4th Annual
Driving cultural change & engaging staff to normalise mental health in the workplace
Conference Date
26th & 27th February 2020
Location
Bayview Eden Melbourne
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Day 1 - Wednesday 26th February, 2020

8:00
Registration, coffee & networking
8:30
Opening remarks from the Chair
Kash Thomson
Psychologist & Consultant & Director
YES Psychology & Consulting Pty Ltd
Increasing accessibility to support services through cultural change & building trust
8:40
KEYNOTE: The role of top management in transforming organisational culture
  • Reviewing the cultural changes that need to take place
  • Transitioning to a culture that encourages employees to seek help
  • Reducing the stigma surrounding conversations on mental health to create supportive workplaces
Neil Kirby ASM
Chief Executive Officer
Ambulance Tasmania
9:20
Maximising the role of early intervention to improve mental health
  • Implementing early intervention as a preventative strategy
  • Using group based reflective practices to boost resilience
  • Investing in building relationships to better identify struggles
Elisha Balfour
Senior Psychologist
Queensland Police
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
Proactively addressing the complete wellbeing of first responders through inclusion
  • Unpacking the universal challenges to inclusion and how this impacts on mental health and wellbeing
  • Improving systems to report bullying and harassment in the workplace and what organisations need to do better
  • Engaging effectively with employees to address the lack of trust as a barrier to seeking support
Sonja Braidner
Churchill Fellow & Founder
Emergency Management & Defence Diversity and Inclusion Practitioners’ Australasia (EMDDIPA)
11:40
Building employee trust in support services to increase engagement
  • Effectively communicating mental health support systems
  • Collaborating extensively with employees to understand their expectations and what helps them best
  • Developing relevant and tailored support services for employees across a range of roles
Angela Hein
Senior Work Health & Safety Officer
Department of Communities & Justice NSW
Supporting middle management to have difficult conversations & normalise mental health
12:20
PANEL DISCUSSION: Integrating training and support for middle management
  • Understanding why middle management are not equipped to manage difficult conversations
  • Identifying the areas in which management needs to be upskilled
  • How middle management can support the rehabilitation of employees back to the workforce
Kelly Strange
Manager Mental Health & Wellbeing
Victoria State Emergency Service
Dr Bernie Scully
Manager Clinical Services & Organisational Development
Queensland Fire & Emergency Services
1:00
Networking lunch
2:00
INTERACTIVE ROUNDTABLE: Improving the accessibility of mental health services
  • The role of online platforms in building awareness and training
  • Innovating to make mental health support available through different channels
  • Strategising to streamline the process of seeking support
  • Making the most of EAP Services
3:00
Living and Leading through the lens of PTSD
  • My narrative – From a violent childhood to being sworn in to the Queensland Police – Service at 18 years of age (PTSD waiting to happen?)
  • My Diagnosis, understanding and managing my triggers and my personal and professional adjustments
  • Leading with PTSD – How my narrative has positively influenced my leadership style
Juliet Hancock
Detective Inspector
Director Corruption Operations Crime and Corruption Commission, Queensland
3:40
Afternoon tea & networking
4:10
From weakness to strength: Promoting positive engagement with mental health within Fire & Emergency Services
  • Organisational, leadership and service delivery levels to change cultural perspectives about mental health as a vulnerability that needs to be hidden
  • Changing perceptions of mental health from a vulnerability to being a strength that needs to be developed
  • Successes, lessons learned, and ongoing areas of improvement
Dr Bernie Scully
Manager Clinical Services & Organisational Development
Queensland Fire & Emergency Services
4:50
Equipping middle management to have difficult mental health conversations
  • Acknowledging the crucial role of middle management in support for mental health
  • Understanding why communicating about mental health is a struggle
  • Giving management the tools they need to successfully support first responders through traumatic experiences
Kelly Strange
Manager Mental Health & Wellbeing
Victoria State Emergency Service
5:30
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Day One

Day 2 - Thursday 27th February, 2020

8:00
Welcome, coffee & networking
8:30
Opening remarks from the Chair
Kash Thomson
Psychologist & Consultant & Director
YES Psychology & Consulting Pty Ltd
Exploring evidence-based approaches to mental health strategies
8:40
INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: Using evidence-based approaches to support mental health conditions
  • The role of the organisation in supporting mental health
  • Evaluating products/programs/services available to organisations to support mental health
  • Assessing accountability for individual treatment plans
Dr Julie Devlin
Research Psychologist
9:20
CASE STUDY: Implementing a comprehensive mental health strategy
  • Understanding and managing mental health in high stress roles
  • Addressing cultural change and establishing appropriate behaviours to tackle bullying
  • Preparing non emergency responders to identify warning signs and use psychological first aid
Allyson Lardner
Acting Deputy Chief Fire Officer
Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning Victoria
10:00
Regulator Q&A Session
Jennifer Short
Psycho-Social Inspector
Safework NSW
10:30
Morning tea & networking
11:00
Exploring the evidence-based, best practice approaches to critical incident management
  • Understanding best practice approaches before and after critical incidents
  • Unpacking the findings of the latest trials in New South Wales
  • Reviewing post-incident responses and the impact of mental health education in trauma
Dr Samuel Harvey
Associate Professor & Head of the Workplace Mental Health Program
University of New South Wales & The Black Dog Institute
11:40
Working with first responders to translate research into action
  • Using data sets to identify gaps and areas for action
  • Codesigning and implementing action plans
  • Tackling challenges to individualising research addressing risk factors
James Maskey
National Engagement Manager - Police & Emergency Services Program
Beyond Blue
12:20
Networking lunch
1:20
INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY: Tackling responses to PTSD for first responders
  • Outlining how unhealthy organisational culture can impact on mental health
  • Unpacking research into PTSD to target treatment strategies at times when they are most effective
  • Developing an impact monitoring model to normalise mental health discourse
Sasha Johnston
Research Paramedic
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Improving strategy implementation through streamlined processes & follow up
2:00
Strengthening post-referral processes to ensure employee wellbeing
  • Supporting employees through mental health struggles past the referral process
  • Realising that mental health support is an ongoing process
  • Understanding and addressing the lack of follow up
Lieutenant Colonel Neanne Bennett
Department of Defence
2:40
Afternoon tea & networking
3:10
Memory and psychological responses to critical incidents
  • Understanding how post-incident questioning can influence memory and psychological well-being
  • Identifying best practice techniques to collect accurate and complete accounts, while preserving psychological well-being
Helen Paterson
Senior Lecturer
University of Sydney
3:50
Streamlining the process of accessing support services
  • Unpacking the challenges to accessing support services
  • Reducing the time and anxiety associated with accessing help
  • Exploring how agencies can make support more accessible to all employees
Sharene Borsi
Psychologist / Specialist Investigators Support Unit
Victoria Police
Dr Amanda Bond
Clinical & Forensic Psychologist, Psychology Team Leader
Victoria Police
4:30
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Conference
Workshop A: How to develop an evidence based mental health strategy
Tuesday 25th February 2020, 9:00am – 4:00pm

First responder organisations across Australia and globally are investing in the development and implementation of mental health strategies as they look to better support employees in high exposure roles. It is critical that first responders are able to assess and review their strategies to ensure that they are achieving the best outcomes and are grounded in research-based best practices.

This workshop will walk participants through the development, measurement and evaluation of their organisation’s mental health strategies and allow for collaborative, interactive sharing of ideas and success stories to achieve better mental health outcomes.

Why attend this workshop?

  • Explore through examples what a good mental health strategy looks like
  • Understand how to measure the impact of your organisation’s mental health strategy
  • Utilise your organisation’s mental health strategy to achieve desired outcomes in the short and long term

What you will take away by attending

  • Skills to collaboratively develop a mental health strategy that meets the needs of your employees
  • An understanding of how the latest research should inform your mental health strategy
  • Practical tools at the individual, peer and organisational level to support good mental health

* Refreshments & lunch provided

Price: $999 + GST

Dr Julie Devlin
Research Psychologist
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Key Speakers

Neil Kirby ASM
Chief Executive Officer
Ambulance Tasmania
James Maskey
National Engagement Manager - Police & Emergency Services Program
Beyond Blue
Allyson Lardner
Acting Deputy Chief Fire Officer
Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning Victoria
Elisha Balfour
Senior Psychologist
Queensland Police