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
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 a lived experience.
Stephen joined the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service in December 2013 as the National Manager of Security, Risk and Assurance with responsibilities for the agency’s security, risk and assurance planning and activities. Stephen has held Assistant Commissioner Positions in the Australian Border Force with responsibility for the Air and Marine Capabilities and Business Services. Prior to his appointment with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Stephen was the Executive Director of Operations at the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI), responsible for the investigation, intelligence and operational support arms of the Commission.
In 2009, Stephen was appointed to the Senior Executive Service of the Australian Public Service, where he served as the National Manager, Fraud and Intelligence in Centrelink.
Stephen served as a sworn member of the Queensland Police Service for 16 years, where he performed duties in a range of positions investigating serious and organised criminal activity.
Stephen holds a Graduate Diploma of Leadership (Policing and Emergency Services) from the Australian Institute of Police Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Married with three adult children, outside of work Stephen enjoys four wheel driving, scuba diving and camping.
Department of Finance
South Australian Mental Health Commission
SA Mental Health Commissioner Chris Burns CSC is a passionate advocate for strengthening the mental wellbeing of his fellow South Australians. Chris is involved with people from all walks of life and organisations ranging from government to private enterprise as he spreads the message that good mental health starts with strong, inclusive communities and early intervention, promotion and prevention rather than acute care and emergency departments.
He prioritised and incorporated the views of South Australians as he led the development of the SA Mental Health Strategic Plan 2017-2022. Chris and his team are now implementing the Strategic Plan.
What People Are Saying
“The mental wellbeing of people at work is good for everyone and enhances personal and organisational resilience, and success.”2019
Date: 26 Aug 2019 By: Roses in the Ocean
Suicide impacts all parts of the Australian community, and for too many years we have seen suicide occurring in increasing numbers in our younger people, which is absolutely tragic. There is a fine line between not talking enough and potentially talking too much about suicide with our youth, and indeed the way in which we …
Date: 16 Aug 2019 By: Criterion Content Team
Suicide is one of the most complex phenomenons affecting Australia. A public health issue affecting individuals, families, workplaces and communities, the issue is multifaceted and subject to environmental, psychological, emotional, socio-economic, cultural and religious factor among others. Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians between 15 and 24 years old. According to Life …
Date: 1 Aug 2019 By: Criterion Content Team
In a world-first study, the Black Dog Institute has revealed promising strategies for embedding psychological resilience in emergency service workers and first responders. There are over 80,000 fulltime emergency workers in Australia. By definition their roles entail highly challenging working conditions and regular exposure to traumatic incidents. Over half of emergency service responders have experienced …
Date: 29 Nov 2018 By: Ash Natesh
Emergency Services personnel are always at the forefront when it comes to helping distressed citizens. They do an exceptional job in alleviating stress in emergency situations. The nature of emergency service work routinely exposes workers to trauma. However, a culture of stigma continues to prevent those who need help from seeking it. Because of this, …
Endorsers & Media Partners
WayAhead Workplaces (formerly Workplace Health Promotion Network) was formed in October 2006 in Sydney. Our goal is to improve the health of Australia’s working population. We do this by resourcing and supporting organisations to create healthy workplaces. While mental health issues are key concerns within Australian workplaces, the WayAhead Workplaces aims to resource its members in relation to all aspects of employee wellbeing.
Our members are located across Australia, with our primary networks and meetings in Sydney and Brisbane. We welcome members from any organisation that has an interest in and commitment to workplace health and wellbeing. Find out more about our members and membership tiers and benefits.