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By attending this online forum, you will:

    • 1. Provide support to employees experiencing prolonged work through RAW (Recovery at Work) and RTW (Return to Work) stages 
    • 2. Minimise the risks to psychological health and better fulfilling WHS (Workplace Health and Safety) requirements
    • 3. Promote a healthy work culture and environment to increase work productivity and engagement
    • 4. Identify and monitor psychosocial hazards through the ongoing review and implementation of workplace-tailored control measures.
    • 5. Consult and co-design mental health strategies with staff, encouraging ongoing feedback and development
    • 6. Encourage early intervention by observing data trends and embedding wellbeing into strategic planning
    • 7. Tackle the challenges of remote or isolated work with ongoing communication

Research shows that viral pandemics often cause prolonged psychosocial impacts that are pervasive and severe. Indeed, the coronavirus crisis has already caused an increase of anxiety and depression in Australians, with about 30% of adults reporting moderate to high levels. Uncertainty, changing routines and social isolation are just a few factors that contribute to mental ill-health in times of crisis. 

As this number is expected to rise, workplaces have a responsibility to help flatten the ‘second curve’ of mental ill-health. Furthermore, work-related mental health conditions cost employers approximately $543 million a year in compensation claims – not to mention the cost of absenteeism, increase in staff turnover, drop in productivity and lack of engagement. 

Workplace Mental Health Masterclass 2020 will inspire workplaces to make mentally healthy work ‘business as usual’. This one day virtual workshop will support attendees in their development of wellbeing strategies in their own workplaces by undertaking strategic planning and implementation. By collaborating with employees, encouraging open dialogues, communicating effectively, and supporting staff with mental health conditions, workplaces can do their part in ensuring the safety of Australians in the aftermath of COVID-19. Furthermore, they can better fulfill their legal obligations related to mental health in the workplace and decrease business costs associated with mental ill-health.  

Key Speakers

Testimonials

“Simplot has been partnering with Health at Work over the past 4 years in the development and delivery of health and wellbeing programs, including bespoke initiatives to address our business needs... In 2018, Health at Work supported our efforts by providing expert facilitators to deliver a 1hr specialist seminar on ‘Mental Health and the Workplace’ to our NZ and Australian state sales teams at their National Cycle Meetings. Feedback from each of our locations was extremely positive, with 90% of participants finding value in the session. Comments included: “I especially loved talking about mental health, and that I feel very supported within my working environment should I ever need that support. Being part of a positive team who are open to discuss these things go a long way to ones wellbeing and I’m glad to be part of a company who emphasise the importance of good mental health support.” "I loved the guest speaker let's just say it was very close to home for me so I got a lot out of that." "The feedback thus far from all the States is nothing but positive." "I also thought the lady that came to speak about mental Health was very informative and I'm sure everyone got something out of it by the engaging look on our faces."
Melita Caffery, National Safety, Health and Wellbeing Manager, Simplot
“After making the switch it was clear from day one that Health at Work are true experts when it comes to Health and Wellbeing. There is no one month that’s the same and our staff have experienced everything from onsite massages, health checks, InBody checks, skin checks, food stands, cooking demonstrations, workout seminars, 10,000 step challenge, health heart challenge, ‘Quit the Sit’ deskercise program and monthly newsletters. The team at Health at Work truly go out of their way to fulfill even the most peculiar requests; nothing is ever too much trouble or too difficult to accomplish.”
Susie Bonica, HR Associate, Bristol-Myers Squibb
“Health at Work continue to provide quality practitioners and work closely with us to get the best results. The programme is firmly lodged as a slice of TCVs ‘positive culture’ strategy and our employees value the programme and are better for it. I highly recommend the programme to others.” Judy Utley, General Manager - Human Resources, TCV  
Judy Utley, General Manager – Human Resources, TCV
"I would highly recommend Health at Work to any organisation looking to implement a health and well-being program in the workplace. They assisted us this year to tailor a program to suit our 1000+ employees in different business units across Australia and the feedback we have received has been fantastic. From fitness challenges to flu shots, healthy BBQs to pedometer challenges, there was something for everyone in the calendar. Our dedicated account manager tirelessly partnered with us throughout the year to assist us to make positive change happen in our workplace. I couldn’t recommend Health at Work highly enough." Tina Purcell, Safety & Wellbeing Specialist, Ricoh Australia  
Tina Purcell, Safety & Wellbeing Specialist, Ricoh Australia

Agenda Overview

1 September 2020 | 9:30am - 3:30pm
  • Session 1: 9:30am - 11am
    Creating a safe workplace checklist: Assessing the attributes of a mentally healthy workplace

    In this session, Kristina Billings will provide an overview of the attributes of mentally healthy workplaces. As the founder of Health at Work, she will provide advice about how workplace leaders and HR personnel might identify and implement such characteristics through strategic planning. Best-practice methods of communication will be explored, providing implementable strategies tailored for both on-site and remote workforces.

    • Addressing the attributes of a mentally healthy workplace and creating tailored checklists to inform decision making
    • Encouraging HR leaders to promote early intervention by observing data trends and embedding wellbeing into strategic planning
    • Tackling the challenges of remote or isolated work by developing effective and ongoing methods of communication
    Kristina Billings
    Kristina Billings
    Founder Health at Work
  • Morning Break: 11am-11:30am
  • Session 2: 11:30am - 1pm
    Transforming workplace culture to protect, promote and act on mental health

    In this session, Sandene Chetwynd will explore how to transform workplace culture and prioritise mentally healthy workforce relations. While spotlighting the role of workplace leaders in cultural shifts, Sandene will provide implementable strategies on how to facilitate consultation and co-design of mental health strategies with staff. Attendees will understand how to increase the productivity and engagement of workforces by ensuring they are active participants in mental health strategy design.

    • Spotlighting the role of workplace leaders in cultural transformation in the workplace
    • Exploring methods of consultation and co-design of mental health strategies with staff, while encouraging ongoing feedback and development
    • Reaping the benefits of meaningful leadership-workforce partnerships through increased productivity and staff engagement
    Sandene Chetwynd
    Sandene Chetwynd
    Associate Certified Coach Health at Work
  • Lunch: 1pm-2pm
  • Session 3: 2pm – 3.30pm
    Addressing workplace hazards, crisis management and crucial conversations to minimise risk and liability

    In this session, Rebecca Thomas will advise on the importance of effective and sensitive communication regarding workplace mental health. By promoting open communication with employees in their RAW (Recovery at Work) and RTW (Return to Work), participants can ensure the ongoing support of staff in their mental health. Furthermore, by learning how to identify and monitor psychosocial hazards in the workplace, attendees will minimise risks to psychosocial health, reduce workplace liability in Workers Compensation Claims, and ensure better compliance of WHS (Workplace Health and Safety) requirements.

    • Providing support to employees experiencing prolonged work through RAW (Recovery at Work) and RTW (Return to Work) stages
    • Minimising the risks to psychological health and better fulfilling WHS (Workplace Health and Safety) requirements
    • Identifying and monitoring psychosocial hazards through the ongoing review and implementation of workplace-tailored control measures
    Rebecca Thomas
    MAPS Consulting and Organisational Psychologist Health at Work