With the greater national spotlight on mental health at work, it is clear that there is a pressing need to address employee mental health to ensure a healthier and more productive workforce. With the public sector routinely in a state of change, as well as the impact of everyday stressors, public service employees are not exempt from the impact of mental illness at work. However many agencies continue to struggle to overcome stigma and engage employees of all seniorities to proactively address early signs of mental health.
Learn how to support employee mental health at work, manage performance and enable managers to respond to disclosures at the 2nd Public Sector Workplace Mental Health Strategies conference. Building on the success of our inaugural event, this conference will give you access to progressive government agencies and other experts so you can learn how to build a business case to get organisational buy in and implement proactive mental health initiatives.
Why should you attend this conference?
- Understand what it means to have an inclusive workplace culture and how to achieve it
- Boost leadership engagement in mental health strategies
- Explore ways to support managers to respond to disclosures
- Break down the components of successful workplace mental health initiatives
- Strengthen strategies for the ongoing management of workplace mental health
Who will attend?
Senior leaders from Federal, State & Local Government, and Public Hospitals and Health services with responsibility for:
- Work Health & Safety
- Human Resources
- People & Culture
- Health & Wellbeing
- Inclusion & Diversity
- Organisational Psychology
Attend to learn how to
- Understand the impact of mental health at work & support employee mental wellbeing
- Manage performance & enable managers to respond to mental health disclosures
- Gain organisational buy-in to drive cultural change & normalise mental health in the workplace
- Develop & implement effective mental health strategies & initiatives
- Assessing psychosocial risk in the workplace & the systemic causes of psychosocial harm
- KEYNOTE: Connecting leadership & workplace mental health – Practical tools to better lead teams
- EXECUTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: The role of leadership in supporting mental health at work
- Enabling managers to assess & manage psychosocial risk in the workplace
- INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: Making mental health & wellbeing a priority in the UK Civil Service
- PANEL DISCUSSION: Understanding the importance of taking an organisational approach to mental health
- INTERACTIVE Q&A SESSION: How to work together to create a comprehensive framework
- CASE STUDY: Adapting workplace wellbeing initiatives to meet the needs of your organisation
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.
Department of Child Safety, Youth & Women QLD
Shannan is an experienced Senior Executive with experience across all levels of Government. She currently leads the People, Culture and Governance Group at the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.
Shannan is passionate about developing leaders and teams to use human centred design techniques and drives delivery through innovation.
Shannan was the 2018 Rising Star of the Year for Human Resources Director Magazine and also was awarded the Australian Statisticians Award in 2019 for her work in developing leaders in the public service. She has post graduate qualifications in business and change management but she started her career as a Sports Scientist.
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.
Black Dog Institute
At the Black Dog Institute, we’re working to save lives.
Black Dog Institute is the only medical research institute in Australia to focus on mental health across every life stage. We fast track learnings, listening to voices of those with lived experience to ensure we pioneer truly innovative and scalable products and services which make a real difference in the real world.
Our aim is to reduce the severity and incidence of mental illness, actively reduce suicide rates, innovate new models of care and create easily accessible solutions to empower everyone to look after their mental health.
We believe every Australian should be able to access evidence-based treatments and programs that work. Our research harnesses technology to deliver mental healthcare solutions across the community, from school programs and workplace training, to the tools in your pocket.
Generating evidence for everything we do, we are the founders of Australia’s first community-wide suicide prevention program (LifeSpan) and leaders in a community-led collaboration to develop iBobbly, the world’s first suicide prevention app for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Connecting research with people keeps us right on the cutting edge of new ideas, evidence, technology and innovation, where the real breakthroughs are happening.
The Generation Health Group is pioneering a new model of workplace injury management, rehabilitation and health. We have an unrelenting passion to deliver the best quality services, at the highest standards to improve lives. Generation Health draws upon our 15 years of experience in the industry combined with our market leading best practice model and drive for innovation to partner with our stakeholders to deliver excellence.
Generation Health employs some 350 staff across Australia. Our staff comprise allied health professionals, rehabilitation consultants, employment consultants and operational and administration staff. With decades of combined healthcare and management expertise between them our leadership team understands the true meaning of high-quality health management consulting.
As sole rehabilitation provider to the Australian Defence Force, Generation Health enjoys a unique position as the pre-eminent injury management provider to Federal Local and State Government, Corporates, Workers compensation, Life and CTP insurers across Australia.
We empower our healthcare professionals to make a positive difference to everyday lives through the delivery of innovative allied health and consulting services. Our Consultants utilise technology and mobility to support the delivery of best practice, measurable and individual health solutions, taking a holistic approach for overall improvement and wellbeing.
Generation health is passionate about remaining ahead of the curve, and dedicates considerable resourcing to addressing the present and future needs of Australians, through focus on supporting the aging workforce, rise in awareness of mental health issues, and the rapidly changing nature of work.
Generation Health has a robust management structure to ensure successful resourcing and implementation and ongoing exceptional service delivery to all of our clients and customers.
We look forward to working with you!
What People Are Saying
“The Public Sector Workplace Mental Health Strategies was eye-opening and will generate further discussion in my workplace about how we can approach these issues in the future.”Australian Federal Police & Public Sector Workplace Mental Health Strategies 2019 conference attendee
Date: 24 Feb 2020 By: Criterion Content Team
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