Department of Education & Training Victoria
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 his lived experience.
Stephen joined the Australian Public Service in 2001 and has worked in areas of National Security, Immigration, Law Enforcement Integrity, Security, Risk and Assurance, Welfare and Customs and Border Protection including the Australian Border Force.
In 2009, Stephen was appointed to the Senior Executive Service of the Australian Public Service.
Julie joined WorkSafe Victoria as Executive Director in October 2018 and is committed to ensuring Victorian workplaces are the safest in Australia. With a career spanning both the private and government sectors, Julie has held a range of executive and senior positions, most recently within health and safety regulatory agencies.
Julie and her team are focused on the development and delivery of preventative strategies which allow all people to be healthy and safe at work.
University of South Australia
Dr Tessa S. Bailey is a registered psychologist and completed her PhD focusing on Psychosocial Safety Climate (PSC) and psychosocial factors at work. She has experience working in the areas of human resource management, injury preventions, and injury management. Dr Bailey has assisted with coordinating the Australian Workplace Barometer project since 2011 which has collected data on working conditions, worker health, and productivity outcomes for 7331 participants across Australia. Dr Bailey’s current appointment as a Research Associate at UniSA’s Centre for Workplace Excellence involves examining PSC as a lead indicator for worker health through research and applied practice.
Director - YES Psychology & Consulting Pty Ltd
Kash is a Psychologist with over 20 years of diverse experience in the field of business psychology, including training, organisational consulting, program development, counselling and the management of professional health teams. Kash has expertise in Critical Incident Management (FIFO, Off-shore and locally based), Employee Assistance Programs, manager support services and mental health services.
Kash also holds specialist consultancy experience in the quality management and review of large-scale counselling, peer-support and Critical Incident Management programs.
Kash has experience working with Frontline Officers and Staff, Executives, Academics, Lawyers, HR and WH&S professionals who deal with high-performance, high-exposure and high-pressure contexts. For the past 15 years, Kash has been known as a sophisticated and trusted professional, able to support leaders and employees across a diversity of contexts – from resilience and wellbeing programs to risk management and recovery.
Kash has extensive experience in developing programs to support leaders and employee wellbeing – including “Employee Wellbeing; Managing difficult situations and people” and “Helping Managers deal with distressed staff”. Kash is also regular conference presenter on topics such as employee wellbeing, mental health leadership and the “Return on Investment for Effective Employee Wellbeing Programs”.
Karina holds over 15 years’ experience in successfully bringing together academic thinking and industry stakeholders to address critical workplace challenges. Karina has successfully delivered more than 100 multidisciplinary projects in the public and private sectors across a wide range of industries, including health care, mining, aviation, fire and emergency services, law enforcement, and the Royal Australian Navy. In recent years, Karina’s applied research has focused on employee well-being. Karina currently leads Thrive at Work, a partially State- funded well-being initiative centred on providing WA organisations with the knowledge and tools to design, implement and sustain healthy, high performing work environments.
Lucas Finch develops evidence-based solutions for organizations in the area of productivity, performance and wellbeing.
The Sydney Water 2017-2020 wellbeing strategy and program was awarded the Workplace Excellence Award for Health, Safety & Wellbeing by the Australian Psychological Society in 2019.
Michael’s work experience includes over twenty years in various operational and management roles in the mining and information technology business units of BHP, followed by a period in a major information technology company and a state based OHS regulator.
For the past thirteen years Michael has worked at Beyond Blue, an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to ensure that all Australians achieve their best mental health.
His current role of Workplace Engagement Manager combines his professional roles and personal experience of depression/anxiety so as to advocate to corporations, industry associations and peak bodies about the benefits of improving mental health within their workplaces.
Geri Sumpter is the Workplace Engagement Lead at Beyond Blue; an independent, not-for-profit organisation that provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health.
Through her role, Geri drives Beyond Blue’s engagement activities with a diverse range of stakeholders to drive the momentum to improve mental health across all Australian workplaces.
With 20 years background as a certified health, safety and wellbeing professional, Geri has a detailed understanding of the theory and practical application of effective workplace programs that promote positive health, prevent ill-health, and support those who have a mental or physical health condition at both an individual and organisational level.
Redland City Council
Peter has more than 20 years of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) on-the-job experience practice working with government, volunteer organisations including the Qld State Emergency Service and Surf Life Saving Qld and the mining equipment manufacturing industries.
Peter professionally is a Registered Nurse with a postgraduate specialities in OHS and Disaster & Emergency Management.
Peter proudly heads up the Safety & Wellbeing Unit at the Redland City Council and is Councils Lead for Crisis Management
Peter is particularly passionate about his “Head Safety Coach” role in local government.
Peter is a determined optimist and believes that Health, Safety & Wellbeing can be part of a “normal day at work” if people are considered to be an organisation’s best and most valuable assets.
Peter really cares about people and this drives his keen interest in Workplace Mental Health matters.
Peter is an engaging speaker who values the opportunity to channel his real-world experiences and learning’s to share stories that resonate with his audience.
Department of Finance
Rebecca has been working in human resources for over 10 years and is a leader in organisational development, strategy and workforce planning across the public sector. She has an honours degree in psychology and master’s degree in business. She enjoys partnering with stakeholders to reach their goals through best practice HR interventions. She has been Parks Victoria’s Director People and Culture since 2016.
Rebecca’s current role oversees human resource delivery to around 1,200 employees across over 100 work centres throughout Victoria, to support Parks Victoria in building and retaining an engaged workforce to deliver world class park management. Rebecca is passionate about delivering talent solutions to Parks Victoria that build a high performing workforce to ensure business continuity while responding to emergencies and serving the community.
In her time at Parks Victoria, Rebecca has led the delivery of a People Strategy and a Diversity and Inclusion Plan, to support Parks Victoria in having contemporary human resources practices so that they not only represent and are connected to the community that they serve, but are recognised for being an employer that truly inspires people to bring their best selves to work who deliver to the Victorian community.
Most recently, Rebecca has led Cultivating Culture, Growing Together, a whole organisation activity to build on Parks Victoria’s existing culture to become high performing and enhance organisational effectiveness through a range of workshops and initiatives designed to empower and engage employees at all levels. The program also included the launch of a Wellbeing Framework that concentrates on Healthy You – looking after yourself, Healthy Us – looking after each other and Safety First, with the overarching themes of Leadership, Caring for Country and Culture. Each of the themes has a linked page to the information, supports and programs available to employees so that wellbeing is embedded in Parks Victoria’s culture.
Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU)