Building a healthier & more productive public service
Conference Date
4th & 5th December 2019
Hotel Realm Canberra
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Tackle stigma & make mental health a priority
Recent government inquiries such as the Australian Public Service Mental Health Capability Review and Wellbeing at Work Report have shed light on the pressing need to address employee mental health as a means of ensuring an overall healthier and more productive public sector workforce. However, many government agencies are facing persistent challenges in addressing the stigma of mental health in the workplace, engagement of managers and normalising conversations around mental health, coupled with the added challenge of developing a high quality strategy to address these issues.

This Public Sector Workplace Mental Health Strategies conference is an essential opportunity for government agencies to better understand how to navigate the issue of employee mental health. Learn from peers across the public sector and take away practical strategies to develop a positive workplace culture and improve employee mental health outcomes.

Why should you attend this conference?
  • A thorough understanding of the importance of mental health in the workplace
  • An appreciation for the positive benefits of investing in mental health and wellbeing
  • Insights from senior leadership champions of employee wellbeing on driving organisational culture change
  • Lessons from evidence-based case studies in designing and implementing mental health initiatives
  • Tools to address and overcome barriers to reducing stigma
  • Strategies to develop a comprehensive, relevant, & effective mental health strategy

Who will attend? Senior leaders from Federal, State & Local Government, and Public Hospitals & Health Services, with responsibility for:
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Work Health & Safety
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • People & Culture
  • Human Resources

Attend to learn how to

  • Destigmatise mental health in the workplace & transform organisational culture
  • Engage leaders & managers in normalising the conversation around mental health & wellbeing
  • Evaluate the latest research to develop an evidence-based mental health strategy
  • Implement proactive mental health initiatives based on best-practice case study examples
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Key Speakers

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


What People Are Saying

  • “The mental wellbeing of people at work is good for everyone and enhances personal and organisational resilience, and success.”

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  • Date: 12 Jan 2020  By: Criterion Content Team

    Despite the growing focus on psychological health and safety in the workplace, AIHS says there are still significant gaps in policy and regulation.  This has sparked discussion with Safe Work Australia regarding legislative changes to ensure all jurisdictions are operating at the highest level. Ian Firth, State Inspector of SafeWork NSW, shed some light on …

  • Date: 5 Jan 2020  By: Criterion Content Team

    Emergency departments are often the initial point of care for people seeking mental-health assistance for the first time and for those requiring after hours care. Approximately 3.7% of all presentations to public hospital ED are mental health-related. We’ve put together a quick reference guide for some of the most effective mechanisms that can be used …

  • Date: 18 Nov 2019  By: Criterion Content Team

    While one in three of us will experience mental illness at some point in our lives, there remains a pervasive stigma in the workplace preventing us from talking openly about our mental health. We compiled a fact sheet about the rates of mental health issues in the workplace, the associated cost and which industries are …

  • Date: 10 Nov 2019  By: Criterion Content Team

    More Australians are accessing mental health services than ever before and Emergency Departments are groaning with the weight of associated presentations.  Over the last four years emergency departments saw an increase of 20% in mental health presentations. This is not only a strain on under-resourced ED staff but also poses harmful consequences for patients.  Research …

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