Building a healthier & more productive public service
Conference Date
3rd - 5th December 2019
Hotel Realm Canberra
Early Bird - Save $400
Book by 25/10/19


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
Cassie Alexander
Assistant Secretary, Human Resources
Department of Finance
Chris Burns CSC
South Australian Mental Health Commission
Sue Weston
Chief Executive Officer


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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    Nearly 70% of people are uncomfortable disclosing a mental illness to an employer; 35% said it wasn’t even a possibility. Of people taking sick leave due to depression, 40% hid the fact from their boss. If you notice changes in a colleague or employee, it’s important to have the conversation and let them know they …

  • Date: 26 Aug 2019  By: Roses in the Ocean

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  • 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 …

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