The Workplace Mental Health Program

In conjunction with the 2014 Mental Health in the Australian Workplace Conference

Perth Wednesday 3rd September 2014, Rydges Perth

Melbourne Thursday 11th September 2014, Rydges Melbourne

Sydney Friday 26th September 2014, Rydges World Square

Brisbane Thursday 9th October 2014, Rydges Brisbane

Conference Overview

Equipping organisations with best practice strategies for identifying and managing mental health issues.

The increasing prevalence of mental health issues throughout Australia’s adult population has heightened the need for Australian organisations to refocus on their duty of care to all employees.

The Workplace Mental Health Program represents a critical platform for Western Australian organisations to explore their duty of care to their employees and develop practical strategies to effectively deal with common workplace mental health issues.


ABS statistics show that one in five Australian adults will experience a mental illness in any given year. Accordingly, mental illness is a major and often underappreciated issue for Australian employees and their organisations. Research indicates that job stress and other work-related psychosocial hazards are emerging as the leading contributors to the burden of occupational disease and injury.

This full day program will assist participants to develop strategies to support good mental health within their organisation. In addition to hearing from a number of mental health experts, participants will engage in practical sessions designed to rapidly develop both their understanding of, and their approaches to, mental health in the workplace.

Conference Themes

During the full day program, three overarching themes will be used to explore the complexities of managing mental health in the workplace. The workshop will cover workplace responsibilities and potential legal implications, ways to effectively identify mental health issues, approaches to overcome everyday challenges and strategies for implementing more long term solutions. Each theme will be explored through a keynote presentation and practical development session. The key themes are:

  • Managing workplace bullying and harassment: your responsibilities, legal considerations
  • Awareness and action: Practical strategies for supporting those with mental health concerns
  • Strategic wellbeing: Examining the full range of wellbeing solutions

Who Should Attend

A wide range of human resources practitioners and professionals within the workplace health arena will be in attendance. Workshop content will be appropriate for organisations across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.


Conference Facilitator & Panel Moderator

Simon Brown-Greaves

Director and Organisational Psychologist, FBG Group

Simon Brown-Greaves is an experienced senior executive manager and organisational psychologist with more than 20 years’ involvement in helping businesses and public sector organisations align people and performance. He has extensive experience in managing multi-disciplinary teams and delivering human capital projects and services in the Australian market. Simon is the co-owner and Director of FBG Group, an organisation that provides high quality, customised leadership and organisational consulting services.


THEME 1 - Managing workplace bullying and harassment: your responsibilities, legal considerations

This presentation will cover:

  • Impacts of bullying and harassment on mental health in the workplace
  • Learning from case examples – what organisations need to do to prevent liability
  • Impact of recent workplace bullying legislation – how have employees and employers responded?
  • Preventing workplace bullying and harassment – what you can do.

The development session will assist participants to:

  • Discuss the links between bullying and harassment and mental health in the workplace
  • Share strategies to prevent workplace bullying and harassment and promote positive behaviour to foster mental health
  • Develop strategies to effectively respond to claims of workplace bullying and harassment

THEME 2 - Awareness and action: Practical strategies for supporting those with mental health concerns

This presentation will cover:

  • Your role in supporting your employees
  • What do I do if I suspect someone has a mental health issue? - Balancing privacy and concern
  • Diagnosis, labelling and other unhelpful behaviour
  • What steps should I take if someone tells me they have a mental illness?
  • Steps you can take to create a mentally healthy workplace

The development session will assist participants to:

  • Discuss examples where they had to manage staff with mental health issues
  • Share solutions they implemented that worked to support employees with mental health concerns
  • Identify strategies they can implement at their organisation to create a mentally healthy workplace

THEME 3 - Strategic wellbeing: Examining the full range of wellbeing solutions

This presentation will cover:

  • The concept of strategic wellbeing in organisations – preventative versus reactive; cause versus symptom
  • Why typical wellbeing programs don’t go far enough
  • What does a strategic approach to wellbeing look like on the ground in organisations?
  • Peer support programs and their impact on creating positive workplace cultures
  • The link between strategic wellbeing, mental health and engagement, productivity and performance

The development session will assist participants to:

  • Identify the core wellbeing issues in their organisation
  • Identify the most appropriate wellbeing strategies and initiatives for their organisation
  • Discuss how peer support might work in their organisation
  • Develop a high level wellbeing strategy for their organisation

Conference Details

Conference Organiser

The Australian School of Applied Management (ASAM) oversees several of Australia’s leading adult education institutions including the Workplace Training Advisory of Australia, Women & Leadership Australia and the WTAA Registered Training Organisation. In addition to an expansive range of management education services, ASAM’s relationship with a unique public and private sector stakeholder group enables it to track the ever changing needs of the Australian workforce.

ASAM’s Seminars and Events arm is one of Australia’s leading providers of professional development conferences covering such areas as employee engagement and wellbeing, diversity and gender equality, organisational culture and leadership and management.

Conference Details


Date: Thursday 11th September 2014
Location: Rydges Melbourne, 186 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000
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Date: Friday 26th September 2014
Location: Rydges World Square, 389 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
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Date: Thursday 9th October 2014
Location: Rydges Brisbane - 9 Glenelg St, South Brisbane QLD 4101
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Date: Wednesday 3rd September 2014
Location: Rydges Perth - 815 Hay St, Perth WA 6000
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For More Information

Contact the Workplace Mental Health Program Coordination Team on 1300 138 037.