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

8:30
Registration
9:00
Opening remarks from the Chair
Geri Sumpter
Workplace Engagement Lead
Beyond Blue
Understanding the impact of mental health at work & supporting employee mental wellbeing
9:15
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
9:50
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
10:30
Morning break
11:00
GROUP NETWORKING VIA ZOOM

In this fun, interactive session, meet fellow attendees and speakers in small groups. Get to know each other and set up value connections for the rest of the event and beyond!

11:30
The Future of Mental Health Issues in the work place and what you can do today
  • Current trends in mental health issues in the workplace
  • How to decipher mental health issues and what you need to know
  • Future of mental health tech to support people
  • Practical steps to support your work for
Georgie Blundell
Chief Executive Officer
Generation Health
Managing performance & enabling managers to respond to mental health disclosures
12:00
EXECUTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: The role of leadership in supporting mental health at work
  • Setting the tone from the top down
  • What can leaders do to foster an organisational culture around mental health?
  • Examining people management within the context of mental health
  • The importance of ensuring leaders are also supported in their wellbeing
Cassie Alexander
Assistant Secretary, Human Resources, Corporate Services Division
Department of Finance
Stephen Hayward
First Assistant Secretary, Health Services Division
Department of Home Affairs
12:40
Lunch break
1:40
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
2:10
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
2:40
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
3:20
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Day One
3:30
Scheduled 121 meetings take place

Day 2 - Wednesday 20th May, 2020

8:30
Registration
9:00
Welcome remarks from the Chair
Gain organisational buy in to drive cultural change & normalise mental health in the workplace
9:15
How to train managers to best support their staff
Kash Thomson
Psychologist & Consultant
Director - YES Psychology & Consulting Pty Ltd
9:50
PANEL DISCUSSION: Understanding the importance of taking an organisational approach to mental health
  • Potential impacts of organisational culture on mental health, both positive & negative
  • How can we maintain engagement & support of staff in times of organisational change?
  • Ensuring the accessibility of resources
  • How can organisations measure & evaluate the changes made their culture around mental health?
Associate Professor Karina Jorritsma
Professor of Practice, Future of Work Institute & Lead of Thrive at Work
Curtin University
Michael O’Hanlon
Workplace Engagement Manager
Beyond Blue
10:30
Morning break
11:00
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS: Supporting mentally healthy workplaces in the COVID 19 pandemic
  • How have you been managing the risks to employee mental health during these challenging times?
  • How can we better identify and support those most at risk of workplace psychological harm to health during the pandemic (e.g. frontline workers or those in isolation)?
  • How can we empower our leaders to feel confident about approaching employees on mental health issue related to COVID-19?
  • How can we engage leadership to lead by example, and ensure they are taking care of their own mental health during these challenging times?
Develop & implement effective mental health strategies & initiatives
11:50
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
12:20
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
Lucas Finch
Health & Wellbeing Specialist
Sydney Water
12:50
Lunch break
1:50
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
INTERACTIVE Q&A SESSION: How to work together to create a comprehensive framework
  • Establishing public sector and stakeholder relationships
  • Examples of successful collaborations to date
  • Unpacking the most critical success factors
  • Exploring the main challenges
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
3:00
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Conference
3:20
Scheduled 121 meetings take place
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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
Julie Nielsen
Executive Director of Health & Safety
Worksafe Victoria