
Michael O’Hanlon
Workplace Engagement Manager
Beyond Blue
10:00
SPOTLIGHT SESSION

In this interactive session, you will have the opportunity for reflective discussion with other delegates and discuss key takeaways from the conference so far

10:30
Morning tea & networking
11:00
Overcoming stigma & normalising conversations about mental health
  • Embedding a proactive culture around dealing with mental health conditions
  • Implementing toolkits to equip employees to have the conversation
  • Coaching managers to be proactive and confident about approaching their employees
Rebecca Quinn
Director People & Culture
Parks VIC
11:40
Using Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) to normalise mental health in the workplace
  • The role of EAPs in proactively normalising mental health
  • Ensuring trust in EAPs to maximise service uptake by employees
  • Getting the most out of an EAP service
Katie Dunn
Senior Director, People & Performance
ACT Education Directorate
12:20
Networking lunch
1:20
How to get leadership buy-in to promote mentally healthy workplaces
  • Making leaders aware of the prevalence of mental health in the workplace
  • Demonstrating the business impact of mental health
  • Using testimonials and lived experience to gain leadership buy in
Sarah Stone-Tolcher
Program Officer
Department of Human Services
Develop & implement effective mental health strategies & initiatives
2:00
Taking an interdepartmental approach to mental health in Public Sector workplaces
  • Gaining buy in and engagement from a range of relevant buy-in stakeholders
  • Using feedback and consultation to develop the holistic framework
  • Lessons learned and insights from the framework so far
Julie Nielsen
Executive Director of Health & Safety
Worksafe Victoria
2:20
Afternoon tea & networking
2:50
INTERACTIVE Q&A SESSION: How to work together to create a comprehensive framework
Karen Batt
Victorian Branch Secretary/Federal Secretary
Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU)
Kate Rattigan
Deputy Secretary, People & Executive Services Group
Department of Education & Training Victoria
Julie Nielsen
Executive Director of Health & Safety
Worksafe Victoria
3:30
CASE STUDY: Adapting workplace wellbeing initiatives to meet the needs of your organisation
  • Assessing the level of psychosocial risk present within your workplace
  • Developing tailored strategies to tackle the specific needs of your workplace
  • Creating a predetermined set of baseline measures to evaluate program outcomes effectively
James Wallace
Head of Safety & Wellbeing
Sydney Water
Lucas Finch
Health & Wellbeing Specialist
Sydney Water
4:10
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Conference
Workshop A: How to integrate psychosocial risk management into a mental health strategy
Monday 18th May 2020, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Just as with physical health and safety, risk management is necessary for employee mental health. The ongoing pressures and changes of day to day work that impact employees, like excessive workloads, lack of role clarity, conflicting demands and a lack of involvement in decisions have a negative impact on productivity and put employee wellbeing at risk. This is in addition to the personal challenges and stressors that every employee has.

Learn how you can develop an effective framework to manage psychosocial safety in the workplace at this interactive workshop. Using practical case studies, gain an understanding of the impact of psychosocial risk in the workplace, and how to integrate this into a successful workplace mental health strategy

8:30 Registration

9:00 Part 1: Identifying psychosocial risks & creating a framework

  • Understand why psychosocial risks are important to take into consideration at work
  • Learn what a successful framework looks like and develop a tailored strategy for your organisation
  • Hear insights into how to overcome common challenges when implementing a framework
  • Take away resources to implement a framework in your workplace

12:00 Networking lunch

1:00 Part 2: Developing a comprehensive mental health strategy

  • Understand the critical elements and success factors of a robust mental health strategy
  • Learn how to identify psychosocial risks and integrate them into a strategy
  • Create a mitigation plan for potential roadblocks
  • Set baseline measures to evaluate the success and impact

4:00 Close of workshop

* Refreshments & lunch provided

Price: $999 + GST

Dr Tessa Bailey
Research Associate, Centre for Workplace Excellence
University of South Australia
Lucas Finch
Health & Wellbeing Specialist
Sydney Water
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Workshop B: How to train managers to best support their staff
Thursday 21st May 2020, 9:00am – 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
  • Carefully assess management ability, comfort and needs – in applying mental health literacy in action
  • Determine the sufficient and relevant training needed to upskill manager in holding supportive conversations

What you will takeaway from 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
  • A number of effective ways to engage and develop managers in mental health literacy at work (based on Australian case studies)

* Refreshments & lunch provided

Price: $999 + GST

Kash Thomson
Psychologist & Consultant
Director - YES Psychology & Consulting Pty Ltd
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Key Speakers

Kate Rattigan
Deputy Secretary, People & Executive Services Group
Department of Education & Training Victoria
Stephen Hayward
First Assistant Secretary, Health Services Division
Department of Home Affairs
Shannan Quain
Chief Human Resources Officer & Executive Director of People & Culture
Department of Child Safety, Youth & Women QLD
Julie Nielsen
Executive Director of Health & Safety
Worksafe Victoria